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Banking / Risk Management /  • November 22, 2018
Squeeze Play
Credit union must move away from the margin model - or risk irrelevancy.

In baseball, the squeeze play is when the batter bunts the ball hoping the runner from third can make it home before a defensive player sends the ball there. It’s called the squeeze play because it is a high-risk, sometimes...

Economics /  • November 20, 2018
Driving force
A snapshot of the growing economic and social impact of credit unions in Canada.

Canadian credit unions remain a multi-billion dollar force to be reckoned with. The Canadian Credit Union Association recently released its 2018 Credit Union Community and Economic Impact Report tallying the influence of the country’s ...

Banking / Business /  • November 19, 2018
Two credit unions team up to share costs and promote a new branch in downtown Halifax.

This past September in Halifax a milestone was achieved — the creation of Atlantic Canada’s first shared credit union branch. A collaboration between East Coast Credit Union (41,000 members, $700 million in assets) and Provincial Gove...

Human Interest /  • November 15, 2018
Bare minimum
With Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot being cancelled, credit unions are embarking upon initiatives to help boost living wage levels in the province.

Communities across Canada are responding to increasingly high levels of low-wage poverty. They are advocating that families should earn an income sufficient — the so-called living wage — to pay for the basic necessities of life. ...

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...

Finance /  • September 21, 2018
Post summer-time blues
The lazy, hazy days of summer can lead to high credit card bills, in part due to Canadians’ love of dining out.

With the summer of 2018 nearing the finish line, it’s time to take stock of what we actually spend our money on during those leisurely days at the beach or cottage, sightseeing, or visiting the grandparents. A survey released this past Jul...

Business / Community Development /  • September 21, 2018
Common goal
Libro Credit Union’s innovative cluster program is a partnership with various Ontario organizations that are working towards increased provincial prosperity.

This past May, Libro Credit Union(104,000 members, $7.2 billion in assets) was awarded the Community Economic Development Award at the 2018 National Conference for Canada’s Credit Unions. The Ontario-based credit union was given the hon...

Technology /  • September 19, 2018
Email addiction
Should credit unions create policies explicitly limiting emailing to the workday?

Though she hates to admit it, Anna Wieler says she was guilty of checking her office email account while on a recent staycation. “I probably did it once a day; it’s more that I delete things I don’t need to know about,” Wieler la...

Mergers /  • September 13, 2018
Zoom zoom
Bob Marshall, the new COO of Connect First Credit Union, muses upon the parallels between drag racing and mergers.

In championship drag racing - the world's fastest motorsport - timing is everything. Competitions can be won or lost by a millisecond. "A hundredth of a second is the blink of an eye; you can’t even imagine a thousandth,” says Bob Marshall, th...

Economics / Sustainability /  • August 14, 2018
Green bonding with the planet
The global green bond market is experiencing a growth spurt.

Climate change and global warming is the defining issue of our time, caused by the planet’s atmosphere trapping heat, a phenomenon known as the greenhouse effect. The gases that contribute to this include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous o...

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