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May 16, 2018
An incredible journey
Syrian-Canadian Mohammed Alsaleh gives public talks about the need to welcome refugees with open arms.

Mohammed Alsaleh lights up with sparkling vitality when discussing his newfound passion for public speaking and whirlwind schedule. Sipping a latte in an East Vancouver café, Alsaleh explains that on the day he delivered a recent TEDx talk — his s...

Banking / Business /  • May 8, 2018
Basel III finalisation brings regulatory relief
The accord’s revised capital requirements for mortgages are another bright spot for credit unions.

This past December, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) finalised the Basel III international regulatory capital and liquidity accord with major revisions urged by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) to reduce regulatory burd...

Business / Economics /  • April 23, 2018
A bit of controversy

In 2014, the American Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist, businessman and actor 50 Cent (born Curtis Jackson III) allowed fans to use cryptocurrency to buy his album Animal Ambition, as a way for him to “stay with the times.” The sales stunt rak...

Health / Human Interest /  • April 8, 2018
The path to wellness
There are many factors affecting employee wellness and financial stress is one of them. However, there are also many things a credit union can do to help staff cope with life’s challenges.

Employees across industries report being more stressed than ever before. Interestingly, employers appear more ready than ever to listen — and to assist. Workplaces where, even just a few years ago, “wellness” meant only the odd pe...

Education /  • March 25, 2018
Kids and their cash
Credit unions have devised inventive ways to connect with Generation Z.

Financial habits start young, so financial outreach to the grade-school crowd should be a key mandate of every credit union. These case studies showcase three credit unions — from small to large — and their distinctive approaches to conn...

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...

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...

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