Assiniboine Credit Union 2021 General Election

Assiniboine Credit Union 2021 General Election Candidates

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Karlene Debance

karlene.debance@acugovernance.ca

Message to Membership

It is an honour and privilege to be seeking election to the 2021 ACU Board. I have a strong working knowledge of ACU and the organization’s dedicated support it provides in the areas of building sustainability, social responsibility, financial independence and community development. As a senior executive leader with the public service, I delivered key bilateral/ trilateral strategic infrastructure programs/investments that built communities and facilitated economic development across Manitoba. I bring to the table a wide multi-level network, intergovernmental relations, strong knowledge of federal-provincial funding programs & agreements, capital asset management plans & strategic capital planning, affordable housing and homelessness. I am a member of the Institute for Public Affairs Canada (IPAC) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (MB Chapter). Additionally, I have over 7 years of international not-for-profit experience specifically in the areas of youth, women and development, immigration and refugees. I have passion and drive to undertake activities are guided by my integrity, honesty, transparency, accountability and empathy. Should I be elected, I will respectfully listen to learn from others and channel my creative energy to build on the good work and reputation that ACU is known and recognized for across Canada. I humbly seek your support.

Answers to Candidate Questions

1. Please list your experience working on a board or committee.

I have over 7 Years working directly with not-for -profits, boards and volunteering in the areas of that are aligned with ACU's mandate, mission and skills competencies. I have been a board director and board member for 4 of those years. Over the last 14 years I have participated and led several national cross-jurisdictional and federal working groups specific to developing and implementing Canadian policy and programs – Disaster Mitigation, Trade Corridors, Public, Private, Partnerships (P3s), Climate Change, Research and Innovation as it relates to economic development initiatives. Additionally, I have been the provincial co-chair of over 29 infrastructure bilateral agreements including chairing senior federal-provincial management committees.

2. In addition to having a mix of skills and experience, the board wishes to be representative of the members and communities we serve. We strive for gender inclusivity, ethnic and cultural diversity, and diversity of age and life stage. A gap analysis of the current board, less those directors up for re-election, has been conducted and, in 2021, we encourage people of all genders to apply and strong, qualified candidates with the ideal skills and experience who are 26-35 years of age and in early to mid-career would be a particular asset to the board at this time.

I have worked extensively with post-secondary institutions, students and youth groups specifically in developing infrastructure/programs that meet new ways of collaboration, learning, wellness, safety and job readiness training. I am an energetic, open minded individual with strong business and political acumen. As a woman of colour, I started my journey in Canada as an international student and over the my career, I have had the pleasure of working for organizations that entrusted me with serving the public and managing public funds that benefitted all Manitobans and families.

3. What would be your greatest contribution to the ACU Board?

I believe my greatest contribution to the ACU board will be in the areas of navigating the intergovernmental systems, and, developing innovative solutions and creative partnerships in the areas of Climate Change agenda, environmental stewardship and socially responsible initiatives that build strong and resilient communities. In addition to my BA in Political Science and my Masters in Natural Resource Management, I am a member of the Institute for Public Affairs Canada, Global Development Media Platform, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I have completed my certification in Asset Management Planning (Capital Infrastructure) and I am currently enrolled in Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation.

Biography

Karlene is a results-oriented executive leader with 20 years of experience directly with the non- profit sector, private sector and all levels of government. Karlene is currently the Housing Transformation Leader, with the Government of Manitoba and was previously the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs. For over 12 years, led provincial negotiations of federal-provincial Infrastructure programs/initiatives that facilitated economic development and community wellbeing across Manitoba. Karlene has also worked in the areas of Canadian-Caribbean Youth Internship programs, homelessness, affordable housing, post-secondary capital, and cultural programs. She is a member of the Institute for Public Affairs Canada and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has over 7 years of international not-for-profit experience specifically in the areas of youth, women and development, immigration and refugees. Karlene has a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Political Science and a Masters in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba.

