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Our Board

 

Darlene K. Hyde

Chairperson — Appointed Director

MBA, ICD.D, ACCUD, CAE, CCD, CRAE

Darlene is a retired Chief Executive Officer, a seasoned Board Director and an Advisor to senior executives and boards in Canada. With pan- Canadian executive experience in a range of key economic sectors, including insurance, organized real estate, commercial real estate development, automotive retail, energy and telecommunications, she also has nearly two decades of board experience in financial institutions, regulatory agencies and not for profits. Darlene is currently Strategy and Governance Advisor for tng, and provides a range of governance solutions to not for profit and member-driven organizations.

Darlene also has experience in mergers and acquisitions, having been instrumental on a team which delivered the largest credit union merger to date in Canadian history, the merger of Westminster Savings and Prospera Credit Union in 2020.

As CEO of the BC Real Estate Association, Darlene won the Business in Vancouver award for CEO of the Year in 2020 in the not for profit category. BCREA was also in the top 50 organizations in Canada in its class for several years in a row, as measured by the rating agency, A Great Place to Work.

Darlene earned a BA Honours (English) from McGill University and an MBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has also earned the following governance designations: ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors; ACCUD (Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director) from CCUA/CUDA/CuSource; and CCD (Certified Corporate Director) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In 2021, she served as Director in Residence for the Rotman Governance Leadership Institute for organized real estate. Currently, she chairs the McGill Women in Leadership and Philanthropy board, Vancouver chapter.

 

Linda Bowyer

Vice Chairperson — CEO, First Credit Union

BBA, MBA

Linda Bowyer has been the President & CEO of First Credit Union since February of 2018. Prior to her role at First, Linda worked in senior executive roles in banking & insurance, with a specific focus on member experience, process improvement and change leadership.

Linda considers herself a lifelong learner. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, earned a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, and holds the Rotman’s Institute of Corporate Director’s (ICD.D) designation. Linda is also a passionate Credit Union Development Educator and has recently achieved her I-CUDE accreditation.

Over the past five years, Linda has immersed herself in the Credit Union cooperative system. She is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Stabilization Central Credit Union, a Board Director for the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA), and is serving a second term as a CCUA appointee on the World Council of Credit Union’s (WOCCU) Board.

 

Anita Braha

Director — Appointed Director

MA, LLB, ICD.D

Ms. Braha currently serves as Board Chair of Vancity Community Investment Bank.  She was past Chair of Vancity Savings Credit Union.

At Vancity Credit Union, she served as Vice Chair of the Board, the Chair of Risk Committee, the Chair of the Human Resources Committee and the Governance and Conduct Review Committee.

She sat on the Board of Central 1 Credit Union and served as Vice Chair of that Board.

Anita also served as Chair of the Governing Board Forum, part of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values.

She is a lawyer, and educator who has practiced in the area of human rights for over 25 years. She served on the executive of the British Columbia Industrial Relations Association for 10 years. Anita is a founding member and past President of the Galiano Island Loan Fund Society. She was an appointed member of the Employment Standards Review Commission, the City of Vancouver Women’s Task Force and the Galiano Parks and Recreation Commission.

Anita has taught at Capilano College in the Political Studies, Women’s Studies and Labour Studies departments. She has a BA (Hons) from York University, an MA from the University of Toronto and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is called to the Bar in Ontario and British Columbia. She completed the director education program at the Institute of Corporate Directors. She was the consulting editor of the Annotated British Columbia Human Rights Code.

 

 

Bill Chan

Director - Director, Vancity Credit Union

CPA CGA, MBA, ICD.D

Bill Chan sits on the Board of Directors of Vancity Credit Union since 2018 and is the Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Governance and Risk Committees.

Bill also sits on the BC Provincial Health Services Authority that provides specialized health services (i.e., BC Women’s Hospital, BC Children’s Hospital, BC Cancer, BC Transplant, BC Centre for Disease Control). He is the Chair of the Finance and Operations Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Bill has over 25 years of executive management experience with Encorp / Return-It depots in BC and was their Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He directed, managed, and led a dynamic team to deliver a convenient, effective recycling network of Return-It depots. Bill’s career path has focused on building successful programs that brings together financial sustainability while being environmentally and socially responsible.

His formal education includes a Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CGA), a MBA from Asia Pacific University and the Institute of Corporate Directors designation. (ICD.D).

 

Elizabeth Hanlon

Director - Chief Risk Officer Sunshine Coast Credit Union

Elizabeth is currently the Chief Risk Officer of Sunshine Coast Credit Union.

Elizabeth is a CFA Charterholder and has extensive experience in the financial industry including risk management, bank regulation, and capital markets.

Previous employers include the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation and CIBC Capital Markets.

She is passionate about volunteering in the community as well as providing mentorship to people at all stages of their career. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks with their dog.

 

Kelly Marshall

Director — Chief Executive Officer Summerland and District Credit Union

ACUIC, ACCUD, CCE, CCD, ICD.D

Kelly is President & CEO of Summerland & District Credit Union and has been for the past 17 years.

He has been in the Western Canadian Credit Union System for 33 years and prior to coming to Summerland was CEO of an Alberta Credit Union and held various capacities at a multi-branch Saskatchewan Credit Union, including Marketing Manager and Manager of Retail Operations.

Kelly is an Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada and Dalhousie University, with honours and a specialty in Lending Studies. Kelly is the Board Chair of the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES) and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors as well as a Certified Chief Executive designation.

 

Jim Zimmerman

Director — CEO, Williams Lake & District Credit Union

BA Cert, PBDM, ACUIC, FCUIC

Jim is the CEO of Williams Lake and District Credit Union. Prior to moving to BC in 2012 Jim was the CEO of several prairie Credit Unions. Over the years he has acquired experience and knowledge in all areas of Operations, Leadership, Governance, and Risk Management

Jim enjoys the rural lifestyle, which aligns with his desire to solve the age old challenge of keeping small credit unions relevant, resilient and sustainable.

 

Jody Burk

Director — CEO, StellerVista Credit Union

ACUIC, FCUIC, CUDA

Jody is currently the CEO of East Kootenay Community Credit Union and volunteers in his community as a member of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook.

Jody Burk has over 30 years of forward-looking experience in the credit union system, with understanding in every facet of the business. Jody strives for growth using collaborative and cooperative strategies while maintaining compliance.

With his passion for collaboration, he holds the position of CEO for East Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd., a property and casualty insurance company and East Kootenay Financial Services Ltd., a wealth management service company. He also holds the position of director on CUSO Wealth Ltd., Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd., MoneyWorks and previously, the BC Solutions Centre and CUPP Services Ltd.

As an advocate for continual learning, Jody holds his Certificate of Advanced Strategy from the UBC Sauder School of Business, his Certificate of Leadership Excellence from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and is an Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada (ACUIC) and a Fellow of the Credit Union Institute of Canada (FCUIC).

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