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October 31, 2012

Helping neighbours out during hard times is part of what it means to be a local credit union

October 2008. It’s still pretty fresh in everyone’s memory, largely because the effects of the market meltdown fuelled by massive high-risk sub-prime lending practices of major financial institutions continue to be felt, especially in the United States and Europe. Though Canada was not hit nearly as hard, many Canadians found themselves unemployed or saw their...

October 31, 2012

Helping neighbours out during hard times is part of what it means to be a local credit union

October 2008. It’s still pretty fresh in everyone’s memory, largely because the effects of the market meltdown fuelled by massive high-risk sub-prime lending practices of major financial institutions continue to be felt, especially in the United States and Europe. Though Canada was not hit nearly as hard, many Canadians found themselves unemployed or saw their...

July 10, 2012

With a career that has until recently been completely outside the financial services industry, I’m often asked by others for my observations on co-operative banking in Canada. Unquestionably, there is a lot to love about credit unions: their community engagement, their relational connections with their members, their business values and practices, and their democratic, grass-roots accountability to their member-owners.

With so much to offer, it should be puzzling as to why...

April 19, 2012

A number of observers have pointed out that Apple’s resurgence under Steve Jobs is due in part to core beliefs that he infused into the company culture. In a recent blog post, Fast Company’s Bill Taylor stressed the importance of what an organization believes—corporate credos, if you will—over and above its products. Taylor sees a strong correlation between high...

November 26, 2011

If you’re as gripped by your work as Bryan Mavrow, you don’t need caffeine. It’s 7 a.m. and after a decaf French press, First West’s senior vice-president of marketing is already at it, overseeing both the Valley First and Envision Financial regional marketing teams. His excitement, though intellectual, is palpable and it’s a constant throughout his career.

“I just love what I do. I don’t think the day ends,” says Bryan. “The line...