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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...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • September 19, 2017
Full Circle
Assiniboine Credit Union member Eleanor Thompson helps guide Indigenous students as they gain skills, self-respect and hope at Winnipeg’s Urban Circle Training Centre.

There is a prophesy shared among many First Nations — the Anishinaabe call it the Eighth Fire — that foretells the dawning of a new day when all people come together in a relationship of mutual respect based on the ancient knowledge of how we are...

Community Development / Marketing /  • September 7, 2017
Rock On
Northern Credit Union wins a prestigious marketing award for its Small Business Rocks campaign that pairs state-of-the-art online business tools with a face-to-face networking event.

In 2016, Ontario’s Northern Credit Union (70,000 members, $1.2 billion in assets) rolled out an ambitious, online account-opening program aimed at small businesses. The package took off immediately, a heady combination of great softwa...

Banking / Marketing /  • August 24, 2017
Prepaid Convenience
Desjardins is paying heed to millennials' affinity for innovative online financial services such as prepaid cards.

What comes next? It’s the perennial question as credit unions seek to ride the youth banking wave. That means appealing to a new generation that appreciates convenience and has little patience for banking fees. A survey released this...

Community Development / Finance /  • July 31, 2017
It’s Canada’s 150TH birthday!
The credit union system was an important part of Canada’s growth as a nation.

[caption id="attachment_4485" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click image to enlarge[/caption] On July 1, Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation. Our nation’s financial sector pre-dates the creation of Canada itself, starting in 1792, when ni...

Human Resources /  • July 26, 2017
Shaken, not stirred
The credit union workforce is increasingly becoming an eclectic blend of consultants, contractors and part- and full-time workers.

Currently, “blends” are having a moment. Take frosé, a blend of frozen rosé wine with lemon juice or coconut water, for example, or Unicorn Frappuccino Blended Crème, a garish pink blend of iced coffee and, presumably, regret. But blends aren...

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.

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