Governance & Staff

Board of Directors

Earl Campbell, Chair - Director of Alterna Savings and Past Vice-Chair of Alterna Bank

Earl Campbell is Chair of the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation Board.  He is a Director of the Alterna Savings Board and is past Vice Chair of the Board of Alterna Bank, having served as Chair of Alterna Savings and the former Metro Credit Union.  The retired Director of Education and CEO of the Scarborough Board of Education, Mr. Campbell is the President of Earl G. Campbell Consulting and is a business coach and mentor for leadership development and strategic planning.  With extensive Board experience and leadership in the community, Mr. Campbell is Secretary of the Board of the Scarborough Walk of Fame Association.  Mr. Campbell is a Vice Chair and Tribunal member of the Province’s Consent and Capacity Board, an independent body created under the Health Care Consent Act to conduct hearings under a number of health related Acts.

Mr. Campbell has served as an Executive Committee member for a number of National and International education organizations.  He has been recognized with a number of professional and community awards including a Star on the Scarborough Walk of Fame and as a Distinguished Educator of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Earl Campbell

Guido Chezzi, Vice Chair – Retired Executive

Guido Chezzi has been involved with the Credit Union for 50 years. He is Vice Chair of the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation and has received an achievement award from this organization. He has facilitated with young co-op leaders and has received a “Youth Mentorship Award” from the ON co-op. He was an avid member of Northern Credit Union. In June he received “Safety Recognition” for presenting to co-op students in various high schools about job safety in the workplace. His presentations covered the “Industrial Accident Prevention Association” in Toronto. Guido has managed the Credit Union for 15 years as a founder of the Coniston community. He was the chapter president in Sudbury for 33 different Credit Unions throughout the city. He also sat on the Cumis Board for 10 years on the International Program Committee and spent another10 years being a part of the Canadian Cooperative Association. Guido also dedicated his time in Africa working with various Credit Unions. He was a volunteer fireman for 35 years as well as being a community Lions Club member. He worked at INCO for 38 years. He has been married for 48 years and enjoys spending time with his wife Carol, their 2 daughters and their 5 grandchildren.

Guido Chezzi

Dave Schurman, Secretary-Treasurer – Executive VP and COO, FirstOntario Credit Union

Dave has over 30 years of service in the Credit Union System, starting as a loans officer in Summerside PEI in the 1980’s. Since then Dave has worked in the credit union system across Canada and in the USA. He has held positions of Manager, CFB Summerside Credit Union; Regional Vice President Atlantic CUMIS; Regional Vice President BC-Alberta CUMIS; National VP Sales, CUMIS; VP & National Sales Officer , CUNA Mutual Group in the USA.

Dave is a former board member of the Atlantic  Cooperative Association, the British Columbia Cooperative Association and the Ontario Credit Union Professional Association. Dave was selected by the World Council of Credit Unions to lead a task force in Jamaica in 1999 to help the Jamaican Credit Union League nad their member credit unions to create a strategic plan for their system. Dave has also been heavily involved in sports over the years serving as a VP of the World Softball Championships, Chairman of the Canadian Women’s Softball Championships, and VP Canada Games. Dave has a regular TV segment called “Finance Friday” that airs on CHCH TV every second Friday, and he currently coaches girls rep hockey in Oakville.

Dave Schurman


Liz Arkinstall, Director – Manager Community Relations, United Communities Credit Union

Liz has been employed at United Communities Credit Union for over 10 years and her current role is Manager of Community Relations. In 2007 she received a Scholarship through Credit Union Central of Ontario and attended the WOCCU conference as a WYCUP nominee. She is enrolled in Boston College’s Centre for Corporate Citizenship and is a graduate of Leadership Windsor-Essex. She is active in her local community and is also a Director for the W.E. Care for Kids Foundation.


Liz Arkinstall

Mark Ventry, Director - Executive Director, Ontario Co-operative Assoc.

