Board of Directors

The Board's mandate includes the overall responsibility and authority for the strategic direction of the credit union including leadership, stewardship, corporate governance and monitoring performance.

In other words, the Board is in charge of making sure we're headed in the best direction for our Owners, that we have a solid plan for getting there, adherence to the rules and a positive outlook. The Board meets at least twelve times each year. Directors also serve on board committees and act as liaison to Branch Councils.

Learn more about Governance at Libro.


Gary Baker

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, CHAIR

Gary Baker is Chair of Libro’s Board of Directors. He was first elected as a director in 2012 after serving two years on the Beechwood Branch Council and was subsequently elected Chair in June 2016.

Gary served as a partner in the Enterprise Risk Services practice of Deloitte & Touche in Toronto where he consulted for a number of credit union organizations. He has taught at the University of Waterloo and has served as a Community Member on Grand River Hospital’s Audit Committee. Gary is involved with the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB), Canada’s audit regulator, and volunteers at the Waterloo branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, where he serves as treasurer.

Originally from Morrisburg in eastern Ontario, Gary graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration in 1980. He received a Chartered Accountant designation in 1982 and has earned the Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) credential.

Gary and his wife Jennifer have been married for 27 years and make their home in Waterloo. Their son is completing a dual degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Gary's hobbies include golf, woodworking, and home video and photography.


Bryan Aitken

Board of Directors, Vice Chair

Bryan Aitken has been a Libro Owner for more than 20 years. He was first elected as a director in 2012 after serving seven years on the Watford Branch Council.
Bryan recently retired from the role of Dean of Technology at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, where he also served as Program Coordinator of Chemical Production Engineering Technology.
Over the years, he has had leadership and supporting roles with a variety of organizations, including Rotary Club, Junior Farmers, Optimist Club of Watford, school council and his local church. Bryan has also volunteered extensively in his community, providing music at local events and seniors’ residences, as well as coaching soccer and serving as a hockey trainer.
Bryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Western University and is designated a Mechanical Professional Engineer. He has completed the Credit Union Institute of Canada Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) Program and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Directors Education Program.
Bryan and his wife Nancy have four sons. Rob is an environmental consultant, Mark and Kevin are millwrights, and David is a Development Service Worker. Bryan is also active farming 400 acres with his family and has two grandchildren.
His hobbies include home and vehicle maintenance, guitar and vocals, camping, traveling with friends and enjoying time with family.


Janet Boot

Board of Directors, Director

Janet Boot was first elected as a director in 2018 after serving as an Owner Representative for the Clinton branch.
Janet is an Owner/Operator of Jubilee Farm in Clinton, Ontario. She and her husband, Henry, call Huron East home and have been involved in organic food production since the mid-eighties first with a broiler egg hatching operation before moving into the dairy sector where they shipped organic milk until 2010.
Janet served as a Zone Chairman for Gay Lea Foods Co-operative before becoming a board member. While on the board, she served as a member of the Training Committee and was Vice Chair of the Audit Committee. She has also served as a board member for the Ontario Co-Operative Association, acted as Chairman and Secretary for the Huron County Dairy Producer Committee, and Chairman for the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg Association and was a board member of the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission.
As a lifelong learner, Janet has completed the Advanced Agricultural Leadership program and the Co-Operative Management Program. In her spare time, Janet enjoys cycling and swimming.


Jacquie Davison

CPA, CA, HBA

Board of Directors, Director

Jacquie Davison was first elected as a director in 2011 and has served as a member of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee.
Jacquie currently serves as the Superintendent of Business and Treasurer for the London District Catholic School Board. Previously, she has held senior leadership roles at organizations such as Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business, London Transit Commission and the City of St. Thomas.
Jacquie serves as a Member of the Ontario Ministry of Education Capital Advisory Committee, Treasurer for the Education Computing Network of Ontario, and Board Member of the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace. She has also served as Chair of the Council of School Business Officers.
Jacquie earned an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. She received a Chartered Accountant designation in 1992, earned the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification and completed the Credit Union Institute of Canada Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) Program.
With family roots in neighbouring Clinton and Chatham, Jacquie has called London, Ontario home for more than 35 years. She is married with three children and loves to travel.


Dennis Hogan

Board of Directors, Director

Dennis Hogan was first elected as a director in 1993 and has served as Vice-Chair. He was the Chair of United Communities Credit Union’s Board of Directors and held leadership roles on the Member and Community Relations Committee, Market and Credit Risk Committee, and Governance Committee.
Dennis is a retired Supervisor from the H. J. Heinz Company, where he served more than 23 years in the Shipping and Distribution department. At Heinz, he worked closely with the Information Systems department to develop, implement and manage numerous computer systems.
Dennis has completed the Credit Union Institute of Canada Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) Program and has represented Libro at industry leadership conferences, including the Director’s Forum and the World Credit Union Conference.
Dennis and his wife Marlene live on the shores of Lake Erie in Kingsville. His hobbies include traveling the world at every opportunity and collecting depression glass.


