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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...