Board of Directors

 

Roger Bouchard
President - Treasurer
Roger Bouchard joined Arctic Co-operatives Limited in 2007 as the Vice President of Information Technology, proudly serving 32 independent and autonomous community owned Co-operatives in Canada’s north.  Arctic Co-op’s vision of people working together to improve their social and economic well-being is paramount in what the organization represents and stands for.  The organization’s commitment to the universally adopted Co-operative Principles and Values is also very much aligned with the Inuit and Dene cultures of sharing and solidarity, and is instrumental in ensuring indigenous cultures have the means to assure control over their own destiny.   To that end Roger has earned a Master’s degree in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions from the Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Contact Information: rbouchard@arctic.coop

 

Sonny Nielsen
Vice President
Sonny holds a Masters of Management: Co-operatives & Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University as of 2014, and is currently employed with the Vancity Savings Credit Union as a Business Partner (IT) and Business Readiness Partner (BAR). Sonny's passion lies with building and developing strong relationships. In his current role as an IT Business Partner, he convenes leaders in various lines of businesses in order to work together towards common technological goals. Sonny also has a second role as a Business Readiness Partner where he helps support leaders within Vancity in adopting the cultural shift required with the implementation of Vancity's new core banking system.

Throughout Sonny's career (all at Vancity!) he has done everything from front line teller to Branch Manager to writing Strategy for the organization. Along with his Masters degree, Sonny is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Financial Management Advisor (FMA), a Branch Compliance Manager (BCM), and a Certified Change Specialist.

As a cooperative our values reflect my own and so I am passionate on what we are trying to achieve - which is building healthy communities. In part this is what inspired me to enrol in the Saint Mary’s program in 2010. The program itself was such a wonderful experience. The material, professors and other students challenged and pushed me to grow. This only reinforced to me the need of cooperatives to be part of the global economy.

Contact information: sonny_nielsen@vancity.com

 

Glenn Valliere
Secretary
Glenn Valliere is a long-time co-op practitioner with purchasing and senior management experience at the Big Carrot, Karma Co-op and Ontario Natural Food Co-op.
Glenn's sat on boards for Everdale Environmental Learning Centre and the Ontario Co-operative Association, and was a long time Steering Committee member for the Local Organic Food Co-op Network. More recently he was elected to the board of the Canadian Organic Trade Association.
Aside from his MMCCU degree - Glenn was among the first ten people to earn a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University.  In January 2017 Glenn was asked to join the team at Pfenning's Organic Vegetables, a well-established sustainable family farm operation, where he is supporting operational and strategic improvements. He also maintains small contracts offering management support to local co-operatives.

Contact information: glennvalliere@gmail.com

 

Erbin Crowell
Director
Erbin Crowell serves as Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a co-operative federation of more than 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives with a combined membership of more than 100,000 people across New England and New York. For more than a decade, he was a member of the worker co-op Equal Exchange, a worker co-operative and pioneer in the Fair Trade movement, where he developed innovative programs in Domestic Fair Trade and collaboration with faith-based relief and development organizations. Erbin has also worked with the Cooperative Fund of New England, the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops and as an independent consultant. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the New England Farmers Union and the National Co-operative Business Association / CLUSA International.  He holds a Master of Management: Co-operatives & Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he teaches courses on the co-operative movement.

Contact Information: erbin@nfca.coop

 

John McNamara
Director
John McNamara earned his MMCCU in 2010 as part of the 4th cohort. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at St. Mary's studying the Co-op Index Tool. John teaches co-op management in the Presidio University Co-operative Management Certificate program in Seattle and a summer class on worker co-operatives at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. John works as a co-operative development specialist for the Northwest Cooperative Development Center which serves the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington. John spent 26 years as a member of Union Cab of Madison Cooperative (8 years as a director and 14 years in management). He is a founding member and past-president of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and a founding member and past-Governor of the Democracy at Work Network.

Contact information: johnamac@gmail.com