The Board of Directors are elected at the general meeting from amongst the members.
They are entrusted with the management of the affairs of the co-op. The Board appoints among its members a Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The Board can also appoint managers and
form sub-committees to assist it in the day-to-day running of the co-op.
The Board meets monthly to discuss matters relating to the affairs and business of the co-op which might include
loan approvals, membership applications, investments and so on.
Co-op members are required to subscribe to the capital of the co-operative in the form of shares, subscriptions or
deposits. They are expected to support the business of the co-operative (it is in their interest). They are
encouraged to participate in the running of the co-operative by contributing ideas and making decisions
on the policies and future development of the society. They have the right to nominate and be nominated to hold
office and vote in the general meetings. And if elected as a Board member, they are obliged to act in the best
interest of the co-operative.
2011/2012 Board of Directors
Zone 2 - Prince Edward Island
1st Vice President
Zone 7 - New Brunswick (French)
2nd Vice President
Zone 1 - Newfoundland and Labrador
Zone 3 - Cape Breton, NS
Zone 8 - Northern New Brunswick
Zone 6 - New Brunswick (English)
Robert Michael Oulton
Zone 4 - Nova Scotia West
Zone 5 - New Brunswick South and Nova Scotia Central
Bertha was elected to the Board of Co-op
Atlantic in April 2005. She represents Zone 2 which is Prince Edward
Bertha has a Bachelor of Nursing from
Dalhousie University and has had a career as a Public Health Nurse. As
well she and her husband Vernon have operated a mixed farm in Graham's
Road (near Kensington) for over 30 years.
She has been involved in various
organizations related to her children, and her community. As well she has
held positions in nursing associations and agricultural organizations;
-Association of Nurses of P.E.I ., secretary of Kensington Minor Hockey
and Figure Skating Associations, President New London Kindergarten, Vice
President of Kensington Co-op, Director of the Canadian Federation of
Agriculture, President of P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, and Vice
President P.E.I. Adapt Council.
In 1993 Bertha and her husband were
National Honourees in the Canadian Outstanding Young Farmer Program. In
1999 and 2005 she was recognized by Provincial Farm Women and the P.E.I.
Federation of Agriculture for efforts in Agriculture Awareness. In her
spare time she is an avid gardener and a member of the P.E.I. Road Runners
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Adélard Cormier, 1st Vice
Adélard Cormier was elected to the Board of
Directors of Co op Atlantic in May of 2006. He represents Zone 7,
essentially Eastern New Brunswick (from Baie Ste-Anne to Dieppe). He is
currently 1st Vice President of the Board.
Adélard is a retired school principal (Clément-Cormier High School) who
now lives in Saint Paul de Kent, New Brunswick. He holds a master’s
degree in educational administration from the University of Moncton.
Adélard is very active in his community and serves on numerous boards,
both at a provincial and a national level. He is currently president of
the Stella Maris de Kent Hospital advisory board. He is also President
of the Catholic Hospital Association of New Brunswick and President of
his local parish council.
He has been President of the Dr. Georges L. Dumont Hospital Board of
Directors, member of the GLD Foundation and President of the New
Brunswick Healthcare Association as well as member and President of the
Kent County Planning Commission. He is a founder and President of the
Kent Center for the Prevention of Family Violence (Centre de prévention
de la violence familiale de Kent).
Adélard has received many recognition
awards for his community participation. In 2013, he received the Medal of
Merit from the International Catholic Hospital Association for his
involvement in health services administration, and in 2002, he received
the Kent County Citizen of the Year Award. In 1982, he was named an
Exceptional Young Canadian. In 1998, the University of Moncton awarded him
a medal of honour, and during that same year, he was named a Community
Star for his participation in awareness building efforts concerning drug
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Wayne Lee, 2nd Vice
Wayne Lee was elected to the Board of
Directors in May 2006 to represent Zone 10, the province of Newfoundland
Wayne is a long-time Director of the Indian Head Co-op in Stephenville. He
has also served as vice-president and treasurer for the Newfoundland and
Labrador Federation of Co-operatives and as vice-chair of the Bay St.
Community College, among many other community commitments.
A retired teacher, Wayne was a department head at Stephenville High
School, trustee/treasurer for the District 4 School Board and was a member
of the executive of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association.
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Maggie Herbert was elected to the board of Co-op Atlantic in 2011.
She represents Zone 3, Cape Breton and Canso.
