Vancouver Island Co-ops and Federated Co-operatives Limited donate $58,440 to The Canadian Red Cross

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Canadian Red Cross will have $58,440 added to the B.C. Wildfire Appeal thanks to a generous donation from Vancouver Island Co-ops and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) in Saskatoon.

“We are committed to supporting the communities where we do business and causes that matter to our member-owners. In light of the recent wildfires throughout the province, we are honoured to support the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Red Cross,” said Dave Hoy, Chair of the Vancouver Island Co-op Management Group and CEO/General Manager of Peninsula Co-op.

“The unity between the Vancouver Island Co-ops, at a time of great need in our province, has been remarkable,” said Hoy. “Contributing locations include Peninsula Co-op, Mid-Island, Port Alberni, Comox, Tofino, Ucluelet, North Island, Hornby and Sointula. Many of our member-owners, customers and staff have close friends and family affected by the fires, and we feel that this donation is simply the right thing to do.”

“Federated Co-op has a donation-matching plan in place to work with local Co-ops and their fundraising efforts,” said Dave Dyck, Associate Vice-President Calgary Region with FCL. “We will be matching the Vancouver Island Co-ops’ donation, bringing the total value of this donation to $58,440. All funds will be allocated directly to the B.C. wildfire efforts. In addition, Federated Co-op recently donated $1 million over five years to the Canadian Red Cross in support of their Disaster Management Program across Western Canada.”

The Canadian Red Cross helps vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world affected by emergencies and disasters — situations ranging from individual house fires to floods that disrupt entire regions.

Following a disaster in Canada, Red Cross workers provide vital assistance for people’s basic needs, including shelter, family reunification assistance, finding support, first aid, information, clothing and food. They work in partnership with first responders, emergency managers and public officials to support their response activities.

Source: CO-OP

Federated Co-operatives Limited announces contribution of $1 million to the Thundering Ahead Capital Campaign

Federated Co-operatives Limited announces contribution of $1 million to the Thundering Ahead Capital Campaign

 

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wanuskewin Heritage Park’s recently announced $40-million Thundering Ahead Capital Campaign received its first major donation today (FEBRUARY 23, 2017).

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is making a $1 million commitment to the campaign.

“Federated Co-operatives Limited is pleased to announce a contribution of $1 million to the Thundering Ahead Capital Campaign on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “This renewal represents an opportunity to engage in meaningful reconciliation. Our Co-op’s home is Western Canada and we are honoured to be part of ensuring that the epic story of Wanuskewin is told and experienced for generations.”

The donation will support Wanuskewin’s bold renewal vision, which includes a new exhibit at the park to be called Wanuskewin: A Gathering Place presented by Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of Western Canada’s Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The interactive exhibit will blend personal stories and Wanuskewin’s significance to culture, education and science. It will also provide breathtaking images of running bison and learning on their connection to Indigenous culture, history and ecology.

“Wanuskewin Heritage Park is thrilled that Federated Co-operatives Limited has come on board in such a tangible way,” said Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, Chair of Wanuskewin’s Board of Directors. “We are so grateful for the commitment of Federated Co-operatives Limited to Wanuskewin and our shared future.”

Plans are underway to apply for UNESCO World Heritage designation, introduce exhibit galleries and improve educational offerings, expand the current facility to accommodate larger conferences and meeting groups, renovate the nearly 25-year-old interpretive centre, preserve ecology and biodiversity on the site, and expand the land base to accommodate a small herd of Plains bison.

“Education is important to us, and important to Federated Co-operatives Limited,” said Tribal Chief Felix Thomas, co-chair of the Thundering Ahead Campaign and Tribal Chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council. “In addition to engaging his team in this project, Scott has been a contributing member to our volunteer team, and a pleasure to work with.”

On Feb. 9, Wanuskewin launched plans for a $40-million capital campaign to fund a bold renewal based on four pillars:

  1. To elevate Wanuskewin from the longest-running archaeological project in Canada to an international centre for excellence in education, preservation and interpretation of Indigenous art and culture.
  2. To aspire to world heritage designation through UNESCO, building on Wanuskewin’s existing status as a National Historic Site.
  3. To preserve the ecological island that is Opimihaw Valley and protect the unique ecology and biodiversity of the land as Wanuskewin transitions into an iconic urban park.
  4. To return the majestic bison to Wanuskewin’s plains.

Contact:
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca
GENERAL CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

Source: FCL

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Federated Co-operatives Limited and retail co-ops join in Farm Credit Canada’s annual food drive

Federated Co-operatives Limited and retail co-ops join in Farm Credit Canada's annual food drive
Federated Co-operatives Limited and retail co-ops join in Farm Credit Canada’s annual food drive

 

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Nov-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Retailing System has once again helped Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Drive Away Hunger.

