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Economics / Human Interest /  • February 20, 2018
Mind the Gap
Canada is a bountiful country — for some.

Last year, Global Finance Magazine ranked the world’s countries according to their gross domestic product (GDP) and purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita, based upon 2016 data from the International Monetary Fund. Of the world’s wealth...

Banking / Marketing /  • February 6, 2018
In credit unions we trust
Atlantic Canada’s credit unions market their strongest asset in a funny, fast-paced video that is engaging as well as thought provoking.

Credit unions have a unique business model and nowhere is that more apparent than in a zany media spot by Atlantic Central that turns traditional financial marketing on its head. Negligent gym spotters, eager car salesmen, distracted babysitters, dub...

Marketing / Technology /  • January 31, 2018
Social butterfly
For credit unions – and especially those with limited marketing budgets – social media can be an effective way of promoting their brand.

Many legal departments had collective panic attacks a decade ago when financial institutions began self-promoting on Facebook and Twitter. Claire Richardson even received instructions from a compliance manager at the United Kingdom bank where she wor...

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...

Economics / Human Interest /  • December 21, 2017
Census 2016
Statistics Canada releases census figures from 2015 showing incomes on the upswing.

New census results released by Statistics Canada this past September indicate that a majority of Canadians saw their incomes rise in the decade from 2005 to 2015. The median income of individuals rose 12.7 per cent to $34,204 in 2015, a...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • December 12, 2017
Flying High
Access Credit Union COO Myrna Wiebe takes to the skies to raise funds for a critical Prairies rescue service.

Intubating a critically ill patient, setting up a search-and-rescue tent, applying a tourniquet — it’s all in a day’s work for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) Air Ambulance teams. Not so much for Myrna Wiebe, COO and senior vi...

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...

Human Interest /  • November 24, 2017
Back to the Land
Vancity member and organic farming co-op founder Arzeena Hamir of Vancouver Island is pushing to get more local produce into grocery stores.

Arzeena Hamir chuckles wryly when asked if she romanticized farming life before she actually started living it. "Yes! And note that I gave a very evil laugh," says the owner of Vancouver Island's Amara Farm, who is one of British Columbia’s foremos...

Human Interest /  • October 23, 2017
Take me higher
Rent is becoming less affordable in cities across the country.

There is a rule of thumb within the home rental sector: rent shouldn’t comprise more than 30 percent of an individual’s monthly income. In some metropolitan areas in Canada, such as Vancouver and Toronto, a number of factors have turned this stan...

Education /  • October 4, 2017
Perpetual Student
Ask learning experts how busy professionals can maximize learning throughout their careers and they may tell you to “go Spanish.”

Spanish cuisine is famous for small plates of food called tapas, which began when innkeepers used the snacks to tempt and fortify travellers in the middle of long journeys. Today, employees in the midst of long careers are being offered sim...

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