About the credit union

About the credit union

In November 2018, members of the 11 Ontario caisses populaires and delegates of the Fédération des caisses populaires de l'Ontario overwhelmingly voted in favour of merging. Thank you to all the members who shared their views and took part in this important democratic process.

The new Desjardins Ontario Credit Union will officially open January 1, 2020. We'll continue to play an active role in community development primarily through our donation and sponsorship program and through our Community Development Fund.

The first caisses in Ontario

In 1910, Caisse Sainte-Famille was the first caisse populaire founded in Ontario by Alphonse Desjardins.

From 1910 to 1913, Alphonse Desjardins participated directly in founding 18 caisses in French Ontario. From May 1910 to April 1913, he helped found the first wave of 7 caisses in the heart of French-Canadian parishes, located mainly in Ottawa. In fall 1913, he visited northern Ontario, where he founded 11 new caisses in the Sudbury area in only 29 days.

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Our mission

Contribute to the economic and social well-being of individuals and communities.

Our vision

As a member of Canada's leading financial cooperative group, Desjardins Ontario Credit Union inspires confidence with contemporary financial services offer designed for its members, while enriching the lives of individuals and communities.

Our values

  • Money serving human development
  • Personal commitment
  • Democratic action
  • Integrity and rigour in the cooperative business
  • Solidarity with the community
  • Intercooperation

Democratic life

As a member, you can have your say in your credit union's decisions by taking part in its democratic life.

At the annual general meeting, you'll be called upon by your credit union. You can participate in the various consultations about how to use the surplus earnings, among other things. You can also exercise your right to vote to adopt and change rules and elect the directors who'll sit on the board.

Every credit union member is also a co-owner.

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The credit union's board of directors

Elected directors are credit union members who dedicate their time to the board and to the good functioning of their credit union.

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Executive Committee

Francine Côté

Francine Côté

Chair
Valérie Doré

Valérie Doré

Vice-Chair
Louise Gervais-Guy

Louise Gervais-Guy

Secretary
Sylvain Charlebois

Sylvain Charlebois

Acting Secretary
William Boucher

William Boucher

Assistant Secretary and Treasurer
Arielle Kaneza

Arielle Kaneza

Board of Directors Assistant

Directors

France Bélanger-Houle

France Bélanger-Houle

Director
Alexandre Bouffard

Alexandre Bouffard

Director
Roger Gauthier

Roger Gauthier

Director
Lucie Huot

Lucie Huot

Director
Bululu Kabatakaka

Bululu Kabatakaka

Director
Alain Larocque

Alain Larocque

Director
Sophie Miller

Sophie Miller

Director
Martine Nolin-Simard

Martine Nolin-Simard

Director
Geneviève Evelyn Patry

Geneviève Evelyn Patry

Director
Brad Robertson

Brad Robertson

Director
Alexandre Toupin

Alexandre Toupin

Director
Maxine Vincent

Maxine Vincent

Director

Our managers

These managers ensure the credit union's good financial health in a way that protects members' interests and provides them secure and profitable financial services.

Management Committee

William Boucher

William Boucher

Chief Executive Officer
Richard Fortin

Richard Fortin

Director, Governance and Board Liaison
Stéphane Plante

Stéphane Plante

Vice President, Member Experience and Retail Banking, Ontario
Richard Dupuis

Richard Dupuis

Vice President, Commercial and Business Banking, Ontario
Sophie Gingras

Sophie Gingras

Director, Communications and Community Relations
Nader Guirguis

Nader Guirguis

Vice President, Wealth Management, Ontario
Line Haché

Line Haché

Director, Human Resources
Michael Béland

Michael Béland

Director, Operations and Support Functions

Regional Management

Chantal Lajoie

Chantal Lajoie

Vice-President, Retail Banking and Ottawa Region
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Ronald Corbett

Ronald Corbett

Regional Vice-President, Toronto and Southwestern Ontario
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Retail Banking

Karine Foster

Karine Foster

Vice President, Business Development, Ottawa and Eastern Ontario
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Pascale Bazinet

Director, Property Management and Administration Services
Josée Préseault

Josée Préseault

Vice President, Business Development, Toronto, Southwestern and Northern Ontario
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Hicham Benkirane

Director, Risk Management

Félix Letourneau

Director, Member Services

Annie Piché

Director, Business Development Support
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