Project Advisory Team


CPI Advisory Committee

Daphne Rixon, PhD
Project Lead: Professor, Accounting Department, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

With a PhD in accounting from the University of Warwick, UK , her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations, Dr. Rixon has over 20 years’ experience in the private and public sectors as Controller and Director of Finance. Dr. Rixon has a very productive research program which has resulted in over 80 peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. Her current research focus is on key performance indicators reported by co-operatives and credit unions. Please see below for full bio.


CPI Advisory Committee

Fiona Duguid
Project Lead: Researcher, Chelsea, Quebec, Canada

Fiona Duguid has a PhD from University of Toronto in Adult Education and Community Development. She previously worked for Co-operatives Secretariat for the Government of Canada as a Senior Policy and Research Analyst and as a Research Officer for the Canadian Cooperative Association. She now conducts research focussing on co-operatives, social economy, sustainability and community economic development and teaches in these areas as well. Please see below for full bio.


CPI Advisory Committee

Denyse Guy
Executive Director, Co-operatives Mutuals Canada

Denyse Guy is executive director of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC). Prior to accepting this position, she had been the Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) for two years. During this time, she was instrumental in facilitating and executing the process of uniting the two national founding organizations, CCA and le Conseil canadien de la coopération et mutualité (CCCM). Ms. Guy has worked in the Canadian co-operative and mutual sector for more than 30 years. Please see below for full bio.


CPI Advisory Committee

Yuill Herbert
Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Cooperative, Nova Scotia, Canada

Yuill Herbert is a member of Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Cooperative, working in the spheres of urban planning and sustainability management systems. Yuill has worked with cooperatives on sustainability issues for almost ten years. Yuill also serves as a director on the boards of the Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Community Development, the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust.


CPI Advisory Committee

Kevin Morris
Canadian Credit Union Association

Kevin Morris is the Manager, Data Analytics, at the Canadian Credit Union Association. He has sat on several co-operative committees including the University of Winnipeg Chair in Cooperative Enterprise, and the Board of Directors for Peg City Car Co-op. Kevin has a B.A. (Adv.) in Global Political Economy, and an M.Sc. in Management from the University of Manitoba. Kevin’s research has focussed on income inequality, political economics, and organizational behaviour & strategy.


CPI Advisory Committee

Sonja Novkovic
Professor, Economics, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sonja Novkovic (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Economics at Saint Mary's University. Her research interests are in the field of labour-managed and cooperative firms, social economy, and comparative economics. She is the past president of the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) and past Vice President of the Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation (CASC). She teaches in the Co-operative Management Education (CME) program at Saint Mary’s University.


CPI Advisory Committee

Coro Strandberg
President, Strandberg Consulting, Vancouver, Canada

Coro Strandberg, President of Strandberg Consulting, is a nationally recognized corporate social responsibility and sustainability coach and facilitator. She helps co-ops, credit unions and other organizations build corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social purpose into their business models, including governance, strategy, human resources, procurement, finance, risk management and community investment functions.


CPI Advisory Committee

Barbara Turley-McIntyre
Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators Groups, Guelph, Canada

Barbara has managed underwriting teams in property and casualty and held responsibility for community and shareholder relations. Presently, Barbara leads the enterprise‐wide integration of the Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy with responsibility for producing the annual Integrated Report and carbon management programs.

Extended Biographies


 

Daphne Rixon

Dr. Daphne Rixon is Associate Professor of Accounting. She has a PhD in accounting from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She has over 20 years’ experience in the private and public sectors as Controller and Director of Finance. Dr. Rixon has a very productive research program which has resulted in over 80 peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. Her current research focus is on key performance indicators reported by co-operatives and credit unions. Dr. Rixon’s work has been published by the Filene Research Institute, International Journal of Co-operative Management and the Journal of Co-operative Studies. She is Editor of the Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Reporting and is a member of the Editorial Board for Managerial Finance. In addition to her position of Associate Professor, she is also the Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives (CEARC) where she is responsible for the overall administration of CEARC, co-ordinating research projects and overseeing the development of International Statements of Recommended Practices for Co-operatives. Dr. Rixon teaches managerial and cost accounting in the undergraduate program as well as Financial Management in the Masters of Management for Co-operatives and Credit Unions (CME) program.
 

