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For the past 39 years, the Directors' Forum Co-operative (DFC) has provided professional development, education and networking opportunities for board directors. Our programming includes a series of virtual governance sessions, an annual hybrid conference, and a virtual AGM. Guest speakers are invited to share their knowledge and expertise on topics of relevance to directors.  

Since 2022, the DFC expanded beyond the credit union system to include directors from mutuals and non-financial co-operatives, recognizing that there is overlap and knowledge in governance practices that can be shared and learned between these sectors that share similar values.

We also began inviting directors to become individual members of the co-operative; for a one-time, lifetime membership fee of $2, individuals can join the co-op!

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Board of Directors
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Leo Racette, Board Chair
Term expires 2025

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Tanya Gracie, Director
Term expires 2024

As a co-operative, our mission is to recognize, promote and support the unique role of Directors through the provision of education, professional development and networking opportunities.  

The current Board is comprised of six volunteer directors - please click on their photos for bios!

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Greg Lefebvre, Vice-Chair
Term expires 2024

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Kathy Stewart, Treasurer
Term expires 2023

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Daniel McCoy, Secretary
Term expires 2025

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Anthony Piscitelli, Director
Term expires 2023

Contact the Board at  


Learn more about the Board’s obligations and responsibilities.

If you'd like to join the Board, please visit our AGM page for details, or contact 

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Audrey Aczel, DFC Manager

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Audrey works closely with the Board throughout the year to develop and execute the annual conference, virtual governance sessions and AGM. She brings to this role many years of project management and event planning experience, as well as her passion for organizing conferences, receptions and fundraisers. She has been employed in the co-operative sector since 2007 with the Ontario Co-operative Association and has been working with the Directors' Forum since 2012.


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your questions!  

You can reach Audrey during DFC office hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00am - 4:30pm.    


The Ontario Co-operative Association (OCA) provides the DFC with support services including: 

  • Pre-conference registration support  

  • On-site support during the in-person conference 

  • Production and management of the Virtual AGM 

OCA is a separate entity from the DFC and does not benefit in any way from any of the sponsorship raised by or for the co-operative. 

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Each year, the DFC hosts a series of virtual governance sessions designed specifically for board directors of credit unions, caisses populaires, co-operatives and mutuals. A director does not have to be a current member of the co-operative, nor have attended a conference, in order to register and participate in these sessions.


Stay tuned for more information on the winter and spring 2023 sessions, coming soon! 

Virtual Governance Series

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The DFC’s annual programming includes a series of virtual governance sessions, an annual hybrid conference, a half-day CUDA® session for a half continuing education credit through CUDA® and an AGM. Learn more about all of them below! 


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This year, we will be hosting 3 virtual sessions taking place in the evenings between 6:00 and 8:00pm EST. 

  • March 30th, 6:30 - 8:00pm: Open Forum 

  • June 1st, 6:00 - 7:30pm: Risk Management in Financial Institutions

  • September 27th, 6:30 - 8:00pm: (date/topic tbc)

Annual Conference

The DFC produces and hosts an annual fall conference tailored to the unique needs and interests of board directors. It is an event designed specifically by and for board directors, with the objective of creating a space to share and learn best practices in governance. 

Delegate feedback and evaluations consistently confirm that the conference provides a high value for the cost to attend for directors. The annual event is also a great opportunity for new and young system directors; the learning, mentoring and scheduled networking breaks provides a strong foundation for their role on the board, and enhances their ability to make significant contributions to their organizations. 

Directors of credit unions, co-operatives and mutuals from Ontario and across Canada are welcome to register and attend. The topics that we will explore and the interactive discussions that are encouraged, will benefit from a wider lens and a greater diversity of participants from across these sectors.  

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2023 Conference

The 39th Annual Directors' Forum "The Future of

Co-operative Governance" conference will take place October 27 & 28 at the Hilton Mississauga /Meadowvale. The sessions at this year’s hybrid conference will focus on building and strengthening the director's capacity to govern their organizations in the current economic climate.

In the coming months, we will be updating the dedicated conference website with more details, including the program agenda, speaker line-up, and information & materials for those who are participating in the conference both in-person or virtually - stay tuned!

Click to learn more about this year's registration fees and details.

Note: We are offering subsidies to small co-operatives whose directors could benefit from the learning opportunities we have to offer. Subsidies will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Audrey at to inquire. 

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Half-Day CUDA
CE Course 
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Each year, our Premier Partner Sponsor, the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) partners with us to develop and execute a half-day facilitated workshop during the conference. Participating credit union delegates receive a half continuing education credit under CUDA® - and there is no additional charge for attending this session as it is included in the conference registration fee. The session topics are also relevant to directors outside of the credit union system, even though they will not get accreditation for participating.



For more information about the CUDA® program in general, please visit them online or contact Client Solutions by phone at 1-888-367-1386, or by email at 

Awards & Bursaries
Awards & 

Click here to view the recipients of the 2022 Long-Term Service Awards and their bios.


The Young Directors' Bursary was established to assist Board Directors (39 and under) with their professional development and governance training.  

The annual conference is not only a great learning environment, but a wonderful opportunity for young Directors to network and engage with system leaders from across Ontario and meet potential mentors to help them through their governance journey.  

The Bursary covers the cost of conference registration, including all meals and activities that take place during the conference. It does not cover the cost of transportation to and from the conference venue, accommodations, or the evening meals (which are not part of the conference). 

