We are led by a volunteer board made up of sustainable energy engineers, business leaders and community builders.
Our members elect the Board of Directors annually to oversee the Co-op’s operations. Each member is entitled to one vote at Annual General Meetings, regardless of how many preferred shares they own. Each Director is elected to a three year term. Two Board Members are appointed by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.
Rod has an M.Sc. in geography and B.Sc. in biochemistry, both from the University of Saskatchewan where he taught for 37 years in the fields of physical geography and environmental studies. He is also a principal in an environmental consulting partnership. Rod has been a long-time member of Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES), and currently serves on the board of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC). Rod is a personal participant in generating solar electricity.
Bert Weichel is a retired University of Saskatchewan environmental studies lecturer, a net-metered solar array owner/operator, and also a principal in an environmental consulting partnership. A long time board member of SES, he is also currently on the board of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and is secretary of the Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. Bert currently serves as one of two SES Appointees to the Board
Doug began the operation of a grain farm near Cochin Saskatchewan in 1975. Influenced by Rob Dumont, he built one of the first double-wall air-tight homes that is heated primarily with wood and sunshine. In 2007, Doug rented his farm land and took a job with a manufacturing company near Saskatoon until he retired in 2018 to move back to his home near Cochin. Doug helped establish the Cochin Community Players and spent six years on the Saskatoon Unitarian Board of Directors. He served on several committees and task forces, including the Green Sanctuary team of which he is still a member.
Susan Ens Funk
Susan Ens Funk is a teacher which means she is used to telling folks what to do and quickly adapting to novel situations. Her passion in the classroom was for excellence in the teaching of science and mathematics for primary students. She has 27 years of experience generating materials and facilitating experiences for learning for people from the ages of 5 to 60. Having sat on many Boards and Committees, Susan is also familiar with the organizational and managerial structure and procedures which govern Euro-modern organizations.
Kelly graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a dual degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and completed his International Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He was a member of the Building Performance group at the Saskatchewan Research Council, where he was involved with multiple renewable energy projects, and is one of the founders of Saskatchewan’s premiere sustainable buildings conference, Building Saskatchewan Green. Kelly joined Integrated Designs Inc. in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager.
Jason Hanson is semi-retired, currently working as the Communications Manager for Saskatoon Cycles, a non-profit bicycle advocacy group. He spent most of his working life balancing blue-collar jobs with social, political, and environmental volunteerism and usually found the latter more rewarding. Jason has been a member of the SES since 2000 and has now joined their board. He is a proud shareholder in the SES Solar Co-operative, owner of a used EV, and year-round cyclist.
Curtis has a busy career with SaskBuilds where he works in Building Services on Engineering and Sustainability programs – moving government in the greener direction through its buildings and operations. Curtis spent two years with Light House Sustainable Building Centre in Vancouver working with owners and operators to reduce the environmental footprint from their new buildings and building operations and, more recently, with Summerhill Group running energy conservation residential and commercial programs for utility clients. He has also found the time to complete his LEED AP and CEM training and certification, while managing his time in a way that allows him to feed an addiction to kiteboarding and sailing.
Jon completed a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997. He worked in ground-based Ozone and UV measurement for 5 years before starting a manufacturing company (The Ring Lord). In 2019, Jon sold his company, and since retiring has been managing investments, including real estate. He owns property at The Banks in Riversdale and serves as a director on the condo association board. Jon has had a lifelong interest in alternative energy.
Dan Johnson has over 28 years of experience in the cooperative space. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Innovation Credit Union and has prior leadership experience in the Alberta and Saskatchewan credit union system. Dan is the former Chair of Concentra Cooperative Bank. Dan’s professional development includes Bachelor of Commerce, Chartered Director, Negotiations (Ivey), Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Business (MIT / Emeritus / Columbia).
Brett Kelln has worked as an Electrical Engineering consultant with Ritenburg & Associates Ltd. in Saskatchewan since graduating from the University of Regina in 2012. He has been the project engineer for numerous sustainable energy designs throughout his career. During this time Brett has also chaired the Regina Engineering Society, Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) – SK Chapter, and has been on the CaGBC National Awards Committee yearly.
Gordon Peters, semi-retired bookkeeper since June 2022. Gordon has a varied work career, including 10 years as a Co-op manager in Canada’s high arctic with Arctic Co-op Ltd. Living in Ulukhaktuk, NT and Kugluktuk, NU, gave him a wide variety of life and work experiences. His first job after high school was at the local co-op in southern MB. Along with his co-op work experience, he is a strong proponent of using your local co-op bank, also known as a Credit Union, for your financial needs and services.