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Governance for International Development

CCA is governed by an independent board of directors made up of nine individuals with strong links to Canada's co-operative business sector and international development professionals.

The CCA Board of Directors is composed of 9 Directors:

CCA Board 2016

Patrice Pratt - Chair
Patrice has been involved with international work in the co-operative movement since 2006 when she joined the CCA International Program Committee. She is on the Board of the Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF), is President and Managing Director of the BC Co-operative Association and sat on the Founding Board of Co-operatives and Mutuals of Canada (CMC).  

Her professional career included 27 years with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union where she served in various staff capacities. Since retiring from the BCGEU she has worked as a strategic planning consultant and among other projects was a member of the Disability Advisory Committee for the 2010 Winter Games supervising the Measuring Up for Cities and Communities initiative. She is presently Vice Chair of the Sharing Our Futures Foundation.

Her numerous directorships include Vancity (Chair, 2007-11), Central 1, Stabilization Central Credit Union, Vancouver Foundation, United Way of the Lower Mainland (Chair, 2000) Board of Governors Simon Fraser University and other labour and political organizations.

Michele Aasgard
Michele began her career with the Alberta Government becoming Supervisor in Licensing Services for Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division. She moved onto the Enforcement Field Services Division with Alberta Fish and Wildlife as the Staffing and Training Facilitator.

Michele became Executive Director of the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA) in 2003. She is is accountable for the associations' program budgeting, tracking and overall success, along with developing short and long-term planning supported by budget estimates. 

Daniel Burns
Chair of the World Council of Credit Union's Board of Directors, Daniel is a lawyer, accountant, entrepreneur and experienced corporate director in financial services, insurance and asset management. Daniel also serves as a Director on the boards of Addenda Capital Corp and The Co-operators Group Ltd and was the former Board Chair of Credit Union Central of Canada and Central 1 Credit Union. He is also chair of Canadian Central's National Legislative Affairs Committee. Daniel is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, BA (Economics); the University of British Columbia, JD (Law); the University of Toronto, MBA; the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, EMBA, and earned the ICD. D designation as a certified director from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario.

Erin Robinson

As VP, Corporate Partnerships and Member Benefits, Erin is delighted to be "on loan" to Generation Squeeze from Vancity, as she is well aware of how the squeeze shows up for many young Canadians through her work within the Canadian Credit Union movement. Her extensive background at Vancity includes managing several teams; including the Business Operations group and the Small Business Specialist team, as well as work on several of Vancity's award winning programs in Diversity, Microfinance and Financial Literacy. Fundamental to all her work has been the notion of access; by focusing on removing barriers, these programs help members, employees and global citizens to thrive and prosper in their work and life.

She has worked, traveled and studied extensively throughout the globe and her professional experience is complemented by credentials in Business, Community Economic Development and a Masters in Adult Learning and Global Change from UBC. A recipient of several awards, Erin is also a faculty member at Capilano University's School of Business.

Cheryl Byrne
In the early stages of her career Cheryl was challenged by one of Ontario's largest school boards to reopen four experiential learning centres that had been previously closed due to budget cuts. Implementing an approved business plan, for the Peel Board of Education, Cheryl was able to offer programs at a six-fold increase in cost effectiveness.  Cheryl then assisted with the formation of a new national trade association, GS1.

Most recently, Cheryl held concurrent positions with the national trade association for Canada's credit unions. As Executive Director of CUSOURCE, Cheryl led the start-up of this learning and development resource. Success of this start-up led to a dual position as Vice President, Knowledge Services. In this role, Cheryl was responsible for the strategic development and oversight of member services related to leadership of national committees, corporate communications and national events.

Linda Archer
Linda is a senior business professional with governance training and experience. She is the past Chair of the credit union systems learning organization, CUSOURCE, and has past roles on national task forces as well as pension and benefits boards and in the non profit sector. She completed the Institute of Corporate Directors governance training.

Linda recently retired from Central 1 Credit Union as the Senior Vice President Marketing and Human Resources.
Normand Lafrenière
Normand began his working career with the Canadian Federal Government. He worked successively for the Oil and Gas Sector of the Department of Energy; for the Corporate Income Tax Competitiveness Analysis Sector of the Department of Industry; and for the Sales Tax Sector of the Department of Finance.  He joined the Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (CAMIC) as President in 1993 and has been working in that capacity ever since. The main lobbying activities undertaken by CAMIC are related to the tax system applicable to mutual insurers and the protection of mutuality.

Normand has a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Sherbrooke and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the École nationale d'administration publique. He sits on a number of boards of directors 1) Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), and 2) Coopérative funéraire de l'Outaouais (CFO). He is a past member of the Pension Committee of St. John Ambulance.

Normand and CAMIC members have been providing valuable technical support to CCA as work continues with representatives from the Philippines (RIMANSI) to put in place an insurance business model similar to the Canadian mutual insurers' system.

Willy Robinson
Willy's career in the financial services sector has spanned more than 30 years - 13 in the credit union environment. She currently serves as a director for Atlantic Central and is chair of the Audit, Risk and Conduct Review Committees; as well as serves as a director for League Savings and Mortgage Company. Willy also has a role in both the Canadian Worker Coop Federation (CWCF) by serving on its Investment Committee and to Co-operators Insurance as a delegate. Willy believes in the vital role co-operatives play in improving lives. Willy holds an MBA, a CPA, CMA and a Master of Management in Co-operatives and Credit Unions. She is also an accredited Credit Union Director.

The CCA Board of Directors is self-nominated. Anyone with a co-operative link and international development expertise was able to submit a nomination. In the interviews, the nominating committee referred to a comprehensive list of competencies to find the best candidates.
The CCA Board of Directors began their terms after the CCA AGM in June 2015.


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