Why Emerging Leaders


In the spring of 2015, a visionary group of eight dynamic leaders from five BC credit unions embarked on a mission to cultivate the next generation of leaders within our community by creating BC Young Leaders (BCEL). Today, we are thrilled to share the evolution of our journey and a pivotal change that reflects our collective commitment to fostering inclusive leadership development. As part of this transformative growth, we are excited to announce our new name, BC Emerging Leaders (BCEL).

🔍 From Vision to Reality: What began as a provincial young leader program has evolved into something far-reaching. As of 2024, we are proud to announce the removal of age restrictions, marking a significant shift in our approach. Our network is no longer limited to young leaders; instead, we are extending our embrace to all emerging leaders.

🎓 Strategic Content Delivery: While our membership is now open to all, we recognize the importance of tailored support. Our content delivery strategies will primarily cater to individuals aged 45 and younger or to those new to the Credit Union system. This targeted approach ensures that we address the unique needs and aspirations of our diverse membership and that we continue to future proof our community.

🌍 Embracing Diversity: We understand the significance of providing a space for immigrants and those starting their careers with the Credit Union system later in life. Everyone deserves a chance at leadership development, and our commitment to diversity ensures that all voices are not only heard but celebrated.

🌟 Committee Composition: Please note that the working committee overseeing this initiative will be composed of individuals aged 45 and under. Exceptions will be considered for applicants above the age threshold based on their need for development and/or a demonstrated benefit to the network.

👥 Why Now? Why Us? The landscape of leadership is evolving, and so are we. Our commitment to staying ahead of the curve and fostering a leadership community that reflects the richness of experience and ideas knows no bounds. This change is not just about breaking barriers; it’s about building bridges to a future where leadership is truly accessible to all.

🌐 Join the Movement: We invite all staff of BC Credit Unions and their system partners to join us in this exciting chapter. Embrace the possibilities, connect with like-minded professionals, and contribute to a community that values the essence of leadership in all its forms.