How Is DICO 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 Albertaís 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., Vice-Chair

Don Dalicandro is President of Azertech Inc., a company providing capital funding and business expertise to growth companies. He has over 28 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. Previous Board positions include Burlington Hydro Inc. (Audit/Governance Chair), Joseph Brant Hospital (Board Chair), Decisionpoint Systems, Inc., FirstOntario Credit Union (Vice-Chair), ASECO and ASI. Don was appointed on March 23, 2011. He was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board on June 22, 2017 and his term expires on March 24, 2019.


Gail Di CintioGail Di Cintio

Gail Di Cintio is a Partner and Vice-President Operations with Larus Technologies, a software company specializing in "big data solutions" using predictive data analytics. 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. Gail has been involved in the Technology Sector for over 30 years, including as a Strategy and Technology consultant at both Fujitsu and Deloitte Consulting. Her experience includes strategic planning, change management and technology innovation projects for private, public and not-for-profit organizations. She was also VP, Human Resource Development at Fujitsu, with global responsibilities for Career Development, Retention and Succession Planning Programs. Gail is currently also on the Board of Accerta and is Part-Time Professor for the Centre for Business at George Brown College. Gail has served as a director for a number of organizations in the credit union sector, hospitals and community organizations. 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 is a corporate director serving on the boards of North York General Hospital, Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario and Statistics Canada. Prior to her service on boards, Carmen was a Partner with PwC (Global Risk Management Solutions) and founding Managing Director for Protiviti Canada. Her experience also includes controllership and planning positions with Crown Life Insurance, Royal Trust (now RBC Financial) and CIBC. Currently, Carmen is Program Director for the Centre for Governance, Risk Management & Control Excellence at the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University. She is also a lecturer for the risk management session for the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. 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 has recently retired from a career in hospitality management. She maintains an active role in the vineyard and winery business she founded with her family, Cave Spring Cellars. 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.