Board Member Profiles

Alain Molgat - Board Chair

Alain is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA,CMA) and President of Alain Molgat CMA Ltd. Prior to his retirement he was an Assurance Partner with MNP LLP and Hall Molgat, Public Accountants. Alain has worked for over 25 years with Manitoba First Nations' governments and their economic development enterprises in the roles of trusted advisor and audit engagement partner. Alain was a member of the legacy ACU board for seven years, where he sat on the Audit & Risk Management and Investment Committees. He is a past board member of the Public Utilities Board of Manitoba and has been an active volunteer with the CED sector. He is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of Community Ownership Solutions Inc. Alain has served on the ACU board since 2013 and chaired the Audit & Risk Committee from 2014 to 2017. He is currently a member of the Governance & Ethics Committee and the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

 

Kevin Freedman - Vice Chair

Kevin is an award winning leader, volunteer, and activist having been recognized by the YMCA and Governor General of Canada among others. He currently sits as a Trustee with the Winnipeg School Division, teaches at the University of Winnipeg, and is principal at Pathways Consulting. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Master's degree in NonProfit Management and Leadership. Among his many volunteer roles he is the President of the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association, President of MGEU Local 136, is a corporate and community speaker for Canadian Blood Services and Volunteer Manitoba, and is the founder of the Water Conservation Challenge. Kevin has served on the ACU board since 2014 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Commitee.

 

Dennis Anderson - Director

Dennis was President of Brandon University between 1990 and 2000, and has extensive experience as a management consultant and business educator. He holds a BSc, an MBA, and a PhD in business. He has served on a number of corporate and public sector Boards, including Centra Gas (Manitoba); the Governing Council of the National Research Council of Canada; Canadian Aboriginal Business Council (Manitoba Region); Brandon Chamber of Commerce; and the University of Swaziland; as well as several national, regional, and provincial Boards of University Presidents. Dennis has served on the ACU board since 2008 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Community & Member Relations Committee.

 

Wilbur Coates - Director

Wilbur retired in 2003 after a 35-year career with Manitoba Telecom Services where he held senior management positions. These included General Manager Internet, General Manager Directory, General Manager Operations and Regional General Manager. He holds a Diploma in Civil Technology from Red River College and a Certificate in Management from the University of Manitoba. A long-time credit union member, Wilbur has served on a credit union board since 1985. He has served on the ACU board since 2007 and is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Governance & Ethics Committee.

 

Crystal Laborero - Director

Crystal is currently principal at Laborero Consulting and the former Director, Human Resources with Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation. She has worked ten years with the Royal Bank, including opening the first on-reserve branch in Manitoba. Crystal was also the Founding CEO of Aski Financial and Director of Aboriginal Relations for the United Way of Winnipeg. She has worked with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Business Council of Manitoba, and is the first Aboriginal woman in Manitoba history to be appointed Chair of the Manitoba Women's Advisory Council. Crystal has served on the ACU board since 2011 and is the Chair of the Governance and Ethics Committee and a member of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

 

Paul Lacap - Director

For most of his marketing career, Paul has provided strategic and operational leadership within digital marketing agencies. Working at the intersection of marketing and technology, Paul has conceived and deployed hundreds of global marketing campaigns, loyalty platforms and digital platforms for consumer brands like PepsiCo., Disney, and Kimberly-Clark. In 2017, Paul took a departure from agency life and began leading a digital transformation as the Director, Digital Strategy & Engagement at the University of Manitoba. Paul has also actively participated as a thought leader on numerous industry councils and boards including The Canadian Marketing Association, The Brand Activation Association, The Association of National Advertisers, and Loyalty360. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. Paul is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), PRINCE2 Practitioner and in Prosci Change Management. In addition to his professional career, Paul has volunteered with numerous committees and boards including United Way, Imagine Canada, University of Manitoba Business School Foundation, Red River College, Futurpreneur, CCEDNET, and the Manitoba Marathon Foundation. Paul has served on the ACU board since 2015 and is a member of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee and Chair of the Community & Member Relations Committee.

 

Anne Lindsey - Director

Anne is an experienced manager in the nonprofit sector, and was most recently, Executive Director of Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE), after leading the Manitoba Eco-Network for over twenty years. Anne has held a variety of Board positions, including Treasurer of Lord Roberts Community Centre and Co-Chair of Climate Change Connection, as well as sitting on the Manitoba Water Council and the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development. She has a BA (Gold Medal) from the University of Winnipeg and a MA from the University of Calgary. Anne is a member of the Community & Member Relations Committee and Nominating Committee.

 

Garry Loewen - Director

Garry has worked as a business person, parish minister and economic development director. He holds Bachelor of Commerce (major in finance and accounting) and Master of Divinity degrees. Garry is currently a self-employed community economic development consultant. He was the founding Executive Director of the North End Community Renewal Corporation, the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, and SEED Winnipeg. For 10 years, he was the Community Economic Development Director for the Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba. He also spent 15 years with Air Canada where he was General Manager of their operations at Toronto International Airport. Garry has extensive board experience including founding President of Opportunities for Employment, Treasurer of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, and Treasurer of the Marquis Project. Garry is a past Chair of the Assiniboine board. He has served on the ACU board since 2007 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

 

James Magnus-Johnston - Director

James is a co-owner of Fools & Horses Coffee, and the Director of the Centre for Resilience at Canadian Mennonite University -- where he also teaches economics and social entrepreneurship. James previously worked in the finance industry, in policy positions with lawmakers, and in the communications industry as an editor, writer, and translator. He has an MPhil in economics from Cambridge University and a BA from the University of Winnipeg.

James volunteers with a variety of community-based and international organizations working on green economy initiatives, including Transition Winnipeg, the Green Action Centre, and the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). He has served on the ACU board since 2016 and is a member of the Community & Member Relations Committee and the Nominating Committee.

 

Nicole Ritchot - Director

Nicole retired from her 38 year public service career in 2007. At retirement, Nicole was the Regional Director of the Canadian Human Rights Commission's Prairie and Nunavut region. Nicole has since joined TLS Enterprises, a Winnipeg-based consulting firm. Nicole has a wealth of Board and volunteer experience with a variety of organizations including the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, E-Quality Communication Centre of Excellence, St. Vital French Immersion Parents' Committee, Ecole Marie Anne Gaboury Parents' Committee, St. Vital School Division's Community Consultation Committee, Co-Chair Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Committee (Manitoba), Jeunesse Manitoba, and the Norberry Community Club. She has served on the ACU board since 2007 and is Chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Governace & Ethics Committee.

 

 

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