Carol RipleyCarol Ripley

I agree that involvement and an opportunity to express their opinions is key to getting their support when decisions are made. If FCL are credible, and clearly and consistently communicate the decisions they make are based on input received from all of the coops, then everyone will be more inclined to accept the results. If the coops truly believe their voices are being heard and considered, and they had input into the final decisions or ‘rules’, then they will be more likely support and enforce the rules settled on. Clearly FCL must demonstrate why it will be in everyone’s best interests to work together for the greater good of the system.


“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”