Board of Directors

About the Board of Directors

Effective corporate governance is a priority at Comtech Fire Credit Union. We operate on the fundamental principle of democratic ownership and every member over the age of 18 is entitled to one vote in the decision-making process of their Credit Union.

Our Board of Directors are responsible for overseeing the management of the business and affairs of the Credit Union. They are elected each year by members at our Annual General Meeting for three year staggered terms. As well, any qualifying member can stand for election to a seat on our Board.

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Our Board of Directors can be contacted by email or by mail to:

Secretary of the Board of Directors
Comtech Fire Credit Union
102-220 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2H1

Your Current Board of Directors

Tony Power

  • Secretary - Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee Member

Tony is currently Marketing Manager for ACS Corp. With an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and a sessional instructor in strategic management at Ryerson University, Tony currently serves as Secretary of the Board and on the Executive Committee.

A 10+ year career with Bell Canada, Tony has also worked at ARISE, Celestica, ITI-Information Technology Institute and ITAC, Information Technology Association of Canada, in the areas of operations, change management, process improvement, procurement, supply chain, IT, customer experience and marketing.

Tony is an accomplished mediator recognized for providing sound advice, challenging the status-quo, focusing on execution and with a history of building/managing relationships and steering consensus among diverse stakeholder groups.

Tony has held a number of positions on the Comtech Fire Board since first being elected in 2003, including the Nominating Committee and Chair of both the Audit and Governance Committees.

Service on the Board - 14 years

Term expires in 2022.

Jeffrey T. Stubbs

  • Chair - Board of Directors
  • Chair - Executive Committee
  • Chair - Pension Committee

Jeff is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA) and an ICD.D , and is currently the COO of Spinnaker Resort (Ontario) Inc. He has been a director with the Credit Union since 1996. He brings to the board over 25 years of board and senior financial management experience. Prior to joining Spinnaker, Jeff was working as consultant, providing interim and contract CFO services for 6 years, helping a number of businesses complete financing and sale transactions. Prior to that, he was CFO for Securitas Canada for 7 years and Vice President Finance Admin and Treasurer of Star Data for 5 years.

Jeff is known as a Senior Financial Professional, with a reputation as a leader who can bring financial skills to all types of management and board issues. His background also involves the management of Human Resources, Legal, Risk, Purchasing and IT teams as well as the traditional accounting and administration functions.

Jeff has been the Chair of the Board since May 2016. During his time with Comtech Fire, he has been Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Nominating Committee and is currently serving as the Chair of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Pension Committee.

Service on the Board - 20 years

Term expires in 2021.

Terry Wright

  • Director
  • Chair - Audit Committee

Terry worked for TELUS or its subsidiaries in increasingly senior management positions in a career that spanned over 35 years; retiring at the end of 2008. At that time, Terry started his own consulting firm and continued to work in various roles on contract for a period of time. During his career at TELUS, Terry held various positions in the Finance and Audit departments, as well as holding the position of Controller at one subsidiary and General Manager of another. Terry spent over 10 years at Stentor holding the postions of Director of Finance and Director of Settlements during that time.

Terry is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA) and recently completed the Director’s Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Terry is involved in the not for profit sector in Ottawa as a member of the TELUS Community Ambassadors.

Service on the Board - 8 years

Term expires in 2022.

Stephen McDermott

  • Director
  • Nominating Committee Member

Steve is the owner and principal of SJM Consulting which provides Human Resource services in the areas of job description writing, classification, organizational analysis and design, grievance resolution, facilitation and project management. He has significant experience in both the public and private sectors and has a Master's Certificate in Project Management as well as a number of human resources accreditations. He brings 37 years of diversified experience to Comtech Fire and has developed an extensive network of professionals in Ottawa that will complement Comtech Fire's future expansion in the Ottawa area.

Steve is a supporter of a number of charities including the Kidscome1st golf tournament and 100 Men Who Care to name a few.

Steve has successfully completed the Institute of Corporate Directors course and now has the ICD.D designation.

Service on the Board - 6 years

Term expires in 2020.

