Presenter Bios

Keynote Presenters

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Scott Banda

Chief Executive Officer,
Federated Co-operatives Limited

Scott is Chief Executive Officer of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), a position he has held since February 2010. Scott joined FCL in 2002 as the Legal Affairs Manager. In November 2004, he was appointed to the position of Vice-President, Corporate & Legal Affairs. 

In his leadership role at FCL, Scott has initiated a values-based, collaborative and forward- focused approach to doing business. He and his leadership team are championing and implementing new approaches to talent management, business processes, technology, branding and business development. He is also a passionate advocate of Co-op and their ability to improve communities.

In 2013, Scott was recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s Men of Influence by the Saskatchewan Business Magazine. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the University of Saskatchewan College of Arts & Science’s most distinguished alumni.

Prior to joining FCL, Scott worked for AREVA Resources Canada and Saskatchewan Crown Investments Corporation. Scott graduated from University of Saskatchewan College of Arts & Science with Honours in History in 1986 and from Law School in 1990. He is also a graduate of the Banff School of Advanced Management. Scott presently serves on the Board of the Desjardins General Insurance Group and has served on other Boards, including the Saskatoon Co-operative Association Limited and the Desjardins Group Advisory Committee.

FCL is owned by approximately 190 retail co-operatives. Together they provide goods and services that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities throughout Western Canada. FCL itself is the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada with revenues of $8.4 billion, the 60th largest company in Canada, the largest in Saskatchewan and in 2017 was recognized as Saskatchewan’s Business of the Year.

Scott and his wife Tracy have two daughters.

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Dionne Pohler

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Research Fellow, Rotman Institute for Gender and the Economy

Fellow, Filene Research Institute

Fellow in Co-operative Strategy and Governance, Centre for the Study of
Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan

Dionne is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, a Research Fellow with the Rotman Institute for Gender and the Economy, a Fellow of the Filene Research Institute in Wisconsin, and a Fellow in Co-operative Strategy and Governance with the University of Saskatchewan Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dionne held positions at the University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University, a PhD from the University of Alberta School of Business, and holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation from CPHR Saskatchewan.

Dionne has written numerous papers and delivered presentations on the design and implementation of governance arrangements, and on the impact of strategy, people management practices, unions, and laws on organizational stakeholders. Her current research projects focus on co-operative governance, particularly in co-op federations and the Canadian credit union system. She has received three international research awards, two university teaching awards, and several government and industry grants.

During her time at the University of Saskatchewan, Dionne helped outline a co-operative development model for western Canada rural and Indigenous communities as part of the Co-operative Innovation Project, which led to the creation of a non-profit organization, Co-operatives First, of which Dionne was a founding board member.

In addition to reading, traveling, and spending time at Canadian lakes in the summer, Dionne's favourite pastime is debating politics and public policy with family and friends.

Workshop  and Panel Presenters

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Annette Revet

Chief Transformation Officer,
Conexus Credit Union

Annette Revet (BSc Hons, MBA, C.Dir.) is the Chief Transformation Officer at Conexus Credit Union. Annette’s passion for what the future holds for Conexus has her asking the who and why before determining the what. This exudes the extreme care she has for the company, its employees and members. She is a leader whose background equips her for strategic leadership roles, particularly in the areas of governance, strategy, corporate risk management and continuous organizational improvement.

Annette has over 25 years of experience, attaining leadership roles that span industries in the private, public and co-operative sectors. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Chemistry, both from University of Regina. She has been certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Chartered Director through the Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business.

Annette is an active volunteer, currently serving on the boards of SaskEnergy, the Ranch Ehrlo Society, and Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.


Audra Krueger

Executive Director, Co-operatives First

Audra Krueger is the Executive Director of Co-operatives First, a non-profit organization promoting the co-operative model in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada. Before joining Co-operatives First, Ms. Krueger was Research Liaison at the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. She is former vice-chair of Good Food Junction Co-operative, first director and treasurer of Saskatoon Car Co-op, director of Saskatchewan Co-operative Association and Executive Director of the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op. Ms. Krueger has also researched and written on Mexican agrarian co-ops, which earned her a Master Degree in Collaborative International Development from the University of Guelph.


Ms. Krueger’s focus on strategic partnerships and pragmatic solutions has positioned her organization for strong short and long-term impacts. Within a year and a half of operations, Co-operatives First has partnered with the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives to deliver an online governance course, which has a current cohort of over 400. The organization has reached millions in western Canada through an online ad campaign. Plus, her community engagement team has directly engaged thousands of community leaders and business, economic and community development professionals with the co-operative model. Her long-term goal is to increase the number of co-operatives forming across western Canada.


