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      Lori SandersLori Sanders

      The questions posed here are timely for our retail and something we have struggled with for a few years. We have grown into a large, urban retail in the last 10 years and we feel that directors should be educated, responsible and involved people making the correct decisions for our retail. We have a Nominating Committee to review applications, develop and maintain a handbook and interview applicants, however, we cannot present a list of preferred nominees at our Annual Meetings. We mandate director training and most directors have completed both levels of the Director Development Program and we have requested that further Governance training be developed (which is currently in testing stages.)

      With the current labour issues faced in our environment we have nominees with ties to this labour movement who want to run for our board, and although we have a strong, diverse board with good governance policies in place, this is a concern for our us.

      So, should elections always be open, can we justify competencies, should we require experience -as long as we are diligent for our members and our retail, perhaps the future will see some changes for us. I am also hoping that this course will provide further insight into this issue.

      Great topic!

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      Jen BudneyJen Budney

      Thanks for your post, Lori. Your co-op is certainly not alone facing these issue right now. I think it’s good that the sector is having to ask itself tough questions — I think it’s healthy — and I also understand your worries. I think all sorts of businesses right now are having to ask themselves whether business-as-usual is viable or if new approaches are needed. I hope more people chime in on the questions you raise and that we can explore a variety of perspectives on these subjects.

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