How DICO Is Governed

Board Members

DICO's current Board of Directors is listed below.


Steve BlakelySteve Blakely, ICD.D, Chair

Steve Blakely is an accomplished senior executive with a wealth of financial services industry experience spanning in excess of 35 years. He has a particular interest in leadership and governance and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors through the Rotman School of Business. Steve has extensive senior executive experience and his professional experience includes: President and Chief Executive Officer of Servus Credit Union, President and CEO of Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (Alberta), Vice-President Operations of in California, Regional Vice-President-Calgary for ATB Financial and numerous senior positions with BMO spanning 25 years in Alberta, B.C. and Ontario. Steve was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture in 2008. His governance experience includes past directorships and committee appointments on the boards of Credit Union Central of Alberta and Credential Financial Inc. Mr. Blakely was appointed on September 11, 2013 to the board. He was appointed Chair of the Board on July 1, 2015 and his term expires on July 1, 2019.


Don DalicandroDon Dalicandro, P. Eng., MBA, C.Dir.

Don Dalicandro is President of Azertech Inc., a company providing capital funding and business expertise to growth companies. He has over twenty-seven years of experience working with large and medium sized companies in diverse business sectors including technology, finance, manufacturing, consumer goods, oil and gas, field service, commercial office construction and leasing, retail and food service. In 2007, Don obtained his Chartered Director designation from The Directors College, Degroote School of Business. He is currently a Director and Audit/Governance Chair with Burlington Hydro Inc. and Board Chair of Joseph Brant Hospital. Previous Board positions include Decisionpoint Systems, Inc., FirstOntario Credit Union, ASECO and ASI. Don was appointed on March 23, 2011 and his term expires on March 24, 2019.


Gail Di CintioGail Di Cintio

Gail Di Cintio is Vice-President Operations with Larus Technologies, an Ottawa-based software engineering company, specializing in predictive and learning analytics software for real-time security and surveillance systems. At Larus Technologies, Gail has overall operational responsibility for Corporate, Financial and Human Resource activities, as well she is a key contributor in business development activities. Previous to this, Gail was VP Human Resource Development at Fujitsu, with global responsibilities for Career Development, Retention and Succession Planning Programs. She was also a part of the Fujitsu Management Consulting Practice and a Management and Technology consultant with Deloitte Consulting. Gail is currently on the Board of the Bruyère Research Institute. She was a Board Director with Alterna Savings and Alterna Bank from 2003-2008, and was the Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Gail was also a member of the Board of Trustees with The Ottawa Hospital from 1995 - 2001 and was involved with the Management Development Program for Women at Carleton University, from 1998-2012 and  annual YWCA Women of Distinction Award, since 2000 - 2012. Gail was appointed on May 4, 2011 and her term expires on May 5, 2019.


John Ferreira

John Ferreira is a commercial and real estate lawyer in Toronto whose practice is focused on real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financings. He also has significant personal experience in the areas of real property investment and development. He is active in the Toronto Portuguese community and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Oxford. He has served on a number of community boards and committees throughout his career. John was appointed on March 11, 2015 and his term expires on March 11, 2019.


James W. HoustonJames W. Houston, CFA, CPA, CMA

James Houston is a registered portfolio manager and chief compliance officer with Robertson, Eadie and Associates. Previously he was President and Ultimate Designated Person at Foyston, Gordon and Payne Inc. His community involvement includes serving as a fundraiser for Covenant House. He holds a Bachelor of Administrative Studies at Western University. As well, he is a CPA/CMA, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a graduate of Degroote School of Business, McMaster University Chartered Directors College, C.Dir. James was appointed on July 1, 2015 and his term expires on July 1, 2019.


Carmen RossiterCarmen Rossiter, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Carmen Rossiter was Managing Director and Canadian Practice Leader of Protiviti and, previously, a Partner with PwC. She has also been involved in senior positions with Deloitte, CIBC and various other financial institutions. She serves on the board of North York General Hospital as well as the Departmental Audit Committee for Citizenship and Immigration at the Government of Canada. She has extensive experience in banking, insurance, investment management and pension funds as well as governance, risk management and control. Carmen was appointed on March 11, 2015 and her term expires on March 11, 2019.


Monique TremblayMonique Tremblay, FCIA, FSA, MBA

Monique Tremblay is a pension actuary with in depth knowledge of the insurance industry, particularly the savings and retirement lines of business. Her broad experience in senior management includes accountability, strategic planning, communication, sound reporting and governance. Her business and actuarial skills cover the measurement and assessment of risk and its management implications. Her professional career started at Towers Perrin for the first 20 years, and she subsequently held a number of senior positions at Desjardins Financial Security until her retirement at the end of 2010. Monique also served on the Board of the Canadian Institute of actuaries for three 3-year terms over the years. She is also currently serving on the Board of Directors of Assomption Vie, a mutual insurance company based in Moncton, New Brunswick. Monique was appointed on April 18, 2011 and her term expires on April 19, 2019.


Helen YoungHelen Young

Helen Young is a lawyer by training and is currently the Managing Director of Inn on the Twenty and a founding shareholder of Cave Spring Cellars which she co-owns with her husband. Her varied background includes corporate governance, human resources, planning and budgeting. She served on the board of Meridian Credit Union from 1994 to 2014 and also served two full terms on the Board of Trustees of Brock University. She is presently on the board of Tourism Partnership of Niagara. Her community involvement and business development efforts have led to her being awarded the International Women's Day Award in 2013 from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and a Gold Award from the Ontario Hostelry Institute. She was appointed on March 11, 2015 and her term expires on March 11, 2019.