Tuesday January 19, 2021 | VICTORIA, BC
by Kiley Verbowski | Island Social Trends
Vancity has a new president and CEO. The credit union’s board of directors has named Christine Bergeron to that role. Christine has served as Vancity’s Interim President and CEO since July 1, 2020 and has held senior leadership roles within the organization since 2013.
Vancity has branches in Victoria (Douglas Street and Fort Street downtown; Cedar Hill; and Langford), Alert Bay, Metro Vancouver, Squamish, and the Fraser Valley and serves more than 543,000 member-owners and their communities. There are over 2,600 Vancity employees.
“Having led the credit union successfully through one of the most challenging times in global history while delivering a renewed business plan, Christine has already proven she is the right leader with the vision and strategy to lead Vancity into the future,” said Jan O’Brien, Chair of Vancity’s Board of Directors.
Vancity has a triple bottom line mandate of financial strength, community resilience, and environmental leadership.
Vancity describe themselves as a values-based financial co‑operative. As a co-operative the financial institution is owned by its members and democratically controlled on the basis of one member, one vote.
Christiner Bergeron’s unique qualifications:
Bergeron has worked at Vancity for over nine years during which time she’s held several leadership roles including VP of Impact Investing, Wealth Management & Community Real Estate, and VP of Community Business Banking.
She is on the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative Banking Board as a representative for North America and she chairs the board of the Women’s Enterprise Centre, as well as holding a position on the Board of Governors for the BC Business Council.
Christine’s achievements in fostering community impact, social justice and environmental sustainability have earned her accolades from Clean50 in 2017, Women in Finance, which gave her the Rising Star award in 2012, and from Business in Vancouver magazine, which included her in its 2007 “Top 40 Under 40” list.