Virginia Torrie

virginia.torrie@acugovernance.ca

Message to Membership

As a lifelong member of credit unions, originally in Ontario and now in Winnipeg, I am strong believer in the power of the cooperative financial services model to strengthen our communities. Credit unions have consistently driven innovation in the financial services sector. I believe that this forward-looking approach combined with the sustainability focus of ACU holds much potential for creating long-term, positive change in Manitoba communities. As a candidate for the Board, it would be an honour to promote our credit union and contribute my knowledge and expertise to the betterment of ACU’s members, employees, and communities. I am asking for your vote.

As a lawyer and law professor specializing in financial law, I would bring a legal perspective to the diversity of views represented on the Board. My education and professional experience has equipped me with strong skills in critical thinking, analysis, and communication, and technical proficiency in legal and governance matters. Through all my Board and committee experiences, I take the long view of professional relationships, and strive for a collaborative, respectful, and professional approach to group decision-making.

Answers to Candidate Questions

1. Please list your experience working on a board or committee.

Current:

  • Board Member (elected), Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (Nominating & Governance Committee)
  • Council Member (elected), Manitoba Bar Association
  • Chair, Insolvency Section, Manitoba Bar Association

Previous (non-exhaustive):

  • University Committees: Hiring (elected), Tenure & Promotion (elected), Grade Appeals, Accessibility, Visiting Speakers
  • Treasurer (elected), Canadian Association of Law Teachers (Finance Committee)

2. In addition to having a mix of skills and experience, the board wishes to be representative of the members and communities we serve. We strive for gender inclusivity, ethnic and cultural diversity, and diversity of age and life stage. A gap analysis of the current board, less those directors up for re-election, has been conducted and, in 2021, we encourage people of all genders to apply and strong, qualified candidates with the ideal skills and experience who are 26-35 years of age and in early to mid-career would be a particular asset to the board at this time.

As a woman in early-career to mid-career I would contribute the perspective of someone in the 25- 35 age group to the Board. I would also bring a legal perspective to the diversity of views represented on the Board.

3. What would be your greatest contribution to the ACU Board?

I feel my greatest contributions to the Board would be strong thinking and analysis skills, understanding of governance structures, and a team approach to decision-making. Through legal training I have developed strong skills in critical thinking, analysis, and attention to detail. By serving on Boards and committees I have gained experience with different governance structures and processes. I am a collegial team-player with a strong commitment to ethics and professionalism in group decision-making.

Biography

Virginia is a law professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, where she teaches bankruptcy and insolvency law, business organizations law, legal history, and negotiable instruments and banking law. She is the recipient of Teaching and Service Awards from the Faculty of Law and University of Manitoba. She holds JD and LLM degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a PhD in Law from the University of Kent in England. Her research focuses on the use of insolvency law as a creditor remedy.

Virginia actively volunteers with a number of scholarly and professional associations. She served as Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, and Chair of the Insolvency Section and an elected Council Member of the Manitoba Bar Association. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Banking & Finance Law Review.

Marina James

marina.james@acugovernance.ca

Message to Membership

Over the past 2.5 years, I have deeply immersed myself in understanding Governance and Financial Risk oversight of ACU, placing Member needs for dependable products and services at the forefront of all conversations and deliberations. Serving on the Audit and Risk Committee has added further stringent oversight elements to ensure the guiding values of People, Planet & Prosperity align to support the needs of our Members and their families. I strongly believe in ACU and its role as a socially responsible co-operative that provides financial services that contribute to the betterment of its members, employees and its communities. As the CEO of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board and the former CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, I advocate everyday to lay the foundation to grow Winnipeg's population, neighbourhoods and economic base by way of attracting investment, jobs and much needed infrastructure. I hope you will vote for me. My commitment to ACU remains steadfast, pragmatic and dependable.

