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2019 Board of Directors’ Election
April 1 - April 16, 2019

Voting has now closed. The Election results will be announced at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.
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Meridian Board Members are generally elected for three-year terms. Every year, Meridian holds Board Elections to fill vacancies for expired terms or to fill other vacancies that may have occurred. This year, Members will vote to elect four (4) new Directors to the Board.

Download the Candidate Brochure or continue reading to learn more.

Meridian’s Commitment to Communities

This year, when you cast your vote for your Board of Directors, you can also make a positive contribution to your community.

Every Member who casts a vote for the Board can also cast a vote to determine which charity will receive a $5,000 donation from Meridian.


Meridian has a robust nomination process for the selection of Directors under the oversight of the Nominating Committee. This year, to ensure the integrity of our process and to assist with managing the volume of applications, the Nominating Committee retained an external advisor, Spencer Stuart, to assist in evaluating each application and to assist the Committee in determining a short list of the top candidates to be interviewed by the Committee.

Following the interviews, it is the Nominating Committee’s responsibility to recommend to the Membership the best-qualified candidates to complement Meridian’s existing Board members, in accordance with criteria established by the Board. The recommended candidates are:

Gail Harding (Recommended)
Gail Harding is a financial services executive and corporate lawyer. She is the former Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Canadian Western Bank Financial Group.  During her time at CWB Gail was responsible for the legal, governance, regulatory compliance and ethics functions.  Gail has extensive board experience with crown corporations, not-for-profits and public companies, including CWB’s subsidiaries in equipment financing, wealth management, insurance and trust services. Read More

Carol Hunter (Recommended)
Carol Hunter has been a member, director, and senior leader working with co-operatives, credit unions, and mutuals for 30 years.  To the board, Carol will bring experience in overseeing strategy development and execution within the financial sector; strong strategic, governance and analytical skills; and a professional and personal commitment to ensuring that Meridian’s focus on member needs and its broader community benefits, are at the heart of its success. Read More

Andrew Lo (Recommended)
Andrew is an experienced and established innovator when it comes to using digital technology in insurance and financial services. He is a digital thought leader and speaks at industry conferences across Canada. His passion for service and technology in financial services make him an ideal Board member to help Meridian Credit Union further its strategy empowering its community to grow and prosper now and into the future. Read More

Tamara Paton (Recommended)
Currently serving as the Meridian board Vice Chair, Tamara seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of members. She is a champion of the credit union’s unique strengths and the responsibility Meridian has to communities across Ontario. For fifteen years, Tamara has advised organizations in retail, media, and financial services on strategy and risk management. An active volunteer with health-related charities, Tamara lives in St. Catharines. Read More


Who may vote?
Each Member who holds $1.00 in Meridian Membership Shares on or before March 14, 2019 (other than a Member under the age of 18 years) is eligible to vote. For more information, view the Candidate Brochure and Voting Instructions.

How do I vote?
Members may vote online at home or in branches from Monday, April 1, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET to Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 12:00 noon ET. For more information, view the Candidate Brochure and Voting Instructions.

Still have Questions?
Read our Frequently Asked Questions Document

Are you a Business Member?
For more information on how to vote, view the Candidate Brochure and Voting Instructions.

Download your Proxy Form.

When will I learn about the results of the vote?
The results of the Board of Directors Election will be announced at the 2019 Annual General Meeting on April 23, 2019 in Niagara Falls. For more information about the AGM, and how you can watch the AGM online, visit meridiancu.ca/AGM.


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Candidate Brochure
Proxy Form for Business Members

A number of other eligible candidates, who have not been interviewed by the Nominating Committee, and who are not recommended by the Committee, have requested that their name appear on the ballot:

Bruno Bellissimo
Credit union advocate and leader Bruno Bellissimo is seeking your vote. Bruno was instrumental in the establishment of Meridian Credit Union and served on its first Board. Bruno is thoroughly committed to keeping Meridian member-focussed and financially sound. His long association with the credit union movement and governance background give him the experience to put members first as the true owners of the Credit Union. Elect someone who knows credit unions are not just banks! Read More

Amiel Blajchman 
Amiel is a driven and hard-working risk management, environment, indigenous consultation and community development executive with a high standard of personal values and ethics. He brings over 20 years of community level organizing, board level governance, and deep experience in indigenous consultations and sustainability. His diverse skill set and ability to manage complex, high-stakes projects with significant government and community oversight makes him a valuable asset to our Board of Directors.  Read More

Youssouf Kalogo 
Dr. Kalogo is a professional engineer with 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors, co-founder and vice-president of COPADEN. He is a former advisor to the Prime Minister of Ivory Coast. He brings with him a strong financial analysis background enhanced with his engineering financial analysis certificate from Sherbrooke University. He brings as well his experience as director and treasurer of the board of directors of Centre Francophone de Toronto. Read More

Albana Musta 
Members, please consider new candidates like Albana to this role. She will bring legal experience and diversify Meridian’s Board, not only through gender equality but also including new Canadians. Albana is the mother of three children. She is a lawyer, whose main practice areas are regulatory and corporate/commercial law, especially related to financial institutions entities. If you choose so, Albana would be proudly representing Meridian’s interests, including its current and future members. Read More

Michael Opara
Michael Opara is a well-rounded business entrepreneur with over 30 years experience building and running companies. He believes Meridian’s Directors shouldn’t have given themselves a pay raise to an excessive $60,000 a year. He opposes spending your $30 million dollars to rename two Toronto theatres.  Michael aims to serve Members by ensuring Directors don’t retire on your fees while you continue to work. He believes Meridian shouldn’t act like one of the Big Banks. Read More

Greg Sayer 
Greg has a strong desire to work with organizations committed to their members, employees, and communities. Meridian excels in all these areas, and Greg wants to contribute to its continuing growth and excellence. He is a legal executive skilled in management, corporate governance, strategic planning, and risk assessment. Greg is currently a director of a non-profit organization in Guelph and a volunteer coach of other lawyers. He lives and works in Guelph. Read More