Board of Directors

2020 Board of Directors Election:

Nominations for the 2020 election are now closed.


Nominations for the 2021 election will open in January 2021. Thank you for your interest.


What we're looking for in a board member:

We are seeking passionate, diverse and community minded members for our Board of Directors. Prospective candidates must demonstrate or be willing develop the attributes and competencies relevant to the goals of the Board of Directors. Achieved through effective governance, these goals include protecting member interests, maximizing member value over time, and creating a vibrant, dynamic and successful Credit Union for its members.

Competencies include: financial literacy; enterprise risk management, information technology, regulatory, governance, human resources and labour relations, communications and marketing, understanding of the credit union/cooperative model, and strategic planning.

Directors are compensated with an honorarium. They prepare for and attend meetings and strategic planning sessions, participate in director development, and attend community events. Meetings and events are scheduled during regular business hours, in evenings and on weekends.


Nominations open:

January 2021


Note: For the purposes of being eligible to vote in the election, a person must be a member, other than a junior member, in good standing 90 days prior to the date on which the balloting is to commence.




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

Guy ChartierMay 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. Guy has completed all three levels of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program and holds the Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director designation.

Catherine Bell, Vice-Chair 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, and as a Member of Parliament, she participated in the federal budget process. Catherine has completed all three levels of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program and holds the Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director designation.

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. Michael has completed all three levels of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program.

Susan Clark, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2017 - Current

Susan has been a member of First Credit Union since she moved to the coast 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 lived on Texada Island until 2020 when she moved to Comox BC. Recently retired as Principal of S. Clark and Associates Susan has been very involved in volunteerism including sitting on the Official Community Planning Committee for Texada Island, Ferry Advisory Committee and Emergency Social Services/Red Cross 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 as a Director on many Boards including Minerals North Conference Association, Prince George Regional Art Gallery, Tourism Powell River, and Texada Arts Culture Tourism Society. Susan has completed all three levels of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program and holds the Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director designation.

Tim Wall, Director Expand/Collapse

September 2016 - May 2017
May 2017 - Current

Tim is an energetic finance professional who provides leadership and management skills with over 18 years of board experience (Signal Hill Community Association, Rotary Club of Powell River, and Powell River Community Foundation). He brings advanced knowledge in budgeting, financial reporting, decision analysis and problem solving  to  First  Credit  Union's  board.  His  experience  working  with  the Alberta Children's Hospital as Controller as well as for the City of Calgary in areas such as accounting and engineering services provided him with a solid background for director responsibilities. Tim has been involved in the Powell River community while working as the Chief Financial Officer for City Transfer/Augusta Recyclers and more recently as the Owner/Operator of Avid Fitness. Tim has completed level one of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program.

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 served a 4 year term as School Trustee representing the Village of Cumberland from 2014-18, chaired the Cumberland Community School Society from 2011 - 2014, and is currently the President of the BC Association of Farmers' Markets. She was elected as a Councillor for the Village of Cumberland in 2018. Vickey brings a wide skill set to the Board, including: business development, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, policy development, governance, and HR. Vickey has completed all three levels of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program.

Sean Dees, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2018 - Current

Sean has been an active member of Powell River since he moved to the community in 2004. 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 a member of Rotary since 2009, serving as Secretary and Director several terms, and is also 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. Sean has completed all three levels of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program.

Arlo McCubbin, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2018 - Current

Arlo has lived in Cumberland for 27 years, and in B.C. for 46 years. He has served as Treasurer for Street Link in Victoria, Comox Valley Art Gallery and currently volunteers for Cumberland Community Schools Society. Arlo sat on the board of Cumberland & District Credit Union for two 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. Arlo has completed all three levels of the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program.

Karl Siegler, Director Expand/Collapse

May 2018 - Current

Karl Siegler is the former publisher at Talonbooks; was adjunct professor of the faculties of Business Administration and Communications at SFU; author of the Manitoba Cultural Industries Policy; three-time President of the Association of Canadian Publishers; co-founder of the SFU Centre for Studies in Publishing, the Literary Press Group of Canada, and the Association of Book Publishers of BC; and served as Vice President and Policy Committee chair at the Canadian Conference of the Arts.

In 2015 he was awarded the Order of Canada for his long term contributions to literary publishing. A resident of Powell River since 2000, his passion to help build effective community organizations remains unabated. A Director of the Powell River Academy of Music and past president of the Powell River Rod & Gun Club, Karl is certified by the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) program.

AGM

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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