Board of Directors

Meet our Board

Local leadership. Local decision-making.

One thing that makes us different from other financial institutions is our local leadership. First Credit Union is governed by an elected group of individuals, known as the Board of Directors,  who live and work in the communities we serve. Each Director uses their expert skills, knowledge, and abilities to help set the strategic direction of First Credit Union.

Your Board of Directors are elected by First Credit Union members in advance of our Annual General Meeting each year; every adult member has a right to cast a vote and run for a seat on the Board. Learn more about your current Board through their bios below.

As a member your voice is important. Your Board works hard to represent you and welcomes your feedback.  If you have any comments or questions for your Board please email board@firstcu.ca.


Guy Chartier, Chair Expand/Collapse

May 2015 - Current

As an executive leader with extensive experience in organizational management and innovation, Guy brings a strong knowledge base in strategy, finance and risk management to First Credit Union’s board. He has been the Executive Director for the Powell River Division of Family Practice since 2013. Prior to healthcare management, Guy held various positions in international education in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at University of Montreal and a master’s degree in Business Administration at Royal Roads University. Guy is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD); he is passionate about community development for a sustainable future and also served on the board of Powell River Community Futures.

 

Michael Matthews, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2015 – Current  

After a career in international education, Michael brings strengths in organizational structure, financial management and strategic planning to the First Credit Union board. Michael grew up in Oxford, UK.  Following university, he taught Physics and Philosophy before coming to Canada and taking Canadian citizenship. Michael spent several years as Chair of the International Baccalaureate World Heads' Council and is currently a Director of the Johanna Heumann Foundation, a Swiss charity that funds university education in developing countries. Since retiring in 2012 Michael has continued to lead accreditation teams to schools around the world on a pro bono basis on behalf of the Council of International Schools. He is passionate about contributing to his local community and also serves on Pacific Region International Music Academy (PRISMA) and PR Community Foundation boards.

Susan Clark, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2017 – Current

Susan has been a member of First Credit Union since she moved to Texada Island from Prince George in 2013. She is a long-time community advocate and brings leadership and project management experience to the First Credit Union board. Susan recently retired as Principal of S. Clark and Associates and is currently involved in a number of volunteer positions on Texada Island including the Official Community Planning Committee and Emergency Social Services Team.  Susan has held a variety of leadership positions including Program Officer for Union of BC Municipalities, Executive Director for North Central Local Government Association, Tourism Prince George and Smithers Chamber of Commerce.  She has served on many Boards including Minerals North Conference Association, Prince George Regional Art Gallery, Tourism Powell River, and Texada Arts Culture Tourism Society.

Catherine Bell, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2017 – Current

Catherine’s deep-rooted history with credit unions dates back to her Grandfather, a founding member of the Courtenay Credit Union. Her parents strongly supported credit unions as a means of investing in local businesses and community; a passion that she inherited. In addition to her commitment to credit unions, Catherine brings strong governance and financial acumen to the First Credit Union board. Her diverse professional background includes Vice President for the BC Government and Service Employees Union, MP for Vancouver Island North, and owner of Zocalo Cafe and Gallery in Courtenay. In addition to experiencing the fiscal responsibilities of being a small business owner, Catherine’s financial experience includes fiduciary responsibility of approving and monitoring her Union’s multimillion dollar budget. As Member of Parliament, she participated in the federal budget process.

Tim Wall, Director Expand/Collapse

An energetic finance professional, Tim Wall has full knowledge of GAAP and provides vast experience in full cycle accounting and reporting, budgeting and forecasting.

His extended skills include many financial software applications (Sage, Cognos, Oracle, PeopleSoft, etc.), office management software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), negotiations, mediations, business case development and software implementations.

Tim has over 25 years development and oversight of Annual budgets, financial reporting and internal control development and review in Municipal, Provincial and Private sector environments, ensuring adherence to GAAP and PSAP.

Tim is excited for the opportunity to provide his experiences to First Credit Union, as it will enable him to take advantage of his professional strengths.

Vickey Brown, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2018 – Current

Vickey resides in the Legendary Village of Cumberland with her husband and two teenage boys. She has an educational background in Environmental Studies and Political Science, with a post graduate diploma in Community Economic Development. Her work experience is primarily in non-profit leadership and small business.  Vickey has almost 20 years' experience on non-profit boards. She was elected in 2014 as School Trustee representing the Village of Cumberland, chaired the Cumberland Community School Society from 2011 - 2014, and is the vice president of the BC Association of Farmers' Markets. She was recently elected as a Councillor for the Village of Cumberland. Vickey brings a wide skill set to the Board, including: business development, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, policy development, governance, and HR.

Sean Dees, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2018 – Current

Sean has been an active member of Powell River since he moved to the community in 2006. He is a big supporter of artists and musicians and has volunteered with, or served as a board member for PRISMA, the Yacht Club, and Rotary. He has been involved in Rotary for over 8 years and is a past President of the evening club. Sean and his wife have run three different incorporated businesses over the past 20 years, including Breakwater Books in Powell River. Sean did most of the accounting as well as all the day-to-day activities involved in running a business.

Arlo McCubbin, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2018 – Current

Arlo has lived in Cumberland for 25 years, and in B.C. for 44 years. He has served as Treasurer for Street Link in Victoria, Comox Valley Art Gallery and is currently treasurer for Cumberland Community Schools Society. Arlo sat on the board of Cumberland & District Credit Union for 2 years prior to the merger with First Credit Union and brings a strong financial background to the board; he worked with CRA as an auditor and in many positions with First Nations, as controller, auditor and trainer. He also owned a CGA/CPA Accounting practice from 1990 to July 2018 with corporate and personal clients. An avid world traveller, Arlo enjoyed 2 years in Vanuatu (South Pacific) working as a CUSO volunteer setting up finance systems for Island Local Councils.

Karl Siegler, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2018 – Current

A study of music and the literary arts have provided Karl with the basis for his involvement in cultural industries throughout his life: first as an editor and business manager, then as CEO and publisher of one of Canada's most successful literary book publishing houses; as a co-operative community organizer of professional associations and chair of many of their committees; as an adjunct professor of the faculties of Business Administration and Communications at Simon Fraser University; and finally as both lobbyist and author of public policy across a broad spectrum of the arts in Canada for many decades.

His passion to help build and nurture effective co-operative organizations that benefit the communities they serve remains unabated after implementing and mentoring a successful succession strategy for his former independent publishing company, Talon Books Ltd., between the years 2008 through 2011.

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The Annual General Meeting is held each year in the spring and members are encouraged to attend.  Notification of the AGM's date and location is sent to members prior to the meeting.

 

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