This blog is a project of Ross Gentleman. It is an effort to share some thoughts and voice some proposals on the future of BC (and Canadian) credit unions.
I am a director of CCEC Credit Union in Vancouver, I was formerly the General Manager. I have served as a director of the credit union several times over the last 40 years, and for 17 years I worked for the BC regulatory authority. So I have a body of experience that includes the operational & managerial, board governance, and government supervision.
I am optimistic that I will give interested credit union members and directors some information, and some questions to think about.
I was recently conferring with others in the co-operative sector. I was struck by the extent to which they involved their member-owners in planning for the future, and in carrying messages to government (and to candidates for office). Credit unions, in comparison, have become more technocratic and share far less with their member owners. Perhaps we can broaden the conversations between directors of different credit unions and among our dedicated members.
I have a desire to see credit union owners and leaders reflect upon and debate the real issues confronting credit unions (and credit union members!). We are likely relying too heavily of executive managers. I welcome feedback and invite others to send in their own posts if they would like to contribute!