Beginning September 2020 until June 2021, the DF is producing and hosting a series of virtual governance sessions that are relevant to the unique role of system Directors.

Thanks to the generosity of our 2020 Sponsors, there is no cost for Directors to attend the sessions. 

Visit this page to get regular updates as they become available, on what we have in store for you! 

Registration is separate for each session, and is now open for the September and October sessions. Please use the links provided below.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm EST

Topic: Inclusion and Diversity: A Governance Perspective

Description: This session will help credit union directors enhance their understanding of how they can champion and foster inclusion and diversity within and beyond the boardroom. 

Facilitator: Ken Chan, Director, Alterna & Savings & DF Board Director

Tech Support: Leo Racette


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OCTOBER 16, 2020

Time: 10:15am - 12:00pm EST

Topic: Adapting to System Challenges and Opportunities

Description: Board Chair Anthony Piscitelli will provide an update from the Directors' Forum, and then moderate a panel discussion with the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) and Central 1, on how their organizations are adapting to meet system needs, and what Directors need to be doing to adapt as well. 

Moderator: Anthony Piscitelli, Director, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union & DF Board Chair

Panel: Guy Hubert, Executive VP, FSRA; Korinne Collins, VP, Professional Development & Education, CCUA; Bill Kiss, Board Chair, Central 1

Tech Support: Leo Racette


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NOVEMBER 10, 2020 

Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm EST

Topic: Before Technology: The Importance of Open Banking


Facilitator: Tanya Gracie, Central 1 & DF Board Vice-Chair

Speaker: TBC

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JANUARY 20, 2021

Time: 11:00 - 12:15 EST

Topic: Do Existing Lending Products of Credit Unions Meet the Financial Needs of Co-operatives - The Case of Libro Financial Credit Union and Ontario's Co-operative Sector

Description: Credit Unions and co-operatives share a common identity and foundational values as organizations that meet the economic, social and cultural needs of their member-owners. A perennial concern for the credit union and co-operative sectors has been the need to identify opportunities for collaboration to advance the prominence of member-owned models. This session will present the findings of a research project, including:

  • What are the unique financing needs of co-operatives in Ontario?
  • Do co-operatives believe that their financing needs are being met by banks, credit unions ot other non-traditional offerings?
  • What do co-operatives believe are the strengths and weakenesses of Libro's commercial lending offerings?
  • Are there regulatory, strategic, economic, or other barriers that prevent Libro and other credit unions from providing commerical lending offerings that are perceived by co-operatives as meeting their financing needs?

Facilitator: Anthony Piscitelli, Director, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union & DF Board Chair

Speaker: Sean Campbell, Principal Researcher, University of Waterloo, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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FEBRUARY 17, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:15am EST

Topic: Mining the Co-op Advantage

Description: The COVID pandemic has spurred a need for change, and this is the time to revisit our co-operative roots and "co-operate among co-operatives". Reflecting back to some of the learnings from the 2018 Forum session of the same name, Donna and Cory will lead Directors in a discussion on why and how they should be supporting co-operatives, as we move through and past the pandemic into a new world. 

Facilitator: Donna Bailey, Director, Client Solutions & Research, Canadian Credit Union Association

Speaker: Cory Munden, CEO, Leading Edge Credit Union (CCUA)

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MARCH 10, 2021

Time: 10:30 - 11:45am EST

Topic: Mutuals and Credit Unions: Opportunities for Collaboration

Description: This panel session will consider the similarities and differences between mutuals and credit unions, while exploring some opportunities for collaboration between the two sectors.

Facilitator: Anthony Piscitelli, Director, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union & DF Board Chair

Speaker: John Taylor, President, Ontario Mutual Insurance Association; TBC

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MAY 19, 2021

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm

Topic: Virtual Session Highlights with Alisdair Smith

Description: Alisdair will share his insights on the governance series, highlighting the key points and takeaways from each, in an engaging and thought-proviking way. This is a session you won't want to miss!

Facilitator: Alisdair Smith, DARE Communications

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JUNE 2021 (date tbc)


Topic: Open Forum 

Description: This session will provide an opportunity for participants to share their thoughts and ideas on a variety of topics, and make suggestions for future sessions. 

Facilitator: Anthony Piscitelli, Director, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union & DF Board Chair

Speakers: DF Board of Directors

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