This fall, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and retail co-ops across Western Canada were among the partners participating in FCC’s annual food drive.

The 2016 campaign has collected more than 6.7 million meals for food banks across the country, including more than 1.76 million in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Working together

In Western Canada, retail co-ops partnered with local FCC offices to host Drive Away Hunger stops in 26 communities. The events featured barbecues, activities and opportunities for Co-op members and customers to make food donations.

FCL also provided $15,000 in Co-op Gift Cards to the campaign, which will be provided to local food banks in those communities.

“FCC Drive Away Hunger is about working with our partners, FCC offices and schools across Canada toward a common goal of reducing hunger in our communities,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO, in a media release. “It draws an important connection between those who produce our food and those in need of a helping hand.

“I’m once again overwhelmed by the generous support of our customers and partners — we couldn’t have done this without them.”

Source: Coop

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Federated Co-operatives Limited breaks ground on new Propane storage facility in Dryden, Ontario

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is breaking ground on a new Co-op Propane storage facility in Dryden, Ont.

Owned by FCL, a wholesale co-operative that serves 200 autonomous retail co-ops across Western Canada, the facility will provide propane to customers and members of Red River Co-op throughout the region.

“Co-op Propane is a safe, efficient and affordable source of energy with many uses around the home, at the cottage or in industry,” said Doug Wiebe, General Manager at Red River Co-op, the retail co-operative whose customers will be served. “With this facility, Co-op is making a long-term commitment to the community. We look forward to continuing our relationship with our existing customers as we introduce our high-quality service and products to new ones.”

The facility will be located in Dryden’s Norwill Industrial Park and will distribute propane to customers throughout northwest Ontario.

“The Dryden Development Board and staff are very excited to welcome Federated Co-operatives Limited to our Wilderness City as we continue our work with the economic development of Dryden and area,” said Sandra Boyko, Chair of the Dryden Development Corporation. “We are grateful for their continued partnership and wish them a successful venture.”

Local connections

Propane from the facility will be distributed to customers throughout the region by Energy Tech Services (ETS) of Kenora, Ont. FCL and ETS have operated in the region since 2002, supplying customers with propane from an FCL-owned facility in Kenora.

“On behalf of the City of Dryden, we welcome FCL to our community,” said Ernie Remillard, Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Dryden. “We wish FCL nothing but continued success in their expansion strategy.”

For 50 years, FCL has helped customers and businesses find propane solutions for their needs. FCL currently operates bulk propane locations throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

Source: Coop

Federated Co-operatives Limited announces the appointment of Tony Van Burgsteden as Vice President Finance

Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chief Executive Officer Scott Banda is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Van Burgsteden as Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) Vice-President Finance, effective October 3, 2016.

Tony presently is FCL’s Associate Vice-President, Controls and Reporting, a position he has held since joining FCL in April 2015. He also presently serves as the General Manager of Interprovincial Cooperative Limited (IPCO).

Prior to joining FCL, Tony was the Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer for AREVA Resources Canada Inc., where he was a member of the senior management team and oversaw all accounting, finance, risk, tax, insurance and budget functions. In addition, he has experience with many joint-venture committees, major projects, technology systems and corporate social responsibility including government relations and First Nations relationships. While at AREVA, Tony also held the positions of Director, Finance and Accounting; Manager, Finance and Accounting; Superintendent, Finance and Accounting; and Financial and Taxation Accountant.

Tony was raised on a farm near Kinistino, Sask. He worked with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and then went on to earn a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan before starting his accounting career with KPMG in Saskatoon and continuing it with KPMG in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).

Tony has been active in the business community and has just completed his fifth year as a board member of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce where he served as its President in 2014-15. Tony has also served as a long-term board member of Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Chapter of the Treasury Management Association of Canada.

In his new role, Tony will contribute to the strategic direction and management of FCL and its subsidiaries, be a strong advocate and role model for FCL’s values, vision, mission and brand, and provide executive leadership and direction to the enterprise wide Finance Business Unit.

Please join Scott in welcoming Tony to his new role as Vice-President Finance.

Contact:

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca
GENERAL CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

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Federated Co-operatives Limited announces the appointment of Tony Van Burgsteden as Vice President Finance
Federated Co-operatives Limited announces the appointment of Tony Van Burgsteden as Vice President Finance

 

Source: Coop

Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is investing $75 million to build two new state-of-the-art, high-throughput fertilizer terminals in Western Canada.

“These are not only investments in agriculture, they are investments in western Canadian communities,” said Scott Banda, CEO of FCL. “The fact that we are building these facilities in a challenging economy shows that we are positioning retail co-ops to better serve their members, customers and communities in the long-term.”

