Board of Directors

Our Directors set the strategic direction for Access Credit Union. Directors meet regularly throughout the year to critically review and approve credit union policies. They also hire the CEO, who is accountable to the Board. Together, they provide leadership to ensure the day-to-day business conducted by Access Credit Union reflects the value of the credit union, all in the interest of serving you and your community.

The new Access Credit Union consists of 10 board members, with five directors inherited from each of the legacy credit unions. The future nomination process will ensure equal representation of our members for two main geographic districts of our members. More information will be made available to members closer to director nominations in 2022.

It is the Board’s responsibility to outline the talent needs of the Board covering skills, experience, knowledge, and attributes required to be an effective governing body for the credit union. The role of the nominations committee is to review all applications to determine the best representation on the Board, seeking candidates to complement existing Board skillsets.


2021 Board of Directors







  Ingrid Loewen, Chair
  Current Term 2021-2023
 

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Member, Governance and Human Resources Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Crosstown Civic Credit Union
  • Chair, Governance and Human Resources Committee
  • Member, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Performance Review Committee
As a member of Crosstown Civic Credit Union since 1987, Ingrid is a strong advocate of the Cooperative Principles, and of delivering value to members, employees, and communities.  She is a well-organized leader who possesses sharp attention to detail, and who is focused on establishing and maintaining strong governance practices.

Ingrid has extensive experience with board governance as an executive responsible for board processes, and as a board/committee member for various professional associations, not-for-profit organizations, and Church Council.

For 25 years, she worked for one of Manitoba’s largest crown corporations in leadership positions, including the Chief Audit Executive and the Chief Financial and Strategy Officer.  In her executive experience, she was charged with a wide range of responsibilities, including governance, strategy, finance, internal audit, privacy, social responsibility, and communications.

Working as an independent contractor for a large, international insurance company, Ingrid gained an in depth understanding of regulatory requirements for a financial institution, particularly in the areas of governance, risk management, and internal control.  She also provided governance advice and facilitated strategic planning for several not-for-profit organizations. 

Education

Ingrid is a Chartered Professional Accountant, with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba. 

She has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program designed and administered by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA).

Current Community Involvement

  • Douglas Mennonite Church Finance Committee










  Curt Letkeman, Vice Chair
  Current Term 2021-2024
 

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Access Credit Union
  • Chair, Governance and Human Resources Committee
  • Member, Community Investment Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Chair, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
  • Chair, Community Investment Committee
  • Chair, Executive Committee
Curt has been a member of a credit union board for more than 20 years; first with Altona Credit Union, and then with Access Credit Union.  He firmly believes that the Credit Union is an integral part of community growth and development, and strives to enhance the lives of members, employees, and communities through continuous sponsorship and engagement.

In support of this philosophy, Curt has been involved in coaching youth sports for over 25 years.  He’s served on the boards of Altona Minor Baseball, South Central Minor Baseball, Oakview Golf Club, Stars Rec Hockey, and the Town of Altona Council. 

Curt has widespread experience in Finance, Credit Management and Governance.  He’s spent the last 15 years as a Chief Financial Officer, and is currently working with the Pembina Valley Water Cooperative.

Education

Curt obtained his Certified Management Accounting degree, and was valedictorian of his graduating class.

He has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program designed and administered by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA). 

He is also a Certified Credit Union Director (CCD), a designation authorized by the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Governance Leadership Institute and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management (Toronto).

Current Community Involvement

  • Town of Altona, Councilor
  • Altona Bisons Junior Baseball Club, Coach & Manager
  • Seeds Community Church, Treasurer
  • Build a Village, Board Member







  Scott Beattie, Director
  Current Term 2021-2024

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Nominations Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Vice Chair, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
Scott is keenly aware of the important role the Credit Union plays in the communities it serves, and the leadership it provides throughout the province.  He acknowledges that concern for and investment in community starts with the loans made to members – to households, businesses, and farms – and to sponsoring local initiatives.

Since 1987, Scott has worked in the accounting field at firms in Winnipeg, Winkler, and Morden.  In 2004, he became a sole proprietor because he enjoyed learning about individual needs and creating customized solutions.  In 2010, he undertook a small business venture with a long-time friend and colleague that has exceeded expectations.  Scott’s professional experiences have helped him understand the work involved from a board member, and the commitment required to help an organization achieve its goals.