Maggie Herbert has been a member of Shean Co-operative, Inverness NS, for
over 30 years and was on Shean’s Board of Directors for 11 years, serving as
Secretary for one year and President for 5 years. She wrote the business plan
for Shean’s successful CEDIF offering in 2005. Her other recent volunteer
Board service includes North Inverness Forest Management, Central Inverness
Community Health Board, Cape Breton West Community Action 2000, Braemore Home
and Cape Breton District Health Authority Board.
Maggie worked in the Information Technology industry for close to 30 years, 17
years with DMR Consulting, most recently as Associate Director, Project
Management, where she managed large IT projects in various Canadian cities. For
her last 4 years with DMR, she was a Senior Instructor with their Corporate
Educational Services, teaching IT Methodology, Project Management and Career
Management to DMR employees and clients in North America and Europe.
Since 1987, Maggie has been active as a volunteer fitness instructor with many
YMCA’s and the Inverness County Department of Recreation. She is certified as
Group Fitness Instructor and Senior Fitness Instructor.
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Réginal Larocque has a diploma in accounting from the New Brunswick
Institute of Technology, in Moncton, New Brunswick, and is a member in good
standing of the Certified General Accountants Association of New Brunswick.
Réginald was a clerk for the Department of Education in Moncton, overseeing
the creation of the New Brunswick Community Colleges in Bathurst, St.
Andrews, Edmundston and Saint John.
He has been an accounting clerk for the Caisse populaire St-Alfred ltée and
the St-Raphaël Coop.
He was a provincial tax auditor for the Provincial Secretariat, now knows
as the Revenue and Taxation Division in the New Brunswick Finance
He has been chief accountant at the Lamèque hospital in New Brunswick,
where he was responsible for day-to-day accounting, budgeting, and employee
supervision in the accounting department as well as other departments.
Réginald has also been comptroller, assistant general manager and manager
for the Island Fishermen Cooperative Association Ltd. Under the Board of
Directors’ direction, he was responsible for marketing in Europe
(Scandinavia), Asia and the United States, budgetary projections, collective
agreement negotiations and staff supervision. The Island Fishermen
Cooperative Association Ltd. is a seafood processing plant with over
$40,000,000 in annual sales. It owns the subsidiary, M.V. Osprey Ltd., in
North Sydney, Nova Scotia. M. V. Osprey owns a northern shrimp fishing boat.
Réginald was on the Board of Directors of Canadian and Danish companies
until his retirement in 2005.
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Mary MacDonald was elected to the board of Co-op Atlantic in 2007,
representing Zone 6.
Mary is a member of Ken-Val Co-op and was previously a member of Simonds
Co-op for 30 years. Mary currently holds the position of Co-Chair of
Ken-Val’s Local Council.
Mary served on the board of the Atlantic Co-operative Development Fund (an
investment fund to assist co-op development and expansion) from 2000 to 2002
and as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President and President on the board of
Simonds Co-op from 1997 to 2000. While serving on these boards, she also
served on the Finance, Membership, and By-Laws/Policies committees.
Other Co-operatives that Mary and her husband Ed are members of include
Kingston Farmers Market Co-operative, Sussex Farmers Market Co-operative,
Renew Co-op and Bayview Credit Union.
Mary is a retired real estate agent. She and her husband Ed own and
operate Custom Cedar Signs.
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Robert Michael Oulton
Mike Oulton was elected to the Board of Co-op Atlantic in May 2006 and is
now serving his 3rd. three year term for Zone 4.
Mike graduated from the Nova Scotia Agriculture College in 1963 with honours and
started farming with his wife, Dianne, on a farm in Martock near Windsor. They
raised three sons, one daughter and two nieces and have twelve grandchildren.
Two sons and their families farm with them.
Their farm comprises of purebred Hereford cattle, sheep, exotic animals and a
variety of poultry, orchard and a woodlot operation. They market all their
livestock through an on farm Government inspected abattoir and meat shop.
Mike is presently chair of Scotian Gold Co-op and has been chair, director and
volunteer of numerous organizations. He recently received the Queen's Diamond
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George Trueman was elected to the Board of Directors of Co-op Atlantic in
April 2005. He represents Zone 5 in Southeastern New Brunswick and Northern
George was a dairy farmer for over 40 years and active in several
agricultural organizations including the N.B. Grain Commission as Chair, the
Canadian Hay Association Board of Directors, the N. B. Soil and Crop
Association and Bleuets NB Blueberries Board of Directors.
He served on the Board of Directors of Southeastern Mutual Fire Insurance
Company for over 25 years.
In 1981, he established Ridgeway Forage and Grain, a locally owned
agricultural service company and in 2004 he was a founding member of the
Aulac Forage Co-operative.
He is a member of the Sackville and Amherst Co-ops and a Past President
of the Port Elgin Rotary Club.
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