Mark Ventry is the Executive Director of the Ontario Co-operative Association.  On Co-op is the provincial co-operative association that develops, unites and promotes co-operatives throughout the province of Ontario.

Formerly On Co-op’s Co-operative Community Manager, Mark has been with the co-operative since 2005.  While at On Co-op Mark has overseen a total redesign of the On Co-op website, the launch of a provincial co-operative database, and the expansion of the Association’s marketing and co-op development resources.

In addition to managing On Co-op, Mark is co-ordinating Ontario activities relating to the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, which runs from January 1 to December 31, 2012. He also edits the On Co-op e-newsletter, a biweekly publication with the largest co-op distribution in Canada.

He started on his co-operative path in 1976 when he became a member of Guelph & Wellington Credit Union (now Meridian Credit Union).  Mark served on the GWCU board for 13 years, four of them as Chair.   Previously to joining On Co-op, he owned and managed a construction supply company and was a computer software instructor.

Mark is a graduate of the Co-operative Management Certificate Program.  In 2012, he took part in a Canadian Co-operative Association International Development mission to Ghana where he provided communications support to CCA’s credit union coaching program in Ghana, Uganda and Malawi.


George De La Rosa, Director – CEO, Luminus Financial Services & Credit Union

George De La Rosa has close to 20 years of experience in the Credit Union system.  He started working as a High School Co-op student and has held various positions since, including Marketing Officer, Member Services Supervisor and Business Development Officer at Metro Credit Union, and Sales and Marketing Management at PACE Savings and Credit Union.  Currently he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Luminus Financial, a position he has held for the last 8 years.  Since taking the position, the credit union’s assets have grown nearly 120%.  He also has the distinction of becoming one of the youngest Credit Union CEOs when he accepted his position in 2005.  His leadership has helped Luminus Financial receive the prestigious International Image Enhancement Award from the Credit Union Executive Society in recognition of their efforts to boost membership through their “What can we do for you?” recruitment campaign.   George has been involved in various committees to help the Credit Union system grow, including the steering committee for the Ontario Young Leaders Think Tank, whose mandate was to develop a youth strategy for credit unions in Ontario.

He received his Bachelor of Commerce – Business Management and Marketing Management with a minor in Human Resources from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada, and following this, he pursued his fellowship with the Credit Union Institution of Canada through Dalhousie University.   He also holds an Accounting Diploma from Centennial College and two Business Management Certificates from Ryerson University.  George is fluent in both English and Spanish. 



Deanna C. Basso, Director – Marketing Coordinator, Healthcare & Municipal Employees’ Credit Union

In 2002 Deanna started her credit union adventure with one of the oldest credit unions in Ontario, Healthcare & Municipal Employees’ Credit Union, as the Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, CEO and Senior Management Team. In 2010 she was promoted to the position of Marketing Coordinator giving her more opportunities to make a difference in the community and continue the many partnerships she established with local charities. Deanna is also one of the driving forces of the Annual Area Credit Union Golf Classic raising well over $50,000 over the last 5 years for organizations such as St. Peters Hospital, Interval House, Camp Bucko and the Y108 CHML Children’s Fund. She has recently been appointed to the position of Director on the MACU (Marketing Association of Credit Unions) Board and continues to have close ties with many organizations in our credit union community.  Her empathy and organization skills go beyond the walls of the credit union as she is a loving wife and caring mother of two young boys and she finds time to continue educating herself as she is obtaining her Marketing Degree at McMaster University, a member of the Parents Council for the Brantford District Catholic School Board and an Event Coordinator for her neighborhood association.

Deanna’s contributions to The Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation will consist of her commitment, enthusiasm and compassion for her credit union community. She is a loyal supporter of the fundamental credit union business philosophy of “People Helping People”. She has always felt that helping others makes you a better person, gives you a sense of accomplishment, and provides you with an opportunity to make that difference.

