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The Co-op Board of Directors is elected by the membership and is responsible for directing the activities of the Co-op according to by-laws and co-operative legislation.  The Board establishes the mission of the Co-op, formulates and implements policy, supervises and appraises the General Manager and Directors serve on a number of sub-committees, always remaining accountable to our membership.

Over the years, our Coop has seen tremendous growth, and as we continue to grow, it is extremely important that Board Directors have the skills and background to ensure that the best interests of the Coop are met.

Please contact our Administration department at 250-652-5752 if you wish to correspond with the Board.

 

2013-2014 Board of Directors

*Note. Your 2014-2015 Board of Directors will be available shortly.

 



Paul Hames
President;
Finance, Member Relations
and Nominations Comittee
Member

Paul’s career in policing spans almost 4 decades of diverse work in many communities across Canada. He started out as a young Mountie stationed in the Rockies and for the next 25 years experienced the challenges and rewards of serving a range of communities, with different cultures, needs and expectations. Paul progressed through the ranks and was commissioned in 1997, followed by a transfer to Ottawa where he was responsible for the design, development and implementation of the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

In 1999 Paul retired from the RCMP and moved to beautiful Vancouver Island taking on his current role as Chief Constable for the Central Saanich Police Service. As a strong believer in collaboration, he contributes to regional, provincial and national policing initiatives. Paul also has extensive training in negotiation and mediation. He supports global knowledge transfer efforts and was a policing ambassador for People to People in conflict-torn South Africa as well as providing international police leadership training in Australia.

Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training. His Masters’ thesis, “Building Bridges, Future Policing on the Saanich Peninsula”, studied policing options, a topic that continues to hold his interest.

Paul has numerous years of Board experience including RCMP, Provincial, private and not-for-profit Boards. For the last several years Paul has served as a Director for the Peninsula Co-op and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. Paul is in his second term as President of the Peninsula Co-op Board of Directors.

 



Gordon Griffiths
Vice-President;
Finance (chair)
Nominations (chair)
and Planning Committee Memeber

Gord Griffiths has lived in the Greater Victoria area since 1989 and been involved with Co-operatives/Credit Unions for a good deal of that time. He’s been a Director of Peninsula Co-op since 2000 and served on Membership, Planning, and Executive Committees, also taking on the role of Finance Committee Chair, Nominations Committee Chair and Vice-President of the Board.

Currently Executive Director of Finance and Administration for a multi-location provincial crown corporation, he is accountable for finance, accounting, facilities and fleet, records management and a research facility. The twelve years previous to that were spent in the financial services sector for a Credit Union (which is itself a Co-op) reporting to a Board of Directors, 7 years as CEO/General Manager. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA), and Audit Committee Certified by The Directors’ College, in addition to having a business degree. Having dealt extensively with many businesses as a CA and in his banking career, his familiarity with finance and governance is supported by knowledge and experience in human resources and general business operations, as well as a learned insight to governance and operations of cooperative organizations.

He and his family are actively involved in various sporting and outdoor activities on and around the Saanich Peninsula.

 



Ron Gaudet
Secretary;
Governance and
Member Relations
Committee Member

Ron has lived in the Central Saanich Community for over 20 years and has been a loyal supporter of Peninsula Co-op since 1982. He recently retired as the Chief Constable of the Oak Bay Police Department having worked in law enforcement for 39 years.

Ron was first elected to the Peninsula Co-op Board in 1996 and has been re-elected on 6 occasions. During his tenure as a Director he has participated as a member of the Finance, Planning, Member Relations, Nominations and Executive Committees, is also a member of the newly formed Governance Committee. Ron has served as Chairperson of the Member Relations Committee for 3 years and as the Board President from 1999 to 2012. At the 2001 Federated Co-operative Ltd Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon, he was honored to have been chosen to co-chair that meeting. He continues to take advantage of the extensive training provided by FCL, having completed his Level 1 Certificate in Feb 2002 and Level 2 Certificate in Feb 2005.

Since 2005, Ron has been closely involved with the Cops for Cancer, Tour de Rock, a Vancouver Island based fund raising organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research. He has chaired the Steering Committee since 2008 and continues to serve in that capacity.

 



Patti Hunter
Member Relations
(Chair) and Governance Committee Member

Patti Hunter was first elected to the Peninsula Co-op Board of Directors in 2002 and has participated as a committee member on Finance, Planning/Development and the Executive Committees. Since 2011, she has chaired the Member Relations Committee to support the Peninsula Co-op motto of “Moving Ahead, by Giving Back.

She has achieved both Level 1 and Level 2 Governance Certificates through Federated Cooperatives Ltd. In 2010, she was the Co-Chair of the Federated Cooperatives Ltd Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with over 450 delegates present during the 2 day meeting.

She owns a company (1993) which provides Strategic Planning, Board Governance training and Human Resource consulting to the private, public and not for profit sectors. Among her professional development certifications, she holds honors certificates in Human Resource Management and Management Systems from the BC Institute of Technology-Vancouver. She is the General Manager of a not for profit organization in the Capital Regional District.

Active in the governance process since 1982, she has served as Board Chair, BC Women’s Hospital Health Research Initiative, Board member of Community Social Planning Council Victoria, Women of Distinction Council Chair, YM-YWCA of Greater Victoria , President of the Board, BC Recreation & Parks Association, Board Chair, BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and Board of Directors Member, Sport BC.

