Access Communications Co-operative is transitioning with the retirement of longtime CEO

Regina, SK – Access Communications has proudly served Saskatchewan communities since 1978, and the co-operative is about to begin another chapter with the retirement of Chief Executive Officer Jim Deane in January 2023.

“Jim Deane has been with our Co-operative since 1981, and in his over 40 years in a leadership role, he has been instrumental in growing our Co-operative into the leading-edge telecommunications company it is today. As CEO since 2000, Jim has provided a strong vision as our 100% community-owned organization expanded to over 235 Saskatchewan communities, including an additional 200,000 sq. km. of rural areas. It was Jim’s commitment to the founding principles of our co-operative, and co-operatives in general, that made the biggest difference,” said James Lainton, Board Chair, Access Communications Co-operative.

The Access Board of Directors has established a CEO Search Committee to lead the efforts to engage a new CEO. The Board is very confident that not only will this be a smooth transition but that Access Communications will continue to thrive in the years to come while staying true to its commitment to the growth and vitality of Saskatchewan communities. While a search for a new CEO is underway, Deane will stay on until his retirement in January 2023.

 “It has been my honour to lead this fantastic co-operative over the years, and I am grateful for the support I’ve received from our many co-operative members, board, staff, volunteers, and the communities Access is privileged to serve,” said Jim Deane.

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About Access Communications Co-operative
Access Communications Co-operative began serving customers in 1978 and has grown into one of Saskatchewan’s largest telecommunications companies. We deliver exceptional communications and entertainment services to over 235 communities and 200,000 square kilometres of rural areas across our province. As a community-owned, not-for-profit co-operative, our commitment to the community goes beyond providing internet, television, phone, and security services. We dedicate 100% of our earnings to improving the quality of life in the communities and rural areas where we live and do business, primarily through our AccessNow TV community channels, corporate initiatives and fundraising events, and our Children’s Fund charity. 

For more information contact:

Fran Moran
Communications Manager
Access Communications Co-operative
Phone: 306-565-5369; toll free: 1-866-211-6334 ext. 5369

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