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Government Relations Team

Marc-André Pigeon
Assistant Vice President, Financial Sector Policy
Marc-Andre is responsible for monitoring, researching and advocating on behalf of credit unions. In this capacity, he brings to bear experience as an advisor at the Department of Finance Canada, a lead analyst for the Senate banking and House of Commons finance committees, an economist at the Levy Economics Institute, and a business reporter for Bloomberg Business News. 

Marc-André holds a PhD from Carleton University in Mass Communications, where he is a sessional lecturer, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa, and a journalism degree from Carleton University.
Rob Martin
Deputy Director, Policy
Rob joined the association in 1999 as a policy advisor in the Government Relations department. Over the years Rob has done policy and research work for the credit union system on files including federal financial sector legislation, Farm Credit Canada, the Business Development Bank of Canada, anti-money laundering, privacy, and bankruptcy and insolvency reform.

He has provided policy and secretariat support to the Credit Union Central of Canada’s Legislative Affairs Committee, National Lenders’ Committee and Agriculture Working Group.

Rob completed a master’s degree and four years of doctoral studies in political science with a specialization in international finance.

Kate Martin
Senior Policy Advisor, Community Impact
Kate has worked with the Ottawa policy and government relations team since 2010. Her work focuses on enhancing credit unions’ social, environmental and ethical performance and community impact, as well as supporting credit unions’ grassroots advocacy efforts. 

Kate has participated in the Parliamentary Internship Program at the House of Commons, where she worked for members of Parliament both in opposition and in government.

Kate received a master’s degree in history from the University of Victoria, where, as a community-based research intern she had the opportunity to study relationships between Indigenous peoples and settler people in Stó:lō traditional territory.
Anna Morena
Government Relations and Events Coordinator
Anna has worked in the Ottawa office since August 2007. She is responsible for providing support to the Vice President, Government Relations and to the Government Relations and Policy department. Anna also works with CCUA’s conference team to plan and organize credit union events and is key organizer of Hike the Hill – CCUA’s flagship grassroots advocacy event.

With over 30 years of experience on Parliament Hill and with industry associations in Ottawa, Anna has extensive knowledge of the federal government, particularly related to financial institutions.

Anna holds a diploma in the Office Administration-Executive program. She enjoys volunteering and spending quality time with her two teenage daughters.

Kevin Dorse
Deputy Director, Government Relations
Kevin leads CCUA’s advocacy efforts - promoting awareness of credit unions’ economic and community impact to government, legislators and key stakeholders.

Kevin’s responsibilities include the CU Nation® grassroots advocacy network; the annual Credit Unions Hike the Hill advocacy day as well as the system’s premier government affairs conference; promoting and supporting credit union social responsibility, as well as broad grassroots campaigns like the one that secured favourable language for credit unions in the 2015 budget.

Kevin served as an advisor to two party leaders and was a central campaign strategist through four federal elections. He holds degrees in political science from Carleton University and Laurentian University.
Jessica Brandon-Jepp
Advisor, Advocacy & Government Relations
Jessica’s role at CCUA includes supporting our members’ federal grassroots advocacy efforts through the CU Nation network, monitoring legislative, regulatory and political developments at the federal level, and contributing to CCUA’s government affairs activities with Members of Parliament and departmental officials.

Jessica has experience working at all three levels of politics and was a Legislative Page at Queen’s Park as a young woman. Prior to joining CCUA, Jessica worked in a government affairs role at a professional association where she advised members on legislative activity and helped organize their inaugural Queen’s Park breakfast. A dedicated volunteer, Jessica commits her time and professional skills to several not for profit organizations.

Jessica received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Guelph and a post-graduate certificate in government relations management from Seneca College.