President/Chair of the Board
May 6, 2016
Sharon Alford of Swan River, MB, was first elected to the FCL Board in 2013, and was elected Chair of the Board in 2019. Sharon is one of the directors elected by District 5 which is comprised of 31 member co-ops in Manitoba. Sharon has primary responsibility for seven member co-ops which are located in the central and western part of the District.
Sharon is a member of the Governance Committee and serves as ex-officio on all other Board Committees. In addition, Sharon is the Board’s representative to The Co-operators, Co-operative Superannuation Society and the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
Sharon was first elected to the Board of Directors of Swan Valley Co-op in 2002, where she served on various committees and as President from 2004 to 2013.
Sharon received the Co-opDirector.D designation in 2020 which is the first co-operative director designation in Canada and part of FCL’s Director Development Program. In 2017, Sharon received her Professional Director designation following the successful completion of Governance Solutions’ Professional Director Certification Program. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, where she majored in Economics.