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Leanne Hawes

Vice-President, Co-op and External Relations

By Andrew Santo

January 12, 2022


Leanne Hawes is the Vice-President Co-op and External Relations for Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL).

As Vice-President, she is responsible for the management of FCL’s relations with the 160 member Co-operatives in the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) and external stakeholders.

Leanne first began her Co-operative Retailing System career with Lloydminster Co-op as the Marketing Development Manager in 2009, she then became the Vice-President Operations in 2012 before becoming the Chief Executive Officer in 2018, and further joined FCL in her current role in 2021. Leanne is a proven strategic leader who can translate vision into business growth and financial results. She is someone who brings a professional approach to problem-solving and is a solid public representative of Co-op. She is community-minded and focuses on performance through collaboration, believing we are stronger together. 

Leanne is presently finishing her Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Fredericton. She has received education from Athabasca University in Labour Relations and has a Diploma in Business Management (with Honours) from Lakeland College. She was recently presented with Lakeland College’s Distinguished Alumni award in 2020.

Leanne carries a passion for giving back to the communities we live, work, and play. This has included volunteer board positions for numerous culture, recreation, and social service groups such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lloydminster Ukrainian Cultural Association, and Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services.