Construction on the two terminals recently began at sites outside Hanley, Sask., and Brandon, Man. These facilities, which are expected to be fully operational in early 2017, will warehouse, blend and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products throughout the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The Hanley terminal will be able to store up to 45,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer while the Brandon terminal will hold 27,500 metric tonnes.

“Investments like this are driving our province’s growth and building on the strong agricultural foundation Saskatchewan is known for,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “Our province is a key supplier of agricultural products for Canada and the world and there’s a need for continued innovation and investment to help our producers meet this growing demand.”

Rail access will allow both facilities to efficiently receive product from domestic and international suppliers, while each high-throughput terminal is centrally located for distribution to Co-op Agro Centres across Western Canada. Each terminal will be able to load a super B trailer of blended fertilizer in 10 minutes and dispense up to 400 metric tonnes of straight fertilizer in an hour.

“Producers want to purchase fertilizer, feed, crop supplies, fuel and equipment at one location. Co-op Agro Centres proudly provide all of those along with the benefits of membership,” said Brad Bauml, Executive Vice-President of Ag and Consumer Products, with FCL. “As owners, retail co-ops and their members will share in the success of these new terminals.”

Currently, 64 out of the 120 Co-op Agro Centre locations across Western Canada sell fertilizer. Many more Co-op Agro Centre locations are expected to add fertilizer to their farm offering, complementing the crop supplies and feed that they already provide, once the new terminals are online.

Contact:

Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
Suite 101 – 503 Wellman Crescent, Saskatoon, SK, S7T 0J1

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.242.6685
CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

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Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

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Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada
Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

 

Source: Co-op Community space

Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray

Alberta, Canada, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The effort to help Fort McMurray residents rebuild their homes and community received a colourful boost from Co-op today. Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) donated 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt.

“Co-op is fundamentally committed to serving and caring for western Canadian communities—it’s part of our identity,” said Ron Healey, Associate Vice-President Ag and Home. “We’re glad that we can play a small part in helping Fort McMurray, a community in need right now, with resources and encouragement so that it can thrive again.”

The donation was made at the Saskatoon Co-op Home Centre on Circle Drive. To celebrate the donation, representatives from FCL, Saskatoon Co-op and the mayor of Saskatoon began painting a mural and writing messages of encouragement to Fort McMurray. Saskatoon residents are being invited to help paint the mural and send their own messages throughout the week.

“Most people in Western Canada have a connection with Fort McMurray through friends or family. I believe we are all looking for an opportunity to provide support to that community,” said Grant Wicks, General Manager of Saskatoon Co-op.

The mural and messages will be applied to the semi trailer that delivers the paint donation. The semi trailer will also make stops at Co-op home centres in North Battleford, Sask., Stony Plain, Alta. and St. Paul, Alta., this summer. Residents of those communities will be able to complete the painting and send messages from their communities to Fort McMurray.

This is the first donation made from the new Co-op Communities in Full Colour program. Through this program, more than $400,000 worth of Co-op Imagine paint will be donated annually to community projects. Local community groups can apply for a paint donation at their local Co-op home centre.

This initiative for Fort McMurray is the latest in a series that co-ops, members and customers have made to culminate in more than $750,000 for the relief and rebuilding effort. Co-op members and customers have donated more than $400,000 at their local co-ops to the Red Cross efforts. Local retail co-ops across Western Canada have given more than $160,000. FCL has also provided $100,000 directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray and had previously dedicated another $100,000 to the Red Cross as part of an ongoing agreement to annually pre-position funds and supplies in preparation for emergencies in Western Canada.

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Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray
Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray

Source: COOP

Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) 87th Annual Meeting: FCL recorded increased sales across most business units in FY ending Oct. 31, 2015

Saskatoon, Canada, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rising sales volumes are signs of a diverse and healthy Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), CEO Scott Banda told Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon.

More than 300 delegates, representing over 200 independent retail co-operatives that form the CRS in Western Canada, were in attendance for the keynote address Feb. 29.

“We are faced with the challenges of changing market conditions and volatile commodity prices, particularly in the petroleum sector,” said Banda. “We will continue to invest in Western Canada to help diversify local co-ops’ sustainable opportunities. Our co-operative ownership model ensures that we remain connected to local communities and our work is to maintain and grow Co-op’s relevance in Western Canada.”

For the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2015, FCL recorded increased sales across most business units. This growth, however, was offset by decreased revenues at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Sask. FCL recorded revenue of $9.1 billion, down 16 per cent from the year before. Net earnings for the year totaled $539 million. Of that, $375 million is being returned to local retail co-operatives through a patronage allocation.

