2019 – 2020 Board of Directors

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Ina Pockrass, President

Ina Pockrass is a retired attorney and eco-entrepreneur. She has extensive experience on non-profit boards from small, local organizations like Sustainable Berkeley, to organizations with international scope, like Women’s Earth Alliance. Ina co-founded an educational organization designed to transform the dental industry, the Eco-Denistry Association, and has collaborated with stake-holders to develop standards for environmentally-sound dental offices. She has utilized her legal, strategic, and negotiation expertise to the benefit of the many organizations she has worked with, and she has been passionate about the role of food a s a force for changes since the 1970s, when she founded a small catering company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ina has ties to the Kootenays starting in 2000 and is now the proud steward (with her husband) of 24 acres in the Harrop-Procter area, where she is growing blueberries and other fruits and vegetables using sustainable methodologies.

Am (Amed) Naqvi, Vice President

Am has served as a Director in many organizations and as a professional Accountant. He has a vision of continued success and long term sustainability of the Co-op.

“As we move forward, the Kootenay Co-op will have to greatly enhance its services and expand its lines of business to serve the increasing needs of its members and address the competitive environment that we face today. With my background in Finance and business management, I hope to be of value to the Kootenay Coop’s Board and Management in their deliberations and action plans for the future direction and success of the Coop system.”


John E. Kingsmill, Treasurer

John is a retired lawyer and business executive. Following two decades practicing corporate law in Toronto, Yellowknife and Vancouver, John co-founded a successful Kelowna technology company, serving as its President and CEO.  After the company relocated to Texas, he became the CEO of a variety rights management company that licenses intellectual property rights in new fruit varieties throughout the world.  He was a joint recipient of a Canadian Government award for excellence in technology transfer.  John retired to Kalso in 2015 to be closer to Johnsons Landing where he’s had a recreational property since 1989.  He is an active Volunteer Advisor with Canadian Executive Services Organization, Toronto, which provides consulting services to indigenous organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises and governments domestically internationally.  In that role he has provided strategic and organizational planning services in Canada’s Arctic.  John has been a director of the Langham Cultural Society (Kalso) and the Co-op since 2016.  He currently serves as the Co-op’s Treasurer.



Maureen Kelsey

Maureen grew up in South Slocan and returned to Nelson last spring after living in Calgary. She has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years, mainly enhancing organizational and team effectiveness. She has a background in Training and Development, Teambuilding, Resourcing, Performance Management and Coaching. She’s a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator and an Insights Discovery Licensed Practitioner as well as a current member of the Human Resources Management Association of BC. She also has valuable experience in Facilitation and working closely with teams and their leaders to develop and enhance team effectiveness and communication. She believes in building and maintaining strong relationships with her family,  friends and community. She enjoys how the Kootenay Co-op’s values of cooperation, honesty, openness and being socially responsible are aligned with her values and she’s glad to have joined  the Co-op at this very exciting time.

Maggie Jones

“The natural/organic and local food movement has always been a part of my life. From working in natural food cafés and stores to growing my own food on our farmstead, it is my passion.

I also spent 18 years working in the brokerage/distribution end of the business and developed a deep appreciation and understanding of the work done by the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

I am an easy-going, committed, hard-working team player who enjoys a challenge. I love to cook and I have taught classes for the co-op for many years. I am very excited about having the opportunity to serve as a board member for Kootenay Co-op.”

Alex Metcalf

Alex Metcalf is a digital strategist, practical thinker and consensus builder, and he says the Co-op has been at the centre of his family’s life for 10 years. He eats almost exclusively organically and believes our Co-op can thrive even in the face of increased competition, and we should unashamedly double down on what makes our Co-op unique and valuable. Alex was born in Wales (ask him about the world’s longest town name in Welsh!) and lived mostly in the UK until 2009 (though is fortunate enough to have dual Canadian-British citizenship from living in Canmore when he was young). Alex plans to bring the latest digital insights to our Co-op’s strategy, maximizing how we reach out and connect online, and helping ensure we take advantage of the latest technology opportunities in a highly practical way.

Jenn Reid, Employee Director

Jenn has lived in Nelson for 23 years and first worked at the Co-op 19 years ago. As an active member, she witnessed tremendous growth of the Co-op both as a member and as a staff member. She assisted with setting up the new store when it transitioned to 777 Baker and as lead receiver in the warehouse for the past four years, a typical work day involves interacting with vendors, freight handlers, coworkers, and members/customers as well as all levels of operations within the store.

Jenn is known as a positive person who is approachable and compassionate to both sides of a story. As a Staff Director, she provides tremendous insight into how board decisions affect the store from the employee point of view.

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