The Riverbend Co-op Senior Leadership team is comprised of:
Greg Sarvis, General Manager
Since January 2015, Greg has held the position of General Manager at Riverbend Co-operative Ltd. He has been a part of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) for over 20 years, starting his career as an Office Manager/Accountant trainee at
Pioneer Co-op in Swift Current, SK. Greg has also held various roles such as Accountant, Controller, and General Manager at different Co-ops before joining Riverbend Co-op.
As the General Manager of Riverbend Co-op Greg has implemented several initiatives to expand the services and offerings to
the Co-op's membership. These include a new C-Store & Cardlock in Davidson, SK, a Wine, Spirit & Beer offering in Davidson,and Beechy, SK, Cardlock in Hanley, SK, the acquisition of Gardiner Dam Terminal Ag Retail, 24/7 Pay at thePump Gasbar offering in Davidson & Outlook, and a Dairy Queen Grill and Chill opening in the Summer of 2023.
Greg's role as GM of Riverbend Co-op involves communicating and implementing the Co-op's Vision, Mission, Brand, Corporate Strategy, Retail Goals, and overall direction through a collaborative approach. He leads with a sense of urgency and a focus on positioning Riverbend Co-op to be successful for the next generation of Co-op Owners.
Greg is a lifelong learner and has completed various educational programs, such as a Business Administration program at
Assiniboine Community College, two of Queen's University Executive Education Programs on Strategic Planning and Execution skills, and leadership programs by Disney's Institute and Dale Carnegie.
Additionally, Greg has been elected as a Director of the Co-operative Superannuation Society after serving as a delegate since 2017. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Alicia and their two children, Alayna (15) and Jordyn (13)
Justin Turton, Controller
Justin is the Controller of Riverbend Co-op and has 10 years of experience with the Co-operative. He started with Riverbend Co-op as an Associate on the Board of Directors before applying for the position of Controller. As a Controller of Riverbend Co-op, Justin’s role includes long-term financial planning, debt management, internal audit controls and compliance, retail insurance and risk compliance, insurance management, overseeing financial management, budgeting, in-house training and education initiatives related to finance as well as information technology planning.
Justin earned his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Saskatchewan with a Major in Accounting. He gained the Municipal Governance certification through Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, completed the Leadership Development Program through the Edwards School of Business, as well as graduated the Leadership Excellence, Quality Service and Employee Engagement courses through the Disney Institute. Whenever possible, Justin looks to develop professionally, whether it is through strategic planning, governance, economic development, finance, tax or other accounting courses.
Prior to joining the Co-op Retailing Sector, Justin worked in retail as a cashier, receiving and stock clerk, and supervisor before becoming an Assistant Store Manager and worked on relevant trainer to become a manager. He left retail and spent 8 years as a Staff Accountant and Financial Advisor before spending 2 years as a Business Advisor with a private education institution.
Justin and his family are very involved in their community. He currently is a Councillor with the Town of Outlook, was an integral part of the Board of Directors to build and operate a licensed early learning centre in town, and currently is an executive member with the local Legion branch, food bank and community garden.
Ryan Erickson, Ag Solution Division Manager
Ryan Erickson is the Ag Solutions Division Manager for Riverbend Co-op. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, with a specialization in Food and Applied Microbiological Sciences. Prior to taking on this role, Ryan served for 4 years on the Riverbend Co-operative Board of Directors including a term as Vice President.
Ryan joined the Riverbend Co-op team in February 2019 bringing 17 seasons of expertise, solutions and leadership to his team and their producers. As the Ag Solutions Division Manager, Ryan's role includes strategic planning, operations management, project management, guidance, communication, and leadership. Ryan's success comes from coaching his teams on how to be successful and fostering retention by creating growth in their current role.
Ryan has been a part of two successful major acquisitions with independent crop input businesses. He managed a smooth transition. Through coaching and mentorship the teams came together quickly, under a unified culture. Profit and productivity goals were attained in each of the businesses.
Ryan believes in personal ongoing commitment to learning in all positions. In 2011, Ryan, attained his Professional Agrologists designation with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. He has continued to invest in 60 hours annually of continuing professional development.
Outside of Riverbend Co-operative, Ryan, enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa and four children. He enjoys wood working, fishing, and outdoor activities.
