Board of Director Candidates
February 24, 2023

Election Results

* Incumbent Director      † Candidate endorsed by third party - People First

Gary Timlick†*

Vote for me because I have spent the last 3 years on the Board of Red River Co-op understanding the operations of our co-operative which has help me contribute to Red River Co-op's successes over the many challenges of the last 3 years. I believe I can continue to make a positive impact on future operation of the company. Working with my fellow board members, great things are possible for Red River Co-op.

In 2019, I retired from Wawanesa Mutual Insurance after 13 years as Senior VP & CFO. I have over 40 years of financial and management experience in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, public accounting and financial services industries gained through working with numerous Manitoba companies. For the last 3 years I have served on the Board of RRC. I have Chaired the Audit Committee for the last two years and I am also currently a member of Governance & Compensation Committee. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honours) from the University of Manitoba, achieved my CPA, designation in 1985 and hold the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada. Over the last 35 years I have served on numerous not-for-profit/profit boards.

Kristen Wittman†*

Vote for me because I am skilled in understanding, assessing and managing risk, and problem solving. I am an excellent communicator. I am a proponent of the 'one member, one vote' model of cooperatives, and the democratic underlay that supports a sustainable business. I am keen to carry on in my role as a director in assisting management to steer through the rising legal and environmental challenges our business is facing.

I am a commercial lawyer. In that role, I assisted in modernizing The Cooperatives Act (Manitoba) and developing new Cooperative Model By-laws. I created new model by-laws for Credit Unions in Manitoba in 2022. I have advised Co-op members and boards with fundraising efforts, drafting articles and by-laws and governance matters in many industries, and for many types of co-ops, including housing, worker, multi-stakeholder, producer, and retail.
I have been an active volunteer, for six years on the board of Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and for twelve years as a director of Bookmates Inc., a charity promoting family literacy. I currently sit on the board of the Canadian Cooperative Income Fund, a cooperative established by cooperatives to provide financial support to cooperatives.

I have published two books of poetry: Stone Boat, in 2004 and Death Becomes Us in 2021. I enjoy cycling, golf, skiing and wine.