Member Owned. Member Led.

The Board of Directors of Connect First Credit Union invite our valued members to put their names forward as candidates to run for the Board. Our member-elected Board of Directors works to ensure that we’re a forward-looking, responsible and effective credit union, driven by what matters most: our members and our communities.

Here's everything you need to know about the nomination and election process for Directors, a guide on how to submit your application, and the accountabilities and representation we seek in candidates this year.

Application Deadline: November 6, 2017 | Online Voting Opens: January 19, 2018

We’re actively recruiting a diverse group of highly engaged, passionate, community-minded members who share our commitment to making money make a difference to join our 2018 Board of Directors.

Annually, the Board reviews the composite skills and experience set represented on the Board to determine its future and ongoing needs. In 2018, we are looking for individuals who can contribute to the governance of the credit union through the following professional skills, expertise, or background:

  • Regional Representation
    The unique perspectives and experiences individuals bring from living in rural southern Alberta, or outside a major urban centre.
  • Finance
    A background in overseeing the financial operations of a complex organization, or demonstrated ability to understand and interpret financial statements, knowledge of audit practices, accounting background, or equivalent educational experience.
  • Governance
    Knowledge and experience in governance gleaned from participating on other Boards either as a senior leader or Board member. An understanding of the types of decisions made by Boards, fluency in appropriate Board conversations and fiduciary duties of Boards.
  • Information Technology (IT) Governance Oversight
    Knowledge and experience in the strategic use of IT. Breadth of oversight would extend to major IT investments/opportunities and understanding of the major risk areas of IT to which a financial institution is exposed.

Beyond skills and experience, the perspective that an individual adds is also important. We strive to have a Board that is representative of our members and communities. We believe diversity promotes the inclusion of different perspectives and ideas, mitigates against ‘group think’, and ensures our credit union has the opportunity to benefit from all available talent. Our diversity goals seek to ensure we have relevant representation in terms of:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Regions

Review the 2018 Board of Director Elections Candidate Guide prior to completing the nomination form below.

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Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: November 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. MST
  • Board Candidate Information Session: November 14, 2017
  • Board Candidate Interviews: December 6-8, 2017
  • Board Candidates Advised of Election Status (endorsed or not): December 15, 2017
  • Director Election Voting: January 19 – March 7, 2018 at midnight MST
  • Director Elections Results Announced: March 14, 2018 at our Annual General Meeting

Nominee Information

Nominee Experience

Outline your experience as it pertains to the areas of expertise we are recruiting for.

Nominee Declaration

Please answer the following: Yes No
Are you bondable?
Are you a member in good standing i.e. no loans in arrears with Connect First Credit Union’s divisions Chinook Financial or First Calgary Financial?
Have you been convicted of an indictable offence within the past five years?
Have you ever been in violation of the credit union’s policies or by-laws?
Are you, a spouse or adult interdependent partner related to an employee or director of the credit union?
Are you employed by, or a director or officer of, a corporation engaged under contract for the provision of services to a competing financial institution?
Have you been an employee of Connect First Credit Union, or its legacy credit unions First Calgary Financial and Chinook Financial in the past 10 years?
Are you willing to fully comply with all
 Connect First Credit Union’s policies as adopted by the board of directors?
Are you employed by, or a director of, a competing financial institution