Board of Directors

Nelson & District Credit Union is governed by a nine-person board of directors that represents all members. As a board, they provide direction on long-range objectives, determine policy and monitor progress of the Credit Union. They hire and guide the chief executive officer and help establish and evaluate strategic objectives.

The role of a director with a BC credit union, in today's environment, has become more demanding and complex. Stakeholders (including members and regulators) expect and demand more from directors.

Your board is accountable to the members while acting in the best interests of the Credit Union. Directors are elected for a three-year term.

As a member, you own, operate and control your Credit Union through your board of directors. Members elect their board of directors annually, and each member has one vote regardless of the number of shares owned. The board then elects officers from its own membership and appoints each member to various committees.

Board of director duties include establishing corporate objectives, approving corporate strategies and plans, allocating resources through the budget process, approving financial statements and major financial decisions, appointing and evaluating the CEO, and reviewing the operations.

Each director, listed below, receives an annual honorarium based on a resolution approved by the Credit Union membership.


LAUREEN BARKER, ACCUD

At Large Director - First Vice-Chair

Start Date: 2010

Term Expires: 2022

A longtime supporter of the Co-op model, Laureen has been an active Member of Co-op Boards for the past 32 years. She currently Chairs the Governance Committee at NDCU and has held that position for the previous 6 years. In her time as a Director she has represented NDCU on the Board of KIS (Kootenay Insurance Services) and the UCCC (Upper Columbia Co-op Council).  Collaborative by nature Laureen believes in Local governance and control.

Laureen completed her ACCUD (Accredited Credit Union Director) certification in her second year on the NDCU Board.

Currently Laureen works as co-owner and co-manager of Gaia Rising Metaphysical; a retail shop on Baker Street in Nelson. She also sits as a Director on the Board of KCDS (Kootenay Career Development Society) where her experience in Board governance and retail operations is a valuable contribution.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A  completed
Level B  completed
Level C  completed
Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director (ACCUD)


ANDY CHUTE


Nelson Director

Start Date: 2021

Term Expires: 2024

Andy became a member of Nelson & District Credit Union in 2001 when the Credit Union would provide lending to his new Internet business while the banks would not.

A proud Credit Union member and advocate for 20 years, Andy has previously served on the board of NDCU from 2005 until 2017 with many years on the Credit Union’s executive committee and a two-year stint as chair.

Andy works as a senior software engineer for a local retreat centre management and marketplace, Retreat Guru, where he is responsible for designing, architecting, and building complex systems for enterprise clients.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A completed
Level B completed
Level C completed


ZOE CREIGHTON

APPOINTED Nelson Director

Start Date: 2021

Term Expires: 2022

Education
:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A  in progress 


KARINA FARR, ACCUD

Rossland Director

Start Date: 2015

Term Expires: 2021

Karina has been involved with and working for co-ops and Credit Unions in BC, Alberta, and Manitoba for the past 17 years. Her focus in this work has been on values-based banking and Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, policy, and implementation. Her education includes a BA in Environmental Studies and Writing from the University of Victoria, and an MBA from the University of Alberta. Karina is currently raising a young family in Rossland where she’s lived for seven years.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A completed
Level B completed
Level C completed
Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director (ACCUD)


JOHN KORTRAM, ACCUD

Nelson Director - Second Vice-Chair

Start Date: 2017

Term Expires: 2023

John is a lifetime CU member and shares the commitment to serving the best interests of our employees, members and communities. He is guided by a strong moral compass and has well developed governance competencies based on education, experience and beliefs.

Since his immigration in 2011 John has been business owner in Nelson and serves a third term on the board of NDCU and a second term on the board of Central 1 Credit Union. He served on the board of the Dutch Trade Association for Business Travel Agents and sat on the Council of a regional High School foundation.

John holds a B.Econ and MSc Business Science. His professional career in international business included various senior executive positions. He believes in life-long education to stay abreast of the increasingly changing environment.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level  A  completed
Level  B  completed
Level  C  completed
Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director (ACCUD)


COLIN McCLURE, CA

Nelson Director

Start Date: 2007

Term expires: 2022

Colin has been voted in as a Director at NDCU since 2007. During his years as a Director at NDCU he has been on the Executive Committee, I&L Committee, Conduct Review committee and has been the Chair of the Audit Committee for the past 12 years.

He is detail oriented with strong organizational, analytical and communication skills.  His work experience coupled with his professional education have refined his knowledge in the areas of complex financial analysis and reporting, long and short-term strategic planning and budget development.

Colin is a Chartered Accountant with over 17 years of progressive financial management experience. Currently he is the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Nelson, a position he has held for the past 8 years.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A completed
Level B 3/4 modules completed
Level C completed


MICHAEL RAMSEY


Rossland Director

Start Date: 2018

Term expires: 2022

Michael has been a Credit Union member for 40 plus years. He spent his entire professional career with IBM Canada in a variety of technical and senior management roles. He retired to the Kootenays in 2004.  He serves as a member of the Rossland Heritage Commission, spent many years as a Rotarian and is a Kootenay Sports Coordinator for the BC 55 Plus Games.A

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A completed
Level B 3/4 modules completed
Level C 1/2 completed


CAM STOKES

APPOINTED East Shore Director

Start Date: 2021

Term Expires: 2022

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A  In Progress 


LORNE WESTNEDGE

Director at Large - Board Chair

Start Date: 2017

Term Expires: 2023

Lorne’s history of credit union involvement dates back to 1971. He was employed at Nanaimo District Credit Union for 6 years, prior to his move to Nelson and the role of Assistant Manager/Loan Manager for over 15 years. At that time he left the employ of NDCU to begin a 28 year career as a Realtor in Nelson, from which he retired at the end of 2020. Lorne was first elected to the NDCU Board in 1994 and has served for 18 years, in stages, since then. Lorne holds a Certificate in Co-Operative Management from St. Mary’s University. He is an active community participant as a member and past-president of the Nelson Daybreak Rotary Club, serves as an Assistant Governor in Rotary District 5080, sits on his church Elders’ Board, and also on the Provincial Advisory Board for his church, and a member of the M.S. Society of Canada’s organizing committee (& participating rider) for the West Kootenay Challenge bicycle ride and fund-raiser.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A  completed
Level B  completed
Level C  completed