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Paul Hames

Vice-Chair of the Board

By Andrew Santo

April 1, 2021

Paul Hames of Brentwood Bay, BC was elected to the Board of Federated Co-operatives Limited in 2021 and was elected as Vice-Chair of the Board in 2024. He is one of 3 directors elected by District 2, which is comprised of 20 Co-operatives located in Alberta and British Columbia. Paul has primary responsibility for 7 Co-operatives within District 2.

As an FCL Director, Paul is Chair of the Board’s Governance, Credentials and Code of Conduct and Ethics Committees and is a member of the Human Resources Committee.

Before joining the FCL Board, Paul served as a Director on Peninsula Co-op's Board for 18 years, 8 as president of the Board. He served on all committees, which included Finance, Governance, Member Relations, Planning, Mergers and Amalgamation, and Nominations.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (with Distinction) from the University of Alberta and a Master of Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Paul has extensive conflict management experience. He is a trained mediator/negotiator and received advanced negotiation training at Harvard University. He obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (Rotman School of Management - Haskayne Business School Calgary). Paul has completed the full complement of FCL Governance courses and has received his Co-opDirector.D designation.

Paul is proud to have been a police officer for many years contributing to the safety and sustainability of Canadian communities. He has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the RCMP Long Service Medal.

Paul loves to travel with his family, hike, explore back roads on his motorcycle and most recently has taken up boating.