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Sami Sappong

Board of Directors Candidate 2023

This candidate has been endorsed by the Board of Directors.

I wish to offer the leadership experience I have gained from partnering with executives and Boards, to develop and implement business transformation strategies in the financial services industry. My experiences have provided me a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges that Credit Unions navigate to achieve profitable growth and enhance the wellbeing of members and their communities. I have supported Boards in their governance roles by organizing strategic planning retreats, providing updates to the Risk Management Committee, and using KPIs to monitor and report on strategic plan performance, identifying early warning signals, and recommending actions to manage execution risk.

What can you specifically contribute to the Board?
  • Strong Board relationship management and support
  • Not for profit Board of Director experience
  • Business transformation and strategic planning experience (development, review, and refinement)
  • Financial sector business acumen
  • Change management
  • Stakeholder management and collaboration
  • Operational efficiency optimization
  • Effective communications and facilitation
Educational/Professional Designations
  • MBA, MSc, PMP, CMP
  • Lean Six Sigma - Green Belt for Service Organizations
Work Experience
  • Sappong Consulting. Principal
  • Guaranteed Funeral Deposits (2021 – 2022) – Vice President, Business Development & Administration
  • World Vision Canada (2019 – 2020) – Vice President, Strategy & Efficiency Innovation
  • Meridian Credit Union (2015 – 2018) – Vice President, Strategic Planning & Project Management
  • Foresters Financial, New York, NY (2011 – 2014) – Vice President, Strategy & Planning
  • Sun Life Financial (2010 – 2011) – Director, Market Development
  • Foresters Financial (1998 – 2009):
    • Director, North American Strategy and Planning
    • Director, Business Technology
    • Director, Business Development
    • Project Director
    • Senior Project Manager
Board and/or Committee Experience
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, New Life Prison Ministries (2021 – present)
  • Past Board of Directors Member – Victorian Order of Nurses (2007 – 2008) & Ensemble Noir Music Group (2004 – 2006)
  • Branch Councilor, Ontario South, Foresters Financial (current)
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