The Board of Directors seeks each year to fill any vacant positions.

Among its other responsibilities, the Board is accountable for the institution's security and stability and for overseeing compliance with the statutory provisions governing its operation. Its duties include defining the federal credit union's strategic direction and overseeing its management and activities.

Members are encouraged to participate in two ways:

  • by running for election to serve on the Board of Directors;
  • by voting for the candidates who, upon election, will represent their interests on the Board of Directors.

Election process

Steps Deadline
1. Formation of the Nomination Committee October 2017
2. Start of the call for candidates November 20 to December 8, 2017
3. Information session for candidates January 7 to January 13, 2018
4. Confirmation of chosen candidate February 2018
5. Elections April 6 to April 13, 2018
6. Annual General Meeting April 24, 2018



Candidate selection process
The Nomination Committee is responsible for ensuring that candidates comply with the provisions of the Caisse by-laws and pertinent legislation. All candidates have gone through a rigorous screening process involving the completion of a series of questionnaires concerning their qualifications, integrity and knowledge about the Caisse in addition to an interview with the Nomination Committee.

The Committee is also mandated to evaluate each candidate based on the sixteen (16) competency areas applicable this year as follows:

  • Boards and Committee
  • Business Development
  • Communication
  • Cooperative Spirit
  • Cybersecurity
  • Experience as a Director
  • Financial Literacy
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Internal Controls
  • Insurance
  • Knowledge of the Caisse and the Industry
  • Leadership
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Stategic Planning

Term: Three (3) years

This is to advise that the following candidates have submitted their names for vacant positions on the Board of Directors of Caisse populaire acadienne ltée:


Michel Allain has been a Crown prosecutor since January 2013. Called to the New Brunswick Bar in June 1996, Michel has also maintained a private law practice and been co-owner of a law firm. Michel holds a bachelor of laws degree as well as a bachelor of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting from the Université de Moncton. Originally from Néguac and currently living in Tracadie, Michel is well-known throughout the region for his professional commitment and community involvement.
Ms. Haché holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Ottawa and a masters in business administration from the Université de Moncton and is coordinator of the Centre international d'apprentissage du français at the Shippagan campus of the Université de Moncton. With 15 years' experience in the financial sector, she has held various management positions. She has also served on the board of governors of the Université de Moncton, the TV5 - UNIS advisory committee.


An economics professor at the Université de Moncton since 1990, Pierre is director of that institution's École des hautes études publiques. He is currently chairman of the board of UNI and has served on numerous administrative committees within the organization since 1995. He holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Involved in his community, he served as member of the board of Le Pays de la Sagouine from 2000 to 2013 and currently sits on the board of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick. Originally from Moncton, he lives in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent.
René Ephestion holds a degree in law, economics and management and his mutual fund licence. A human resources professional, he has also served in various business roles for French banks and financial firms. He presently serves on the board of CPHR New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Public Libraries Board. He is also chair of the board of the non-profit organization CAFi in Moncton. He is highly involved in his community.
Born and raised in Shediac. Graduated from Université de Moncton. Retired after operating a general insurance firm for many years. Was licensed as a Broker, Class IV, in New Brunswick. Fulfilled all program requirements and earned the professional designation of Chartered Insurance Professional. Current chair of the board of directors of IGA Co-op Shediac and treasurer of the Rotary Club. Recently completed a six-year term with the New Brunswick Insurance Board, the province's quasi-judicial administrative tribunal.
Responsible for accounting and budgeting ($150 million) for Anglophone East School District since 1992. Actively involved in developing the Caisses populaires acadiennes over the past 25 years. Elected to the board of directors of the Fédération (UNI) / Acadia Life in 2011 and 2014. Appointed vice chair in 2012. In his role as chair of UNI's Risk Management Committee, he completed training through the Institute of Corporate Directors and earned his ICD.D designation in 2016.


In late 2017, a call for nominations was made to fill two (2) vacant positions on the Caisse board of directors for the Northwest area. Following the review process, the nominations of two (2) candidates were accepted, and these candidates were consequently elected by acclamation1, meaning that no election will be held for this region this year.

A certified professional accountant with a master's degree in business administration, Jean-François is a professor of accounting and taxation at the Edmundston campus of the Université de Moncton. In addition to serving on the boards of the Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes and the Caisse populaire Trois Rives, he previously held a position as account manager at the Financial Business Centre (UNI). He is also very involved in various community organizations.
A business leader in heavy equipment sales, Allain has a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities in northwestern New Brunswick (Restigouche, Victoria and Madawaska counties). Active as an administrator in the Caisse network since 2003, Allain was elected to the board of the Fédération (UNI) in 2011 and re-elected in 2014. With his extensive cooperative and financial experience, Allain has successfully put his expertise and knowledge to work for the members of UNI Financial Cooperation.

It is important to note the election of these candidates will be confirmed at the annual general meeting to be held on April 24, 2018. Routine checks must also be conducted to ensure that the persons elected continue to meet eligibility conditions as they had declared at the time of nomination.

1 Members of the board of directors serve a term of three (3) years. In accordance with a by-law approved by the membership, one (1) of the two (2) vacant positions is being filled to replace a member who resigned from the board with one (1) year remaining in the director's term. Following a random draw held to determine the duration of the term of each of the two (2) candidates elected by acclamation, it was determined that Jean-François Saucier would serve a term of three (3) years and Allain Santerre a term of one (1) year.


Members aged 16 or older will be invited to vote online or by telephone between April 6, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. and April 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

They will receive instructions by mail on or before March 28, 2018.

Annuel general meeting

The annual general meeting taking place on April 24, 2018.

Caisse populaire acadienne ltée
Attention of the General Secretary
295 Saint-Pierre Blvd. West
P.O. Box 5554
Caraquet NB E1W 1B7

Telephone: 506 726-4484 | 1 800 461-1318

Email: uni.secretairegeneral@acadie.com