Elections 2016 Timeline & Process


Candidate information will be available online and at Customer Service in early August.
Meet-the-Candidates forum (date TBD).
Pre-AGM ballots available for in-store voting by September 1.


Election at Annual General Meeting on September 21, 2016.

Board Candidate Requirements

In order to be deemed eligible to stand for election, potential candidates must:

  • Be a fully-subscribed member in good standing of the Kootenay Co-op at least 30 calendar days prior to the nomination
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age as of September 1 of the election year
  • Commit to at least one two-year term
  • Formally declare their willingness to stand for election and return their application before May 31, 2016
  • Exhibit a commitment to the Mission and Vision of the Kootenay Co-op and be willing to represent the interests of the membership
  • Attend at least one regular board meeting prior to declaring your candidacy before June 30, 2016
  • Attend an informal interview with a current Board Director and General Manager
  • Disclose any conflicts of interest and be able to sign the Board of Directors Statement of Agreement

Co-operatives: Economic Democracy in Action!

From its humble beginnings in 1975 as a buying club in the Slocan Valley, 40 years later the Kootenay Co-op has grown into a thriving social enterprise with over 14,000 members and annual sales in excess of $13M.

Mission-driven and guided by the international cooperative principles, the Kootenay Co-op plays an ever-increasing role in the social, economic and environmental sustainability of our region.  We are a significant retailer of local/regional foods and products in the area, acting as the sole or primary retailer for dozens of small businesses.  The Co-op provides a right livelihood for over 80 employees and supports a wide variety of community groups and non-profit organizations through our outreach programs.

Owned & Governed by people like YOU!

Similar to any corporation, the Co-op’s Board of Directors works on behalf of our owners. What sets the Kootenay Co-op apart, however, is that in a consumer co-op like ours, the owners are people you know — your friends, neighbours, family and colleagues! With good food being an essential (and delicious) necessity of our daily lives, stewarding a member-owned grocery store like the Co-op is a one-of-a-kind opportunity in Canada.

Board Directors play a significant role in the future well-being of our community and are part of a wonderful model for how a community can democratically take control of its food supply.