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Patrick Smith

Vice-President, Retail Operations

By Daniel Jungwirth

May 27, 2016


Patrick Smith is Vice-President Retail Operations for Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL).

As Vice-President, Patrick is responsible for integrating the activities of FCL with those of its more than 179 member retail co-operatives. This includes administration of FCL’s regional offices in Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

Patrick began his career in the Co-operative Retailing System as a student clerk at the North of 53 Co-op in Flin Flon, Man., in 1977 and later became Grocery Manager. He was then promoted to Food Manager positions at Moose Jaw Co-op and Estevan Co-op, where he took his General Manager training. Upon completion, Patrick assumed General Manager positions at Vegreville Co-op and later Viking Co-op before becoming a Retail Advisor with FCL in the Edmonton Region. Patrick then went on to serve as General Manager at Riverbend Co-op and then General Manager of Battleford and District Co-op prior to becoming FCL’s Associate Vice-President, Retail Operations, in Winnipeg in June 2013. He also served as the General Manager of Interprovincial Cooperatives Limited. Patrick was appointed to his current position on June 4, 2018.

Patrick brings extensive retail experience, a sound understanding of the Co-operative Retailing System and FCL and a track record of leading people to build a culture of collaboration, focus and performance.