Empowering the Next Generation

There’s a growing movement within Canada’s financial services industry—a coming-together of emerging, talented professionals who care passionately about leading the future of cooperative, socially-responsible, values-driven banking that functions for the greater good of our communities and our society.

In just the last decade, credit union leaders from all over the country have united—in local credit unions, in provincial networks, in national programs—to create impactful, career-enhancing leadership experiences that equip the next generation to lead Canada’s credit unions into the future.

The BC Emerging Leaders (BCEL) network is part of this exciting movement. It’s tailored to the unique needs and perspectives of BC’s credit unions. By enriching, engaging and inspiring today’s young credit union leaders in our province, BCEL is poised to make a lasting impact upon the success of the BC credit union system—today and for years to come.

44% The number of BC Credit Union employees under the age of 45

27% The number of CEO’s to retire in the next 3 years

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BCEL is a free cooperative network of your credit union peers, who have a common goal to help enrich, engage, and inspire young leaders with skills and development that will grow and strengthen the BC Credit Union system. If your Credit Union has its own young/emerging leader programs the BCEL network will complement your existing program. Our network hosts webinars, think tanks and an annual young leaders conference to help you connect with peers across the credit union system.  

The BC Emerging Leaders network is OPEN to any Credit Union / Credit Union partner employee. Join us today!

What's New with BCEL


Janelle Aaker, Chief Equity & People Officer for Vancity
Janelle Aaker, Chief Equity & People Officer for Vancity

​“For me, investing in future leaders in any organization is such a well invested time and effort. Giving young leaders space to share their perspective, share their ideas, be developed and come together is a really, really important and impactful opportunity. 

Seeing first-hand how when a company invested in me, I gave my all to that company. As well as, what it told me was that my voice matters. As a young leader, my voice matters.

Barry Delaney, CEO for SASCU
Barry Delaney, CEO for SASCU

“I see the BC Young/Emerging Leaders as critically important and I’ll tell you why: it’s important because we have all these ambitious young people in their careers and technically they’re strong, but they don’t have a network that gives them confidence in their roles. 

If you can call somebody outside your credit union, who has your role somewhere else, have a meaningful discussion, you’ll show up with that better version of yourself professionally in that next meeting because you’ve had that connection and that conversation. So this conference, as an example, is irreplaceable, I think, to somebody’s career.” 

Bill Kiss, Co-CEO for Gulf & Fraser
Bill Kiss, Co-CEO for Gulf & Fraser

​”People see value in forming these networks and forming these peers that they can feel free to reach out to. As your credit union grows you do that within your credit union, but it’s the same point of view so it’s useful to see where others are at. And it’s always comforting to see that others are dealing with the exact same challenges that you’re dealing with.

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To review the full background, details, and our “why”, please review our Pitch document.