The 2023 application process is now open and applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis. 

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One of our long-standing traditions, the Long-Term Service Awards (LTSA) are presented each year at the Annual Conference as a way to pay tribute to individuals for their many years of volunteer service to one or more Ontario credit union, caisse populaire, or non-financial co-operative.  

Directors who qualify can indicate their interest in receiving the award during the conference registration process, or by contacting us at

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Through their annual programming, the Directors' Forum Co-operative provides professional development, education and networking opportunities for board directors. Being a co-operative allows us to stay true to our values and principles, while supporting the credit union and co-operative sector. 

A motion was passed by the membership at the November 16, 2022 AGM, expanding eligibility to become a member of the DFC, to include individual board directors of credit unions, caisse populaires, mutuals and non-financial co-operatives across Canada.  

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Membership is a one-time, life-time fee of $2 + HST. Individuals can opt in for membership. Members will receive advanced notice of our programming and events, as well as maintain voting privileges at the AGM. 

As a member, you have the ability toview/edit your account with us online. Here, you can see your event activity, update your contact info and more. (Please log in with the most recent email address used to register for a Directors' Forum event). Your credit union will also have an account with us and have access to additional information. If you need assistance with your account, please email:

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As a member of co-operative, you are entitled to all of the rights and responsibilities provided to you under the Co-operative Corporations Act and our 



These include attending the Annual General Meeting, passing resolutions, approving financial statements and running for the Board of Directors. 

Please scroll below to view our AGM page for more details specific to this year's business meeting. 

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Membership & Governance
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General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for all DFC members to exercise their democratic right to vote on issues that are presented during the business meeting, as well as to elect the members of the Board of Directors.  

Every paid registrant who has paid the $2 membership fee (effective 2021) has the right to vote at the AGM, even if there is more than one delegate from the same credit union or caisse populaire present. There is no additional cost to attend the AGM. 

Scroll down for more information on this year's AGM!


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2022 AGM
& FSRA Presentation

This year's AGM was held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. The AGM Package  was shared with the membership and registrants in advance. 

The membership approved the exemption of the
Directors’ Forum Co-operative from appointing auditors for the 2023 financial year. They also approved a By-Law amendment expanding the co-operative's membership qualifications to include current and/or past members of a credit union, caisse populaire, mutual, and/or co-operative board of directors in Canada.

There were two seats available on the Board of Directors, as the terms for both Leo Racette and Ken Chan were up. The Board received exactly two nominations and therefore, Leo Racette (Sudbury Credit Union) and Daniel McCoy (Northern Credit Union), were acclaimed.


The Board bid farewell to retiring Director Ken Chan, who served on the Executive and Board since 2019, and thanked him for his commitment to director education and contributions to the Board and the DFC's mission. 

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Immediately following the business meeting, we were joined by Mark White, CEO and Mehrdad Rastan, Executive Vice President, Credit Union & Insurance Prudential, of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario. Mark and Mehrdad shared their views on the principles-based scenario and the recovery plan, among other important issues relevant to credit unions. The delegations greatly appreciated their participation and the dialogue that took place. A copy of their PowerPoint presentation is available here

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The DFC provides organizations with a unique opportunity to invest in the professional development and continuing education of credit union, co-operative and mutual Directors.  

As the system and sector is constantly evolving, so is the Directors' Forum, to ensure that we remain relevant and address the unique needs of our leaders and decision-makers. 


Organizations that support our mission through sponsorships, and/or with registrations to our virtual governance sessions and Annual Conference (or both!) is what enables us to plan, produce and execute the highly-valued programming each year.  

Please click the button below to check out the Sponsorship Proposal  for the 2023 - 2024 program year.


We thank you in advance for your consideration and appreciate any level of support your organization is able to provide. 

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Thank you to all the amazing organizations that sponsored our 2022 fall conference and the 2023 virtual sessions...

Premiere Partner
The Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA is the national credit union trade association that provides services to Canada's credit unions, caisses populaires (outside of Quebec) and regional central organizations. CCUA is distinct in its commitment to co-operative values, and is the first national credit union governed organization in Canada.

Cusource® Education supports the success of credit union employees and board of directors. They provide best in-class learning solutions for credit union leaders, employees and board directors. Their comprehensive programs are designed specifically for credit unions by industry experts and credit union professionals. 
Platinum Sponsors
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Alterna Savings has been the good in banking for 113 years. They are the third largest credit union in Ontario, and one of the top ten in Canada. Alterna shares its expertise with more than 185,000 members. They were the first credit unioni in Canada to offer micro-loans to the under-banked through their over 20-year, award-winning Commnunity Microfinance Program. Members and customers also benefit from an industry-leading online brokerage, investment management services, and a fully digital national bank delivered by subsidiary Alterna Bank. 
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As a socio-economic leader, Desjardins actively supports the economic vitality and well-being of the community; they’re always working to positively impact the places where they live and work. In 2020, they generously provided $1,294,093 to support an abundance of projects through their funding programs, donations and sponsorships. Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the credit union, introduced the belief that “a credit union is above all else, an association of people, not dollars”.
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Silver Sponsors
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Bronze Sponsors
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Partner Sponsors
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Click below to discover the numerous ways you can stay connected and up-to-date with Director's Forum news and events.

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Each year we ask that you help us promote the Annual Conference using your available networks and communication channels. Stay tuned for all the resources you need for the 2023 event coming soon via the link below!

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