Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) does business differently. At its core, FCL is a wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing, and administrative co-operative serving people in Western Canada.
It’s a co-operative that supports other co-operatives, whose territory consists of five provinces spanning Northwest Ontario to Victoria Island in British Columbia and from the United States border up to the Arctic Circle.
To say it’s a large coverage area is an understatement. What amounts to 1M square miles or 29% of Canada land, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has built a diverse portfolio of businesses to encompass the entire value chain – building, feeding, and fueling over 250 communities through 160 independently owned co-operatives that operate over 900 locations/stores. These local co-ops own and operate agro-centres, grocery stores, gas bars/convenience stores, card locks, and home centres – as well as a fully functional refinery for fuel, an Ethanol factory and currently endeavoring down the path of alternate fuel venture. It’s a complex business that touches many facets of Western Canadian life.
“We start at the farm, and we end up on your shelf, or in your kitchen or your car,” says Roman Coba, CIO and Vice President of Innovation at Federated Co-operatives Limited.
A co-operative business model is unique. “The interesting part about our business is that we actually sell to people who grow, we buy what they grow, we turn it, we sell the by-product, and we sell them everything else along the way,” Coba explains further.