Members of Mountain View Credit Union and Connect First Credit Union Support Amalgamation Vote

June 8, 2018

Calgary, AB – Two of Alberta’s largest credit unions have received resounding member support to amalgamate.

At Special General Meetings held on June 6 & 7, the memberships of Connect First Credit Union and Mountain View Credit Union, respectively, voted in support of a special resolution which will see the credit unions amalgamate effective August 1, 2018, operating as Connect First Credit Union.

“Our two credit unions have been strengthening communities across south and central Alberta for almost 80-years,” said Connect First Board Chair Andrew Eberl.

“We’re a good fit as we share a focus on local member service, employee engagement, cooperative values, community participation and long-term sustainability”, said Mountain View Board Chair Charlie Van Arnam.

“The strong support of our employees and members demonstrates that they see this as a very positive move for our credit unions,” added Eberl.

The two credit unions jointly represent more than 120,000 members and over 700 employees in 46 service locations across central and southern Alberta. With approximately $6.7 billion in assets under management, the amalgamated credit union would be one of Canada’s largest credit unions.

The amalgamated credit union will operate under the legal name of Connect First Credit Union Ltd, with four member facing brands: Chinook Financial, First Calgary Financial, Legacy Financial and Mountain View Financial.

About Mountain View Credit Union – Mountain View Credit Union operates 13 branches in central Alberta and has assets under administration of $852 million. Mountain View is headquartered in Olds and employs 125 people. The credit union has grown from humble beginnings in Cremona in 1943, to delivering a full range of products and advisory services to more than 17,500 members today. As a member-owned organization, profits are shared with the members. Since 1988, the credit union has paid more than $23 million in profit sharing.

About Connect First Credit Union – Connect First Credit Union offers its members a full range of financial products and services through trusted local brands and a community-focused approach to banking. We are proud to employee over 600 Albertans. Connect First is Canada’s 10th largest credit union, with over $5.8 billion in assets under administration. It serves 104,000 members through 29 locations in 14 communities across southern Alberta, under the brands: First Calgary Financial, Chinook Financial and Legacy Financial.

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Media contacts:

Connect First Credit Union

Alison Archambault
Director, Brand & Stakeholder Engagement

Mountain View Credit Union

Tracy Kelly
Vice President, Marketing