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					2011 Calgary Co-op
     DIRECTOR ELECTION CANDIDATE
                       Education and professional designations: One year of Engineering at Royal Roads, Bachelor of Commerce (U.of Sask.) .
                       Accredited Condominium Manager (A.C.M).

                       Occupation and work experience: President and Managing Associate of Montgomery Ross & Associates since 1981.
                       Company acts as business agent for sixty Calgary condominium corporations.
                       Involvement with Calgary Co-op and its subsidiaries or other co-operatives: Calgary Co-op member since 1974.
                       Two years on the Member Relations Committee plus three years as a Director.

                       Affiliation with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op or its subsidiaries: None

                       Community or volunteer involvement: Current member of the Committee of Management for the Ranchmen’s Club
                       and chair of the Membership sub-committee. Charter President of the Association of Condominium Managers of Alberta.
                       Past President of the Canadian Condominium Institute, South.Alberta Chapter.

                       Board related experience, skills and/or qualifications: Calgary Co-op Director – President/Principal – Strata Realty
                       Corp. 1981 – To Current – 20 Employees.
James P. G. Atkinson   Platform and other comments: It is always a pleasure to shop at a Co-op store, mainly because the employees are
       (Jim)           so helpful and friendly to the customer. We are obviously attracting and retaining the right people. Similarly, we have a
                       strong, effective management group. What we don’t have this year is a strong patronage-saving bottom line.
    403-219-6041       Our Co-op is operating in a viciously competitive market place against huge integrated chains which have greater buying
                       power and lower distribution costs. We must encourage our friends at Federated Co-operatives to examine more closely
      ext. 6341        these chain advantages, and also look closely at our own distribution costs, etc.
                       Thank you so much for trusting me with your vote – I won’t disappoint you.

                       For more information about Jim Atkinson please visit (will be available in January):
                       http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=62400
2011 Calgary Co-op
   DIRECTOR ELECTION CANDIDATE
                  Education and professional designations:
                  • Diploma in Business Administration.
                  • Certificate in Personnel & Industrial Relations.
                  • Certificate in Public Administration.
                  • Certificate in Real Estate Administration.
                  • Level IV Training – Canadian Income Tax
                  Occupation and work experience:
                  • Self-employed for more than twenty five years
                  • Currently a Chair of Board of Referees
                  • Currently Alternative Chair and Member of AB Citizens Appeal Panel.
                  • Managing Partner U2 Enterprises

                  Involvement with Calgary Co-op and its subsidiaries or other co-operatives:
                  • Calgary CO-OP members since 1993.
                  • Member of the Cochrane Lake Gas CO-OP
                  • Member of UFA CO-OP.
David Usherwood   • Former member of Calgary Co-op Member Relations Committee (2009)

                  Affiliation with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op or its subsidiaries: No
  403-219-6041    Business Affiliation with anyone associated with Calgary Co-op.

    ext. 6345     Community or volunteer involvement:
                  • Executive Member of the Sam Steele’s Scouts Commemorative Cavalry.
                  • Member of Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
                  • Member of the Honourary Guard.
                  • Member of the Military Museum Society of Calgary.
                  • Member of the Cochrane Legion Men of Vision.

                  Board related experience, skills and/or qualifications:
                  • Financial Administration inclusive of budgeting, auditing, tax & reporting.
                  • Human Resources, Employee Relations and Collective Agreement
                  • Policy Consultant & Presenter.
                  • Customer Relations & Media Relation Savvy
                  • Commercial Real Estate – Leasing & Sales.
                  • New Construction & Renovation Project Management Experience

                  Platform and other comments:
                  • As a director I will be a team player and pledge that I will make a significant contribution to the benefit of the
                      organization.
                  • Personal goal is to ensure Calgary Coop remains competitive.
                  • Support and Remember to vote for Dave Usherwood.
2011 Calgary Co-op
   DIRECTOR ELECTION CANDIDATE
                   Education and professional designations: Certificate in Management, University of Manitoba. CIM & P Mgr. Canadian
                   Institute of Management. Real Estate Brokers course UBC, Real Estate Institute of Canada – FRI & ARM; Fellow of the
                   Institute of Canadian Bankers.; Alberta Engineering Technologist; CET and graduate of the Canadian Leadership Institute.

                   Occupation and work experience: Currently working as a Real Estate Broker licensed in Alberta and BC. Have gained
                   combined business experience working for several national companies including: Standard Life, Credit Foncier, Transforce
                   and Canadian National. Further experience gained as an indentured apprentice in Scotland and as a marine engineer in the
                   British Merchant Navy.

                   Involvement with Calgary Co-op and its subsidiaries or other co-operatives: None.

                   Affiliation with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op or its subsidiaries: None.

