Board of Directors Election

As a Member it's YOUR right to vote.

Each year we invite all Members interested in making a personal difference at FirstOntario to run for election to our Board of Directors. Our election runs from November to March.

Nomination Period: November 1 until noon on December 13, 2018
Voting Period: January 24 to March 11, 2019
Annual General Meeting: April 17, 2019

FirstOntario’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Carmen’s Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton, Ontario L8W 3P9 on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Elections 2019

This year, there are five vacancies on the Board to be filled. The candidates with the four highest vote totals will be elected for a three year term, and the candidate with the fifth highest vote total will be elected for a two year term. Any interested Members, including previous candidates, are strongly encouraged to run for election.

The Nomination Period for this year begins at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 1 and runs until noon on Thursday, December 13, 2018. You can pick up a Candidate Package at any FirstOntario branch or you can print your own copy.

Please note: Candidates will appear on the ballot according to the order their Candidate Packages are received.

Your Candidate Package and all required attachments can be delivered in person at any FirstOntario branch, or sent by mail or courier to:

Chair of Elections
c/o Jennifer Saunders-Finlay, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary
FirstOntario Credit Union,
970 South Service Road, Suite 301
Stoney Creek, ON L8E 6A2


Once again, we are offering information sessions to Members who are interested in running in this year’s Board election. These information sessions will provide potential candidates with background on the requirements to be on your Board of Directors, time commitments, educational expectations and much more. Due to the importance of these information sessions, anyone interested in joining the Board MUST attend a session

Information sessions will take place at:

FirstOntario’s Corporate Office, Third Floor, 970 South Service Road, Stoney Creek

Information sessions will take place on:

  • November 6 at 9:30 a.m.
  • November 14 at 1:00 p.m.
  • November 20 at 1:00 p.m.

If you are interested in being a candidate, you MUST let us know which information session date you will be attending by contacting us at

Information sessions will be followed by interviews with potential candidates on November 28 starting at 9:30 a.m. and December 13 at 2 p.m. If you submit your nomination package on December 13, you will be required to attend an interview the same day.

The purpose of these interviews is for the Board of Directors to recommend up to eight qualified candidates for this election. However, any eligible Member may run.

The skills and competencies identified by the Board as the focus for this election are:

  • Financial Literacy – Preferably with an Accounting designation
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning

Please note: While these competencies are areas of expertise needed by your Board of Directors, they are not required in order to run for election to the Board.


  • Vote online through online banking
  • Vote through our mobile smartphone apps
  • Vote in your local FirstOntario branch
  • Vote with the ballot that is mailed to your home

Your Board of Directors highly recommends voting online in this election. Simply log into online banking and follow the prompts to cast your vote. If you do not have online banking, just call us at 1-800-616-8878 to be set up.

Voting through our mobile app for your smartphone is equally as easy. Just download the FirstOntario mobile banking app to start voting.

The other alternatives are to vote in your local FirstOntario branch or simply mail in your completed ballot once you receive it at your home. We will be mailing out ballots to our Members this year, along with a postage paid return envelope.

Annual General Meeting

Election winners will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. All FirstOntario Members are welcome.


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