• MEDA Convention 2018

    MEDA Convention 2018

    A weekend of inspiration, networking and fun celebrating the power of entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty!

  • MEDA Convention 2018

    MEDA Convention 2018

    Roads to Enduring Livelihoods

2:30 p.m. - 17. Business with Purpose: Ways to do Business Differently

Friday, November 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Business and Faith

Business often gets a bad reputation for being ruthless in its quest for profit. Business leaders can feel conflicted between their faith/values and their work life and live “double lives”. But is this necessary? Is there a different way to lead a business?

This workshop will explore different ways of running a business that embeds solid values into business operations. It will include thought provoking questions and discussion of how leaders can ensure that they are bringing their faith and values to work.

As a case study, Kindred Credit Union (formerly Mennonite Savings & Credit Union) can share some of their experiences in ensuring they live up to their statement of purpose through “proof points” such as paying a living wage, being a B corp member, community partnerships with organizations such as Sustainable Waterloo Region, and being a “best of” SME employer.


Mary Ann MooneyMary Ann Mooney is Chief, Member Experience & Brand Integrity of Kindred Credit Union, is a recent addition to the Kindred Senior Leadership Team. Her professional background covers many years in the financial services and telecommunications industries, where she has specialized in operations and customer support management. Leading and serving people is her passion and she loves managing teams through change, problem solving and creating order, to help an organization serve its customers and realize its vision.

Mary Ann is a lifelong learner, and holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has obtained her Fellow, Life Management Institute and Associate, Customer Service designations from the Life Office Management Association, has completed the Canadian Securities Course, and has passed a number of the standardized mutual funds industry courses administered by the Investment Funds Institute of Canada.

Education is not all work related. She recently became a Trained Professional Organizer through the Professional Organizers of Canada and is pursuing another master’s degree in theology part time at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo.

When not at work or school, Mary Ann sings soprano in Inshallah, a choir that originates from the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Inshallah sings to bring awareness for peace and social justice for all in the world.

She also goes to jail every Wednesday night – to volunteer in the Alpha program at the Grand Valley Institute for Women.

Mary Ann is delighted to work for a financial institution with Kindred’s values and vision. Helping Kindred help members align their faith and finances is unbelievably rewarding and so she is inviting all she knows to become members and share in this vision.