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Directors' Forum

Now in its 34th year, the annual Directors' Forum is a highly unique professional development, education and networking conference and event, that is organized specifically BY credit union Directors FOR credit union and caisses populaires Board Directors. The scope of the Forum has broadened over the years to become a conference and webinar series open to directors from across the country.

Credit unions often use the annual conference as a professional development opportunity for their board members, and to introduce director-candidates to credit union system issues. Credit union managers and staff generally do not participate in the Forum. Registered delegates may vote on issues that are presented during the Annual General Meeting. If a credit union or caisse populaire sends more than one paying director to the AGM, each participant is considered to be a delegate.

2018 Forum Information

The 34th annual Directors' Forum will take place from October 11 - 13, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Toronto.

This year, we would really like to encourage all credit unions and caisses populaires in Ontario – and other provinces should they wish to attend – to send all of their new board directors, as well as their young directors (those 40 and under). The networking and learning experience they will gain from attending the Forum, will provide a strong foundation for their role, thereby enhancing their ability to make significant contributions to your organizations. A special breakout session designed for new and young directors will become part of the programming this year, and it is our hope that it will continue to be part of the DF moving forward!


Online registration will open April 1 and close October 5. To take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $685, you must register by June 30. After this date, the rates will increase to $775 from July 1 to September 15, and again to $825 for those registering between September 16 and October 5.

Here are the registration rates and timelines:

Timeframe Rate Opens Closes
Early Bird rate $685 + HST April 1 June 30
Post-Early Bird rate $775 + HST July 1 Sept. 15
Late rate $825 + HST Sept. 16 Oct. 5

After careful consideration, the Executive decided not to increase the registration fees for this year, in order to make the conference as accessible as possible to our delegates. We will continue to evaluate our annual expenses and inflation, and adjust our rates accordingly moving forward.


Once again, we have set aside a block of rooms for our delegates at special group rate of $189 + HST per night for a standard, single room or $229 + HST per night for a standard, double room (the same rates as 2017).It is not the responsibility of the DF to book accommodations for its guests, so our delegates must make their own reservations directly with the venue. Click on the ACcommodations link on the right-hand toolbar for more detailed information. 


As we do each year, we carefully reviewed and considered all the feedback that we received from our previous years' delegates, through both the Open Forum session held during the Forum, as well as the electronic evaluations. Many of your suggestions will be reflected in this year’s program and schedule. These include:

  • Hosting the cocktail reception on the Thursday evening and the banquet dinner and fundraiser on the Friday evening
  • Moving the stage set-up back to its original format
  • Holding the CUDA half-day credit session in the morning, when minds are still fresh
  • Adding more participatory and breakout sessions to the program
  • Adding a “co-operative” component to the programming, and being more inclusive of non-financial co-operatives, as well as their directors
  • Making the presentations available for download during the conference for greater availability – we are looking into this!
  • Improving the breakfast and lunch options – we will be working on this with the venue!
  • Engaging both new and young directors to participate – we are working on this!

As well, we will be integrating many of the suggested topics into our sessions this year, and once again, enhancing the opportunities for more participation and discussion during the sessions.

And while some change is good and it is important to keep things fresh, we are also working with our partners, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA/Cusource), to bring back two favourites at our annual Forum:

  • the fourth annual CDF Banquet Dinner & Fundraiser will take place on Friday, October 12
  • a half-day CUDA course will be offered to our delegates on Saturday, October 13

Stay tuned for more details on each of these activities – as well as the release of our 2018 conference theme and session topics - in the coming weeks and months!

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Directors' Forum is a unique opportunity for your organization to invest in the professional development and continuing education of the credit union and caisse populaire system board directors. 

The system is constantly evolving, as does the Directors' Forum to ensure that we remain relevant, and meeting and addressing the unique needs of system directors. 

As the DF is a non-profit event, it is funded solely through registration fees and sponsorships, and is not owned nor funded by Central 1 or any other organization. Your support of this unique event developed by system directors and for system directors is what enables this highly-valued annual conference to take place. We could not do it without your generosity!

Please view our 2018 Sponsorship Information to see what opportunities we have this year, and how the DF can recognize your organization for its support. You can also contact Audrey at [requires javascript] for more information.


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