Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a voluntary working board and reflects a diverse set of community-engaged and corporate backgrounds. The current members of the COS Board are:

Doug Davison

Doug Davison Founding Member, Director, Chair & CEO

Doug is the President of The Davison Group Inc. and was the Chairman of Sequoia Energy Inc. in Winnipeg prior his retirement.

Sherman Kreiner

Sherman Kreiner Founding Member, Director, Vice Chair

Sherman is the Managing Director of the Community Renewal Corporation at the University of Winnipeg

Alain Molgat

Alain Molgat CPA (CMA) – Director, Secretary Treasurer

Alain is the President of Alain Molgat CMA Ltd. and was a Partner in the Winnipeg office of MNP prior to his retirement

Richard Gilbert

Richard Gilbert Director

Richard is the Director of the Economic Development Center within Winnipeg’s North End Community Renewal Corporation. Richard oversees pre-employment services, supportive employment programming, and business development

Michelle Manary

Michelle Manary Director

Michelle is the President of ReframeHR in Winnipeg.

Lucas Stewart

Lucas Stewart Director

Lucas is the President of Winnipeg’s Social Enterprise Center and the General Manager of Manitoba Green Retrofit Inc. (“MGR”).

Gordon Wakeling

Gordon Wakeling Director

Gordon is the President of C&G Wakeling and Associates Inc. in Winnipeg through which he offers consulting services to small business. Prior to this he was CEO of Manitoba’s Communities Economic Development Fund, and has been trained as an accountant. Gordon’s business experience has been multi-sectoral.

History

COS was initially founded by a small group of people working in the venture capital industry in Manitoba. Following extensive consultations and planning with a set of North American business and community development professionals, COS was formally established in 1999. At this time COS became Canada’s first registered charity using a focus on market-based business models to achieve social outcomes in poverty reduction and high quality employment.

The Charity has maintained a low profile since its inception and has preferred that spotlights shine on its owned and assisted businesses as they succeed. The COS affiliated social enterprises have all been recognized for their positive work as they take their place in Canada’s burgeoning social enterprise network.

In 2016 COS expanded its geographic scope to include work in Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia in an effort to widen its associations, deepen its impact and replicate its successes.