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Hélène is a specialist in cooperative development working in multiple sectors of activity in Quebec. She has accompanied the start-up and growth of cooperatives since 2009 while working at the Coopérative de développement régional du Québec (CDRQ). In 2020, she became a strategic development consultant and helped her co-op clients find the organizational and financial […]

John Parks

Dr. John Park is a professional educator whose experience in agribusiness marketing and management supports the needs of the modern agricultural cooperative. As a professor and extension specialist at Texas A&M University, Dr. Park is committed to helping businesses make better decisions and achieve competitive advantages. Dr. Park’s thoughtful and creative application of his expertise […]

Michael Norris

Originally from Toronto, Michael quickly became involved in educational politics, being elected president of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association. After sitting on the Premier’s steering committee for Major Capacity Expansion and the establishment of UOF, Michael completed his studies at the University of British Columbia in International Economics and Sustainable Development. He then returned to Toronto to work with […]

Joséphine Adegnon

Originally from the South of France, Joséphine holds a double Master’s degree in International Purchasing (University of Strasbourg) and in Corporate Finance and Financial Markets (Sciences Po Strasbourg). She started out as a buyer in the energy sector in France and later in the automotive sector in Germany before taking a 180° turn. She then […]


Hannah Scott joined the ACE Board of Directors in 2019.- Hannah Scott is the Program Manager for the CFAES Center for Cooperatives where she leads the creation and implementation of programs and technical assistance to foster cooperative business and education in Ohio, West Virginia, and beyond. Hannah is especially passionate about cooperative opportunities in agriculture, […]

Emily Nail

Emily Nail is Executive Director for the Cooperative Council of North Carolina. As Executive Director, Emily administers executive planning, administration, communications, education, and marketing. Since assuming the position in 2015 she has worked to enhance the programs, membership and get the cooperative movement networking. Among the programs she directs are the Council’s summer Cooperative Leadership […]

Audra Krueger

Audra Krueger is the Executive Director of Co-operatives First, a non-profit organization promoting the co-operative model in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada. Before joining Co-operatives First, Ms. Krueger was Research Liaison at the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. She is former vice-chair of Good Food Junction Co-operative, first director […]

Edouard Sylvestre

Edouard was born in a housing cooperative in the Villeray district of Montreal where more than 80 people of various origins shared a huge playground as a backyard. Moreover, he had a brother with Down’s syndrome and had to rub shoulders with people in a situation of disability from an early age, the values of […]

Cathy Statz

Cathy Statz is Education Director of the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU), headquartered in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She coordinates a variety of cooperative education programs for Farmers Union members, their children and the general public, including the WFU Summer Camp Program at Kamp Kenwood, and the National Farmers Union College Conference on Cooperatives. Cathy grew up […]

Andréa Renaud

Andréa Renaud was elected President of ACE in 2017 at the beginning of her first term as a director. She is a Cooperative Affairs Advisor at La Coop fédérée. Andréa trains employees and members about cooperation and supports them to encourage a better representation of women on boards of directors. She has ten years of […]