Brandy Moxham, Human Resources Manager
Brandy has many achievements, including completing the C-store accelerated advance course, several courses offered through FCL training, and she has successfully completed Strategic Leadership through Herzing College and is working towards her CHRP.
Brandy has led strategic initiatives such as Talent Management, Performance Management, Absenteeism Management, and helped lead our retails switch to Kronos and Time Insight Solutions system and provided training to team leads during the initial roll out. Brandy has also increased levels of onboarding and created specific orientations for new team members at Riverbend, which has led to decreased turnover and a promotion of employee engagement and employee experience. In the fall of 2022 Brandy traveled to the Philippines as part of a recruitment mission to assist with Riverbend’s talent acquisition needs to aid in the co-operative’s growth.
Brandy has taken a new approach to our staff council, allowing team members to provide meaningful feedback and create more engagement and trust within our teams. Brandy has also implemented quarterly pulse surveys for our teams. She compiles the information, analyzes it along with the other members of the SLT, and helps team leaders work on changes so we can improve our co-op, community, and brand. Brandy is also one of the local Co-op representatives to help develop a Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenous Engagement toolkit that will provide best practice information on starting the diversity and inclusion journey for retail co-ops.
Brandy's love for event planning and cooking has allowed Riverbend to always have someone that is willing and able to take the lead on organizing events, ordering food and supplies, and on some occasions, even cooking. From Service Recognition, Brand Days, Christmas Parties, and more, Brandy works well with the team, and lives Riverbend’s values of Integrity, Community, Service, and Responsibility.
Outside of the career that she loves, Brandy spends time cooking and baking for friends and family, as well as going for nature walks and spending time with her 2 young children and dogs.
Joshua Brecht, Home & Building Solutions Division Manager
Joshua Brecht is an accomplished senior leader with a demonstrated history of success. With over 10 years of leadership experience in various industries, including Building Solutions, Hospitality, and Retail, Joshua's leadership abilities have helped him, and his various teams achieve success.
Joshua has completed coursework at the University of Saskatchewan and holds several certifications, including HABS Accelerated Advanced and Group Manager, WRLA CRBSC Estimating Certificates, and the Saphire Structure Truss and BC FRAMER Certification enabling him to design and specify engineered products in accordance with CSA 086-14.
Currently, Joshua serves as the Home & Agro Division Manager for Riverbend Co-operative. He leads four Riverbend Home & Agro locations as well as provides leadership services to a fifth location for a neighboring CRS association. Joshua has driven operational and cultural changes through strong strategic and tactical initiatives. Additionally, he has contributed to improvements across the CRS through multiple FCL committees and initiatives, including the Contractors Choice revamp and S&I program development.
As Division Manager, Joshua oversees and monitors client satisfaction levels, and identifies areas for improvement, to ensure a high standard of customer satisfaction across all areas of responsibility. He has adapted and executed operational business plans, approves departmental budgets, and actively contributes to organizational decision-making. He is responsible for the recruitment, training, development, coaching, and motivation of direct reports, as well as fostering a positive work environment that enables the engagement of all team members in the pursuit of desired results.
Joshua possesses exceptional leadership skills, including robust strategic thinking with a focus on cascading executable tactics, growth-oriented leadership practices, and In-depth B2B and B2C sales practices with a focus on CRM and relationship-based selling
Nathan Parsons, Consumer Division Manager
Nathan began his career with the CRS in 2011 as a part time courtesy clerk for Saskatoon Co-op. Shortly after, he moved into a part time cashier position as well as supervisory. Nathan remained in the position while he finished high school and then college.
In 2016 Nathan became a full time produce clerk. 1 year later he began his career in management as an Assistant Store Manager at the Food Store in St. Paul Alberta, for Cornerstone Co-op. His next move came in 2018 as a Food Store Manager role in Elk Point Albert. In 2021, he made his way back to Saskatchewan and took the position of Food Store Manager in Melfort with Prairie North Co-op. In 2022, he started with Riverbend Co-op as the Consumer Division Manager.
Throughout his career, Nathan has had the opportunity to learn from many difffferent mentors and leaders. He takes every opportunity to expand his training and development. He’s taken many FCL training courses as well obtaining the Dale Carnegie training certificate. Nathan endeavors to stay active in the communities he lives by joining the Chamber of Commerce, coaching football, or becoming a Kinsmen. Nathan also holds a diploma in CAD/CAM engineering.