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      Lori SandersLori Sanders

      -At Sherwood Co-op in Regina, we have been working on developing our Governance structure over the past ten years. Previously, we were an operational board, however, with the change in CEO, the Board has developed significant trust in operations and we now consider ourselves a strategic board.
      -We now have a well-trusted Executive Leadership Team with a CEO dedicated to our cooperative. The relationship between the CEO and myself (Board Chair) is open and honest with communication to the rest of the board the same.
      -We have developed Board Committees to dig deeper into certain areas such as Finance, Risk, Audit and Governance with educational opportunities taken for Director development.
      -We are striving to be a Board with excellent Governance practices!

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      Tammy Van TighemTammy Van Tighem

      This sounds like a highly effective board. Goals and responsibilities clearly defined.

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      Desiree VandenhovenDesiree Vandenhoven

      I think a lot of us were ‘operational’ boards, but with growth and change of times we too moved towards being a strategic board. It takes time but if your relationship with your GM (or CEO) is good, this transition is easier.
      Communication and trust are key elements especially between the Board Chair and the GM.

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      Jen BudneyJen Budney

      The transition from operational boards to governance board is a common to growing organizations and it sounds like you are managing this very carefully, Lori! Good work. I thought I’d share a few articles that may be relevant to your experience.

      Here’s a good article on board transitioning from a community land trust organization:

      Another one from Charity Village:

      And while this article does not examine the transition from operational to governance board, it does look at co-op growth and the need to remain alert to role clarification during times of expansion:

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