Over the past 10 years, FCL has provided more than $4.5 billion in patronage returns to CRS members. This money is reinvested by local co-ops into their operations and local communities, where they serve more than 1.8 million active Co-op members and many more customers.

FCL is supporting community development across Western Canada with multimillion-dollar commitments to two initiatives:

  • Up to $1.5 million is available to community organizations through Co-op Community Spaces. Last year, the program funded 16 recreation, urban agriculture and conservation projects in Western Canada.
  • A five-year, $5 million commitment for Co-operatives First, a new non-profit organization that will support the development of new co-operatives in rural and aboriginal communities.

More information on these programs, as well as FCL’s 2015 Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements, are available at www.coopconnection.ca.
SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

 

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FCL CEO Scott Banda speaks to delegates at the organization's 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon Feb. 29.

FCL CEO Scott Banda speaks to delegates at the organization’s 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon Feb. 29.

SaskBusiness magazine highlights Federated Co-operatives Limited’s most recent efforts to give back to the communities it serves

Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2016-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is SaskBusiness magazine’s 2015 Business of the Year.

In its December 2015 issue, the magazine highlights FCL’s most recent efforts to give back to the communities it serves.

“It was FCL’s renewed and revamped focus on philanthropic projects directly affecting Saskatchewan communities that grabbed our attention this year,” writes the magazine.

In 2015, FCL made meaningful contributions through Co-op Community Spaces and the University of Saskatchewan’s Co-operative Innovation Program (CIP).

In its inaugural year, Co-op Community Spaces provided a total of $1 million to 16 recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects across Western Canada. Another $1 million supported the CIP in its efforts to study co-operative development in rural and Aboriginal communities.

“I believe that to be successful in today’s and tomorrow’s economy, you must be part of building the community,” FCL CEO Scott Banda told the magazine.

Banda includes FCL’s program to support employee volunteerism as another success.

“As a philosophy, this comes naturally to co-operatives, but we needed to really live it.”

FCL recently announced revenue for the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2015, of more than $9 billion. Of that, $375 million will be returned to FCL’s member-owners, the more than 200 co-operative associations across Western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).

Earlier in 2015, FCL topped SaskBusiness magazine’s ranking of the Top 100 businesses in the province. FCL was joined on that list by 19 of its member-owners, further demonstrating the continued strength of the CRS in Saskatchewan.

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

 

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SaskBusiness magazine highlights Federated Co-operatives Limited’s most recent efforts to give back to the communities it serves

SaskBusiness magazine highlights Federated Co-operatives Limited’s most recent efforts to give back to the communities it serves

Federated Co-operatives Limited announces 2016 Co-op Excellence in Ag recipients

Saskatoon, CANADA, 2015-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the support of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), a new class of students are on their way to an exciting career in agriculture and the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).

After submitting applications in the fall, four more students have been selected as Co-op Excellence in Ag recipients. The comprehensive scholarship provides students with up to $20,000 to fund their education, as well as paid summer internships and the opportunity to secure future employment — including a signing bonus — with a CRS member.

The 2016 Co-op Excellence in Ag recipients are:

  • Cameron Choquette (Kelvington, Sask.), a first-year student studying commerce at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Katie Wyering (Ponoka Alta.), a third-year student studying crop science at the University of Alberta.
  • Braden Koroscil (Birtle, Man.), a second-year student studying agronomy at the University of Manitoba.
  • Shanna Jones (Kinistino, Sask.), a second-year student studying agronomy and agribusiness at the University of Saskatchewan.

These students will receive scholarship money for the winter semester and begin working at Agro Centres in Western Canada this summer.

In-the-field experience

During internships, students work with real customers and are coached by experienced Co-op agronomists, Agro Managers and FCL Crop Supplies Team Members.

FCL and the CRS have now supported 17 students since the program’s inception in 2013. Two recipients have already graduated to full-time CRS careers: Tylene Rafa is an agronomist at South Country Co-op and Rebecca Joseph is an agronomist at Thorhild Co-op.

Co-op Excellence in Ag will accept applications for its 2017 program until Oct. 15, 2016. More information is available on Co-op Connection.

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

Federated Co-operatives Limited updates on unscented propane

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op is working with customers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba to eliminate safety concerns about unscented propane.

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has determined that 124 Co-op cylinder filling locations in these provinces may have distributed propane from one of its suppliers, Crescent Point Energy, that didn’t contain the mandatory amount of safety odour.

This list details all of the potentially affected locations that may have received unscented propane, as well as the time frames in which they may have been affected.

