Meet our board

Bradyn Parisian, Chair

Regina – District 1Brayden
Term expires: 2018

Bradyn believes credit unions are an essential ingredient in Saskatchewan’s vibrant economy and is inspired by Conexus’ commitment to bettering the communities they serve. 

  • Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina and Certified Credit Union Director (CCD) professional designation from the Rotman School of Management.
  • Extensive leadership experience from his career and volunteerism.
  • Teaches business as a sessional lecturer for the First Nations University of Canada.

Kara Marchand, Vice Chair

Regina – District 1Kara
Term expires: 2019
Committees: Audit & Conduct Review

Kara would like to give back to my 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.
  • In her current role, she has responsibility for financial management, risk management and strategic planning.

John Benson

Regina – District 1John
Term expires: 2019
Committees: Audit & Conduct Review (chair), Risk

John is passionate about community. He is committed to seeing Conexus grow and achieve its strategic objections, while maintaining its core values.

  • John has a Commerce degree from the University of Victoria and is a Charter Holder with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.
  • Part of the finance committee at Westminster United Church, a director of Life by Life youth organization, and coaches community youth basketball, football, and rugby.
  • Chief Financial Officer for Keystone Royalty Corp. and the VP Finance for Villanova 4 Oil Corp.

Malcolm Eaton

Humboldt/Saskatoon - District 5Malcolm
Term expires: 2020
Committees: Risk

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 education administration from the University of Regina
  • Professional Director designation, Brown Governance / Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
  • Former mayor and councillor, City of Humboldt

Karla Hardcastle

Prince Albert/La Ronge - District 4Karla
Term expires: 2020
Committees: Governance & Human Resources

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

Wayne Kabatoff

Prince Albert – District 4Wayne Kabatoff
Term expires: 2018
Committees: Governance & Human Resources (chair)

Wayne began his experience as a board member with Prince Albert Credit Union from 1984 to 1993 and again in 2005 prior to the merger with Conexus Credit Union. He has served on the board of Conexus Credit Union since 2007

  • Completed the Credit Union Directors Achievement (CUDA) program and Certified Credit Union Director (CCD) designation through the Rotman School of Business and CUES Management.
  • Owned and operated a Project Management company for over 20 years, and has 25 years of experience in financial management for both the retail and public sectors.
  • Serves on the Board of Sask Central and represents Sask Central on the Board of Saskatchewan Co-operative Association.

Curtis Kosolofski


Regina - District 1
Term expires - 2020
Committees: Audit and Conduct Review

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

  • 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

Sandra Kitts

Moose Jaw/Assiniboia – District 2Sandra
Term expires: 2019
Committees: Governance & 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. 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.

Joel Mowchenko

Moose Jaw/Assiniboia – District 2Joel Mowchenko
Term expires: 2018
Committees: Risk (chair)

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 CUDA Level A as well as the 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.

Rick Pattison

Fort Qu’Appelle/Moosomin - District 3
Term expires: 2020
Committees: Risk

The agriculture sector will be facing both challenges and opportunities as the population of the planet increases, projected to be 9.6 billion by 2050. This sector, from farm to fork, is a huge industry. Conexus has an opportunity to align and be an important part of Saskatchewan’s agricultural future.

With the unsettled markets in the United States some risks facing Conexus in the next few years are, possible fluctuations in agriculture, industrial and energy commodities,  interest rate risks due to unsettled markets, equity risks due to unsettled stocks and currency risks due to the unsettled Canadian versus U.S. dollar.

Jason Schenn

Fort Qu’Appelle/Moosomin – District 3Jason Schenn
Term expires: 2019
Committees: Governance & Human Resources

Throughout his career with Co-op Retailing System (CRS) Jason has learned more about the co-operative system and gained a better understanding of how the shared goals of a cooperative make a difference in the communities they serve.

  • General manager of Borderland Co-op in Moosomin, which serves Moosomin, Rocanville, Whitewood, and Maryfield with petroleum, food and home centres.
  • Took the ADVANCE Management Training Program with Federated Co-operatives Ltd. and the Effective Executive Course through Edwards School of Business.
  • Employee delegate with the Co-operative Superannuation Association, director for a non-profit organization working to preserve the RD McNaughton Building and served as vice-president and treasurer for the Pipestone Hills Golf Club.