Four directors elected by acclamation to the First West board

LANGLEY, B.C. (February 25, 2019) — Four directors – including two new to the board – have been declared elected by acclamation to the First West Credit Union board of directors and will begin three-year terms on May 14, 2019.

Four seats were available in this year’s election, one in each of First West’s three regions and one at-large seat. Nominations were invited from Jan. 3 to Feb. 2; in total 11 candidates, including two incumbent directors, submitted nominations papers and went through a rigorous process that included pre-interviews with a third-party consultant, reference checks and interviews with the credit union’s Nominations Task Force.

The Nominations Task Force, which this year included an independent member-at-large, considered the results of the interviews, reference checks, alignment with the board-approved director recruitment profile and desired education and diversity attributes before deciding which candidates to endorse for election.

The task force ultimately endorsed four candidates for the four available seats, indicating those candidates had the skills, experience and personal qualities needed to oversee the credit union on behalf of the membership. While candidates who are not endorsed may remain in the election if they meet all nominations requirements, all unendorsed candidates this year opted to voluntarily withdraw.

As a result, the following candidates were declared elected by acclamation:

The First West annual general meeting will be held on May 14, 2019 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Members are invited to attend the AGM to meet the new directors and thank departing directors Quentin Bruns and Robin Middleton who are concluding their board service after 13 and seven years, respectively.

  • Paul Challinor (Delta)

    New to the First West board, Paul has been a Chartered Professional Accountant for more than 35 years and retired as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Vancouver in late 2018. He was the leader of PwC’s financial services practice in B.C. from 2000 to 2015 and throughout his career served large public, private and member-owned financial services organizations. Paul also provided audit and advisory services to many of B.C.’s large credit unions, alternative lenders, wealth managers and insurance companies. He will receive his ICD.D designation in June.

  • Meryle Corbett (Kelowna)

    Also new to the First West board, Meryle is an accountant (CPA, CMA) with 40 years of financial management experience in both public and private corporations, most recently as CFO of KF Capital Ltd. in Kelowna. She has experience in the oil and gas, packaged goods and aviation/transport industries, and has held roles as director, committee chair or executive board member on a number of non-profit, corporate and advisory boards. Meryle holds a Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation.

  • Richard Hill (Ladysmith)

    Richard became a director in 2006 when he was elected to the Island Savings Credit Union board; he was appointed to the First West board in 2015 following the Island Savings merger. During his time with Island Savings, Richard chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee and served as their board’s vice-chair. Richard has been the owner/operator of Yellow Point Lodge on Vancouver Island for 33 years and in 2018 earned his ICD.D designation.

  • Ken Voth (White Rock)

    Ken is First West’s longest-serving director, having been on the board of First West and its predecessor credit unions since 1980. In addition to serving the credit union, Ken also served on the Stabilization Central board for nine years, four of which he was chair, and was a member of Central 1’s Member Legislative Committee and Nominations Committee. Ken is an established, self-employed real estate developer/contractor who is active in BC’s business community.

The First West annual general meeting will be held on May 14, 2019 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Members are invited to attend the AGM to meet the new directors and thank departing directors Quentin Bruns and Robin Middleton who are concluding their board service after 13 and seven years, respectively.