Meet our board

Joel Mowchenko, Chair

Moose JawJoel Mowchenko
Term expires: 2024

In his current role as a leadership coach and consultant, Joel draws on his background in small business and governance. Joel strives to help leaders, teams, and organizations to explore paths that are healthy, sustainable, and always rooted in personal well-being. He brings this same focus to his role as Board Chair of Conexus, working to ensure that the leadership of Conexus remains committed to our roots – the financial well-being of our members and communities.

  • Chartered Director (C.Dir) through McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada, Certified Credit Union Director (CCD) through CUES and the Rotman School of Management, Certified Leadership Coach through Destination Leadership and the Edwards School of Business;
  • Over 15 years of experience as an agricultural entrepreneur in the organic, grass-fed beef, and farm to table sectors.

Bradyn Parisian, Vice Chair

ReginaBradyn Parisian
Term expires: 2024
Committee: Audit and Conduct Review, Governance and Human Resources

Bradyn is a serial entrepreneur in Saskatchewan, including Vincent Developments Inc. and Mo’ Solar Company. Bradyn wants to ensure the prosperity of Conexus indefinitely as it has enriched the lives of residents and communities throughout Saskatchewan.  

  • MBA (Strategy) - University of Regina
  • Bachelor of Business Admin (Finance) - University of Regina
  • Institute of Corporate Directors - ICD.D and CCD designations
Bradyn has served on many boards and community organizations including Economic Development Regina, First Nations Power Authority, Cowessess Venture LP, George Gordon Developments, Gabriel Housing Corporation, and more.

Annette Bester

SaskatoonAnnette Bester
Term expires: 2023
Committee: Risk (Chair)

Annette is a Partner at MNP - National Leader Credit Union Services and is passionate about the important role Conexus can play as an industry leader. Annette has spent over 20 years providing service to credit unions throughout Canada, which gives her unique insight to the opportunities and challenges within the current environment.

  • Chartered Professional Accountant designation with the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan;
  • Certified Internal Auditor designation from The Institute of Internal Auditors;
  • Institute of Corporate Directors – ICD.D designation;
  • ICD-Rotman, Directors Education Program; and
  • Board member of the Saskatchewan Capital Network

Mark Borgares

LumsdenMark Borgares
Term expires: 2023
Committee: Nominations (Chair), Risk

Mark is a believer in co-operative values and embraces them personally. Through much of his career, he held executive positions within the co-operative and technology sectors.

  • Currently the CFO and VP Corporate Services with eHealth Saskatchewan.
  • Has served on various boards and committees, and most recently served on the University of Regina - Senate, SGI Canada and the Chartered Professional Accountants.
  • Has completed many various education and professional designations including Artificial Intelligence Program, Institute of Corporate Directors certification and  Executive Development Program.

Cindy Fuchs

BethuneCindy Fuchs
Term expires: 2024
Committee: Governance and Human Resources, Nominations

Cindy is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation and believes in giving back to the community. Cindy looks forward to being someone our members can trust to bring their wishes and voices forward and providing a rural and agricultural perspective to the Board.

  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation
  • Breast Cancer Action Saskatchewan, Board member and Human Resource committee 
  • Regina and District Chamber of Commerce, Board member and Governance and Human Resource Committee
  • Dress for Success Board member and Education committee 

Karla Hardcastle

Air RongeKarla
Term expires: 2023
Committee: Governance and Human Resources (Chair), Nominations

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: Governance and Human Resources

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.
  • Experience in both rural and urban settings and enjoys taking part in community events, especially those that involve youth, sports, and the arts.

Ken Kosolofski

Term expires: 2023
Committee: Audit and Conduct Review (Chair)

Ken is a retired credit union system executive after serving close to 17 years within the system. The last seven plus years he was the President and CEO of Concentra Bank (a credit union owned, federally regulated bank).

  • Institute of Corporate Directors – ICD.D designation
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CA)
  • Bachelor of Commerce – University of Saskatchewan
  • Ken has a background serving on various boards and community organizations including Civic Pension and Long-Term Disability Board, Saskatchewan School Board Association, and Delegate to the Co-operative Superannuation Society.

Kara Marchand

Term expires: 2022
Committee: Audit and Conduct Review

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
  • Director of Finance and Administration at South Saskatchewan Community Foundation
  • Financial and business background, has held CPA and CMA designation since 1998

Kathryn Pollack

Kathryn PollackLumsden
Term expires: 2022
Committee: Risk

Kathryn is the Chief Procurement Officer with the Government of Saskatchewan's Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement. 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 Leadership Coach
  • Certified Right of Way Asset Management Professional
  • Petroleum Land Administration Certificate
  • Fine Arts Diploma