Testing or refilling propane cylinders

Customers who last filled their cylinders at one of the locations in the list above during the time frames identified for 2014-15 can bring their cylinders to the nearest Co-op filling station to be tested and/or refilled.The deadline to bring in cylinders is Dec. 31, 2015.

If a customer last filled their cylinder outside of the time frames or locations detailed in the list, the propane supplied should be properly odourized and no action should be needed.

Most Co-op supplied cylinder filling locations have odourized propane

FCL has been investigating this matter since it — along with other propane retailers in Western Canada and the United States — received notice last month that Crescent Point Energy may not have added the safety odour that alerts people to a potential leak.

Co-op is testing tanks at affected sites and increasing the safety odour levels where necessary.

Federated Co-operatives Limited

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Home Office
Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
401 – 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0H2

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca
GENERAL CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

Federated Co-operatives Limited to narrow down the Co-op locations affected by propane without the safety odour additive

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited has been working with its supplier, Crescent Point Energy, to narrow down the Co-op locations that may have been affected by propane without the safety odour additive. Affected communities may include (which may be narrowed down further):

Saskatchewan

  • Archerwill
  • Arcola
  • Assiniboia
  • Beaubier
  • Beechy
  • Big River
  • Birch Hills
  • Cabri
  • Canora
  • Canwood
  • Carlyle
  • Consul
  • Coronach
  • Debden
  • Estevan
  • Foam Lake
  • Fronteir
  • Goodsoil
  • Gull Lake
  • Hazenmore
  • Hazlet
  • Herbert
  • Hudson Bay
  • Humboldt
  • Ituna
  • Kamsack
  • Kinistino
  • Kipling
  • Kyle
  • Lafleche
  • LeRoy
  • Limerick
  • Macoun
  • Maple Creek
  • Meadow Lake
  • Melfort
  • Melville
  • Moosomin
  • Mossbank
  • Naicam
  • Nipawin
  • Norquay
  • Porcupine Plain
  • Prince Albert
  • Radville
  • Redvers
  • Riverhurst
  • Rocanville
  • Rockglen
  • Shaunavon
  • Steward Valley
  • Stoughton
  • Swift Current
  • Tisdale
  • Veregin
  • Wadena
  • Weyburn
  • Whitewood
  • Yorkton

 

Manitoba

  • Altona
  • Anola
  • Arborg
  • Beasejour
  • Birtle
  • Boissevain
  • Brandon
  • Carman
  • Dauphin
  • Deloraine
  • Elk Horn
  • Elm Creek
  • Erickson
  • Fisher Branch
  • Gilbert Plains
  • Gimli
  • Gladstone
  • Grunthal
  • Iles des Chênes
  • Killarney
  • La Salle
  • Lac du Bonnet
  • Landmark
  • Lorette
  • Lowe Farm
  • Mariapolis
  • Minnedosa
  • Mitchell
  • Morris
  • Neepawa
  • Niverville
  • Notre Dame de Lourdes
  • Oakbank
  • Pierson
  • Pinawa
  • Plum Coulee
  • Portage la Prairie
  • Roblin
  • Rosenort
  • Rossburn
  • Russell
  • Selkirk
  • St. Claude
  • Ste. Anne
  • Steinbach
  • Swan Valley
  • Teulon
  • Virden
  • Vita
  • Wawanesa
  • Winkler
  • Winnipeg

More specific details on what to do with unscented propane will be provided soon. Customers who are concerned about the status of their propane can speak to their local co-op or visit Co-op’s Propane Safety page, which shares more information on safe propane handling.


November 5, 2015

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has greatly narrowed down the number of Co-op locations that may have received propane from a supplier that did not contain the property safety odour additive.

FCL has been investigating the matter since it, along with other propane retailers in Western Canada and the United States, received notice last week that propane supplier Crescent Point Energy may not have added the safety odour that alerts people to a potential leak. The potential issue is described in this Health Canada alert.

Next steps

Another update will be provided soon on how Co-op will address the potential propane safety odour issue at select locations.

Customers who are concerned about the status of their propane can visit Co-op’s Propane Safety page, which shares more information on safe propane handling.

Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chief Executive Officer Scott Banda is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Ryan as Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) Vice-President Human Resources, effective Nov. 1, 2015.

Heather has most recently served as the Director Human Resources Advisory Services at FCL, a position she has held since rejoining FCL in 2013. Heather started her career at FCL in 1996 as a Human Resources Training Officer and left as a Human Resources Officer in 2000. Heather has also worked with the Saskatchewan Research Council as Manager of Organizational Development and spent 10 years with POS Bio-Sciences, where she held various positions, including Vice-President Operations & Corporate Affairs, Director of Business Development & Human Resources and Human Resources Manager. She also has two years of work experience as a Human Resources Specialist with Corning Cable Systems.

