Board of Directors
Ontario Natural Food Co-op is owned and governed by its members. ONFC is led by a 9-seat Board of Directors who represents over 660 member retailers and clubs.
The Board of Directors is an elected body responsible for overseeing the affairs of the Co-op on behalf of the membership (the owners). The Board is accountable for ensuring the long-range security and viability of the corporation and making decisions in the best interests of all members.
Of the 9 Board seats, 5 seats are assigned to the retail co-operative and buying club members (known as Group A). Four seats are assigned to the natural food retailer members (known as Group B).
- Directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting, held in the Spring
- Director terms are for 1 or 2 years
- The Board meets 6 times a year (4 in-person, 2 teleconferences)
- Meetings, typically, are held on a Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Morning sessions are often devoted to either strategic planning or training
- Meetings are usually held at the ONFC office in Mississauga
- Typically a Director joins at least one committee of the Board:
- Strategic Planning
- Directors are volunteers. There is no Director remuneration. All expenses associated with Board duties are covered by ONFC (travel, accommodation, etc.).