                   Community or volunteer involvement: Active member in the Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary, the Royal
                   Canadian Legion and former Council member of the Progressive Group for independent Business (PGIB).

                   Board related experience, skills and/or qualifications: Served on the Board of Calgary Co-Op for 6 years where I
Alexander Ingram   participated on all major committees and served as Vice Chair and Board Chair.

                   Platform and other comments: My platform, “Pricing, Produce & Charity” has a 3 fold approach: Lower Prices – This
  403-219-6041     will be done via a value / space audit. The second aspect of my platform is about Cultural Choice – Carrying other foods
                   from other cultures as our competitors do. Based on research / cost analysis my platform will reduce costs, increase revenue
    ext. 6346      and progress in service. We will continue our superior customer service that the Co-Op employees provided. Charity – The
                   more revenue we bring in the more we can give back to the community.
2011 Calgary Co-op
  DIRECTOR ELECTION CANDIDATE
                Education and professional designations: Bachelor of Human Ecology, U. of Manitoba; Director’s Certification – Level
                1 & 2; Community Relations, U. of Calgary; Foundation Certificate in Information Technology Service Management from
                Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology. Professional Home Economist.

                Occupation and work experience: Calgary Co-op Director, Issue strategist, Calgary Fire Department; 15+ years
                marketing, communications, strategic planning and IT project management for City of Calgary.
                Involvement with Calgary Co-op and its subsidiaries or other co-operatives: Vice Chairman, Board Secretary,
                Governance Committee Chair, PACC, Audit and Member Relations Committees; Co-op Trustee, director: Alberta
                Community Co-operatives Association and Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society (volunteer); starting Calgary funeral
                co-op (volunteer).

                Affiliation with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op or its subsidiaries: see above

                Community or volunteer involvement: see above

                Board related experience, skills and/or qualifications:
  Terry Geib    Board director certification; Board Governance, Parliamentary Procedures; lead process to hire new Calgary Co-op CEO;
                skilled in food science, consumer behaviour and education; 9-yrs on Calgary Co-op board, 6-yrs ACCA board, 2-yrs CCMS
                board; strong network with Canadian and UK co-op businesses.
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                Platform and other comments: The most important job of any board is to hire the CEO. I’m proud to have chaired the
   ext. 6343    committee to hire our current CEO, who has the grocery experience and strategic planning skills to manage the challenges
                and changing retail dynamics in Calgary. I say with confidence, we are fast becoming the Co-op our members want – with
                everyday lower prices, fresher produce and continued excellent customer services.
                To be an effective board, we need skilled individuals who understand the co-operative retail sector and who have a
                genuine interest in understanding and meeting the needs of our members. Our board has struggled with this in the past;
                however with good board leadership we are now stronger than ever.

                With the knowledge gained on this board, I’ve recently undertaken a volunteer project to start a funeral co-operative.
                Although unrelated to Calgary Co-op, the networking and ability to keep in touch with the co-operative sector enhances
                my current role as director.

                I have the skills, motivation and desire to serve Calgary Co-op for another term. For more information about me and my
                co-op work, or to send me an email, please visit www.geib.ca.
                Thank you again for your continued support. Yours co-operatively, Terry
2011 Calgary Co-op
   DIRECTOR ELECTION CANDIDATE
                    Education and professional designations: Graduate Diploma – Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver;
                    Graduate Degree – School of Business and Public Management, George Washington University, Washington, DC

                    Occupation and work experience: Urban Planner (Heritage), City of Calgary, 2007 – present; previous employment as a
                    heritage conservation consultant, small-business manager (antiques store), farmer (grain, cattle)

                    Involvement with Calgary Co-op and its subsidiaries or other co-operatives: Calgary Co-op Member Relations
                    Committee

                    Affiliation with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op or its subsidiaries: None

                    Community or volunteer involvement: Director, Heritage Vancouver Society (2004-06); Member, Advocacy
                    Committee, Heritage Vancouver Society (2004-06)

                    Board related experience, skills and/or qualifications: Currently provide Administration support to a City of Calgary
                    volunteer board; Director, Heritage Vancouver Society

Clinton Robertson   Platform and other comments: As a Director, I will defend Co-operative principles and values. Growing up in rural
                    Saskatchewan, where co-ops are vital parts of the community, I understand the importance that co-ops have in strengthening
                    communities – I want to support this tradition in Calgary as a Director for Calgary Co-op.
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                    Calgary Co-op must be price-competitive and accountable to members, supplying affordable and high-quality products. At the
     ext. 6347      same time, Calgary Co-op has a broader social responsibility for the sustainable development – economic and environmental
                    –of the community and region.

