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)


JOHN EDWARDS

East Shore Director

Start Date: 1997

Term Expires: 2021

John was elected to the NDCU Board in 1997 as the East Shore representative. He's served on all of the various Board Committees over that time, and as Board Chair from 2012 to 2015. He currently sits on the Investment & Lending, Conduct Review, and Nominations Committees.

John is actively engaged in the East Shore community as Chair of the Crawford Bay & District Hall & Parks Association, Manager and player for East Shore United Soccer Club, and former long-time Editor of the East Shore Mainstreet and Kootenay Lake Review newspapers. He's been self-employed as owner/operator of Wedgwood Manor Country Inn for 20 years, before selling that business in 2004 and now operates Wedgwood Estate Cabins on the same property.

John has been a Credit Union member for about 50 years now, and will continue to be one for the foreseeable future.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A  completed
Level B  completed
Level C  completed


KARINA FARR

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 15 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 five years.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

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


JOHN ERIC KORTRAM

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. He serves a second term on both boards of NDCU and Central 1 Credit Union. He was Treasurer of the Dutch Association for Business Travel Agents and sat on the Council of a regional High School foundation.

John holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Master degree in Business Science. He is a certified director of Corporate Governance and is an Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director. He further holds Certificates of Cooperative Management from St Mary’s University and of ICD.

John gained leadership practise in the Netherlands, bringing to the table firsthand experience in Organization Strategy, Change Management, Business Development, Operations, HRM and most recent in Executive Search and Business Consultancy.

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 11 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 16 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 7 years.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A completed
Level B 2\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 Vice President of the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre Board, spent many years as a Rotarian and is a Kootenay Sports Coordinator for the BC 55 Plus Games.

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 has a long history of Credit Union involvement dating 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 Nelson & District Credit Union for over 15 years. Following a career transition to real estate sales, Lorne was elected to NDCU’s Board in 1994, and has served for 16 years, in stages, since then. Lorne is an active community participant as a member & past-president of the Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak, serves on his church Elder’s Board, and also on the provincial advisory Board for his church, and a member of the MS Society of Canada’s organizing committee (& participating rider) for the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge bicycle ride and fund-raiser.

Education:

Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA):

Level A  completed
Level B  completed
Level C  completed