About SCA

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association
Feb 10

Each member of SCA may appoint one or two representatives to SCA; a voting representative and a non-voting representative. Voting representatives can be nominated for election to the SCA Board of Directors. Non-voting, member representatives participate in membership meetings throughout the year.

Jim Deane (Chair)

President and CEO, Access Communications Co-operative Limited

Jim Deane is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Access Communications Co-operative Limited, which serves over 200 communities across Saskatchewan. A firm believer in the effectiveness and community-focus of the co-operative business model, Jim first served on the SCA board when it was incorporated in 2003.

Jim was born, raised and educated in Saskatchewan. Provincially, he is a director and past-president of the Better Business Bureau of Saskatchewan and President of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Saskatchewan Division. Nationally, Jim is a board director and former Chair of the Canadian Communications Systems Alliance (CCSA) and a director with the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC).

Ken Kolstad, PMP (Vice-Chair)

Vice President, Strategy and Business Implementation, The Co-operators Life Insurance Company and The CUMIS Group Limited

Like his father, Ken has either been a member, client and/or an employee of local co-operatives within the province his entire life. Always being a Saskatchewan boy at heart and prior to joining The Co-operators in 2008, Ken spent 22 years working primarily in the Information Technology, Financial Services and Oil and Gas sectors within the province. Ken's current responsibilities at Co-operators Life Insurance Company include Strategic Planning, Enterprise Project Portfolio Governance and Business Process Improvement. Ken is a graduate of the Queen's Executive Program, is a certified Project Management Professional and has a diploma from the University of Regina in Computer Science and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program in Co-operative Management at St. Mary’s University, Sobey School of Business. Ken is married, has two lovely adult daughters, with one of them carrying on the tradition of working for a co-operative as well.

Corina Farbacher (Director)

Senior Vice President Governance and Legal, Corporate Secretary, Concentra

Anne Doucette (Director)

Board Member, Community Co-operative Health Federation

Beryl Bauer (Director)

Board Member, Lake Lenore Auditorium Co-op

Beryl is a dedicated and enthusiastic member, leader and promoter of co-operatives. Beryl has served on numerous co-operative Boards and continues to serve on co-operative boards and committees. He is a former Director of Federated Co-operatives Ltd., former President of SCA, former Vice President of Canadian Co-operative Association, former Director for Co-operative Development Foundation, President of the Lake Lenore Grocery Co-op, which he helped found, and a director on several other local community co-ops. He is a member of over 20 retail co-operatives and credit unions. He also represented the co-op sector on the Provincial Co-operative Issues Council. He has been recognized for his contributions to co-operatives and community with a Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Award in 1999 and a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for community involvement.

Beryl retired from teaching in 1997 after a 27 year career as an educator. He and his wife Phyllis have one son and two daughters and just recently celebrated the arrival of their fourth grandson!

Wayne Kabatoff (Director)

Board Member, SaskCentral

Valerie Pearson (Director)

Board Member, Federated Co-operatives Limited

Valerie was elected to the Board of Federated Co-operatives Limited in 2015.  She is a member of the Board’s Audit Committee and sits on the Governance Committee as a Region Chair.  Valerie was a member of the Saskatoon Co-op Board of Directors for 12 years, and served as President for 5 years.

Co-operatives have been a huge part of Valerie’s life.  She worked for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in Member Relations for 14 years promoting Co-ops during which time she staffed and co-ordinated Co-operative Youth Seminars.  She volunteered with the Canadian Co-operative Association to deliver micro finance opportunities to rural co-operatives in Tanzania and participated in agricultural exchanges studying co-operatives in both China and El Salvador.  In addition, Valerie co-ordinated the Junior Achievement program which was set up as a co-operative.

Valerie’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a Professional Agrologist licensed through the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

Valerie currently works a Provincial Manager for the education programs around violence and abuse prevention with the Canadian Red Cross.  Her past work experience includes Executive Director of 4-H Saskatchewan.  Her professional and community involvements include Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee for the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, Past President of 4-H Canada and public appointed member of the Discipline Committee for the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.  Past involvements include Chair of the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan, Executive Board member of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame and Board member of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

Valerie was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was responsible for 4-H Saskatchewan being recognized by the Frazer Institute and the Donner Foundation as one of the best run non-profit organizations in Canada for three consecutive years.

Valerie and her husband Jamie live in Saskatoon.

Darcy Overland (voting representative)

Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Chad Campbell (voting representative)

Farmer Direct Co-operative Limited

Andrea Oliphant (voting representative)

Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation

James Gilliard (voting representative)

Board Member, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

Evan Sorestad (voting representative)

Temperance Brewing Co-operative

Collette Robertson (member representative)

Board Member, The Co-operators

Prior to her election to the Co-operators' board in 2014, and appointment as a representative to SCA, Collette was the member representative of the Community Co-operative Health Federation to SCA from 2008 to 2014.

She retired from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Labour and Employment at the Provincial government in August 2008. She served as the Aboriginal Liaison in the Universities and Adult Learning Branch, working closely with the First Nations and Metis post-secondary education institutions. She also worked in the Department of Economic Development promoting Aboriginal business and with the Department of First Nations and Metis Relations in training and employment for Aboriginal people.

Her past Board experiences include serving on the Board for Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan and the Social Development Grants Board for the City of Regina.

Collette has three married children, six grandchildren and her interests include golfing and traveling.

Marc Topola (member representative)

Board Member, Federated Co-operatives Limited