Michele Aasgard is the Chairperson of the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada. She is the former Executive Director of the Alberta Community and Cooperative Association (ACCA) in Edmonton, Alberta. The ACCA seeks to foster a healthy and vibrant co-operative sector; to provide a forum for co-operatives to associate and network with other provincial and national co-operatives; to promote the co-operative model; to support the development of strong Alberta communities through co-operation; to foster the development of community leaders through education; to provide youth education and leadership; and, to foster a healthy agriculture sector through co-operation and education.
Before joining the ACCA, Michele worked for the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division of the Alberta Government, developing and delivering training programs for staff and the private sector. Michele has extensive experience producing educational resource materials and has completed her Certificate of Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Alberta with distinction.