Heather brings the necessary energy, competencies and commitment to lead FCL’s Human Resources into the future. In her new role as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Heather will contribute to the overall strategic direction of FCL, foster productive relationships within the business, co-operative and local communities and collaboratively lead initiatives and relationships within the Co-operative Retailing System. Heather will be providing strategic leadership and direction for all FCL’s operations and regions in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Talent Integration, Performance Management, Total Rewards, Succession Planning, Workforce Planning, Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Learning, Employee Relations and Advisory Services.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as her Certified Human Resources Professional designation. In 2006, Heather became sessional lecturer at the Edwards School of Business in the Organizational Development Department. She has also served as a board member with both the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan and FoodTech Canada. Heather and her husband Sean have two children: Jack and Rylee.

Please join Scott in welcoming Heather to her new role as Vice-President Human Resources.

 

Federated Co-operatives Limited

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

 

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Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015

Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015

Federated Co-operatives Limited retained its spot at the top of SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2015 Top 100 list

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has retained its spot at the top of SaskBusiness Magazine’s 2015 list of the Top 100 largest companies in Saskatchewan.

It’s the third year in a row that FCL has placed first in the rankings. In 2014, FCL revenue rose 15 per cent to a record $10.8 billion. Net earnings from operations totalled $656 million. Of that, $451 million was returned to local retail co-ops in patronage allocations.

“This year has not been without its challenges, yet FCL and the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) continue to build for the long-term,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “Our performance is driven by the partnership with our member owners, those local co-ops that, along with FCL, make up the CRS. Our Federation is part of what makes us unique — a partnership based on co-operation, a commitment to the communities we serve and shared profits.”

FCL is joined on this year’s list by 19 retail co-operatives. Together, the retail co-ops included in theSaskBusiness list recorded combined sales of more than $2.3 billion in 2014.

FCL is a Saskatoon-based company owned by 210 retail co-operatives that span Western Canada, employing more than 3,300 people. FCL has two wholly owned subsidiaries — the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Sask., and The Grocery People in Edmonton, Alta.

Ranking Wholesale/Retail Co-operative Location
1 Federated Co-operatives Limited Saskatoon
22 Saskatoon Co-operative Association Saskatoon
31 Pioneer Co-operative Association Swift Current
35 Sherwood Co-operative Association Regina
36 Prince Albert Co-operative Association Prince Albert
48 Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association Lloydminster
61 Discovery Co-operative Association North Battleford
63 Yorkton Co-operative Association Yorkton
70 Prairie Sky Co-operative Association Weyburn
71 Moose Jaw Co-operative Association Moose Jaw
81 Southern Plains Co-operative Association Estevan
82 Prairie North Co-operative Association Melfort
84 Kindersley & District Co-operative Association Kindersley
85 Pineland Co-operative Association Nipawin
86 Delta Co-operative Association Unity
90 Meadow Lake Co-operative Association Meadow Lake
92 Central Plains Co-operative Association Rosetown
98 Borderland Co-operative Association Moosomin
99 Southland Co-operative Association Assiniboia
100 Prairie Co-operative Association Melville

Federated Co-operatives Limited will provide $500,000 for the Edwards School of Business Co-operative Education Program

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-9-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to generous support from Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), business students at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will have more opportunities to gain valuable work experience while completing their degree.

Over the next five years, FCL will provide $500,000 for the Edwards School of Business Co-operative Education Program, which integrates classroom instruction with real-life work situations. Those benefitting from this funding include third-year Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) and first-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) students.

The announcement was made Sept. 4 at Prairieland Park at the Edwards Co-op Networking Open House — a coming-together of Edwards faculty, staff and students with the local business community.

“FCL is very pleased to partner with the Edwards School of Business on this dynamic program,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “This partnership builds on our investments in programs at the University of Saskatchewan. From our past experience, we know the Co-op Education Program develops young people who have the potential to be business and community leaders, and we are proud to be a part of building that legacy.”

Since its inception in 2007, the Edwards Co-operative Education Program has secured paid work placements for over 400 students in the private, public and non-profit sectors. FCL has supported the program by hiring 46 students for eight-month, full-time placements. The work placements are often a student’s first exposure to a professional business environment. Besides providing practical experience, the students return to the classroom with a renewed sense of confidence and a wealth of real-life experiences, enhancing the overall student experience. It also improves employability upon graduation. The current employment rate for Edwards co-op alumni is 100 per cent, with 19 alumni becoming permanent FCL employees.

“The co-op program is the single most effective platform for matching students’ ambition with employers’ needs,” said Daphne Taras, dean of the Edwards School of Business. “Students gain maturity and become job-ready, while employers get the opportunity to work with prospective employees. With FCL’s support, we can expand our reach and connect even more students with paid work experience.”