Answers to Candidate Questions

1. Please list your experience working on a board or committee.

Chair of Manitoba Hydro Electric Board
Board member at Manitoba Blue Cross, and Chair of the Pension Committee Board member at ACU, and member of Audit and Risk Committee
Past Chair of the Manitoba Hotel Association and the Manitoba Tourism Education Council Past Board member of the Manitoba Musuem

2. In addition to having a mix of skills and experience, the board wishes to be representative of the members and communities we serve. We strive for gender inclusivity, ethnic and cultural diversity, and diversity of age and life stage. A gap analysis of the current board, less those directors up for re-election, has been conducted and, in 2021, we encourage people of all genders to apply and strong, qualified candidates with the ideal skills and experience who are 26-35 years of age and in early to mid-career would be a particular asset to the board at this time.

If elected I will continue to serve the strategic needs of ACU and its members. As one of several female CEOs in the city of Winnipeg, and the co-founder of SHEday, I will continue to mentor and elevate the need for gender inclusivity, ethnic and cultural diversity. Everyday I set out to find ways to grow our economy so that everyone benefits, and guide conversations so that people feel respected and cared for.

3. What would be your greatest contribution to the ACU Board?

My greatest contribution to the ACU Board will be my understanding of the real estate industry and affordable housing needs and pathways to real estate ownership and community development and economic development investment attraction to grow jobs. along with my knowledge of Board governance requirements for Boards of Directors so that they fulfill the fiduciary and generative governance responsibilities to serve their Members. I also hold a Master of Business Administration Degree.

Biography

I am a senior executive with strong financial and corporate development skills. I offer extensive management success in the public and private sector including working in complex governance models, delivering shared value creation while ensuring member needs are met.

As a results oriented leader who is known for integrity, I believe in ACU and it's commitment to money doing more and its values surrounding people, planet and prosperity. I am recognized as an ethical business leader skilled in problem solving and operational effectiveness. I wish to continue to serve ACU members and to champion its mission, vision and values. I want Members to have access to the best products and services for their needs. I have an MBA. I am presently the CEO of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board, Past President of Economic Development Winnipeg, Chair of Manitoba Hydro and a Board Member at Manitoba Blue Cross.

Paul Lacap

paul.lacap@acugovernance.ca

Message to Membership

I am passionate about inspiring change so that value-based organizations reach their potential. I have had the honour to lend my voice as board member and have represented our membership since 2015. With your continued support, I’m seeking reelection for a third term in 2021.

Thanks to you, I have been able to represent our membership across ACU and Credit Union Central of Manitoba (CUCM). I am currently the Vice Chair of the board and Chair of the Human Resources Policy and Compensation Committee. In addition, I believe a credit union system that is able to work together is important for our continued growth. I currently serve as a member of CUCM’s Directors Forum Committee and Vice Chair of CUCM’s Peer Group 2.

I also continue to prioritize my time for organizations that strengthen our community. For the last 3 years, I have been leading organization-wide digital transformations at the University of Manitoba. I also provide leadership on the boards of United Way Winnipeg, Forks Foundation and Victoria General Hospital Foundation.

I strongly believe in our values-based approach and I would be honoured to continue to represent our membership. I’m asking for your vote and appreciate your time and consideration.

Answers to Candidate Questions

1. Please list your experience working on a board or committee.

  • Board of Directors, Various Committees (2015 -Present) Assiniboine Credit Union
  • Directors Forum, Peer Group 2 (2017 -Present) Credit Union Central of Manitoba
  • Board of Trustees (2019 -Present) Victoria General Hospital Foundation
  • Chair (2019 -Present) Forks Foundation
  • Advisory Councils (2017 -Present) Canadian Marketing Association
  • School Relations (2016 -Present) Associates / University of Manitoba Business School Foundation
  • Standards Council Subcommittees (2016 -Present) Imagine Canada
  • Board of Trustees (2014 -Present) United Way Winnipeg
  • Technology Management Advisory (2016 -2019) Red River College
  • Board of Directors (2014 -2018) Artspace
  • Board of Directors (2013 -2016) Young Associates / University of Manitoba Business School Foundation
  • Sweepstakes & Contests Council (2013 -2016) Brand Activation Association / Association of National Advertisers
  • Programs Committee (2010 -2013) Project Management Institute
  • Board of Trustees (2006 -2012) Manitoba Marathon Foundation

2. In addition to having a mix of skills and experience, the board wishes to be representative of the members and communities we serve. We strive for gender inclusivity, ethnic and cultural diversity, and diversity of age and life stage. A gap analysis of the current board, less those directors up for re-election, has been conducted and, in 2021, we encourage people of all genders to apply and strong, qualified candidates with the ideal skills and experience who are 26-35 years of age and in early to mid-career would be a particular asset to the board at this time.

