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Born and raised on a mixed farm near Claresholm, Andrew and his family are proud to oversee the welfare of the largest Braunvieh cattle herd in Canada. A passionate credit union member for 39 years, Andrew credits the longevity and success of his family business from the support of his local credit union.
Andrew’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree (with distinction) in Agriculture from the University of Alberta and numerous industry and credit union certifications.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and adult daughters, working on the farm or hiking, and biking in K-Country.
Stella is board director, recently retiring from her role as Chair of the boards of Genome Alberta, WaterSmart Solutions Ltd. (Chair) and the International Women’s Forum of Canada (Chair and President). She brings more than 30-years of executive and governance experience to our boardroom, with the majority of her career spent with large energy companies and many corporate boards. In addition, as co-founder and principal of Governance West Inc. for 12-years, Stella worked with over 250 clients providing governance consulting services to a broad range of boards from cooperatives, corporate, not-for-profit and crown organizations. This is where her passion for financial cooperatives began to blossom!
Stella holds a Masters of Arts (Economics) from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Calgary and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
When not working or volunteering, Stella and her husband love many activities in the mountains and spending time with their family.
Carey has a Chartered Accountant designation and operates an accounting practice out of her home, specializing in agriculture tax issues. Carey and her family operate a grain farm north of Hussar.
Carey received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and articled with Arthur Anderson. She’s had a long term relationship with Cremers & Elliott of Calgary, serving their retail auto and agricultural sectors.
In her spare time, Carey enjoys spending time with her teenage children, as well as curling, camping, being a hockey/ringette mom, and visiting with friends.
Sarah is passionate about the possibility of the cooperative model and movement. She is currently working with the startup co-op, New Scoop YYC, a generative journalism news co-op. She is a member and resident of the Prairie Sky Co Housing Cooperative.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Masters of Education degree (Counselling) from the University of Calgary and is a registered psychologist. She obtained her Credit Union Director Accreditation in April 2015.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys networking (a bit of an addiction), Zumba and spending time with her family (as much as teenagers will allow) and neighbours.
Michel is a Business Development Manager for Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services. With over 15-years of experience in the pension and employee benefits fields, Michel has provided human resource solutions for a diverse group of clients in the private, public, not-for-profit and government sectors.
Michel’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science from Université Laval. His passion for credit unions began at a young age when his parents helped him open his first account, and blossomed through his involvement as a young man at Caisse Desjardins de Sillery in Quebec City.
Ron is the Founder and President of Gibson Capital Inc., a Calgary-based firm that provides research and consulting services relating to commodity markets and risk. Prior to forming his own company in 1998, Ron held senior positions with a number of companies in the North American agri-business sector. Ron has been an advocate for cooperatives and credit unions since he was a teenager and has served as Board Chair for the past six years.
Ron holds a Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan.
In his spare time, Ron enjoys travelling, music, skiing, mountain biking, hiking and studying languages.
Courtney has worked in the Community Economic Development and sustainability sector for more than 15 years. She currently leads the Public Policy team at Momentum, a Calgary-based social enterprise, focusing on poverty reduction and economic inclusion.
Her day-to-day work is in collaboratively designing social and economic policy with municipal and provincial governments, most recently on the issues of payday lending, children’s education savings, and local investment funds. Courtney is an active volunteer in her community, including co-founding two social enterprises: The Calgary Tool Library and the Bridgeland Farmers Market. She is passionate about sustainability and the interconnectedness of our environmental, social, and economic well-being.
Courtney has a Community Economic Development Certificate, from Simon Fraser University a M.A. Education, from the University of Calgary and a B.A. Psychology & History, from St. Thomas University.
In her spare time, Courtney enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing, and cycling.
John Lindsay is Connect First Credit Union's newest director, joining the board as a result of our amalgamation with Legacy Savings & Credit Union on November 1, 2017. John served on Legacy Savings & Credit Union's Board of Directors for nine years, the last six-years as Board President.
John recently retired as a Manager with the City of Calgary’s Assessment business unit after a 34-year career. He has a diploma in Property Appraisal & Assessment Administration (Fanshawe College) with continuing education in property assessment/appraisal and management at University of Alberta, University of British Columbia and York University's Schulich School of Business.
John is married, has grown children, continues to work with professional assessment/appraisal association’s and enjoys golf, curling and volunteer work.
Gael is the principal of MacLeod Consulting. Her career portfolio has also included: banking, credit counselling, financial planning, philanthropy and public service as a politician.
Over the past 30-years, Gael has served as a director on over 20 Boards in both the non-profit and government sectors including: Calgary Community Lottery Board, Calgary Housing Company and City of Calgary Audit Committee. Currently, she sits as Board Chair for the Miistakis Institute of the Rockies and Vibrant Communities Calgary. Gael has also served on several crown Boards including: Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Calgary Housing Company (Chair), Calgary Parking Authority, Attainable Homes Calgary and the Calgary Public Library.
Gael’s experience is supported by a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University and ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Bob is the Managing Director of Petwin Capital Group, a multi-million dollar investment trust doing business in Canada and the United States.
Bob has Commerce and Law degrees from the University of Calgary and an MBA from University of Western Ontario. He’s also participated in several credit union director-training courses. The University of Calgary Board of Governors and Senate, and an advisory board for the City of Calgary, have afforded Bob further board experience. Bob also currently serves on Alberta Central’s Board of Directors.
Bob and his wife enjoy spare time with their young family.
Bob is the Managing Partner of Shearer Agencies Ltd. He has been a credit union member for over 30-years because credit unions are his financial institution of choice.
Robert’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, as well as numerous professional accreditations.
In his spare time, Robert enjoys curling, skiing, motorbiking, travel and spending time with his grandchildren.
Kevin is retired from TransAlta Corporation, a power generation and electric utility company where his last position was Director of Transmission. His nearly 40-year career in electric utility engineering and business development spanned the globe.
A credit union member for 30 years, Kevin has been passionate about the Alberta credit union system for many years, including service to Key Savings Credit Union as a director.
Kevin holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, as well as a Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) from Queen’s University. In addition, he has a Certificate in Financial Planning from the Canadian Institute for Financial Planning.
Kevin and his family have resided in Calgary for over 35 years. In their spare time, Kevin and his wife enjoy spending time with their two adult children, and spoiling their grandchildren.
Doug is the Managing Director and a founding partner of Versett, an award-winning strategic design and technology agency with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Nice and Dubai. He’s also a director for MSI International, a group of privately held companies in the information technology, mobile and media industries.
Doug opened his first credit union membership with a BC-based credit union during university and can’t imagine banking anywhere, but with his local credit union! Doug holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Trinity Western University.
In their spare time, Doug and his wife, enjoy hiking, skiing and exploring the Rocky Mountains.