This year’s AGM celebrates Modo’s twentieth year in business as North America’s first locally-owned carshare co-op. We’ll be featuring some special speakers and take a look back at Modo’s role in developing carsharing in cities around the world.
Three three-year terms with our Board of Directors are up for election this year. Only shareholding members in good standing and designated liaisons have access to the Voting tab. Voting closes at 4pm on January 25, 2017.
To be eligible to vote, you must have been a shareholding member of Modo as of the meeting Record Date, December 10, 2016.
AGM registration starts at 6pm. Meeting starts at 7pm.
Monthly and Roaming members, and Business and Partnership drivers, are not eligible to vote but are welcome to attend the AGM. All members who are attending the AGM should RSVP below:
I am excited about the possibility of representing our membership on the Board of Directors. I have been a member of the Coop for over a dozen years, and I am a strong-believer in cooperatives. (Not only do I drive a coop, but I also bank at and live in one). I am intimately familiar with how coops work, having served on various coop committees. I am also a strong-believer in car sharing: it makes our city more livable, accessible and environmentally friendly.
I believe I can make a positive impact on the Board. I’ve worked as a lawyer, management consultant, writer and entrepreneur. I have also served as mentor to other entrepreneurs and as a director in other organizations. I have expertise in strategic planning, project management, change management and operational efficiency. I have legal knowledge and leadership and management experience.
Modo has some challenges and would be well-served by some fresh faces on the Board. Modo must constantly improve because there are highly-capitalized, multinational conglomerates competing in our market, and more may come. We must also figure out which developing technologies to leverage. We should also expand our membership to communities that are harder-to-reach, especially communities already living in our service area. More members could mean better services, more cars and lower costs.
I believe I can help Modo meet the challenges ahead. Thanks for your time, and please consider casting your vote for me.
Darius Maze is a Development & Marketing Manager at The Bloom Group, where he is responsible for fundraising, marketing, events, and communications. An advocate of social justice, equality, and inclusion; he serves as Co-Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Diversity & Inclusion committee and dedicates much of his time to supporting local causes and events that foster these values.
Originally from Ontario, Darius has happily traded in his snow tires and now calls Vancouver home where he lives with his fiancée. In addition to volunteering for organizations like the Fringe Festival and PeaceGeeks, he has also served on the boards of the BC Council for International Cooperation, Western Society for Children (Chair), the Tara Cheyenne Performance Society, and the Vancouver Pride Society (Treasurer).
Never one to say “No” to a new opportunity, he is excited to apply this unique mixture of marketing, fundraising, community building, and non-profit governance to MODO and helping its members create fantastic new experiences.
I have served as a director on Modo’s board for the last six years. During three of those years I was Board Chair, overseeing the hiring of Modo’s first CEO and the successful amalgamation with the car co-op in Victoria. I have sat on the Governance, Finance and HR committees, and currently serve as one of Modo’s delegates to The Co-operators.
In my day job I am the Director of Technology at Hothead Games, a 200-person video game studio I co-founded 11 years ago. Technology is becoming more and more critical to Modo’s operation. With my professional background I believe I bring a unique perspective to the board table.
One of the original reasons I volunteered for the board was that I am passionate about co-ops. Modo’s governance structure empowers the board to make real, positive impacts on the communities where we live, work and play. If I am re-elected to the board, leveraging our co-operative identity will remain my primary focus.
I’m William Azaroff, vice president of community investment at Vancity and current chair of Modo Co-operative’s volunteer board of directors. I’m up for re-election this year, and I hope you’ll vote for me to continue serving Modo’s membership.
I’m extremely proud to be a part of the Modo board. In the three years since my election, we have successfully merged with Victoria Carshare Co-op, brought in new leadership and renewed our strategic planning process.
Patrick Nangle came to Modo from Purolator Canada, where he was also CEO. He is a values-based leader whose deep knowledge of business, operations and technology will move our co-op forward in the increasingly complex and competitive world of car sharing.
With Patrick on board, we have begun a new strategic planning process to map out which roads are right for us. We are at a pivotal time in car sharing. Our local co-operative has a strong brand, loyal members and solid partnerships; yet our competitors are multi-national corporations who have the deepest pockets imaginable. Disruption is everywhere. Electric vehicles have far longer ranges and more affordable price points; self-driving cars are emerging on roads; and multi-modal transportation is expanding and evolving. We need people on our board who can solidify a local co-op’s place amongst global players – people who can focus on competing against corporate giants while staying true to our core values.
I would be honoured to earn your vote to continue this good work on behalf of the Modo membership.
It has been my privilege to have served as your director on the Modo board for the last 3 years and I seek your support for re-election. There is a lot to love about Modo. Together, the members of Modo help to reduce the number of cars in our community. In many cases, using Modo is a cheaper alternative to direct car ownership. We get to help the environment and save money too!
Over the last 18 years, I have lived in Burnaby, Victoria and now Vancouver. My wife and I have been members since our son was born in 2008. Modo has helped our family stay car-free and true to our environmental values.
I am a lawyer and a partner at a local law firm, Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP, where I have practised for 12 years. I help clients with wide ranging legal problems including in connection with commercial, insurance, employment and society disputes. In the past, I served on the board of a not-for-profit company.
I first decided to run for a position on the board as a way to give back to Modo since Modo was looking for a lawyer to sit on the board at the time. While on the board, I have served as Secretary and am currently chair of Modo’s Governance Committee. I have brought my unique perspective to bear on the board’s various deliberations.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me, I hope I can count on your support.
Happy New Year!
My name is Christina and I’m happy to be running for the Board. I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan where the only way to get around was by car. When I moved to Vancouver 12 years ago, I ditched my car and bought a bike. So most of the time you’ll see me cycling, but from time to time I do need a car and that’s how I was introduced to Modo.
Modo is great because of it’s ability to hold it’s own in an increasingly corporate and multinational market. It does so in a way that responds to local needs. Beyond that, Modo is a community builder. Its presence in the Lower Mainland and Victoria speak to my own values of healthy community and environmental sustainability. I’d like to help Modo support our communities to have fewer cars on the road.
In my work I support a collaborative initiative between the provincial government and physicians. Much of my job involves using innovative approaches to engage various stakeholders to address challenges in a complex system. I am comfortable working with multimillion-dollar budgets and am confident sitting at a table with senior leaders.
I am excited about what Modo has achieved to date and I am equally excited about the future. Whether it’s technological advances, like driverless cars, or maintaining Modo’s market share in a competitive environment, I believe there is great opportunity. I would love to contribute to Modo’s future.
Thanks for your consideration.
Only shareholding members in good standing and designated liaisons are eligible to vote. Log in to your Modo account to the Voting tab under My Account. Voting opens on January 11, 2017 and closes at 4pm on January 25, 2017.
Monthly and Roaming members, and Business and Partnership drivers, are not eligible to vote but are welcome to attend the AGM.