board of directors
To sum it up, our board of directors represents you (our membership) and our communities. Together, they work to provide guidance for the organization by approving policies, monitoring organizational results, and participating in discussions at meetings throughout the year. Our board is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance and our policies all support and reflect that commitment.
Learn more about our current board members below.
Jeff van Ryssel
Lesli Malegus joined the Sunova Board of Directors in 2009 and has served three terms. She is the owner of Marlin Travel in Selkirk and can help you temporarily escape Manitoba with a dream vacation.
Lesli is active in her community and is part of the Selkirk Chamber of Commerce, Selkirk Community Foundation, and the Selkirk Rotary Club.
In the summer, you may find Lesli enjoying the outdoors fishing, golfing, or camping.
Kevin is currently serving his fifth term on the board. Kevin was the CEO for the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority for 13 years. He also worked for Manitoba Health as a Physician Recruitment Officer.
He is now happily retired with his wife Arlene and has five grandchildren keeping him busy.
Kevin has been committed to the organization for many years and will ensure that Sunova continues to be a leading financial institution that provides a wide range of quality products and services to members.
Jeff van Ryssel
With rural Pinawa roots and past Sunova board experience, Justin always has Sunova’s best interests at heart.
Justin works in Winnipeg with Manitoba Hydro Telecom as the Sales and Marketing Manager. In addition to being a graduate from the Asper School of Business (class of 2014), Justin has extensive knowledge of rural and urban markets and business decision making, which makes him an invaluable asset to the Sunova board of directors.
Justin loves to stay active! His hobbies include triathlon, camping, cycling, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.
As a young, female, entrepreneur, and former Sunova employee with knowledge of the organization, Lindsay believes that she can view challenges, opportunities, and market trends through an insightful lens.
With extensive experience in marketing and communications, Lindsay’s true passion lies in building solid brands and utilizing the customer experience to breed customer loyalty and expand profitability. This passion fuels her work at Brandidly Communications, a business she started in 2019.
When she’s not ruling the marketing world and building successful brands, Lindsay is dedicating her valuable time volunteering for organizations such as the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation and Manitoba Underdogs Rescue. Did we mention she loves dogs? (Especially our lovable St. Bernard D.O.Gs).
Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is currently a successful realtor for Royal LePage, where he was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement award. In addition, he is a highly committed community volunteer, contributing to organizations such as the Khalsa Diwan Society, Siloam Mission, and Folklorama. He is confident that he can support our board and members for the years to come.
With seasoned experience in management and leadership, Raquel shares her vast knowledge in travel and tourism as a substitute instructor in MITT’s Hospitality Management Program. She serves as a board director for Sunova Credit Union (Audit Committee chair), is Chairperson of the Air Cadet League of Manitoba, and Secretary/Treasurer of the EAA Chapter 63 Manitoba.
During her entrepreneurial career, Raquel was selected as the recipient of several industry awards, including:
- Manitoba Tourism Award of Distinction (2017)
- Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (Finalist, 2006)
- Manitoba Tourism Award, Marketing Category (2000)
Raquel has developed and implemented several cooperative marketing initiatives in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park. She hopes to serve Sunova members with passion, enthusiasm, and dedication.
Interested in joining the board?
At the beginning of each year, we hold a nomination and election process to determine who will fill the vacant spots on the board of directors. All board members are usually elected for three-year terms, unless special circumstances require a shorter term, such as a merger or an existing director resigns from the board before their term ends.
After the nomination period ends and candidates are confirmed, we hold an online election where all members are eligible to vote for their representatives on the board. The winners are announced at our annual meeting, usually hosted at the end of April each year.
What to expect?
We have a very diverse membership, and hope to have a board that effectively represents and understands the needs of our members. For that reason, we encourage diversity and a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences within our board members.
As a Sunova director, you will be considered an ‘ambassador’ for the organization and should always have the best interests of our membership at heart. You will provide trusted guidance and recommendations for management, but you will not actively manage or deal with member accounts. As a board member, you will be expected to share your thoughts and opinions, work productively with others, and commit the time and effort required to effectively participate in board events, all of which are detailed in the nomination package.
While you don’t need financial industry experience to be on the board, there are a number of criteria and qualifications you need to meet to be eligible to run. These are all explained in detail in our board nomination package.
2021 board election timeline + how to apply
|Nominations open||February 8|
|Nomination deadline||March 5, 5:00 pm|
|Candidate review||March 8 – 17|
|Candidate orientation||March 18 – 30|
|Board election||March 31 – April 16 (voting closes at 5:00 pm)|
|Verification of results||April 19 – 23|
|AGM + election announcement||April 29|
Please review our nomination package for details on how to correctly complete and submit your nomination. Nomination packages must be fully completed and adhere to all of the nomination criteria in order to be eligible. Please pay close attention to the details and instructions noted within the nomination package.
As the bonding form can confusing for some, you can view an example of what it looks like when fully completed here.