Scott’s work experience has also facilitated his participation on a number of committees and organizations, including being a board member on the 1999/2000 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, acting as a Hockey Manitoba Official at the Junior, Senior, and Minor Hockey levels, and representing Minnewasta Golf & Country Club as its President and Board Member for more than 20 years.  He has also worked as the Chief Financial Agent for the Candice Bergen/Hoeppner campaigns, and has provided services to community organizations such as the Morden Community Thrift Store and the Solid Waste Area Management Project (SWAMP) landfill.

Education

Scott is a Chartered Professional Accountant, having attained his certification through the Certified General Accountants programs of studies.

He has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program designed and administered by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA).

Current Community Involvement

  • John the Evangelist Parish, Pastoral Council Member






Ken Braun, Director
Current Term 2021-2023
 

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Chair, Nominations Committee
  • Member, Risk Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Member, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
  • Member, Credit and Market Risk Committee
  • Member, Nominations Committee
Ken has been a Credit Union member since his parents first took him to open an account as a child.  He proudly introduced his daughters to the credit union system recently through individual account openings, carrying on the family tradition of credit union participation.

Ken finds serving his local community both fulfilling and rewarding.  He has served on the board of directors for three not-for-profit organizations, including two separate roles as committee chair.

He is currently the General Manager of a large home builder in Winnipeg.  He has supervised four production facilities and a large logistics network, and now oversees day-to-day operations, develops and implements growth strategies, manages budgets, and evaluates performance and productivity.

Education

Ken obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.  To enhance his formal education, Ken broadened his leadership skills through numerous management courses, including the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers, and the Mannaz Management Program in Malaysia.

He has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program designed and administered by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA).

Current Community Involvement

  • Pine Ridge Golf Club, Board Member








  Catherine Burns, Director
  Current Term 2021-2024

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Chair, Audit Committee
  • Member, Nominations Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Chair, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
  • Chair, Nominations Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Governance and Human Resources Committee
  • Member, Performance Review Committee
Catherine is passionate about building healthy communities, and has devoted a significant portion of her career to working as a strategic agent and catalyst for creating positive change in support of this outcome.  A seasoned Audit Committee Chair and Credit Union Board member, she is a formidable advocate for integrity, transparency, and accountability. 

A member of the Credit Union system since 2006, Catherine brings leadership experience in governance, strategic planning, business performance reporting, risk management, merger integration, project management, change management, and process improvement.

Most recently, Catherine led the operational and capital planning and financial performance reporting areas for a newly created, $1.3B multi-service business entity.  Her diverse industry knowledge spans the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors working for businesses delivering services in health care, insurance, post-secondary education, telecommunications, publishing, fund-raising, retail and audit.

Education

Catherine is committed to ongoing professional development.  She is a Chartered Accountant, with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba.

She has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman Director Education Program, and has attained her ICD.D.

In addition to her ICD.D, Catherine has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program designed and administered by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA).

Current Community Involvement

Winnipeg Jazz Festival






  Jim Neufeld, Director
  Current Term 2021-2023
 

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Member, Governance and Human Resources Committee
  • Member, Nominations Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Access Credit Union
  • Chair, Governance Committee
  • Member, Community Investment Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Nominations Committee
Jim has been a member of a credit union board for more than 15 years; first with Heartland Credit Union, and then with Access Credit Union.  He enjoys the positive impact that the Credit Union has on development of the communities it serves.

Jim has been the Administrator at C.W. Wiebe Medical Corporation in Winkler for over 20 years.  He is responsible for leading a joint public-private venture to develop quality healthcare services for the community of Winkler and area.  Prior to this, he managed Penner Foods, a leading Manitoba independent retail grocery firm, for 24 years.

His business management experience has instilled in him a strong corporate community responsibility that aligns with the Cooperative Principles to promote health and economic well-being.

Education

Jim has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program designed and administered by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA).

Current Community Involvement

  • Winkler and District Healthcare, Board Member
  • Winkler Affordable Housing Inc., Board Member






  Randy Schartner, Director
  Term 2021-2024
 

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Chair, Community Investment Committee
  • Member, Governance and Human Resources Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Crosstown Civic Credit Union
  • Chair, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
  • Chair, Credit and Market Risk Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Governance and Human Resources Committee
As a successful entrepreneur, Randy is acutely aware of the importance of custom lending solutions, and of relevant, secure technology options.  He has more than 15 years of business leadership experience in multi-national environments.  In that time, he has built a reputation for operational excellence and innovative strategic thinking.

