Board of Directors
CCUA is governed by a Board of Directors from various credit unions and caisse populaires. Below is the current list of CCUA’s Board Directors.
As First West Credit Union’s chief credit officer, Shelley Besse is responsible for credit policy, adjudication and recovery. She provides senior leadership oversight to all lines of business, including retail and commercial lending, loan syndication and securitization, joint ventures, junior debt as well as mezzanine and equity investments.
Shelley is a highly respected leader with extensive knowledge and experience in the financial services industry. Since joining Envision Financial in 1984, Shelley has held a number of increasingly senior leadership roles including branch manager, assistant vice-president of marketing and communications, vice-president of branch operations, vice-president of sales and service and vice-president of risk management and operations. She was appointed to lead First West’s merger transition in 2009 and successfully delivered against a three-year strategy to create a high-performing operations team within First West’s new operating model.
Following this role, Shelley was appointed senior vice-president of operations, sales and member experience and focused on providing employees with operations support and for developing and implementing an enterprise-wide continuous improvement strategy known as Lean. In 2012, Shelley became president of Envision Financial. Four years later in 2016, Shelley was appointed chief operating officer of First West where she was responsible for leading First West’s regional operations, encompassing retail, business and commercial banking, wealth management, general insurance, and operations for all of First West’s local market brands.
In 2012, Shelley received international recognition for her leadership and business acumen when she was awarded a Silver Stevie Award in the category of Female Executive of the Year – Consumer Services and a Bronze Stevie Award in the category of Female Executive of the Year in Canada.
Shelley holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, a certificate in financial planning, is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, specializing in strategy and organizational design and has received an Operational Risk Management professional designation from the International Council for Operational Risk Management. Shelley is the past chair for the Surrey Board of Trade. Shelley is currently Chair of the Canadian Credit Union Association’s board of directors and has also served on the Aviso Member Advisory Board.
Gavin is president and CEO of Prospera Credit Union. Widely respected as a collaborative relationship builder and strategic business leader, Gavin has spent the past 25 years committed to growing BC member-based organizations. With an equal focus on delivering value for members, engaging employees, and supporting local communities, Gavin is passionate about the power of financial cooperatives.
In 2019, Gavin led the merger of Prospera and Westminster Savings, garnering overwhelming member approval. Upon completion on January 1, 2020, this merger was the largest in Canadian credit union history and Prospera became the sixth largest credit union in Canada with more than $9.5 billion in assets under management.
Prior to becoming Prospera’s CEO, Gavin was the CEO of Westminster Savings Credit Union, a role he held for eight years. Under his leadership, assets under management nearly doubled and Westminster was consistently recognized for its strong organizational culture. Prior to Westminster, Gavin held several executive positions with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). Spanning a 16-year career at BCAA, he was most recently senior vice president and chief operations officer with responsibility for all member-facing operations.
Gavin is a Chartered Accountant by training and a KPMG alumnus. In 2020 Gavin was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. He is a graduate of the Queen’s University Executive Leadership program, holds a business degree from Simon Fraser University and is an accredited Director through the Rotman School of Management Corporate Directors Program.
Gavin is deeply committed to supporting his profession and giving back to his local community. He currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Credit Union Association, the national credit union trade association and has served on the Credential Financial Inc Board and as Board Chair for two national finance companies. From 2013 to 2020, Gavin was on the Board of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice serving two years as Board Chair.
Stephen Bolton started his career at Libro in 1988 and became President & CEO and Head Coach in 2012. He spearheaded the combination with United Communities Credit Union in 2013 while focusing on economic development in southwestern Ontario, while enabling and ensuring outstanding customer satisfaction levels.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor, and an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program through the Rotman School of Management, an Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada, a graduate of the Queen’s Executive Program, and holds certificates from the Canadian Securities Institute.
During his career, Stephen has been on a number of community and financial services boards. He currently serves as a director on the London Economic Development Corporation Board, the Credit Union Central of Canada Board, and the Canadian Credit Union Association, of which he was Chair of the Board for 2016 – 2018.
Stephen and his wife Betty live on a farm west of London and have two adult children. He enjoys reading, coaching, travelling, running, and biking. He is active on social media.