Fiona Duguid

Fiona Duguid has a PhD from University of Toronto in Adult Education and Community Development. She previously worked for Co-operatives Secretariat for the Government of Canada as a Senior Policy and Research Analyst and as a Research Officer for the Canadian Cooperative Association. She now conducts research focussing on co-operatives, social economy, sustainability and community economic development and teaches in these areas as well. In her work as the Research Fellow for CEARC, she co-leads the Co-operative Performance Index project, which is a participatory action research project to advance social, environmental and co-op impact assessment. Other research projects she has worked on include: the National Study on the Impact of Co-operatives (Canada), New Co-operative Development in Canada, International Co-operative Alliance Co-operative Sustainability Study, Sustainability Reporting Guidebook, Women’s Co-operatives in Turkey, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Literature Review, as well as studies on Higher Education and Co-operatives and Social-Economic Demographics of Housing Co-operatives’ Members. She is President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Co-operation (CASC), and has sat on the management committee of the Canadian Co-operative Research Network and the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Network. She is an instructor with the Saint Mary’s University Co-operative Business Management program, as well as the CED, MBA at Cape Breton University. She is a member of many co-operatives and sits on a number of committees.
 

Denyse Guy

Denyse Guy was appointed executive director of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) on April 1, 2014. Prior to accepting this position, she had been the Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) for two years. During this time, she was instrumental in facilitating and executing the process of uniting the two national founding organizations, CCA and le Conseil canadien de la coopération et mutualité (CCCM). Ms. Guy has worked in the Canadian co-operative and mutual sector for more than 30 years. She has volunteered, consulted, managed and governed in a broad range of co-operative and mutual sectors such as education, financial, insurance, housing, renewable energy and agriculture. Her work has not only focused on the growth of individual co-operatives but on the development of co-operative federations and associations. She served as the first Executive Director of the Ontario Co-operative Association from 2002 to 2012. Ms. Guy holds an honours bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a diploma in business administration from Humber College. She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Gary Gilliam Award for Social Responsibility from Alterna Savings and Central 1 (2007), Friend of GROWMARK Award ( 2009 ) recognizing her outstanding leadership and commitment to agriculture. In 2012 she received the CMHC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Co-op Housing in Canada. Ms. Guy was the Principal Investigator and Community Co-Director for the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Network which was a partnership between four Canadian universities (Saint Mary’s University, Mount Saint Vincent University, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Victoria). The Network was funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to research the social, economic and environmental impact of co-operatives on Canadians and their communities. Ms Guy is also a Board member of the 2016 International Summit of Cooperatives.
 

Yuill Herbert

Yuill Herbert is a member of Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Cooperative, working in the spheres of urban planning and sustainability management systems. Yuill has worked with cooperatives on sustainability issues for almost ten years. Yuill also serves as a director on the boards of the Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Community Development, the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust.
 

Kevin Morris

Kevin Morris is the Manager, Data Analytics, at the Canadian Credit Union Association. He has worked in the Credit Union system for ~7 years, and has sat on several co-operative committees including the University of Winnipeg Chair in Cooperative Enterprise, and the Board of Directors for Peg City Car Co-op. Kevin has a B.A. (Adv.) in Global Political Economy, and an M.Sc. in Management from the University of Manitoba. Kevin’s research has focussed on income inequality, political economics, and organizational behaviour & strategy. He was the Research Chair for the Credit Union Young Leaders of Manitoba, volunteered with the CCRN, and he currently volunteers with the Youth Committee of the International Cooperative Alliance.

 


Sonja Novkovic

Sonja Novkovic (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Economics at Saint Mary's University. Her research interests are in the field of labour-managed and cooperative firms, social economy, and comparative economics. She has applied evolutionary economics and learning via genetic algorithms as tools of modeling adaptive economic agents. She is the past president of the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) and past Vice President of the Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation (CASC). She teaches in the Co-operative Management Education (CME) program at Saint Mary’s University.
 

Coro Strandberg

Coro Strandberg, President of Strandberg Consulting, is a nationally recognized corporate social responsibility and sustainability coach and facilitator. She has been on the forefront of CSR since the 1990s when she was a Director and then Chair of Vancity Credit Union, and helped the organization become an international leader in values-based baking. She now helps co-ops, credit unions and other organizations build corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social purpose into their business models, including governance, strategy, human resources, procurement, finance, risk management and community investment functions. She has authored a number of how-to CSR resources for the Canadian Credit Union Association’s CSR Information Hub. Coro writes and speaks on the role of business to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and flourishing society, publishing her resources and tools on her website at www.corostrandberg.com. She was named the top CSR sustainability consultant in Canada in 2015 for her CSR impacts.
 

Barbara Turley‐McIntyre

Barbara started her business career as an independent insurance broker in Montreal and in 1997 joined The Co‐operators Group Limited, a $43 billion Canadian‐owned, multi‐product insurance and financial services company. Barbara has managed underwriting teams in property and casualty and held responsibility for community and shareholder relations. Presently, Barbara leads the enterprise‐wide integration of the Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy with responsibility for producing the annual Integrated Report and carbon management programs. She is a member of The Co‐operators Impact Investing Committee and has responsibility for The Co‐ operators community programs, including The Co‐operators Foundation.