In the past two decades, Randy founded/co-founded four entrepreneurial start-ups.  His most successful venture was purchased by Priceline.com, a public, multi-national company.  He is also a Real Estate and Development entrepreneur.

Randy inherently understands that people are the most important factor in the Credit Union’s success, and is energetic in the pursuit of member-driven focus, preferences, and experiences.

Education

Randy has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program designed and administered by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA).

Current Community Involvement

  • ca, Board Member
  • Agoda International Canada Inc., Board Member






  Donovan Toews, Director
  Term 2021-2022
 

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Risk Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Member, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
  • Member, Credit and Market Risk Committee
Donovan has been a member of the credit union system for more than 30 years.  He appreciates the quality, personal service provided to members throughout fast-paced industry growth and significant regulatory change.  He recognizes the importance of attracting younger generations by meeting their unique expectations and requirements.  He is an advocate of exploring new ways to stay technologically current while being mindful of the costs of pursuing such excellence.

Donovan is an urban planner and principal owner of Landmark Planning & Design, a local land-use planning consulting firm in operation since 1996.  He has served on a number of boards, and has fulfilled roles as Vice President of the Canadian Institute of Planners, President of the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute, and Deputy Presiding Member of the Manitoba Surface Rights Board.

The skills and accomplishments Donovan has gained throughout his career position him well for serving the members of the Credit Union.  In particular, he brings important strategic insight, analytical ability, and direct communication skills to the Board.

Education

Donovan holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography, and a Master’s degree in City Planning.

Current Community Involvement

  • Manitoba Surface Rights, Board Member






  Phil Unruh, Director
  Term 2021-2022
 
 

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Risk Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Chair, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
  • Chair, Nominations Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Governance Committee
Phil has been a Credit Union board member for 16 years, first with Dufferin, and then Access Credit Unions.  He is a proud supporter of financial cooperatives and the benefits they bring to the communities they serve.

Prior to his retirement, Phil enjoyed a 30 year career with Cargill Limited.   During his career held a variety of positions, managing several different crop input or grain related businesses, in Saskatchewan and Manitoba rural communities. 

Phil is committed to the well-being of the rural communities where he lives.  He is active in his local church, and also enjoys singing in community and church choirs.  He is the past Secretary Treasurer for Carman Golf and Curling Club, and was previously the chair of the Crossroads United Church Ministry and Personnel Committee.

Education

Phil obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Plant Science from the University of Manitoba.

In addition to being an Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director (ACCUD), Phil is also a Certified Credit Union Director (CCD), a designation authorized by the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Governance Leadership Institute and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management (Toronto).

Current Community Involvement

  • Crossroads United Church member
  • Carman Golf and Country Club member
  • Wheels Car Club










  Sherry Woods, Director
  Term 2021-2022
 

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2021-2022 Committees

  • Chair, Risk Committee

Previous Committee Experience

  • Chair, Audit and Operational Risk Committee
  • Member, Community Investment Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee
As an accomplished agricultural entrepreneur, Sherry is excited by the prospect of serving the collective Access Credit Union membership with new innovations and creative member-focused solutions.  She is enthusiastically involved in local communities, sharing her time and experience for the benefit for many worthwhile causes.

Sherry has more than 20 years of experience in the agricultural industry.  In particular, she has worked for two multi-national grain companies, and two independent agricultural firms.  She has lead three successful startups, directing each organization in the areas of customer service and technology.

Sherry is eager to share her unique knowledge and expertise to enhance the experiences and wealth of the Credit Union’s members, employees, and communities.

Education

Sherry graduated from Red River College with a Business Administration Certificate, and completed a certificate in Commodity Futures Markets from the University of Manitoba.

Sherry has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program designed and administered by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA).  She is also a Certified Credit Union Director (CCD), a designation authorized by the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Governance Leadership Institute and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management (Toronto).

Current Community Involvement

  • FP Genetics, Board of Directors, Director
  • FP Genetics, Chair of Governance Committee
 

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