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Board of Directors

Your Board Members

The President and CEO reports directly to the Board, and Directors are voted in by the members. By exercising your right to vote in Alterna Savings' elections, you are participating in the democracy of your financial co-operative.

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Norm Ayoub

Chair of the Board

Norm is a bilingual, entrepreneurial, former senior executive with more than 40 years of experience in the financial service sector.  He has built and led high performance executive teams in the insurance, investment, and banking industries.  

Norm built a thriving consulting practice advising senior executives in the area of strategic planning and implementation.

​In recent years, Norm has continued to be active in governance roles in both public and private institutions serving as Chair, Committee Chair, and Director on a number of corporate Boards.  Norm has also been active in his communities serving on numerous hospital and charitable Boards.

Earl Campbell

Vice Chair of the Board

Earl Campbell is a Past Chair of Metro Credit Union, Alterna Savings, Alterna Bank and Interim Executive Director, Ontario Credit Union Foundation.  Formerly CEO and Director of Education, Scarborough Board of Education, he is the President of Earl G. Campbell Consulting, an entrepreneur, business coach and mentor for leadership development and strategic planning.  Mr. Campbell is a former Vice Chair of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.

Mr. Campbell has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education Degrees along with mediation training at Osgoode Law School.

Earl Campbell has served as an Executive Committee Member for a number of National and International education organizations.  He has been recognized with a number of professional and community awards including a Star on the Scarborough Walk of Fame and as a Distinguished Educator of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  In 2022 Mr. Campbell was honoured as a recipient of the Gary Gillam Award for Social Responsibility in the Credit Union Sector and with the Long Term Service Award from the Directors’ Forum in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the credit union system.

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Maria Barrados


Maria has been a member of Alterna Savings and its predecessor organizations since the early 1970’s.  She is the Immediate Past Chair of Alterna Bank and is Chair of Alterna Savings.  She has also served and Chaired a number of other Boards and advisory committees.

Maria retired from the federal public service as President of the Public Service Commission of Canada.  Before that she was Assistant Auditor General at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.  She has a Ph.D. in sociology and is currently Executive-in-Residence at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.  

​In her retirement from the federal government she continues to serve as a community volunteer and to pursue her interests in public service reform, governance, financial and human resource management.

Ken Chan ICD.D


Ken Chan has served on the Board of Alterna Savings since 2012 and Alterna Bank since 2013.
Ken is Chief Administrative Officer and Bursar at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. His previous roles included Vice President for Administration at Brock University, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Secretariat and Assistant Deputy Minister for Transformation and Delivery at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Ken also held senior roles at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and at Cystic Fibrosis Canada. His international public service experience included positions with the UK Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and at London City Hall. Ken is on the boards of ALS Canada, Pathstone Foundation and Open For Business (UK). He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Between 2019 and 2022, Ken served on the board of the Directors’ Forum Co-operative, a non-profit organization that has provided professional development, education and networking opportunities to credit union directors in Ontario for over thirty years.
Ken is currently completing his PhD studies at ESCP Business School, Sorbonne Alliance. He has a Master of Forensic Accounting from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from the City University of Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.

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Marianne Johnson


Marianne Johnson is proud to have been an active member of Alterna Savings since 1986 and a member of the Board since 2016.

Marianne is retired from the Bank of Canada, where she worked for over 20 years.  While at the Bank, her career focused on economic forecasting and modelling as well as financial sector issues and regulation.  Over the years, Marianne also took the opportunity to work and lead in the areas of mentoring and change management.  More recently, she has taken on interesting assignments with the Government of Canada.  Marianne holds a Masters of Arts (Economics) from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Queens University.

​Marianne also has first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing small business in Canada, owning a family plumbing and heating business, with her husband since 1987.  She is married with four children and three grandchildren.

Richard Neville


Richard is a fluently bilingual Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant and Fellow Chartered Accountant in Ontario, Québec and Alberta. He has served as past Chair of the Alterna Bank and Alterna Savings’s Boards of Directors. Richard is currently the Chair, Finance and Audit Committee for Alterna Bank and Alterna Savings. Richard joined the Federal Public Service in 1972 and held Senior Executive Positions culminating in being appointed Deputy/Comptroller General for Canada (Chief Financial Officer for the Federal Government). 

He was also appointed the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for the Royal Canadian Mint. Richard is on several Boards of Directors and has received Order-in-Councils appointments. 

​He is a Commander in the Order of St-John Ambulance and is the Vice-Chancellor on their Board of Directors.

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Robert Paterson

President & CEO

Robert Paterson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Alterna Savings and Alterna Bank.  He joined the Alterna team in May 2013.

​Robert Paterson is a Senior Banking Expert with over 20 years in Financial Services. He has worked for and advised several large financial institutions in North America, Europe and Asia. He has a diverse background within Financial Services and has held senior executive positions within Consumer, Small Business, Commercial Banking and Private Equity. He has deep management experience in each of these client segments across Strategy, Sales, Product Management, Marketing, Risk Management, Channel Management, Branch Design, Cash Management, Direct Distribution and Joint Ventures. He has also developed and executed attacker strategies in partnership with leading retailers.

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