Marycatharine Kusch

Board of Directors, Director

Marycatharine was re-elected to the Libro Board of Directors in 2018. During her 13 years of previous service, she served as a member of the Audit & Risk, Governance, Human Resources, and Loans Committees.
Marycatharine is the current Treasurer of the St. Leonard’s Society Board and was previously a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church Finance Committee.
She has worked in public accounting for most of her career and is a partner in a public accounting firm in London, Ontario.
Subsequent to obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor, Marycatharine received her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 1989. She has completed the Credit Union Institute of Canada Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program.
Marycatharine and her husband, Kevin, call London, Ontario home. They have four children living throughout the province. In her spare time, Marycatharine enjoys playing golf, knitting, and reading.


Chris Smith

Board of Directors, Director

Chris Smith was first elected as a director in 2003. He was the Chair of Hald-Nor Credit Union’s Board of Directors and also held leadership roles as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee. As Board Chair, Chris guided the Hald-Nor Board through a successful combination with Libro, completed August 1, 2015.
Chris is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Bankruptcy for the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada. He has also served as negotiator and Complex Case Officer for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), as Crown proxy in cases exceeding $250 million, and has been involved in proceedings leading to judgements or prosecutions that help protect the integrity of tax legislation and the insolvency system.
A graduate of the Canadian Credit Union Association’s Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) Program, Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Diploma in Accounting from McMaster University. He holds a Real Estate License from the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) and has received the Financial Counsellor Qualification from the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP). A YMCA mentor developing professional skills and work placement for non-graduates, Chris is currently working toward his Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D).
Chris and his wife Candace have two daughters and call Caledonia, Ontario home. Interests include traveling and his work as a Licensed Realtor.


Donna Taylor

Board of Directors, Director

Donna Taylor was first elected as a director in 2009 and has been a Libro Owner for more than 25 years.
Before she retired in 2006, Donna co-owned and operated an independent pharmacy in Blyth for 14 years. Donna is Chair of the Huron Stewardship Council, where she has lead efforts to develop a long-term communications strategy and annual work plans. Since 2001, Donna has served as Business Mentor for Summer Company, a provincial program providing funding and mentoring to young entrepreneurs.
Donna has held leadership positions with the Maitland Watershed Partnerships, volunteered for Healthkick Huron, and has served as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President for the Huron Business Development Corporation.
Donna earned a Bachelor’s in Geography from Wilfred Laurier University. She has completed the Credit Union Institute of Canada Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) Program and is an Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director. Donna has also received the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D).
Born in Timmins, Ontario, Donna and her husband Dan have been married 39 years and live on a five acre rural property north of Clinton. Her interests include pilates, golf, soapstone carving, and naturalization and forest management.


Christopher Mendes

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, DIRECTOR

Christopher Mendes was first elected as a director in 2009 and has served as a member of the Human Resources Committee, Governance Committee, Recruitment Committee, Member and Community Relations Committee, and Governance Task Force. Chris is the co-founder of the Windsor Express professional basketball team. He has also been involved with initiating and developing sales projects in new market territories of Mexico.

Chris served as the Food and Beverage Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life South Shore and is a member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce’s Agricultural Committee. He has been an Asia Pacific Global Export Forum Participant and volunteered as a judge in the Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition.

Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has a diploma in International Business and Marketing. He has completed the Credit Union Institute of Canada Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) Program.

Born and raised in Harrow, Ontario, his hobbies include mountain biking, rollerblading and snowboarding. Chris enjoys taking in local attractions and festivals, trying new restaurants and wineries, and visiting new local businesses.


Ronda Stewart

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, DIRECTOR

Ronda Stewart was elected as a Libro Board Director in April 2017. She has served on Governance, Pension, and Human Resources Committees.

Ronda is a certified Economic Developer (Ec.D) and a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Economic Development program. She holds a diploma in Business Administration and most recently completed her Professional Certification in Communications & Public Relations from Western University. She is a strategic, creative thinker and draws from 10 years of leadership experience providing advice, practical guidance, training, and mentorship to business owners and higher level government stakeholders across southwestern Ontario.

An entrepreneurial-minded person, Ronda is a professional business leader and genuine relationship builder. Her true north resides in the development of others. Whether building up people, companies, or a community, Ronda has committed her career to learning and connecting through diversity in order to achieve set goals and positively impacting growth.

Born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario, Ronda and her husband of nineteen years are proud parents to twin daughters. As a family they love to travel and are passionate about performing arts and supporting community.


Alan DeVillaer

Board of Directors, Director

Alan DeVillaer was elected as a director in 2017 and, along with being a board member, is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Loans Committee.

Alan is a retired administrator from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, where he served more than 25 years in the emergency services area. Alan worked closely with the Emergency Medical Services area and the Community Emergency Management area, retiring as an Assistant Chief with the Fire and Emergency Services Department.

Alan has a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and a Master of Public Administration degree from Western University in London, Ontario. He has also achieved professional designations in project management, risk management and insurance claims.

Alan and his wife Rose Marie live in London Ontario.

Contact Us

If you are interested in contacting Libro's Board of Directors, you can write to them at:

Board of Directors
217 York Street, 4th Floor
London, ON N6A5P9

governance practice, including the election and Annual General Meeting, should be addressed to Governance.

You can also email our Assistant Corporate Secretary at Janet.Taylor@libro.ca.