Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

CUA is a full-service banking institution serving 20,000 members with flexible products, personalized service and quick decisions. The Board of Directors provides strategic oversight and direction to the organization. The following individuals make up the current CUA Board:

Karen Miner – Chair of Board

Karen joined the CUA Board in 2014, and is currently the Chair of the Board. She is a proud CUA member with the right experience and expertise to be a strong ambassador for its diverse membership. Karen is known for her values-based approach, passion for co-operatives and credit unions, broad perspective, and leadership qualities.

Karen's career has focused on governance, strategy, business management, and sustainability within member-owned businesses, non-profits, for-profit organizations, and government. Governance is one of her passions, and she is a certified director through the credit union and corporate sectors: ACCUD and ICD.D.

Karen works with co-operative and credit union professionals from around the world as Managing Director of the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary's University. Other related activities have included six years on the Board of Directors of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), advisory panels for The Co-operators and Vancity Credit Union, a Board member for the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), and her current role on the Board of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (national trade association).

Karen has served as a Board member for various non-profit boards, including Fairtrade Canada, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, and the Ecology Action Centre.

Karen lives in Dartmouth with her husband Dan, daughter Isabel, and son Luke.


Donna Harding – Vice Chair of Board

Donna is a visionary thinker who has tremendous passion for people, homes and real estate. Her quest for challenge led her on her journey from Senior Naval Officer, to successful real estate Broker.

Donna began her career in the Canadian Navy and filled many interesting leadership positions.  Her love for real estate was a life-long one and later, her tenacity and thirst for professional knowledge, along with her client-care focus, earned her immediate success as her company grew from a “one-lady” Team to a highly successful, and well-respected Real Estate Brokerage.

Donna’s energy thrives off the success of others so she has added teaching, coaching and mentoring to her portfolio.  Donna’s love of people also extends to the many charities she supports including Parkinson’s, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 100 Women Who Care and the IWK.

Donna’s Brokerage, Engel and Völkers, is also a proud member of the BBB and the I Love local initiative in Halifax.  As a wife and mother of 2 boys, Donna enjoys spending quality time with her family whether on the boat, or at the cottage.

Donna joined the CUA Board in 2016, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board.

Louise Adongo - Chair, Audit Committee

Louise is a Public Policy Specialist for the Provincial Government. Unafraid to try doing old things differently, Louise has worked on projects in program development for public and not-for-profit sectors in Nova Scotia and parts of Africa. During her first community development experience, she discovered her passion for social justice and equitable resource use. She has since worked in various research, policy and evaluation roles in provincial government for close to a decade.      

Louise brings multi-disciplinary interests and a solid understanding of the roles different sectors play in contributing to sustainable, resilient and vibrant communities. An avid reader, traveller and gardener, Louise holds graduate degrees in Biochemistry and Applied Health Services Research. She has a keen interest in supporting communities to better themselves, volunteering as a Board member at the Health Association of African Canadians, with the Halifax Local Immigrant Partnership (HLIP) and as a co-founder and Board Secretary for the Freetown Initiative.

Louise joined the CUA Board in 2015 and is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance Committee.

Andrew Inch - Chair, Credit Committee

Andrew is a long-term resident of Halifax. For over a decade, he has managed corporate affairs for the Municipal Group of Companies, a large and dynamic construction and environmental company with business throughout Atlantic Canada and internationally. He has been responsible for strategic business development initiatives, government and corporate relations, and has worked closely with the financial team on major financing, tax and business valuation projects.

As a practicing lawyer, he was called to the Bar in 2004 and is now responsible for providing legal advice spanning a wide range of the law impacting business, including contracts, regulatory and administrative matters, dispute resolution, property, health and safety, human resources, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to his current position, he practiced as a litigator at McInnes Cooper. He has always contributed to the community in various volunteer capacities.

Andrew joined the CUA Board in April 2018 and is the Chair of the Credit Committee.

Jay Aird - Chair, Governance Committee

Jay's background and areas of expertise are information technology and business development.

As the Vice-President of Innovation with a technology company, Jay has significant experience raising equity and negotiating debt financing to support the growth of Nova Scotia companies for international markets.  These experiences have provided him the opportunity to develop expert skills in areas of operations, finance and strategy, and will enable him to add value as a director in support of CUA’s future success.

Jay is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has a Level 3 in the Certified Financial Advisor designation.  As a local entrepreneur, he understands the importance of responsible and sustainable growth, and his creative yet practical approach can assist CUA in building its membership and community.  Jay is excited for the opportunity to be part of guiding a cooperative model that invests in a community that he now call home with his wife and two young sons.

Jay joined the CUA Board in 2017 and is the Chair of the Governance Committee.

Bruce Frazee 

Bruce has been a member of CUA since 1977. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a graduate of Saint Mary’s University. As a CMA, Bruce is a financial and strategic management professional. He was a federal public servant for over 34 years, before retiring in 2012, and spent most of that time with what is now Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

He has developed skills in the areas of finance, planning and human resources.

Bruce joined the CUA Board in 1991 and is a member of the Audit Committee.


Karim George

Karim began his career in corporate banking; learning all he could about what makes a successful business.  In 2012, Karim put his knowledge to work and started his own business in video production, which quickly grew to a full-service marketing agency.

Karim’s determination, drive and ability to see opportunity where others didn’t earned him a great deal of respect and recognition in Halifax.  In 2016, Karim was an RBC top 25 Canadian Immigrant and in 2019 and 2020 he was a finalist for the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award.

Karim has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in accounting and marketing.

Karim joined the CUA Board in April 2020 and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Darcy Gray

Darcy is a professional Engineer with extensive experience in the Telecommunications Industry.  He has worked to implement several firsts and created a robust network within the downtown business core.  Darcy has worked on telecommunications infrastructure for the G7 summit.  In his role with Eastlink, he helped launch its mobile network in the Maritimes and across Canada and continues to contribute to Eastlink's strong mobile growth.

Darcy is an avid community volunteer and has been on various Boards for over 30 years. His focus has been on Health Care, Children's Care and Land Development, helping to raise awareness and create accessibility in these areas.

Darcy joined the CUA Board in April 2019 and is a member of the Credit Committee and Governance Committee.

Eric Hill

Eric is a lawyer and a former Senior Officer with the Department of National Defence. His legal career started in the General Counsel’s office with the Bank of Montreal in 2015.  It was in that role Eric was able to see that his institutional leadership experience was valued and translated well into the financial industry and governance.  Eric’s expertise includes policy evaluation, regulatory oversight, technology and operations and risk management.

Before transitioning to corporate / financial law, Eric held successive senior leadership roles in the Department of National Defence, leading the institution and managing people. In that role, Eric gained invaluable experience as a test pilot, then as a special projects officer, assessing, evaluating, and stress testing processes and controls and mitigating a full spectrum of risks.

Eric joined the Board in April 2020 and is a member of the Credit Committee and Governance Committee.

 

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