Philip Harris

  • Director
  • Governance Committee Member

Phil is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA, CGA) and a professionally designated corporate director (ICD.D) with more than 20 years of strategic business building and change leadership with industry leading, high growth, customer focused companies. Currently he is the Senior Vice President, Financial & Regulatory Reporting for the Canadian subsidiary of a global bank.

Previously Phil has led finance for a company that grew by 100%+ organically and one that grew by 50%, led corporate start-ups in 3 countries, and has been an executive on both sides of mergers & acquisitions.

Phil has written and led seminars on Values Based Management, Customer Service, Key Driver Based Management, and Finance for non-Financial managers.

Service on the Board - 6 years

Term expires in 2020.

Mike Neely

Michael Neely

  • Vice Chair - Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee Member

Mike is a Suppression Captain with Toronto Fire Services. He in his 37th year with Toronto Fire Services, where he has spent over 35 years at Station 315, and is currently in charge of the Aerial. Prior to being elected to the Board of Credit Union, Mike was an Executive Board member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 113 for 10 years, and he was a committee member of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Mike has been a Credit Union Director since April 2006, where he has held positions on the Audit and Governance Committees; Chair of the HR Committee and he was Chair of the Board for six years. He completed his Director's Training in 2011 and has attended ten Director Forums offered by Level 5 and five Central 1 AGMs and two Canadian Credit Union Conferences.

Mike is currently in his third term as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee.

Service on the Board - 13 years

Term expires in 2022.

Steven Buckingham

Steven Buckingham

  • Director
  • Audit Committee Member

Steven is a Captain with the Toronto Fire Services with 28 years experience. He has over 25 years experience representing fire fighters at the Local and Provincial level and is District 1 Vice President of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Steven has served in various roles on the board of the former Fire Services Credit Union as Board Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committees. Steven served as a FSCU Member of the Amalgamation Committee between the former FSCU and Comtech CU.  Steven is a graduate of The Credit Union Directors Achievement Director Development Program.

Service on the Board - 20 years

Term expires in 2020.

Hugh Doherty

Hugh Doherty

  • Nominating Committee Member
  • Governance Committee Member

Hugh is a Fire Protection Professional with Toronto Fire Services. With over 36 years experience, he progressed through the service and attained the rank of District Chief in February 2018. With those years at Toronto Fire he was an elected Executive Officer with the Toronto Professional fire Fighters Association where he spent time as Vice President, as well as the Chair of Health and Safety where he was Labour Co-Chair of the City's Corporate Health & Safety Committee. Recently, he was Chair of the Human Relation Committee, representing the rights of men and women for the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Currently, Hugh it the Canadian representative on the IAFF's Labour Relations Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for the IAFF's rehab and treatment centre, the Center of Excellence, located in Maryland, USA. With that, Hugh also is the go to person in working with firefightesr suffering from PTSD/PTSI/OSI and behavioural health and addiction concerns in the fire service. He is a North American IAFF Peer Support Instructor, training firefighters on recognizing and approaching behavioural health issues. Additionally he is a R2MR (Road to Mental Readiness) Mentor and Trainer for firefighters across Canada.

Through his career Hugh has also received several awards and recognitions, including: theFire Services Exemplary Service Medal, Provincial Fire Services Long Service Medal, the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and City of Toronto Commendation.

Hugh is a seasoned professional and brings a high degree of values and ethics to the Board.

Service on the Board - 3 years

Term expires in 2021.

Joanne McDonnell

Joanne McDonnell

  • Director
  • Governance Committee Member

Joanne worked at Canada Revenue Agency in Kingston for 35 years, retiring in Aug 2009. She worked as a collection officer and later as a collection enforcement officer, finishing the last 8 years as a Trust Examiner. During her career at CRA she held several position on the union executive and was very involved with the Health and Safety committee. Since retirement she has stayed involved in her community.

Joanne has been a Credit Union member since 1979, opening her first account at Federal Employees Kingston Credit Union. She became a board member in 2004 to 2009, having completed the CUDA Program, then returning in 2011 to current, holding the positions of Corporate Secretary, sitting on the Audit Committee and up to the merger with Comtech Fire Credit Union, was Board Chair.

Service on the Board - 14 years

Term expires in 2021.