                    As a Director, a priority for me will be that Calgary Co-op provides more locally produced, organic and humanely raised foods. In
                    effect, this will strengthen the local / regional economy and will help to support sustainable, regional agriculture. This will also
                    help to support family farms, food security, and will result in more nutritious, healthy food.

                    I see other ways that Calgary Co-op can also better serve customers – such as providing a wider variety of foods for the area’s
                    growing ethnic population. As well, Calgary Co-op must ensure that stores and facilities are attractive, sustainably designed
                    and assets to their communities.

                    Additionally, I look forward to working with employees to ensure that Calgary Coop is an excellent place to work.

                    As a Director I will work towards strengthening Calgary Co-op’s position as an affordable place to shop, and as a competitive,
                    community-minded, and socially responsible organization.
                    A co-op should be different!
2011 Calgary Co-op
   DIRECTOR ELECTION CANDIDATE
                   Education and professional designations: Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm)

                   Occupation and work experience: Current Calgary Co-op Board Chair, Financial Planner with Investors Group Financial
                   Services.

                   Involvement with Calgary Co-op and its subsidiaries or other co-operatives: Current Calgary Co-op Board Chair,
                   former employee of the Association.

                   Affiliation with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op or its subsidiaries: Business
                   relations regarding Board activities.

                   Community or volunteer involvement: Exile Island for the Children’s Make A Wish Foundation.

                   Board related experience, skills and/or qualifications: 9 years on the Calgary Co-op Board, Bachelor of Commerce
                   Business Education from the University of Calgary, and Certified Financial Planning courses through the Canadian Institute
                   of Financial Planning

 Stuart Cantrill   Platform and other comments: Re-elect Stuart Cantrill! Fellow members it has been an honour and a privilege serving
                   you for the past 9 years on your Board of Directors, and, for the past 4 years, as your Board Chair.

  403-219-6041     With the recent recession, our association has had its fair share of challenges. I am proud to say that we were fiscally
                   prudent during the boom and paid down a large portion of our long term debt, so that when we entered these tough
    ext. 6342      economic times, our association was financially solid.

                   In these tough economic times, the future is also full of challenges. We must continue to work on our pricing, with a goal
                   to be less expensive than our main competitors Safeway and Sobeys, and be in a reasonable price point to the discount
                   offerings of Superstore and Walmart. All the while maintain the best service in Calgary, including offering carry-out service
                   to every member, and full service gas at self serve prices. We must ensure that our fresh offering is simply the best in
                   Calgary, and reward our employees for their hard work to ensure Calgary Co-op is an employer of choice in the Calgary
                   Community.

                   I am excited about the future of Calgary Co-op, and would like to continue to be a part of that future.

                   I kindly ask for your vote so that I may continue to serve your best interests on your Board of Directors.
2011 Calgary Co-op
   DIRECTOR ELECTION CANDIDATE
                 Education and professional designations: Bachelor of Science, Agriculture; Masters of Science, Agriculture; Professional
                 Agrologist (P.Ag.)

                 Occupation and work experience: I have 25 years of diversified experience in the food and agriculture industries. I have
                 held senior positions in marketing and operations within the grain, beef and food sectors in Alberta and have consulted
                 on food product development and consumer acceptance of food products. Over my career, I have been responsible for
                 on-time, on-budget delivery of business projects and have had bottom line financial responsibility. I served as a Board
                 member on Alberta’s Agriculture and Food Council for 6 years. I was born and raised in Alberta. Currently I work as a Senior
                 Investment Manager for AVAC Ltd., within the food business investment team.

                 Involvement with Calgary Co-op and its subsidiaries or other co-operatives:
                 • Dedicated Calgary Co-op shopper and member since 1985.
                 • Member of the Calgary Co-op Member Relations Committee since 2009.
                 • Employee at Alberta Wheat Pool (a co-op) for 18 years.

                 Affiliation with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op or its subsidiaries: None

 Peggy LeSueur   Community or volunteer involvement:
                 • Board member of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre (DDRC)
                 • Vice President and Board member for the Grain Academy and Museum
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                 Board related experience, skills and/or qualifications: With over 10 years of direct Board experience I have practical
    ext. 6344    experience in board governance, strategic leadership and teamwork. With over 25 years of related work experience in the
                 food industry, I have an appreciation of the importance of Calgary Co-op as well as the challenges it faces. I would bring to
                 the Board my experience in financial management, marketing, communications and project management.

                 Platform and other comments: Calgary Co-op serves its members as a strong competitive business. My love for the food
                 industry gives me a passion and determination to ensure the continued success of Calgary Co-op and its ability to serve
                 its members via competitive pricing, excellent customer service, listening to member input and continuing to be a strong
                 corporate citizen.

                 I would be privileged to work hard as a Calgary Co-op Board member. I need your vote and would be pleased to speak…

				
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