Linda joined First Credit Union in February of 2018 as President & Chief Executive Officer. With over twenty years of experience in Senior Executive roles within Canada Trust, TD Bank, CIBC and the insurance division of BCAA, Linda has developed expertise in change management, leadership, & continuous improvement. Some of the highlights of her roles include leading the Retail branches in Alberta for CIBC as Market Vice President, leading National Sales as VP Private Client Services for TD Wealth, introducing Lean Six Sigma methodology to TD Bank, and leading the Insurance operation and contact centre for BCAA as SVP & Chief Member Experience Officer.
Linda considers herself a lifelong learner; she has completed the Certified Financial Planning designation, holds a Bachelor & Masters of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University, completed the Queen’s University Executive Sales Leadership program, and earned a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Linda has also completed the CUDA program and is pursuing ICD accreditation.
Linda serves as a Director on the Board of BC’s Stabilization Central Credit Union, is Board Chair of the Credit Union Agencies Alliance, an insurance partnership comprised of Cooperators, First Credit Union and Aldergrove Credit Union, and is the CCUA delegate on the Board of the World Council or Credit Unions.
Jodi Chambers is Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer with Cornerstone Credit Union. Jodi started her career in Winnipeg with Assiniboine, where she enjoyed working in many different roles and areas for 20 years. In 2013, she moved to Alberta and worked with Alberta Central and Celero before taking an opportunity to remotely work with Conexus, Cornerstone, Innovation and Synergy credit unions in Saskatchewan.
Jodi is passionate about continuous learning and making a positive impact on the people around her. She has a Master Business Administration from Royal Roads and recently completed a Digital Leadership certification through eCornell. As past Chair of the National Young Leader committee, she was the thought leader that brought seasoned and young leaders together through experiential learning and networking opportunities. Jodi is an advocate for financial literacy and teaches courses at Momentum, a Calgary organization committed to community economic development through the principles of the sustainable livelihoods model. Internationally, Jodi spent 3 weeks in Africa coaching credit union managers and board members.
Jodi is known for her ability to inspire and motivate others. She is committed to creating a learning culture through her passion for innovation and strategic thought leadership. Jodi is often recognized for her dedication to drive positive transformational change and her belief in the benefits that technology and digital transformation can provide.
With over 20 years of leadership experience, Tammy Christopher is Chief Executive Officer of OMISTA Credit Union in New Brunswick. Tammy heads up a dynamic leadership team who develop strategy with the credit union principles of honesty, fairness, and trust top of mine. She is passionate about the evolution of the Credit Union System and being a trusted partner of financial advice and guidance by members.
Tammy is a well-rounded leader who holds a Charter Professional Accountants (CPA) designation, is a Fellow of the Credit Union Institute of Canada (FCUIC), a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D), the Credit Union Directors Achievement (CUDA) Program, and who is certified in Change Management through Prosci. At present, Tammy serves as a Director with Atlantic Central and is a past vice-chair of League Savings and Mortgage.
She lives just up the road from the world-famous Hopewell Rocks with her husband Tim. She is a proud mother to 3 children, Grace, Aidan, and Faith who are all currently attending post-secondary educational institutions. Tammy is an avid runner and logs many miles on the trails of her favourite location at White Rock Recreational Park.
George has over 25 years of experience in the Credit Union system and has held various positions. Currently he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Luminus Financial, a position he has held for the last 15 years. Since taking the position, the credit union’s assets have grown by close to 500%. He also has the distinction of becoming one of the youngest Credit Union CEOs in 2005, whose leadership helped the company receive the prestigious awards and recognitions including:
- Achievement in Marketing Excellence (AIME) Award – 2020
- Toronto Star Reader’s Choice Diamond Winner Award in the category of Professional Services Credit Union – 2019
- Concentra emPOWERING Your Communities Campaign Award in recognition of the organization’s contribution to the Filipino community through its Remit Now, Pay Later program – 2015
- Address a group of Latin American Credit Union executives from countries such as Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, all which are members of the World Council of Credit Union – July 2012
- Achievement in Marketing Excellence (AIME) Award –2011
- Image Enhancement Golden Mirror Award from the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES) –2007
- Young Credit Union People Program (WYCUP) Scholarship – 2005
He has volunteered his time within various organizations or committees including The Credit Union Council, Credit Union Services Association (in Ontario), Ontario Government Relations Community of Practice, Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) Industry Advisory Group, Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation, Ontario Credit Union Payday Lending Subcommittee, and AboutFace.
