2019 Sessions

In this section, you will learn more about the various sessions and speakers for the 2019 Forum. We will continue to add information as it becomes available. After the conference, the PowerPoint decks from each session will be uploaded to this section for your reference. 


In keeping with the theme of "Good Governance," the following topics will be discussed at this year's conference:

Also included in this year's programming is the Directors' Forum Welcome Reception and Annual General Meeting. 

Learn more about the individual sessions below. Session outlines and speakers/moderators/panelists will be added as they are confirmed.

Note: Dates, times, titles and speakers are subject to change. 


LEADERSHIP CONTINUITY RISK IN CREDIT UNIONS

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 (9:10am - 10:40pm)

Facilitator: Cindy Dopson (MBA, CPHR), Consultant, Central 1 People Solutions

Description: A number of elements suggest a leadership continuity risk for credit unions. In this session, Cindy will outline and discuss contributing factors, such as the demographics of current leaders and continuing requirements, changing skills and competencies needed for the GM/CEO role, and the pipeline and readiness for the next generation of GM/CEO candidates, as well as the importance of the CEO/Board relationship to the succcess of the credit union. Finally, she will introduce mitigation strategies - both as a system and individual credit unions - including what the board can do to assess and increase their own readiness for leadership transition, GM/CEO candidate identification and executive development planning, alternate leadership models, and things boards can do to set new CEOs up for success through effective onboarding, network support and performance expectations. 


BOARD MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 (11:00am - 12:00pm)

      

Panel: 

Description: This session will explore how we as Board Directors are engaging with our members, and the importance of really knowing our members and what they want and need from their credit union/caisse populaire.


CCUA AND THE NATIONAL CREDIT UNION LANDSCAPE

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 (12:30 - 12:45PM)

Speaker: Martha Durdin, President & CEO, Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA)

Description: Martha will share a brief update on what is happening at CCUA and an overview of the national credit union landscape. 


RISK MANAGEMENT: DIRECTOR LIABILITY AND AUDITS

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 (1 - 2:30PM)

   

Panel: 

Description: Risk management is a key consideration for all Board Directors. This session will expand on last year's "Update on Directors' Liability and Pitfalls" with Annette Dueck, as well as consider the audit process. 


THE FUTURE OF ONTARIO'S CREDIT UNIONS

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 (2:45 - 4:15PM)

   

Panel: 

  • Julie Breuer, Member Relations & Stakeholder Engagement, Central 1 Credit Union
  • Marc-André Pigeon, Director and Strategic Research Fellow in Co-operatives Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
  • TBC, Dejardins

Description: The landscape for Ontario's credit unions is shifting and we need to evolve along with it if we are to succeed. This session will explore some of the strategic governance questions that Boards should be asking themselves (e.g., size, capacity, etc.) in order to face and survive these inevitable changes - in other words, we need to reimage our credit unions in this new era. Marc-André will explore the impacts on the system with some credit unions going federal and others merging, and the importance of remembering our co-operative roots in this evolving landscape. A Board Director from Desjardins will share some of the different ways that caisses populaires have evolved to improve their efficiency, and Julie will share some membership trends in the credit union system.


BOARD AND CEO RECRUITMENT

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 (4:30 - 6PM) - Breakout Session for Board Chairs & Vice-Chairs (space is limited)

Presenters:  

   

  • Tim Foster, Directors' Forum Executive & Chair, Northern Credit Union
  • Cindy Dopson (MBA, CPHR), Consultant, Central 1 People Solutions

Description: Succession planning is a key issue for credit unions. This session will consider what we are looking for on our boards, as well as nominations and Director recruitment strategies. Culture is an important element that will also be explored. Time will be set aside for an "Open Forum" discussion.  


DIRECTOR DEVELOPMENT & COMPETENCIES

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 (4:30 - 6PM) - Breakout session for all other Directors (space is limited)

Presenters: Korinne Collins, VP, Professional Development & Education, Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA). Representative from DICO (TBC).

Description: There is a desire to support credit unions with clarity about how DICO expectations have shifted in examining good governance capability at the board. Several credit unions have indicated that there is a much more prescriptive response by the examiner and little to no tolerance for directors not meeting the competency framework. There are several questions to be answered including: 

  • What does DICO expect in terms of documentation to demonstrate they are meeting the competencies?
  • Exploration and definition of best practices for evaluation of the board competencies
  • How might the DNA research provide indicators to the board of its collective make up and to be positioned as a balanced board? 

HIGH PERFORMING BOARD BAROMETERS 

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 (8AM - 12PM)

Facilitator: Debra Brown (DMin, MDiv, Pro. Dir), President & CEO, Governance Solutions Inc. 

Description: Proactively shaping a culture, based on the best of all possible cultural norms should be the aspiration of any boardroom. So how does your credit union fare? Despite best efforts in time, money and relationship building to get just the “right” people to serve on the board, that “perfect’ high performing board remains elusive. Through research, both anecdotal and academic, the puzzle can be solved be adopting and embedding 10 cultural norms. Learn what they are and score yourself to know where your opportunities are to improve.