Brett Fairbairn

Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Fellow in Co-operative History and Governance, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Brett is a professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and a Fellow in Co-operative History and Governance at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. He is a Rhodes Scholar and Oxford University graduate, and has held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin. A historian by training, he characterizes his recent research as interdisciplinary social science and history with a focus on democratic governance, community-based enterprise, and co-operative social movements. He is an accomplished practitioner of community-engaged scholarship and qualitative research methods. Brett has more than one hundred publications of all types, including his three most recent books, Co-operative Canada: Empowering Communities and Sustainable Businesses (co-edited with Nora Russell), Co-operative Membership and Globalization, and Living the Dream: Membership and Marketing in the Co-operative Retailing System. In public policy, Brett has worked with the Policy Research Initiative of the Privy Council of the Government of Canada on social policy and social enterprise, and with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada on co-operative alternatives for public services. In addition to these projects, he was also appointed twice by the province to chair the Saskatchewan Archives Board. In 2002, he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his university and public contributions. Brett has held a number of leadership roles, including provost and vice-president academic at the University of Saskatchewan (2008-14). 

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Cindy Nestman

Human Resource Director, The

Cindy has worked at The Co-operators since 2007, and has been a Director since joining the company.  As a key driver behind many Human Resources and Client Engagement initiatives, Cindy and her team support the organization’s goal to be a leader in client engagement. To achieve this goal, Cindy led The Co-operators efforts in researching and defining their Client Engagement strategy – she helped create an environment where people were responsible for putting the strategy into action – to make more meaningful differences – inspiring employees to bring a compelling Omni experience to their clients. 


Daniel Johnson

Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Credit Union

Daniel Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Innovation Credit Union and has over 20 years of experience in the credit union system. Other current responsibilities include Chairman of Concentra Bank.  His prior experience includes retail and wholesale leadership positions in both the Alberta and Saskatchewan credit union system.

Throughout his life, Daniel has been committed to education and continuous study. Daniel is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree. His other professional development accomplishments include studies in the areas of negotiations (Ivey) product and project methodology, change management and strategic management.

Daniel believes in community volunteerism; which is a reflection of his personal values and priorities. Daniel, his wife Laureen, and two children; Hunter and Kamryn live in Swift Current. Laureen is a medical professional and Hunter and Kamryn enjoy being active. They all love sports, camping and traveling.


Dean McKim

General Manager, Lake Country Co-op, Saskatoon Region

Dean began his career in the Co-operative Retailing System in August 1996 as Food Manager at Red Deer Co-op. He successfully completed his General Manager One-to-One Training Program at Rimbey and Eckville Co-ops in 1998 and became the General Manager for Eckville Co-op.

In 2001, he joined the Saskatoon Region as a Retail Advisor before becoming the General Manager at Delta Co-op in Unity SK in 2004. In August 2007, he was promoted to the position as General Manager for Otter Co-op in Aldergrove BC. Dean also served as Retail Advisor for the Vancouver Island Retail Co-operatives during his tenure at Otter Co-op. Dean was promoted to the position of Associate Vice-President for Federated Co-op in 2011. Dean accepted the position of CEO for the Prince Albert Co-op in May of 2015, now known as Lake Country Co-op.

Dean has completed many CRS and external management courses including his Management Development Program (University of Saskatchewan), Power Communication Certificate (Rapport Leadership International), and Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing (Babson College, Boston).

Evan Sorestad

Temperance Brewing Co-operative


Gilles Dorval

Director of Aboriginal Relations, City of Saskatoon

As the Director of Aboriginal Relations for the City of Saskatoon, Gilles Dorval works extensively with community partners and Industry to ensure that Aboriginal people are represented in our workforce and participate fully in the development of our community. He has a passion and commitment with a keen understanding of the legislation and the importance of cultivating welcoming environments.




Jaris P. Swidrovich

Board Member, Saskatoon Community Clinic


Lou hammond Ketilson

Fellow in Co-operative Management, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Adjunct Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy


·        PhD, Saskatchewan

·        MBA, Saskatchewan

·        BA Honours, Saskatchewan

Lou has been with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives since 1985 and also holds an adjunct professorship in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Her research interests include management in co-operatives and other democratic organizations, community development, women in co-operatives, Aboriginal co-op development, and diversity on co-op boards and governance bodies. Lou served a five-year term as associate dean in the then College of Commerce (now Edwards School of Business) and then returned to the Centre as acting director of the Centre in July 2004. She assumed the formal directorship in April 2005, a position she held until December 2013. In January 2014, Lou passed the director’s wand to Murray Fulton. She retired in the fall of 2014 but remains active in both research and teaching at the Centre in her capacity as Fellow in Co-operative Management and as an adjunct professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.


The Honourable Lucie Moncion


Lucie Moncion, a Franco-Ontarian, was appointed to the Senate in November 2016 by The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in co-operative administration from Laurentian University in Sudbury and an MBA from Moncton University. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in the co-operative sector as well as a vast practical experience in the Franco-Ontarian communities. She holds a Chartered Director designation from both Laval University and McMaster University, and she is a member of Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors.

The first woman in Canada to be appointed as head of a caisse populaire federation, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of L’Alliance des caisses populaires de l’Ontario for 16 years.

Among her many accomplishments, Senator Moncion was behind the creation of the Government of Ontario’s tripartite caucus on co-operatives and social finance. She was also the President and Chair of the Board of Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada and President of Le Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario.