 



Mike Fecteau
Planning (Chair) and Finance Committee Member

Mike is from the east and graduated from Loyola College (now Concordia) with a B. Comm in 1971. He articled with Clarkson, Gordon & Co (now Ernst & Whinney) and obtained his CA designation in 1975. Mike moved to Victoria in 1988 and joined Honda City. He has lived in Sidney since 2003. In 1996 he joined Peninsula Co-op as Controller. In 1999 he left the Co-op when another opportunity presented itself, but later that same year was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board. Since then Mike has won successive elections to the Board. He is currently employed by Capital City Paving Ltd as its Controller.

Mike has served on all of the Board committees and chaired the Finance committee for several years. He is currently Chair of the Planning committee. The combination of Mike’s time as Controller at the Co-op and his extensive financial background provide the Board with a unique take on the Co-op’s operations. He has completed Federated Co-op’s Level II Director’s Certificate, including their intensive course on Corporate Governance. Mike has also augmented his understanding of Co-operatives and their philosophy by attending several Federated Co-operatives Ltd Annual General Meetings and Fall Conferences.

 



Cathy McIntyre
Governance (Chair) and Member Relations Committee Member

Cathy McIntyre joined the Board in 2011. She chairs the Governance Committee and sits on the Member & Community Relations Committee. She chaired the Nominations Committee in 2013.

Cathy is Principal of Strategic Initiatives Inc., a market research firm serving leading businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Western Canada. A senior executive with over 25 years of business experience and 15 years of board experience, Cathy began her career as a marketing and communications professional. Her background includes marketing management, sales management, advertising and communications, as well as market research.

In addition to Peninsula Co-op board, Cathy currently serves on the boards of The Arthritis Society of Canada and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, as well as sitting on Senate at the University of Victoria. She is a former director of the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC, United Way of Canada, and United Way of Greater Victoria, among others.

Cathy earned the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation in 2012. She holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, a M.B.A. from the University of Victoria and the Certified Marketing Research Professional (C.M.R.P.) designation. She was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, was named one of UVic’s “Alumni Who Made a Difference” in 2013, and was a Women of Distinction award nominee in 2004 in the category of Community Legacy.

Cathy and her husband Murray have lived on the Peninsula for more than a decade. They are avid golfers, enjoy travelling and take great delight in their 10 wonderful grandchildren.

 



Mel Hernblad
Finance and Planning Committee Member

Mel was elected to the Board of Directors in 1996 and has been a Peninsula Co-op member since 1979. She has served on the following committees: Nominations, Planning, and Member and Community Relations as well as serving as past vice-President and member of the Executive Committee. Mel has also been a member of the Federative Co-operatives Resolution Committee and has completed both levels of Director Development Certificates through Federated Co-op.

With a diploma in Business Administration and HR certification, Mel worked 15 years as Manager/Trainer at 64 site chain ladies wear store as well as 15 years as Manager/Owner of a travel agency in Sidney.

Her community involvement includes; member and past President of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Board of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Society as well as founding member of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. She has also been the Chair of the International Federation of Women in Travel, Victoria Chapter, President of Mayfair Merchants Association and Director of Hillside Shopping Centre.

 



Doug Potentier
Governance, Member Relations and Nomination Committee Member

Doug Potentier was first elected to the Peninsula Co-op Board of Directors in 2001 and has served on every committee.

Doug has been very involved in his community, serving on various community organizations. His current directorships and community representation includes: Director, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL); Vice Chair, Discipline Committee for the College of Veterinarians of BC (first appointed in March of 2008); and a founding Director and Vice Chair, Dogwood Funeral Co-operative (August, 2012).

As an FCL Director, he represents the 16 retail co-operatives in FCL’s District #4, which covers the southern half of BC including Vancouver Island and the Haida Gwaii. He has chaired FCL’s Human Resources Committee and served on their Governance and Audit committees. In addition, he is the FCL Board’s representative to the British Columbia Co-operative Association, the University of Victoria’s Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy, Central 1 Credit Union and The Co-operators.

A certified Canadian Management Professional (CMP) since 1998. He completed the requirements of FCL’s Advanced Director Development Program, Level II in 2008. He also received his ICD.D designation after successfully completing the Institute of Corporate Directors training in September 2008 – Directors Education Program (DEP) for Directors of Large Companies/Organizations, offered by Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Doug is the retired Deputy Chief of Victoria Police.

 



Pat Fafard
Governance and Planning Committee Member

In 1981 Pat moved to the Peninsula and assumed the position of General Manager of Peninsula Co-op. In 2012, after 32 years of dedicated service, he retired from his position of CEO. Under his leadership, the Co-op grew from a small, struggling store to a membership database of over 56,000 members and an employee team of 350. His involvement with the wholesale and retail co-operative food and petroleum business spanned over 46 years.

Pat has proudly been involved in the following organizations: Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as a Director, Treasurer, Vice-President and President; Co-op Managers Association President and Board member; BC representative for the Co-op Retail Executive Management Committee; the Victoria Executive Management Club; Save-On Gas as President; and currently at Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre on the Board. Pat and his family live on the Saanich Peninsula and own a small hobby farm, raising horses.

He was elected to the Board in 2013.

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