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Business / Leadership /  • January 11, 2019
Clear focus
Of the many challenges Guy Cormier has faced since becoming Desjardins CEO in 2016, none has been thornier than the decision whether to invest — or not — in the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline. Although Desjardins backed down from divestment, Cormier pledges that fossil fuels will be on the financial chopping block in future.

Of all the moral quandaries Guy Cormier has faced since becoming president and CEO of Desjardins Group (seven million-plus members, $295 billion in assets) in 2016, the question of whether or not to fund energy pipeline projects was probably on...

Leadership /  • November 7, 2018
Changing tides
BlueShore Financial Credit Union member and WNORTH CEO Heather Odendaal is expanding her global online networking platform in order to guide women along the executive path.

It wasn’t your typical breakaway session. On a chilly night this past April, in the ski-resort municipality of Whistler, BC, about 70 attendees from the three-day WNORTH Conference for mid-career women on the senior-executive-leadership tra...

Human Interest / Leadership /  • June 15, 2018
Step up
Conexus Credit Union in Saskatchewan has embraced the #MeToo movement.

The #MeToo movement was sparked last October by the media firestorm that swept Hollywood following a raft of sexual assault allegations levelled against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since then, it has spread swiftly through workplaces acr...

Leadership /  • May 30, 2018
Bright young things
The Canadian Credit Union Association’s National Young Leaders Award nurture growth and inspire ambition among the system’s young, up-and-coming employees.

An employment journey that takes one from a major Canadian city to a frontier oil and gas town in northern British Columbia isn’t normally regarded as a recipe for getting ahead. But then, careers can take surprising turns. “I so...

Leadership /  • March 13, 2018
Great Match
Former Coast Capital Savings Credit Union CEO Don Coulter has moved to a new pitch as the head of Concentra Bank.

In the game of soccer, one of the most important positions is the centre midfielder. Much like a quarterback in football, the centre midfielder is the leader of the team, playing both offense and defense and constantly on the move. Don C...

Human Interest / Leadership /  • January 16, 2018
Chance meetings
Sixty years of service in the financial industry prompts a letter of congratulations to Envision Financial’s Tochi Sandu from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasn't exaggerating when he wrote a letter to Tarlochan (Tochi) Sandhu on July 27, congratulating the director of Commercial Business Development at Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union (250,000 mem...

Human Interest / Leadership /  • December 1, 2017
Culture shift
Credit unions are cultivating equitable job access and inclusive workplaces for Indigenous Canadians.

She witnessed violence, drug and alcohol abuse in her community from a young age; she became a mother of four by the age of 21. Chantel Buffalo had to grow up fast. Buffalo spent years working in manufacturing and construction after dropp...

Community Development / Leadership /  • July 11, 2017
The reluctant politician
Eddie Francis, former Windsor, Ont. mayor and newly anointed Windsor Family Credit Union CEO, is bringing some controversial new ideas to the table.

Eddie Francis, Windsor Ont.'s former mayor, has taken the helm of Windsor Family Credit Union.

Human Resources / Leadership /  • April 6, 2017
Water Cooler Wars
What — if any — policies should credit unions have in place to temper debates among staff as the political landscape becomes increasingly polarized?

Many Canadians happily bid adieu to 2016, given the deaths, disasters and divisiveness that characterized so much of public discourse through the year. And while one can’t clearly predict what 2017 will bring, the fact that Canadians will...

Leadership /  • March 9, 2017
Eye of the storm
Kathy Bardswick, recently retired as CEO of The Co-operators Group, championed sustainability and an authentic cooperative spirit during her leadership tenure.

As a captain of corporate sustainability, Kathy Bardswick is a tenacious champion of ethical business practices and responsible decision-making. A moral steward, if you will. So, it is somewhat ironic that the former president and CEO of The Co-opera...

Leadership /  • November 9, 2016
Global reach
Humble beginnings led Monique Leroux to become a financial powerhouse

When Monique Leroux, former Desjardins Group president and CEO, was growing up in Montreal, two transformational events happened that laid the foundation for a life of financial leadership and innovation. Her father, an accountant in a finan...

Human Resources / Leadership /  • September 1, 2015
Managing a micromanager
The delicate art of dealing with a superior who can’t cede control

Is your manager so invested in her job she insists on doing yours too?

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