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West Creek Aquaculture and Federated Co-operatives Limited partner to bring more sustainably raised seafood to Western Canadian shoppers

Saskatoon, CANADA, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — West Creek Aquaculture and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) are partnering to bring more sustainably raised seafood to Western Canadian shoppers.

West Creek Pacific Coho Salmon, recommended by Ocean Wise and SeaChoice as a best choice for sustainability, is now available in all 170 Co-op Food Stores. West Creek is also distributing its Coho Salmon through The Grocery People, a wholly owned subsidiary of FCL that supplies independent grocery stores across Western Canada.

“We’re the only company in Canada producing Coho salmon on land for customers,” said Don Read, president of Willowfield Enterprises.

West Creek Aquaculture, a division of Willowfield Enterprises Ltd., farms its Pacific Coho in closed containment facilities in Vancouver’s lower mainland. The salmon are raised in fresh water without the use of antibiotics, chemicals or growth hormones. Without the risk of escapement, they pose no risk to wild populations of fish, while a recirculating aquaculture system reduces the demand on ground water. West Creek already delivered the world’s first sockeye salmon grown on land in 2013.

“Last year, Co-op purchased and sold more sustainably raised seafood than ever before,” said Ron Welke, Associate Vice-President Food, FCL. “This partnership will help us expand on that success through our Reel in the Solution program, which provides Co-op shoppers with the most sustainable seafood available.”

Co-op continues to respond to customers’ need for sustainable seafood options by working with suppliers such as West Creek Aquaculture and SeaChoice, a consortium of Canadian conservation organizations that assess the environmental sustainability of seafood products. SeaChoice ranks and labels seafood products based on how they are caught or farmed.

Co-op adopted the SeaChoice ranking system in 2012 and has increased the amount of sustainably raised seafood in its food stores since then.

“It’s an exciting time to see that consumer demand has helped to create a market for these innovative solutions that are addressing big problems in our oceans,” said Lana Gunnlaugson of SeaChoice.

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Tom Kishchuk joins Federated Co-operatives Limited as Vice-President Operational Support

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chief Executive Officer Scott Banda is pleased to announce that effective Aug. 4, 2015, Tom Kishchuk will be joining Federated Co-operatives Limited as Vice-President Operational Support.

Tom most recently was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd., located in Saskatoon, where he also served as the General Manager of Operations, After Sales Service Division Manager and Quality Assurance Manager.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering and his Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

He brings with him provincial, national and international leadership and experience. He is used to working in complex and dynamic cultures and business environments. Tom has a solid understanding of how to align diverse groups with organizational direction and has experience in business growth and innovation.

Tom is a strong advocate of workplace safety and has spoken widely about the critical success factors for improving and sustaining a culture of safety in the workplace.

Tom is currently a Director of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the Saskatoon Community Foundation. He is also the Chair of the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

Tom is very active in the community and at the 2015 SABEX Awards was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award.

Tom and his wife Joanne have three children: Oksana, Lars and Evan.

Please join Scott in welcoming Tom to Federated Co-operatives Limited and his new role as Vice-President Operational Support, where he will lead the Warehouse and Logistics, Retail Facilities and Petroleum Facilities Departments.

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Tom Kishchuk joins Federated Co-operatives Limited as Vice-President Operational Support

Tom Kishchuk joins Federated Co-operatives Limited as Vice-President Operational Support

Federated Co-operatives Limited’s record 2014 revenue ranked it #43 on Financial Post Magazine’s rankings of the 500 largest companies in Canada

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) record revenue in 2014 has placed it in the top 50 of the Financial Post Magazine’s rankings of the 500 largest companies in Canada for the third year in a row.

Based on 2014 financial results, FCL earned $10.8 billion in revenue, an increase of 15 per cent from 2013. This places it 43rd on the magazine’s rankings, up two spots from last year. FCL ranks 27th for its return on assets (9.9 per cent).

“Our success is based upon working together with our member retail co-ops,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “Through these relationships and forward-thinking strategies, we’re providing long-term sustainable value for our members.”

FCL experienced growth in all strategic business sectors – energy, food, home and building supplies, and agro. This growth was aided by the acquisition of operational assets from Viterra in late 2013 and Sobeys in February 2014, which were subsequently transferred to individual retail co-operatives.

In 2014, FCL completed major capital projects, such as the Carseland petroleum terminal near Calgary, which will contribute to the continued growth and efficiencies of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). FCL also continues to support CRS members during their renovation and new construction projects.

