2020 Board of Directors
June 23, 2020



Ward Weisensel, President


• Serves as Red River’s President
• Served as Red River's Vice-President
• Served as Chair of the Audit Committee
• Served on Red River's Nominating Committee
• Served on Red River's Governance and Compensation Committee
• Has extensive experience in marketing, strategic planning, transportation and communications through his roles as Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Wheat Board and Senior Vice President of Trading and Risk Management at G3 Canada
• Served as a Director on the Board of the Canadian International Grains Institute and Western Transportation Advisory Committee
• Graduate of the University of Saskatchewan
• Appointed to the Board May, 2009



Glenn Williams, Vice-President


• Serves as Red River’s Vice-President
• Serves as a member of the Governance & Compensation Committee
• Served as a member of the Nominations and Audit Committees
• Served on the Council for the Insurance Institute of Manitoba for six (6) years; the last two (2) as Secretary-treasurer
• Serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of Assiniboine Credit Union
• Experience as President & CEO, COO, CFO and VP of several disciplines in a multitude of industries
• Achieved and maintains the following designations: CPA, CA, CIP (Hons), CRM (Hons), RF, ICD.D, CAFM
• 35 years of business experience, inclusive of almost seven (7) years as CFO of a Co-operative
• Graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) on the Dean’s Honour Roll
• Became a member of the Board in in 2018



Kristen Wittman, Secretary


• Serves as Red River’s Secretary
• Serves as a member of the Governance & Compensation Committee
• Served as a member of and Chaired the Nominating Committee and Governance & Compensation Committee
• Served as a Community Member of the Community Relations Committee prior to being elected to the Board
• Partner at Taylor McCaffrey LLP, a full-service local law firm
• Represents many cooperatives in Manitoba, including worker co-ops, retail co-ops, and housing co-ops
• Assisted the Cooperatives Registrar in identifying changes to The Cooperatives Act to create multi-stakeholder cooperatives and developing a new Cooperative Model By-law
• Advises Co-ops with learning how to access capital, drafting articles and by-laws and governance matters
• Volunteered for Bookmates Inc., a charity promoting literacy for families, from 1998 to 2015
• Serves as a board member of the Winnipeg Writers Festival since 2015
• Served as President of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.
• A proponent of the 'one member, one vote' model of cooperatives
• Director of the Board since 2017



Jim Huggard


• Member of the Audit Committee
• Served as a member and Chaired the Nominations Committee
• Served as a member of the Community Relations Committee
• Long-time Red River Co-op member.
• Queen’s University graduate.
• Career with the Co-op system in Western Canada.
• Worked at urban and rural Co-ops followed by 17 years with Federated Co-operatives with a focus on operational concerns.
• Completed career with Arctic Co-operatives as a Division Manager of Merchandising and Logistics.
• In retirement, focused on Co-op development in Canada’s North including the creation of a new member owned co-operative in Old Crow, Yukon.
• Served as director of the Co-operative Superannuation Society, the pension plan for employees of Co-operatives and Credit Unions.
• Became a Member of the Board in 2016



Anna Maria Magnifico


• Member of the Audit and Nominations Committees
• Served as Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committees
• Served as Chair of the Nominations Committee
• Served as Red River’s Board Secretary
• Served as a member of the Community Relations Committee
• Experienced public servant, executive, board director,
entrepreneur, jurist and diplomat
• Member of the Manitoba Securities Commission
• Former Manitoba Trade and Investment Representative in Europe
based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
• Chair of Quality and Patient Safety Board Committee of Cancer
Care Manitoba
• Board Director, Safety Services Manitoba, Manitoba Institute for
• Patient Safety and Institute of Corporate Directors
• Graduate of the Universities of Manitoba, McGill and Amsterdam
Elected to the Board in April 2016; Co-op Member since 2001



Gary Timlick


• Serves as a member of the ______
• 40 years of financial and management experience in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, public accounting and financial services.
• 20 years of experience with co-op/mutual organizations holding senior management positions.
• Serves as the Chair of the Investment Committee of the Winnipeg Civic Employees' Benefit Plan.
• Member of the CPA Canada Professional Liability Committee.
• Served as a Board Member of numerous for profit and non-profit organizations in Winnipeg and nationally.
• experienced financial executive with leadership experience and business acumen
• Became a member of the Board in 2020.



Donna Zwarich


• Member of and Chairs the Audit Committee
• Member of the Nominations Committee
• Served as a member of the Governance & Compensation Committee and Nominations Committee
• Long term member of Red River Co-op since 1968
• Extensive background in accounting – both in the private sector as well as with a public practice firm
• Many years of experience in the petroleum industry – initially as Petroleum Accounting Supervisor for Red River’s gas bars & bulk stations and later assisting my late husband in the management & operation of several Co-op & Tempo gas bars & car washes
• Prior Board experience with Mission Gardens Nursery School
• Became a member of the Board in 2016