George received his Accounting Diploma from Centennial College, his Bachelor of Commerce – Business Management and Marketing Management with a minor in Human Resources from Ryerson University and his Fellowship with the Credit Union Institution of Canada (FCUIC) designation through Dalhousie University.
Paul Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer of Connect First Credit Union. He has been the CEO since 2009.
Mr. Kelly currently is a member of the boards of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and the Safe Haven Foundation.
Mr. Kelly holds a Master of Business Administration degree from York University and an Honors Business Administration degree from Western University. In 2012 ,he completed the Directors Education Program and holds the ICD.D designation.
Robert Moreau has a wealth of experience of more than 20 years, with 15 of those years being in senior management positions. He joined the UNI Financial Cooperation’s team in 2015 as Vice-President, Corporate Services. In January 2017, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. During his career, M. Moreau has acquired a diverse background in senior leadership positions spanning through the financial, insurance and privately owned manufacturing industries.
Prior to joining UNI, M. Moreau was the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for Assumption Life. His privately owned business and executive leadership experience was expanded with the role of Chief Financial Officer for Imperial Manufacturing Group. Both organization are doing business nationally.
Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous boards of directors and related committees. He was recently the Chair of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, the largest francophone business association in the province representing its various stakeholders with government.
Robert Moreau holds a Business Administration degree from Université Laval, as well as CPA, CGA accounting designation. He has completed two professional development programs at Queen’s School of Business, the Executive Development Program and the Sales Management Program, and he also holds the ICD.D title from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Jennifer has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Her professional background includes progressive leadership experience in the financial services industry, currently serving as Chief Brand & Innovation Officer for Assiniboine Credit Union. Previously, Jennifer served as the Director, Regional Sales for CUMIS, COO for Wellington West Capital Inc. and VP, Corporate Development for a large Manitoba based Credit Union.
Jennifer is self-motivated in the area of continuous learning; she has completed an ICD.D and MBA, and previously received her Project Management Professional and Certificate in Management designations. She has also participated in advanced leadership and management training at Queen’s and Wharton School of Business and Cornell and Darden University. Jennifer is active in national credit union committee work, serving on the Large Credit Union CIO Committee, Payments Modernization, Aviso Member Experience Council, Everlink Strategic Advisory Council, Celero Governance Council and Xpress Digital Solution Governance Council.
Jennifer is known for her ability to apply systems thinking and an outside looking in perspective to strategic planning. She has a proven track record of implementing transformative change that has delivered sustained results. She is a strong leader and motivator who inspires leaders, teams and individuals to reach their full potential through building capabilities and competencies that deliver shared results. She is committed to cooperative principles and is passionate about making a difference beyond the bottom-line.
Jennifer sits on the boards of Manitoba Blue Cross, Canadian Credit Union Association and Winnipeg Insurance Brokerage.
Ken Shea is the President & CEO of East Coast Credit Union, the largest credit union in Nova Scotia. Ken began his career in financial services in 1983 with the Bank of Montreal, and progressed through various senior management positions until he left the position of Personal Banking Area Manager to join the Credit Union system in 2004.
Ken was inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs in 2015, and has been named a Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada for 5 years including being inducted to the Atlantic Business Hall of Fame in 2020. Ken was also named 2018 Canada’s Clean 50 Award Honoree, and under his leadership, ECCU was awarded the 2018 Canadian Credit Union Association National Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
Ken holds an MBA, Marketing and Finance, from the University of New Brunswick, and a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance from Dalhousie University. He completed the Canadian Securities Course and has both Certified Financial Planning and Personal Financial Planning designations. Ken completed the CUDA training program, including Accreditation as a Director, through Dalhousie University.
At present, Ken serves as a Director with League Data, a Director and Vice Chair of CU FM an Atlantic Wealth business for partner credit unions, Vice Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the Credit Union Executives Society. Ken lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia with his wife Lori, two girls Hilary and Claire, and their dogs Penny and Lucy.
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