Board of Directors

Christopher Goodman (Chair)

Mr. Goodman is Vice President, Information Technology at G & F Financial Group in British Columbia.  He has experience and success in aligning technology to enable and support strategic direction.  Mr. Goodman started with the credit union in 1997 and has provided leadership and guidance through almost twenty years of significant growth.  He has been active in the Fiserv Canadian Client Association Executive for twelve years and is currently serving as Chair Person.  He has played a key role in liaising between clients and Fiserv, articulating and negotiating outcomes for Canadian Strategic Priorities. Chris is also active in the Back Office Collaborative (BOC), a group formed to help Canadian credit unions achieve economies of scale, remain relevant, generate innovative solutions and create an improved competitive position. Chris holds an MBA in Management of Technology from Simon Fraser University.

Steve Richard

Mr. Richard is the President and CEO of Teachers Plus Credit union located in Bedford, Nova Scotia.  He is a seasoned professional with over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry.  He has been highly successful in senior management roles with banks, a Credit Union Central, credit unions, and a system partner, developing an excellent understanding of the credit union system across Canada.  Mr. Richard has a broad range of experiences from human resources, financial management, relationship management and entrepreneurial endeavours.
 
Mr. Richard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration that he received from Saint Francis Xavier University.  He also holds designations as a Certified Financial Planner, Associate of Credit Union Institute of Canada, Fellow of Credit Union Institute of Canada, and Fellow of Institute of Canadian Bankers. 

Rick Kelln

Mr. Kelln has over thirty years of financial services experience including diverse roles in Retail Banking, Investments and Securities.  In his current role at HSBC Bank Canada, he is Head of Direct Channels with responsibility for alternative channels, including internet and mobile banking and ATM channels.

Mr. Kelln is also Head of InvestDirect and the retail Contact Centres, with experience in both off shore and onshore servicing and investment transactions.  Mr. Kelln has a unique view of the global landscape including regulatory and technological changes that will impact the way customer’s access and process banking transactions in the future. Having held diverse executive roles within different areas, he has both an operational and strategic mindset.
 

Mohamed Ladak

Mr. Ladak has been with Vancity for twenty-four years and has held a variety of roles throughout the Financial Co-operative.  He is presently the Vice President- Credit, which oversees the Retail and Business Credit divisions as well as the Operations Teams for Vancity.  

Previous roles held by Mr. Ladak include the Vice President of Future Proofing for Vancity leading digital projects and the Vice President of Payment Solutions & Member Services Centre leading the payments line of business (credit cards, pre-paid cards, foreign exchange and debit) and the entire call centre for Vancity. 
 
Prior to these roles, Mr. Ladak grew up through the branch network in a variety of different roles and locations.
Over the years, Mr. Ladak has executed on a variety of different leadership initiatives collaborating with internal and external partners including implementing new payment technologies, establishing new payment partners; leading key mergers, partnerships and acquisitions; establishing a new training & development team to support the branch network;  leading various technology upgrades and replacements; chairing and leading various process re-designs and retail service experience strategies; and leading the selection process of various strategic external partners.

Mr. Ladak is also a 2012 Masters Graduate in the Masters in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions offered through St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Rob Paterson

Rob is President and Chief Executive Officer of Alterna Savings Credit Union and Alterna Bank, positions he has held since April 2013.  Prior to joining Alterna, Rob worked in financial services for over 25 years and has held executive positions within such companies as CIBC, JP Morgan CHASE, Aon Corp, and McKinsey & Company.  He also sits on the board of directors of Alterna Bank, Central 1 and Ficanex.  He also advises many Fintech Start-ups across Canada.

Rob is also a Director and Vice Chairman of Enactus Canada  – “a community of student, academic and business leaders enabling progress through entrepreneurial action.”  He is also a supporter of Candlelighters a not for profit organization  supporting Children and families going through cancer treatment and Cracking Up the Capital, a annual comedy festival that supports awareness and treatment of mental health issues.

Rob’s employment experience includes all aspects of retail, small business and commercial banking.  He is a pioneer of emerging payment and mobile technologies, and has also championed innovative lending solutions.  In addition, he has positioned himself as a leader, and mentor, in the Fintech space.  Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Ontario.

Jamie McLeod

Ms. McLeod is currently employed with Your Neighbourhood Credit Union and has had the privilege to grow and develop throughout her career in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility in the areas of Information Technology, Project Development and Operations.  Her experience encompasses project and portfolio management, strategic planning, risk management, vendor management, resource utilization, revenue growth, and cost reduction.  Her ability to analyze needs and create unique solutions designed to yield a profitable outcome has proven to be one of her greatest assets.

Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Ms. McLeod holds the position of VP, Information Technology.  In this role she is responsible for the leadership and development of the credit union’s technology roadmap as well as providing the vision in defining the credit union’s member delivery channel strategies. 

Ms. McLeod has proven to be an engaged leader successfully leading the credit union through significant change including; multiple technology upgrades, several product and service developments, numerous process improvement initiatives, merger integration and banking system conversion.  Her strengths lie in her ability to conceive and implement strategic plans and negotiate strategic partnerships to drive new delivery channel initiatives.

Yann Jodoin

Yann Jodoin is Senior Vice-President – Marketing with National Bank of Canada. As part of his duties, Mr. Jodoin is responsible, with his team, for
understanding, anticipating and influencing the behaviour and needs
of clients by developing quantitative prediction models, strategies
and marketing campaigns based on the channels clients use to
interact with the Bank. He also oversees traditional and digital
marketing, brand management, community relations and charitable activities, as well as all activities associated with payment products, including credit cards. He has been with the Bank since 2005 and has held various positions within the organization, including in Product Management, Credit Risk and Operations. Before joining National Bank, Mr. Jodoin was a senior consultant with a consulting firm specialized in risk management and business intelligence. He also has 10 years' experience at a major Canadian telecommunications company. Mr. Jodoin has an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from HEC Montréal.

Marie Mullally

Ms. Mullally is the President & CEO of CUA, one of the largest credit unions in Atlantic Canada.  Prior to this role, Ms. Mullally was the President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC), a Provincial Crown corporation, for ten years.  Under her leadership, NSGC became a recognized world leader for innovative responsible gambling programs.  An alumni of Dalhousie University, Ms. Mullally holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees.  She received the Fellow Chartered Accountants designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, and was named Chartered Accountant of the Year in 2008.

Ms. Mullally has also been recognized as one of the top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and holds the Certified Director’s designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).  In addition to her work, Ms. Mullally is an active volunteer in the community.  She has served on a number of private, not-for-profit, and public sector boards, including Nova Scotia Business Inc and the Halifax International Airport Authority, where she is currently Vice Chair of those boards as well as the Queen Elizabeth ll Health Sciences Centre Foundation.