Over the past 10 years, FCL has provided patronage allocations worth $4.4 billion to its members. The money is reinvested by local co-ops into their operations to address the needs of 1.6 million active Co-op members and many other customers in 500 communities throughout Western Canada.

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Co-op donation supports the people left homeless after a fire destroyed a South Regina apartment complex

Alberta, Canada, 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op is donating $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of 30 people left homeless after a fire destroyed a South Regina apartment complex in early January.

Sherwood Co-op is donating $5,000 to the Red Cross, which is helping provide food, clothing and shelter to those affected by the fire.

“Sherwood Co-op is pleased to assist the families that recently lost their homes and belongings in the South Regina apartment fire,” said Troy Verboom, Sherwood Co-op General Manager.

The local donation is being matched by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), as part of a $1 million commitment to the Red Cross over five years for local emergency response efforts in Western Canada.

The Red Cross will receive $100,000 per year to pre-position goods across the West in order to respond quickly to local crises. Another $100,000 per year will be available to match emergency donations to the Red Cross by local co-ops.

This funding has previously aided in flood relief efforts in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba in 2014 and southern Alberta in 2013.

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Sherwood Co-op General Manager Troy Verboom (right) presents Sherwood Co-op's $5,000 donation to Tim Johnson of the Canadian Red Cross. The $5,000 will be matched by FCL, on behalf of the CRS, as part of a $1 million commitment.

Sherwood Co-op General Manager Troy Verboom (right) presents Sherwood Co-op’s $5,000 donation to Tim Johnson of the Canadian Red Cross. The $5,000 will be matched by FCL, on behalf of the CRS, as part of a $1 million commitment.

Federated Co-operatives Limited acquires the Affinity Credit Union building on Fourth Avenue South in downtown Saskatoon

Saskatoon, Canada, 2014-10-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has purchased the Affinity Credit Union building on Fourth Avenue South in downtown Saskatoon. The acquisition accommodates increasing talent growth and eases office space demands experienced at its current Home Office located just a half block north on 22nd Street East.

FCL is a unique multi-billion dollar wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative that is owned by 220 autonomous retail co-operatives in Western Canada. It is the largest company in Saskatchewan and the 45th largest in Canada, with sales of $9.4 billion in 2013.

“Federated Co-operatives Limited is proud to operate from our home location in Saskatoon, creating good jobs and making sustainable investments for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and all of Western Canada,” says FCL CEO Scott Banda.

“Good things are happening every day in our organization as we continue growing and evolving to serve our retail co-ops, customers and communities better. Purchasing a second Home Office building is a testament to the enduring strength of the co-operative business model, the success of retail co-operatives and the support from the 1.6 million members and customers who shop co-op. Together we continue growing the economy here at home, something we have been doing for 86 years.”

Saskatoon footprint grows

FCL employs almost 900 people at its Saskatoon-based operations with an annual payroll of $60 million. Almost 600 work out of the company’s current nine-storey Home Office building located at 22nd Street East. It has about 95,000 square feet of office space and opened in 1969. Five years ago, 463 people worked at this location.

The newly-purchased building is a seven-storey building with approximately 84,000 square feet of office space. Approximately 40 employees recently relocated there, occupying a half floor. They will be joined by additional colleagues in the coming year as another floor is renovated. The remaining office space is leased to other tenants with varying terms and renewals. The new acquisition increases FCL’s ownership of total available downtown office space to just over eight per cent.

Overall, FCL owns 1.66 million square feet of land in and around Saskatoon – that’s equivalent to 19 football fields. It pays almost $1.3 million in property taxes. FCL’s largest local property is its food distribution warehouse on 740,500 square feet of land in Saskatoon’s north industrial area. FCL also owns a large bulk fuel, cardlock and propane facility complex, occupying 275,000 square feet at the BizHub site in the RM of Corman Park, and the 250,000 square feet feed plant on Jessop Avenue.

FCL in Western Canada

In addition to its Saskatoon-based operations, FCL employs another 2,400 people across Western Canada at five regional offices, various warehouse distribution centres, corporate bulk fuel/propane locations, feed mills and at its wholly-owned subsidiaries the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina and The Grocery People in Edmonton.

Over the past 10 years, FCL has provided a patronage allocation of $4.1 billion to the retail co-operatives that own FCL; those retail co-ops in turn reinvest in their local communities through investment in new facilities and through returns to their individual members in the form of cash back and equity. In addition, FCL donates millions of dollars annually to charities and non-profit organizations that enhance the lives of individuals and communities across Western Canada.

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Federated Co-operatives Limited acquires the Affinity Credit Union building on Fourth Avenue South in downtown Saskatoon

Federated Co-operatives Limited acquires the Affinity Credit Union building on Fourth Avenue South in downtown Saskatoon