Board of Directors

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.

2014/2015 Board of Directors

Adélard Cormier
Zone 7 - New Brunswick (French)

Réginald Larocque
1st Vice President
Zone 8 - Northern New Brunswick

Mary MacDonald
2nd Vice President
Zone 6 - New Brunswick (English)

Maggie Herbert
Zone 3 - Cape Breton, NS

Wayne Lee
Zone 1 - Newfoundland and Labrador

Robert Michael Oulton
Zone 4 - Nova Scotia West

Siri Jackson-Wood
Zone 2 - Prince Edward Island


Alex Henderson
Zone 5 - New Brunswick South and Nova Scotia Central


Adélard Cormier, President

Adélard Cormier was elected to the Board of Directors of Co op Atlantic in May of 2006. He represents Zone 7, covering Eastern New Brunswick, from Baie Ste.-Anne to Dieppe. He is currently President of the Board.

A resident of Saint-Paul-de-Kent, NB, Mr. Cormier is a retired high school principal. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the Université de Moncton. Mr. Cormier is very active in his community and serves on numerous boards, both at the provincial and national level. He is currently president of the Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital advisory board.

Mr. Cormier has been President of the Dr. Georges L. Dumont Hospital Board of Directors, a 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 presently on the board of Governors of the Université de Moncton and on the board of the Vitalité Health Authority. He is also President of the Catholic Hospital Association of New Brunswick and President of his local parish council. He is a founder and first president of the Kent Centre for the Prevention of Family Violence.

Mr. Cormier has been recognized with many 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; during that same year, he was named a Community Star in Kent County, NB, for his involvement in building awareness on the issue of drug abuse.

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Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2006 to represent Zone 10, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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

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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Réginald Larocque, 1st Vice President

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 Department.

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, 2nd Vice President

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 Jubilee Medal.

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Siri Jackson-Wood

A resident of St. Peter's Bay, PEI, Siri Jackson-Wood began her relationship with co-operatives in 2006 when she was elected to the board of directors for the Morell Consumer Co-op. Since then, she has been involved in many facets of the co-op sector.

Ms. Jackson-Wood is president of the PEl Co-operative Council, facilitating a project-based co-op youth program. She has worked with co-operatives in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEl, using specific tools aimed at sustainability and proactive assessment. She has also assisted co-op development internationally with the Canadian Co-operative Association in Uganda, East Africa.

Ms. Jackson-Wood was elected to Co-op Atlantic’s Board of Directors in 2014.

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Alex L. Henderson

Alex L. Henderson is a dairy farmer based in Scotch Settlement, NB. From 1967 to 1978, Mr. Henderson held the position of Crop Specialist for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. He has chaired the Moncton area local milk committee, the Moncton area Soil & Crop Association and the Board of Directors of Dairytown Products Ltd. He also served as a director on the Dairytown Products board from 1984 to 2011.

Mr. Henderson is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), the University of Wisconsin and McGill University. He has been a Deacon at Grace Baptist Church since 1996.

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