I am a first generation Canadian of Filipino descent. I am currently in my early 40s and am professionally in mid-career.

3. What would be your greatest contribution to the ACU Board?

In addition to past board and committee experience, my greatest contribution to the board would be my knowledge and experience with business transformation, marketing and technology. I have:

  • restructured and merged complex organizations with annual revenues of over half a billion dollars and more;
  • worked directly at a strategic level with the world’s largest and most recognizable multi-national brands;
  • and directly managed multi-million dollar technology implementations with staff/resource counts of over 100 people.

Biography

For most of his career, Paul has successfully led marketing, technology and business transformation with clients including the world’s largest technology, beverage, entertainment, food, pharmaceutical, restaurant, sports and retail brands. He is currently the Director, Digital Strategy and Engagement at the University of Manitoba where he has led organization-wide digital change initiatives that have become vital in our current environment.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. In addition, Paul holds numerous designations including a Chartered Marketer (CM), Project Management Professional (PMP), PRINCE2 Practitioner and Prosci Change Management. Paul has also volunteered on numerous committees and boards including, United Way, Forks Foundation, Victoria General Hospital Foundation, and the Associates.

Paul has served on the ACU board since 2015 and is Chair of the Human Resources Policy and Compensation Committee and Vice Chair of the Board.

Jacqueline Keena

jacqueline.keena@acugovernance.ca

Message to Membership

Jacqueline Keena is the managing director of the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI), an industry-led non-profit located in Manitoba. EMILI's mission is to accelerate the integration of intelligent technologies into the agri-food industry. Jacqueline holds degrees in agri-economics (BSc, University of Manitoba) and public policy (MA, Carleton University).

“I am pleased to submit my name for consideration as a board director for Assiniboine Credit Union. I am a professional agrologist (P.Ag.) and bring expertise both in agribusiness and intelligent technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. I currently serve as board vice-chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba, an organization that serves female-owned or led small businesses In the province. I would relish the opportunity to bring these expertise to the diverse ACU board in service of the membership.”

Answers to Candidate Questions

1. Please list your experience working on a board or committee.

I have extensive and diverse expertise working on a board or committee. I am currently the vice- chair of the Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba (governance/Carver model), a non-profit that provides small business loans to female entrepreneurs. Previously, I was the chair of Be The Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit created to encourage greater youth participation in the electoral system. I was a committee member of Making Waves Winnipeg, a charity offering low-cost swimming lessons to children with special needs. In university, I was interim board chair of the University of Manitoba Students' Union and chair of two committees (policy and bylaws, election review). In my role as managing director of EMILI, I work closely with our governance board.

2. In addition to having a mix of skills and experience, the board wishes to be representative of the members and communities we serve. We strive for gender inclusivity, ethnic and cultural diversity, and diversity of age and life stage. A gap analysis of the current board, less those directors up for re-election, has been conducted and, in 2021, we encourage people of all genders to apply and strong, qualified candidates with the ideal skills and experience who are 26-35 years of age and in early to mid-career would be a particular asset to the board at this time.

I am a 27-year old, female, Metis person involved in agriculture and technology.

3. What would be your greatest contribution to the ACU Board?

I bring a unique perspective as a young woman who is interested in meaningful and significant diversity and inclusion. I also have a keen interest in policy and governance as a means of facilitating effective and efficient organizations.

Biography

Jacqueline Keena is managing director of the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI) in Manitoba. EMILI is an Agriculture-AI accelerator working to increase the adoption and integration of intelligent technologies across the agri-food value chain.

