Strong leaders follow a clear path.

The Connect First Credit Union leadership team is committed to shaping the financial landscape of our province, and providing Albertans with opportunities for meaningful growth.

Paul Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Connect First Credit Union, the second largest credit union in Alberta with more than $5 billion in assets under administration, serving over 100,000 members in 13 communities across Southern Alberta. Paul leads the strategic visioning for Connect First Credit Union, ensuring the brands in the network, Chinook Financial and First Calgary Financial we live, work and thrive in.

Paul has more than 30-years experience in the financial service industry and is a recognized leader in the Canadian Credit Union system. An advocate for lifelong learning, Paul holds a Masters of Business Administration (York University), a HBA from the Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and the ICD.D designation.

Paul currently serves on a number of boards, including the Canadian Credit Union Association, Credit Union Central of Alberta (Vice Chair), Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region, Safe Haven Foundation (Audit Committee Chair) and Board of Governors of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

Jackie Barber

Senior Vice President of Shared Services

As Senior Vice President of Shared Services for Connect First Credit Union, Jackie provides leadership in the areas of Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning and Business Innovation, and oversees the credit union’s Human Resources and Talent Management teams, and the Brand and Stakeholder Engagement team.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (honours) and post-graduate diploma. Jackie’s 30-year career in financial services has included senior roles focused on Retail Banking, Human Resources, and Governance.

Jackie is passionate about delivering value for members, creating outstanding employment experiences and strengthening the communities where Connect First Credit Union operates.

Catherine Boynton

Senior Vice President of Information Technology

As Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Connect First Credit Union, Catherine is an experienced Information Technology leader with expertise in aligning technology with business goals.

Catherine’s career in financial services spans 30-years, the majority of which has been dedicated to technology. Catherine’s passionate focus is leveraging technology to making banking something our members do, not somewhere they have to go.

Catherine is a volunteer advocate in her community and devoted to giving back to those in need.

Scot Hadden

President, Chinook Financial

As president of Chinook Financial, a division of Connect First Credit Union, Scot provides leadership to all lines of business in the Chinook Financial region.

Scot has spent his 33-year career in financial services working at several credit unions, and is dedicated to strengthening Alberta communities through the financial cooperative model. His most recent roles include: Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer and VP Business Banking.

In addition to his numerous industry credentials, Scot has completed an executive course through the CEO Institute of CUES.

Scot is passionate about bringing the vision of Connect First Credit Union to life, and strengthening Chinook Financial’s brand in the communities his team feels so privileged to serve.

Sandra Kaye

Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration

As Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for Connect First Credit Union, Sandra provides leadership in the areas of Treasury, Corporate Accounting, Corporate Finance, Centralized Operations and Corporate Services.

Among her many credentials, Sandra holds a Masters of Business Administration (Athabasca University) and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Management.

Sandra is passionate about the cooperative model, having spent her 25-plus year career dedicated to the robust management practices of the financial resources for cooperatives.

Sandra currently is a proud member of the Resolve Campaign, and is a devoted advocate of ending Homelessness in Calgary.


Keith Richard

Chief Risk Officer

As Chief Risk Officer for Connect First Credit Union, Keith provides strategic leadership in the areas of Retail Credit, Commercial Credit, and Risk Management.

Keith has dedicated his entire career to serving the Canadian credit union system, working for both credit unions and the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation. During his 20-year career in financial services, Keith has held senior portfolios in: credit, collections, business development, adjudication, and risk management.

Keith’s professional designations include: Certified Credit Professional (Credit Institute of Canada) and a certificate in International Banking Risk and Regulation (Global Association of Risk Professionals).

Shelley Vandenberg

President, First Calgary Financial

As the President of First Calgary Financial, Shelley Vandenberg leads a team of more than 350 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for members. She provides strategic leadership to the major lines of business: retail banking, commercial & real estate banking, small business banking, wealth management, and indirect lending. Her career in financial services has spanned 25-years and she has held a variety of progressive, senior level roles.

Shelley has a reputation of contributing to business success through strategic alignment and relationship development. Her proven experience in logical, efficient problem solving, and the development of high caliber, enthusiastic teams, makes her an energetic and dynamic member of Connect First Credit Union’s Executive Leadership team.

As a current Director of Momentum, she has actively led a Payday Loan initiative, a partnership between First Calgary Financial and Momentum, in helping educate Calgarians on how to avoid an endless cycle of debt caused by payday loans.