Who We Are

Audra Krueger Audra Krueger Executive Director
Dan Matthews Dan Matthews Manager, Strategy & Communications
Trista Pewapisconias Trista Pewapisconias Indigenous Relations Lead
Kyle White Kyle White Governance & Education Lead
Aasa Marshall Aasa Marshall Communications Lead
Heather Hallgrimson Heather Hallgrimson Business Development Lead
Tanner Bayne Tanner Bayne Communications Consultant

Who we are

Co-operatives First promotes and supports business development based on the co-operative model in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada. Our goal is to help people in these communities build new businesses, grow local economies, and support community development.

What we do

Our job is to educate community leaders about the co-op model, support people trying to start co-ops, and offer the tools and resources to make starting a co-op easier.
To do this, we offer:

Why we do what we do

We have a passion for the rural and Indigenous communities we serve and want nothing more than to see them thrive and grow.

Who funds us

As an initiative started and largely funded by the Co-operative Retailing System through Federated Co-operatives Limited, we are keenly aware of the importance of this unique network of co-operatives and the role they play in fuelling rural economies and agriculture across western Canada. We thank these innovators for their ingenuity and continued support.

“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.”