VOTE FOR YOUR EQUITY CREDIT UNION BOARD DIRECTORS


Art Jessop

I have been a member of the Credit Union for over 40 years and have had the honour to serve on the Board for 20 years. I am seeking your support to be re-elected. Over the years, I have sat on almost all the committees and been honoured to be Board chair during my tenure. I have been a proud member of a group of people that has seen the incredible accomplishment of our Credit Union to grow from a small closed bond Credit Union to an open bond Credit Union that is one of the most successful in Canada.

In all our challenges over the past, I am proud that our Credit Union continues to put our members first while being financially responsible. While there is a highly competitive financial market in the world today, I believe that there are also new opportunities to enhance our services and make them more affordable for our members.

Currently, I work at a pharmaceutical company which, like a financial institution, is heavily regulated. This has provided me with vast experience in dealing with regulated guidelines. As well, my tenure on the Board has allowed me to acquire experience and training in all aspects of board responsibilities.

I graduated with a Human Resources certificate from Durham College and was on the Union Executive with Unilever and Korex where I gained experience and training in financial, policy, and HR administration issues.

As stated before, I believe that there are new opportunities in the future for our Credit Union to bring to our membership and I would like to be part of it.

I would ask and would be honoured to have your continued support and vote to be re-elected to the Credit Union Board.

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Vishal Pua

I would like to personally contribute to the success of the Credit Union of which I have been a part for many years. I have volunteered for the Equity Credit Union Marketing Committee since 2021 and pursued this position for several years now, which speaks to my persistence, continued interest and commitment to improving the great work done by the current management team and Board of Directors. Moreover, I believe there are ways to increase the growth and services of this Credit Union that would benefit all members.

I have over a decade of experience in sales, marketing, and operations in technology and healthcare. My commitment to quality, focus on customer success, and adherence to high ethical standards provide me with a strong foundation to effectively take on this role. Having completed the Board of Director certificate program at the Schulich School of Business as well as reporting to various boards throughout my career, I have both board training and experience.

I hold an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, a BSc (Hons) in Health & Disease from the University of Toronto, and the Canadian Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

My goal is to ensure the Credit Union is focused on providing the best service possible for members and provide recommendations for continued success. By sharing innovative ideas and marketing strategies, I can navigate through challenging issues, such as pandemics, to create competitive advantages. I would like to help assess risks to the Credit Union and establish rules for the decision-making, financial reporting and financing.

I understand there is a significant amount of work to be done, and I am willing to take the time to help. Thank you for considering me for this role.

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Tim Watson

I am a strategically-focused, results-oriented executive with a unique combination of senior leadership roles over the past 32 years. I was a Managing Director with RBC in investment banking and corporate finance in Toronto, Calgary, San Francisco, and Houston, originating, negotiating, and executing financings and M&A advisory assignments totalling over $200 billion in value. I was head of the Canadian energy infrastructure group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. I have served as Executive Vice President and CFO at a large public North American infrastructure company, where I oversaw financial reporting, treasury, tax, risk, financial planning, enterprise risk management, insurance, investor relations, corporate development and helped lead the acquisition of a $9 billion US acquisition along with $4 billion of asset divestitures.

Most recently, I served as CFO at a smaller private software company in Toronto, supporting its significant growth while helping to build its forecasting and risk management. I am a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Director (ICD.D) with the Institute of Corporate Directors. I have also completed the Chartered Investment Management program and various other executive education programs.

I have over 10 years of experience serving on both for-profit and not-for-profit boards, where I helped to manage significant change, including serving as President and Chair of the Audit Committee for several non-profits (sports facilities, schools). I have a passion for using finance and strategy to make a difference. My financial experience, time, energy, commitment, and alignment of values will help Equity Credit Union execute its mission and continue to grow and support the local community.

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Jeannine Wilson

I currently serve on the Board of Directors of Equity Credit Union. While it is unfortunate we are unable to meet in person again this year, our priority is the safety of our membership. I do hope you attend our Annual General Meeting by video from the comfort of your own home.

I am up for re-election to our Board this year and would appreciate your support to continue to serve the members of our community. This will be my 3rd term, having been first elected in 2016. In the past six years, I have served on many of the committees of the board, including Finance, Nominating, Marketing, the AGM, and most recently as the Chair of the Audit Committee.

I truly enjoyed heading the 2018 AGM Committee when we planned the 75th Anniversary of Equity Credit Union. This event was an amazing milestone for us and a chance to celebrate the successful growth from what started as a small employee formed credit union.

The biggest challenge I have faced on the Board has been in the last two years as Chair of the Audit Committee. The requirements for compliance to new reporting requirements of DICO, now FSRA, required our team to work hard to ensure our Credit Union was a leader in responsible governance. We also had to replace our external auditor, doing so in a virtual world.

I am proud to work with such a dedicated team of Board members who are fully committed to the success of our Credit Union and serving the needs of our membership. I am proud to be an Equity Credit Union member for over 30 years.

I ask for your consideration to continue to serve you and our members for another term. Please cast your vote for me during the election process.

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