Connect First Becomes First Credit Union Recognized As One Of Canada’s Best Managed Companies For 20 Consecutive Years

March 25, 2019

Connect First Credit Union (Connect First), one of Canada’s largest credit unions, today announced it has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 20 consecutive years.

This prestigious recognition earned by Connect First represents the first time a Canadian credit union has achieved this status.

“I am honoured Connect First continues to be acknowledged, now 20 years in a row, as a Canadian company that sets the highest standards of business performance and corporate success. It brings me great pride that we are the first Canadian credit union to have received this status,” said Paul Kelly, CEO – Connect First Credit Union. “This recognition reflects our unwavering commitment to our employees and the more than 125,000 members we serve in communities across Central and Southern Alberta.”

The Best Managed Companies program recognizes privately-owned and managed Canadian companies that demonstrate exceptional business performance. Connect First Credit Union has been recognized consecutively since 1999 and is a Platinum Club member.

About Connect First Credit Union

Connect First Credit Union (Connect First) offers its members a full range of financial products and services through trusted local brands and a community-focused approach to banking. Connect First is one of Canada’s largest credit unions, with over $6 billion in assets under administration. Proud to employ over 700 Albertans, we serve 125,000 members through more than 40 locations in Central and Southern Alberta, under the regional brands: Chinook Financial, First Calgary Financial, Mountain View Financial and Legacy Financial divisions.

About Canada's Best Managed Companies
Canada's Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Canada's Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Canada's Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (after three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). For further information, visit

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Media Contact

Jeff Taylor

Director, Corporate Communications, Connect First Credit Union