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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.

Economics /  • June 23, 2017
Borrowing Spree
Canadian households carry the biggest debt-to-income load in the G7.

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Business / Health /  • June 6, 2017
The Name Game
Members perceive that a credit union values them more if staff are able to recall their names.

In the post-factual, fake news, digital age we live in, it seems there is no need to remember anything anymore. Names, however, are among the few things we leave up to memory on a daily basis. So then, why are many of us bad at remembering them? ...

Human Interest / Sustainability /  • May 17, 2017
Frog Power
East Coast Credit Union signs on with Bullfrog Power and uses it to bolster its environmental stewardship cred.

This past January, East Coast Credit Union (41,000 members, $677 million in assets) set the tone for 2017 and beyond by giving the green light to green power. In announcing a partnership with Bullfrog Power to buy green electricity for all of its 50 ...

Education / Finance /  • May 1, 2017
Get Your Freak On
PenFinancial Credit Union members Adam Vassallo and Vincent Atallah instruct students in Ontario about financial literacy in their Don't Freak Out! program.

At 20 years of age, Adam Vassallo and Vincent Atallah, members of Ontario’s PenFinancial Credit Union (21,000 members, $545 million in assets) are more money-savvy than most young adults. As the co-founders of Don’t Freak Out!, they are helping h...

Human Interest / Sustainability /  • April 20, 2017
Let the Solar Shine In
The spectre of climate change is spurring the credit union and cooperative system to take action.

Early this year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released data indicating that 2016 was the warmest year recorded since record keeping began in 1880. The Earth is now one degree warmer than in pre-industrial times and edging ...

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