Board of Directors
2020 – 2021 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 five times each year. Directors also serve on board committees and act as liaison to Regional Councils.
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Jacquie Davison CPA, CA, HBA Board of Directors, Chair
Jacquie Davison was first elected as a director in 2011 and has served as a member of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee and was Vice Chair of the Board.
In 2020, Jacquie recently joined the London Health Sciences Centre as the Vice President of Finance and CFO. Previously she served as the Superintendent of Business and Treasurer for the London District Catholic School Board for 10 years. 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 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. She is a graduate of the Institute for Corporate Directors Program from Rotman School of Business and is currently completing a Masters in Business Law at Osgoode.
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.
Marycatharine Kusch CPA, CA, LPA Board of Directors, Vice Chair
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 managing partner of a public accounting firm in London that serves small to medium sized family run businesses throughout Southwestern Ontario. Marycatharine understand the importance of having a strong working relationship with your financial institution.
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, cross stitch, and reading.
Bryan Aitken Board of Directors, Director
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.
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.
Jeff McCallum Board of Directors, Director
Jeff was elected to the Board of Directors in April 2020, after serving 6 years as an Owner Representative in Listowel, St. Thomas, and Waterloo. Before joining the board, he had held leadership roles as Chair of Listowel and St. Thomas branch councils as well as the Prosperity Fund committee. Jeff handles administrative duties to support his family’s business In A Jam, which manufactures and sells handcrafted preserves.
He has experienced the co-operative sector as a staff member of agricultural supply co-ops, and volunteering with the Co-operative Young Leaders’ program of the Ontario Co-operative Association for over 15 years, where he was first introduced to the co-operative movement. Over the years, he has had leadership and supporting roles with a variety of organizations, including 4-H, agricultural societies, students’ union, University of Guelph’s College Royal, and Junior Farmers.
He graduated from Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and from University of Guelph with a Diploma in Agriculture. Jeff is now enrolled in the Canadian Credit Union Association’s Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) Program.
Jeff divides his time between Fergus, Ontario where he spends time with his partner Dave, and work in Melbourne, Ontario.
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.
Jodi Simpson Board of Directors, Director
Jodi was elected as a director in 2020 after serving for over 7 years as an Owner Representative with London West and later with the London Elgin Oxford South Regional Council.
Jodi is the owner of CityMatch Inc. a relocation and settlement service for companies recruiting and moving talent to London. She’s also a licensed realtor with a successful local real estate team. She has previously held leadership positions with a large, full-service, law firm and regional technology association.
Over the years, Jodi has fuelled her passion for the community as an enthusiastic champion, organizer, volunteer, and supporter of many organizations and grassroots initiatives. She currently serves on the board with Mainstreet London and on the Capital Campaign Cabinet with Brescia University.
She graduated from Western University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Anthropology. In 2016 Jodi received her CERC Relocation Specialist™ designation with the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) and in 2019 she earned her Real Estate Licence from the Real Estate Council of Ontario. Jodi is now enrolled in the Credit Union Institute of Canada Credit Union Director Achievement Program.
Jodi has a deep interest in social issues, community development, city-building, economic development as well as environmental sustainability. Jodi and her husband live in London where they share their home with their two cats and their chihuahua. A lover of great food, music, and movies of all genres, Jodi is an avid supporter of local small businesses and entrepreneurs.
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.
Stephanie Soulis Board of Directors, Director
Stephanie was elected as a director in 2021, previously having served six years as an Owner Representative in Waterloo. She and her husband, Harold, and their three kids live near downtown Kitchener.
Stephanie is the founder and CEO of Little Mushroom Catering & Dining Lounge in Cambridge. She has held leadership positions as Chair of the Kitchener Public Library, Chair of Foodlink Waterloo Region, and the Chair of the Hospitality Program Advisory Committee for Conestoga College. Stephanie has served on the Waterloo Region Tourism Board, the Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce Board, the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable, and the Culinary PAC at Conestoga.
In 2016, Stephanie was the inaugural recipient of the Libro Growing Prosperity Award for Owner Representatives. In 2015, she was awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award in Cambridge, and was inducted into the Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame as the first ever Junior Achievement Alumni of Distinction. Her business has won numerous awards for their sustainable practices, service excellence, and business acumen. Stephanie is often called on as an industry expert and disruptor in the hospitality sector and is a sought after public speaker.
Steph is an oenophile, a world traveler, and a karaoke enthusiast. She enjoys strategic board games, Jeopardy, Canadian fiction, and discovering new places and foods. She and the family spend much of the summer at their family cottage in Norfolk County.
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.
Garrett Vanderwyst Board of Directors, Director
Elected to the Board of Directors in April 2020, Garrett became involved with Libro after graduating from the Libro Social Enterprise Incubator Program. Before joining the board, he held positions on the Governance Working Group, as well as the Candidate Recruitment and Prosperity Fund committees.
Garrett is a social entrepreneur and passionate agriculture advocate. Garrett’s ventures focus on energizing growth and empowering agricultural business in a sustainable way. He also serves as a Director for the Elgin Federation of Agriculture. He received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Agriculture from the University of Guelph in 2016 and is working towards completion of the Credit Union Institute of Canada Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program.
Garrett lives and works between Elgin County and London, Ontario. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, making music, cooking and volunteering with impactful initiatives.