Active on various corporate boards of directors, she has chaired the audit and governance committees of Groupe Média TFO; she was Vice-Chair of Nipissing University’s Board of Governors, Treasurer of the Direction Ontario Board of Directors, Chair of the Circuit Champlain and Coalition of Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires working groups, and a member of the Board of Directors at Collège Boréal.

Originally from Ottawa, Senator Moncion has a deep understanding of the province’s francophone minority, and an in-depth knowledge of Northern Ontario, its economy, business climate, needs and communities, and has recognized experience in the co-operatives and social entrepreneurship sector.

She has three children and three grandchildren, and she lives with her husband Yvon in North Bay, in Ontario.

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Milton TooToosis

Director of Livelihood/Economic Independence, Office of the Treaty Commissioner

Milton is a member of the Poundmaker Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory. Milton has extensive experience in human resource management at the tribal, provincial and federal levels of government. His HRM focus has been on attraction, recruitment and retention. Milton has served on numerous committees and boards with a focused attention to youth, community/employment development and economic independence within First Nations communities.

Tootoosis received his Bachelor of Indigenous Studies from the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now the First Nations University of Canada)/U of R, has studied public administration and taken numerous professional development courses. He was granted his Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer Certificate from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers in 2009.


Murray Fulton

Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Director, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Co-operative Retailing System Chair in
Co-operative Governance

Murray is a professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and director of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, where he holds the Co-operative Retailing System Chair in Co-operative Governance. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the University of Saskatchewan in 1984. Murray’s research and teaching interests are focused in a number of areas, including industrial organization, agricultural and rural policy, and public sector and co-operative governance. He is the co-author of a number of books and reports, including Canadian Agricultural Policy and Prairie Agriculture and Co-operatives and Canadian Society. Fulton has also written many articles and papers on industrial organization, agricultural policy, and co-operatives. One important area of research has been an examination of the changes occurring in agriculture and the response of organizations to these changes. His current research is focused on governance and executive compensation in the public and quasi-public sectors. He is also interested in behavioural economics and its application to business strategy and public policy formation.

Myrna Hewitt

EVP Member Experience, Affinity Credit Union

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shannon enns

IT Security Compliance & Assurance Analyst, affinity credit union

Shannon Enns is an IT Security Compliance & Assurance Analyst with Affinity Credit Union performing compliance and audit activities to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls, including performing special investigations. She audits systems, access, and systems design for adherence to the prescribed development and transactional protocols or procedures internally and with external system auditors. She also monitors for potential data loss within the organization.

Shannon believes that by improving internal processes and controls potential risks can be pro-actively identified and mitigated.

Shannon graduated from a Business Administration program at SAIT in Calgary, AB and has obtained her MCITP: EDA. She is currently working towards the Certified Information Systems Auditor designation. Shannon previously worked as an IT Systems Specialist with Advantage Credit Union prior to the merger with Affinity Credit Union where she was a Support Services Analyst.

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renew development co-operative


Tony D'Alessandro

Vice President, Architecture, IT Strategy and Applied Innovation, The  Co-operators

Tony has more than two decades of experience in the development and delivery of new business capabilities across various industries; including financial services, retail, healthcare and media.

Tony currently serves as Vice President of The Co-operators Group of Companies, where he is accountable for directing technology investments that support strategic and operational imperatives of the organization. In addition, Tony is accountable for protecting Information Security assets by leading a comprehensive Information and Cyber Security strategy and work plan.  Tony’s main interest is with exploring new value propositions, particularly through technology enabled innovation and emerging business models that leverage digital ecosystems. Tony is an active member of private boards and also provides volunteer advisory to large, public healthcare organizations in Ontario.

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Trevor Beaton

Chief Innovation and People Officer, Synergy Credit Union

Trevor is the Chief Innovation and People Officer at Synergy Credit Union in Lloydminster, SK.

Trevor started his career in the credit union system in 1999 and spent 14 years in wealth management.  In September of 2013 Trevor was promoted to Manager of Advisory Services overseeing both Wealth Services and the Business Banking Centre. In September of 2016 he was appointed as the Chief Innovation and People Officer. This challenging role leads Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Project Management and Facilities. Trevor’s is very active in Synergy’s collaborative efforts specifically in regards to Synergy’s technology roadmap with the Back Office Collaborative.

Trevor has a MBA from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and holds the CFP designation. Trevor was recognized as a CU Central National Young Leader in 2012 and served three years on the National Young Leader Committee.

Outside of work, Trevor plays an important leadership role in his community of Lashburn. Trevor coaches minor sports, and has been an active board member of fundraising events and recreational facilities. Trevor is married and has two wonderful children.

Trevor Spitzig

senior information security analyst, Affinity Credit Union

Trevor Spitzig is a Senior Information Security Analyst with Affinity Credit Union, managing the installation, maintenance and monitoring of a variety of tools, devices, and detection hardware designed to protect the organization’s information security from potential threats.

Trevor believes that a career in Information Security is a perfect fit for him because he enjoys a challenge and feels strongly about both personal and professional privacy.