Deanna C. Basso


Dan Coldwell, Director - Vice President, Business Development, PACE Credit Union

Dan is currently Vice President, Business Development of Pace Credit Union headquartered in Vaughan.  He started his credit union career in 1992 with North York Community Credit Union.  Dan has experience in community relations and marketing but is also a Certified Financial Planner.  He is active in his community both personally and professionally.  For Pace he oversees such charitable initiatives as Pace Polo for Heart which raises $200,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation annually, the Pace Bursary Awards which provided over $62,000 of financial assistance to Pace members for post secondary education last year and the Pace Golf Classic which substantially funds the Bursary Award program.  Outside of Pace, Dan sits on the Southlake Regional Health Care Centre Fundraising Committee and he’s a coach for the Aurora Panthers Girls Hockey Association.  Dan and his wife Sheryl live in Newmarket with their three teenage daughters.

Joel Lalonde, Director - Executive Vice-President, Your Credit Union

Joel Lalonde’s current position is Executive Vice-President at Your Credit Union in Ottawa.  Your Credit Union has been a long time supporter of the Foundation and Joel is happy to bring over 12 years of co-operative passion to the board.  DICO, the caisses populaires and now Your Credit Union have allowed Joel to express his entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrate his level of dedication.  Most of his free time is enjoyed at the cottage with his spouse Lisa for and their wonderful daughter Emily.


Director Emeritus

Tim Dauphinee, Retired Scientist

Tim achieved his MBA in physics through the University of British Columbia in 1945 and his thesis was on “the variation with temperature of thermal conductivity of natural and synthetic rubbers in the stretched and unstretched state”. Following work at the National Research Centre where he participated in the creation of measurements on Armco iron and pure lead, he spent a further two years obtaining his PhD. Tim’s achievements in science are far too many to account for in this biography, but let’s just say that Tim is a very very accomplished gentleman. In 1978 Tim received the Morris E. Leeds Award for lifetime contributions to Instrumentation and Measurement. He retired in 1980 but has continued to work as a consultant to this day.

Tim and his wife, Amy, were jointly responsible for the launch of the Book Nook program for the Charitable Foundation which raised about $12,000 each year from participating credit unions. He edited a credit union cook book which raised $30,000 and both Tim and Amy were recipients of the Ontario Central Distinguished Service Award (1989), plus the Association of Co-operative Educators Distinguished Service Citation. In 1997 Tim and Amy received the Gary Gillam Award for Social Responsibility, they established the Dauphinee Scholarship Award for outstanding work in co operative studies and were appointed Directors Ameritus of the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation. Our Foundation would not be what it is today without Tim’s leadership and commitment.


Anthony (Tony) Niessen, Executive Director

Tony Niessen has been involved in the credit union system since 1967 and was CEO of Family Savings & Credit Union until 1999 when he became CEO of FirstOntario. During Tony’s tenure with Family Savings, his credit union was honored at that time, to be the only credit union in Canada to receive the National Economic Community Development Award twice, as well as the St. Catharines Corporate Achievement Award in company with General Motors, TRW and Dana Corporation. Tony initiated the Ontario Group of 12, is Past Chair of the Credit Union Executive Society Ontario Council, and was a director of CUMIS Insurance. Tony’s involvement with the Charitable Foundation began in 1987 as a Director until the board hired him into the position of the Foundation’s first permanent Executive Director in 2005. From its very beginning, Tony has been a strong proponent of the Foundation leveraging its funding through partnerships with Ontario’s credit unions.

Devon Rowan, Administrator

Devon Rowan has achieved an extensive administrative background from working in several different industries including manufacturing, law, real estate, finance and recruitment. Devon has been with the Foundation since 2007, and has also been providing administrative support to the Credit Union Managers Association of Ontario since 2009. Devon has a honors certificate in Human Resource Management from Sheridan College. Devon enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, and their two
young children.

Devon Rowan