Meet our board

Joel Mowchenko, Chair

Moose JawJoel Mowchenko
Term expires: 2021

Through his work on the board of directors at Conexus, Joel is committed to ensuring the credit union continues to deliver on its co-operative values, contributing to the financial success of its members and member communities.

  • Graduate from the University of Saskatchewan. Completed his Chartered Director C.Dir designation through DeGroote School of Business and Certified Credit Union Director (CCD) designation through CUES and the Rotman School of Management.
  • Joel and his wife Cheryl own and manage an organic mixed farming operation near Mossbank, SK.  Joel is a Professional Agrologist  (PAg) and is dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture.
  • Actively involved in the community coaching volleyball, serving on numerous boards and committees, and volunteering at his local church.

Curtis Kosolofski, Vice Chair


Term expires - 2020
Committees: Risk

Curtis brings a combination of youth and diversified experience in the financial world having spent more than 10 years as a Chartered Professional Accountant. 

  • Completed his Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation through the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management.
  • Chartered Accountant/Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant School of Business.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Regina.
  • Gives back to the community by getting involved with youth as a coach for the Regina Soccer Association.

Leah Clement

Term expires: 2021
Committee: Audit and Conduct Review, Governance and Human Resources

Leah holds a degree in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a certificate in lab and X-ray from Sask Polytechnic.

She currently holds the position of Director of Primary Health Care in Rural South East SK with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and has been actively involved in the professional associations of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association and Saskatchewan Association of Combined Lab and X-ray Technicians.

Community involvement includes Queen City Marathon, Red Cross, Canadian Parents for French, SJHL LaRonge Ice Wolves, Heart and Stroke Foundation and various other one time activities.

Malcolm Eaton

Term expires: 2020
Committees: Risk (Chair), Governance and Human Resources

Malcolm has spent a career working collaboratively as a community leader and brings his leadership and experience to Conexus.  

  • Bachelor of Education and post graduate diploma in education administration from the University of Regina
  • Professional Director - Brown Governance / Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
  • Certified Credit Union Director (CCD) – CUES Governance Leadership Institute – Rotman School of Management
  • Former mayor and councillor, City of Humboldt

Karin Ferris

Prince AlbertKarin
Term expires: 2021
Committee: Risk

Karin is an active and passionate member of her community. She is experienced in financial wellness, human resources and community involvement and will strive to make a solid contribution to the strategy of the Conexus Credit Union Board. She is very proud to be from Saskatchewan and from Prince Albert. She further appreciates Conexus’ commitment to having a local credit union that works hard to provide important services to Saskatchewan communities.

  • Karin holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and Certificate in Insolvency Counselling.
  • Various Board and Community Involvements include Mont St. Joseph Foundation, South Hill Tiny Tot Daycare, Victoria Hospital, Ronald McDonald Room, YMCA Stroke Swim and Special Olympics, swim teach coach.

Karla Hardcastle

Air RongeKarla
Term expires: 2020
Committee: Governance and Human Resources (Chair)

Karla Hardcastle is a co-operator at heart and believes in the co-operative values and putting the needs of members first.

  • Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan studying the history and development of co-operatives.
  • Extensive experience with co-operatives professionally and as a volunteer.
  • Former deputy mayor, Village of Air Ronge.

Adam Hicks

Adam Hicks
Term expires: 2022
Committee: Audit and Conduct Review

Adam is an active volunteer in Regina and is passionate about improving the lives of all citizens. He has experience in the financial, accounting and business fields. Adam is Director of Finance with the Provincial Government in the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General.

  • CPA, CMA, PMP, PSGov
  • Elected Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Regina Public School Board
  • Serves on several Community Boards and Associations.

Sandra Kitts

Moose JawSandra
Term expires: 2022
Committee: Risk, Nominations (Chair)

Sandra is dedicated to improving well-being for individuals and organizations. Her commitment to serve on the Conexus Board of Directors adds great value to several board functions.

  • Completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Regina, as well as a Master of Education and Doctorate Degree from the University of Oregon. 
  • For over three decades Sandra worked for a Saskatchewan School Division as a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Learning. She has also worked with the Board of Education.
  • Experience in both rural and urban settings and enjoys taking part in community events, especially those that involve youth, sports, and the arts.

Kara Marchand

Term expires: 2022
Committee: Audit and Conduct Review (Chair), Nominations

Kara would like to give back to her community and help younger and future generations understand the co-operative system and the benefits it can provide to its members.

  • Worked in a retail co-operative system in high school and grew up in a rural community, banking with a credit union.
  • Financial and business background, has a CPA and CMA.
  • Vice President at Protein Industries Canada and is responsible for corporate governance, finance and operations.

Rick Pattison

Term expires: 2020
Committee: Audit and Conduct Review

Rick is the president and CEO of Pattison, a leading manufacturer of liquid fertilizer application systems and crop protection handling equipment. The Pattison group continue to be innovative in evolving their application methods and adapting their equipment to meet the needs of the evolving global agricultural industry.

  • Ag-producer near Lemberg, SK.
  • Serves on several ag-industry and community related boards
  • Past director on Abernathy Credit Union board

Kathryn Pollack

Kathryn PollackLumsden
Term expires: 2022
Committee: Governance and Human Resources

Kathryn is Chief Strategy Officer with Praxis Consulting, specializing in business strategy, stakeholder engagement and public affairs. She lives in the R.M. of Lumsden with her husband and two children. Kathryn has a broad range of professional experience across multiple sectors and is passionate about developing teams and helping people leverage their unique strengths.

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Certified Right of Way Asset Management Professional
  • Petroleum Land Administration Certificate
  • Fine Arts Diploma