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November 15, 2012

It was far from a picture perfect moment for Eastman Kodak when it filed for bankruptcy in January of this year. A company widely respected for its innovation and quality, it dominated the film and photography industry for much of its 123-year history. It was a company which as early as 1975 had developed one of the first digital cameras and as recently as 2005 led digital camera sales in the U.S. But there it stood 10 months ago, filing for Chapter 11 protection so that it could restructure...

October 29, 2012

Leadership, failure and the importance of trying

I love road trips. The good thing is that my husband does too, so whenever we can we like to take to the highways and byways across B.C. and the United States. It’s great going stateside, enjoying the beauty of the places we visit and the people we encounter. With each trip we seem to take away something special that makes our lives all the richer. And on a recent trip to the U.S., it was a bit of politics and...

October 18, 2012

On this International Credit Union Day, it’s my hope we celebrate not just what the cooperative banking movement has accomplished in B.C. and across Canada, but more importantly the promise we have as a movement for the future.

The impact of credit unions is tangible. In B.C., for instance, our movement has made us the banking choice of 1 in 3 British Columbians, employer of more than 8,200 full-time equivalent employees, contributor of some 25,000 hours in volunteerism, and...

September 17, 2012

Belt-tightener. Hatchet-man. Grinch.

Early on in my career, I learned the many nicknames attributed to people like me who lead expense reduction efforts in organizations—some not fit for widely read corporate publications such as this. Though unfairly stereotyped as a penny-pinching “no-man,” I’m not surprised by the negative connotations most people have when it comes to cost management. From the stories I’ve heard, more often than not, expense...

July 25, 2012

Whenever I’m talking with team members or outside business leaders about great Canadian businesses and brands, WestJet is almost always held up as a shining example of a well run operation in an intensely competitive market by an enthusiastic—almost evangelistic—team of WestJet employees.

Since its founding in 1996, the airline has grown from three aircrafts and a few dozen flights to become the...

May 17, 2012

By Catherine Dangerfield

Earlier this year, First West Credit Union was honoured to once again participate in the Canadian Co-operative Association’s Women’s Mentorship Program, an organization that First West has supported for over a decade. This program brings women leaders from developing countries to Canada for an opportunity to gain professional development experience. I was asked if I would be...