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​Otto Penner​

Otto Penner has been a proud Board member since 1981.. He’s been involved in many changes at FirstOntario and within the co-operative credit union system.  A strong believer in life-long learning, Otto attended many training classes and seminars including Credit Union Director Achievement courses, which enable him to make informed, strategic decisions and to recognize pitfalls to stay on top of the consistently changing financial landscape. 

As a Board member, Otto applies the legal and moral responsibilities he learned through the Audit Committee workshop to achieve significant Board governance reform, maintain director accountability and set a high standard of ethics.He has a keen interest in financial matters and believes in the co-operative philosophy of people helping people.Otto is a retiree of the General Motors Ontario Street plant in in St. Catharines, where he started as an apprentice and ended his career as a general supervisor in 2006.