Denyse Guy, Executive Director
Denyse Guy has been Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association since January 2, 2012.
For nearly 30 years, she has worked as a manager and educator/trainer in the co-operative sector in Canada and overseas. Prior to her arrival at CCA, she served for more than 10 years as Executive Director of the Ontario-Co-operative Association (On Co-op); before that, she was the coordinator of Windfield Co-operative Homes, a co-op housing project in Guelph, Ontario. She also has experience in international development, having worked as a group leader and community organizer with Canada World Youth.
Ms. Guy has received numerous awards, including national recognition in 1999 for the "Best Managed Housing Co-operative in Canada." In 2007, Credit Union Central of Ontario (now Central 1) and Alterna Savings Credit Union celebrated her achievements by giving her the Garry Gilliam Award for Social Responsibility. In 2009, she was the first Canadian to be awarded the Friend of GROWMARK system, which recognizes outstanding leadership and commitment to agriculture.
Ms. Guy, who is fluently bilingual in English and French, holds an honours bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Waterloo, as well as a diploma in computer business applications from Humber College.
Jo-Anne Ferguson, Senior Director, International Development
Jo-Anne Ferguson is the Senior Director, International Development, at the Canadian Co-operative Association, a post she has held for more than 10 years. Ms. Ferguson has over 30 years of professional management experience in the credit union and co-operative sectors, 12 years of which were Canada-based, managing CCA international co-operative development programs and projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, International Financial Institutions and with technical and financial support from Canadian co-operatives.
For two years she managed the Credit Union Development Assistance Program in Sri Lanka - strengthening the educational campus of SANASA, Sri Lanka's national credit union system. Ms. Ferguson has conducted missions to provide technical assistance and monitoring services in the transitional economies of China and Mongolia, as well as India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Sierra Leone.
Before her career in international development, Ms. Ferguson held management posts in the Alberta and Saskatchewan credit union sectors. She directed the delivery of education training programs through a national network of regional co-operative councils in Canada.
Ms. Ferguson is married and has two sons. She lives in Manotick, Ontario.
Norma Jones, Director, Finance and Administration
Norma Jones has been with CCA since 1987, working for the Co-operative Union of Canada for two days before finding herself working for the newly amalgamated Canadian Co-operative Association.
Originally from England, Norma has a B.A. in geography from the University of Sheffield and was born not far from Rochdale. Her first job was with the Co-operative Wholesale Society, Manchester, in the Eggs and Greengrocery division.
In Canada, Norma studied accountancy when she was home with her first child, and this eventually led to a job at CCA. From the Assistant Accountant role, Norma moved into the position of Comptroller, and then to her current position as Director Finance and Administration, which not only includes responsibility for finances, but also human resources and technology for both CCA and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada. Together with a team of five highly competent staff, Norma provides the supports that enable delivery of high quality programs both in Canada and internationally.