A self-declared policy wonk, Jacqueline is a professional agrologist, holding degrees in agri- economics and public policy. Outside of work, Jacqueline volunteers as vice-chair for the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba, a not-for-profit that administers small business loans for women entrepreneurs. Jacqueline brings a unique perspective as a young woman involved in agriculture and technology with a keen interest in policy and governance.

Joelle Foster

joelle.foster@acugovernance.ca

Message to Membership

I have lived in Winnipeg since 1984, attending high school, the University of Manitoba, and RRC. I love Winnipeg and as such have spent my career dedicated to growing Manitoba and driving our economy. I am a founding board member of North Forge Technology Exchange and became the CEO in February 2020. During COVID, we rolled out an online Founders Program to ensure that we are reaching all tech-enabled and innovative companies across the province.

Prior to this, I was a Director for Futurpreneur, overseeing the Prairies and the North. In Manitoba alone, I helped 325 businesses open their doors, achieving a 91% success rate over seven years and 30 were restaurants! I am proud to share that out of these 325 businesses, 53 were newcomers, 35 were rural, 104 were female-owned and 38 were indigenous owned. Two of my biggest startups were Skip the Dishes and Callia Flowers. Building this ecosystem in the prairies, I have affectionately earned the title of “Start-Up Mom”.

I was so blessed to receive the Volunteer of the Year from the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in 2017 and a Business Community Partner Award from the Manitoba Filipino Business Council in 2016.

Answers to Candidate Questions

1. Please list your experience working on a board or committee.

  • I currently sit on the national Board of Directors for the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE)
  • When in Calgary from 2017 to 2019, I was a member of the Calgary Economic Development Strategy Innovation Leadership Team, a Board member for Women Entrepreneurship Day and a Board member for the Foundation for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship.
  • In Winnipeg prior to leaving for Calgary in 2017, I was a founding Board Member of North Forge Technology Exchange. I was on the Board of Governors for Balmoral Hall School for Girls, the Co- Chair and co-founder of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. I also sat on the Board of Directors for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Economic Competitiveness Leadership Council. I also sat on the Board of Directors for the Eureka Project before merging it into a new organization called North Forge Technology Exchange.
  • In 2015, I was on the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council Task Group – Access to Capital and the Council for Arts and Culture Task Group. I also sat on the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Economic Competitiveness Committee.

2. In addition to having a mix of skills and experience, the board wishes to be representative of the members and communities we serve. We strive for gender inclusivity, ethnic and cultural diversity, and diversity of age and life stage. A gap analysis of the current board, less those directors up for re-election, has been conducted and, in 2021, we encourage people of all genders to apply and strong, qualified candidates with the ideal skills and experience who are 26-35 years of age and in early to mid-career would be a particular asset to the board at this time.

I am a woman who lived in Nunavut and the NWT up until I was 18 years old. Though I am not indigenous, my three nieces are indigenous, and the time that I have spent in the North and attending a residential school for two years has allowed me to have heightened cultural awareness.

3. What would be your greatest contribution to the ACU Board?

I believe my greatest asset is my ability to encourage diversity. When I say diversity, this goes beyond gender, race or sexual orientation, it also includes the geography of members, age, and experiences. Diversity inspires cultural growth and makes our communities richer, contributing to new ways of thinking, new knowledge, and better problem-solving.

Biography

Joelle is known as a spirited activist for entrepreneurship in Canada. She is the CEO for North Forge Technology Exchange, a hybrid incubator/accelerator of which she was a founding board member in 2015. Prior to this, she was a Director for Futurpreneur, overseeing the Prairies and the North. Under her leadership, in Manitoba alone, 325 businesses opened their doors. One of her biggest startups were Skip the Dishes. Joelle has sat on over 12 boards and 11 committees during her career. She is grateful to be leading an impactful career in which she gets to help a growing number of people build their dreams. She is determined to make an impact in Manitoba with collaborative practices while supporting and encouraging diversity. Serving on the ACU board is a place where she can bring her expertise and knowledge of business practices and building partnerships to the table to benefit the members.

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