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Meet Our Board of Directors

 

 

Lewis Buble
Served on the Board since: 1997

Name: Lewis Bublé

President and Board Chair

Lewis and his wife Amber have lived in Burnaby for over 40 years, where they raised their three children; daughters/moms Brandee and Crystal and son/singer/entertainer Michael Bublé. With six grandchildren - so far- their growing family keeps them busy.

Following a course chartered by his family in the fishing industry, Lewis remains very actively engaged - he serves as the President & Chair of the Board of Pacific Coast Fishermen's Mutual Marine Insurance Company, and is an Appointee to the Pacific Region Advisory Council on Marine Oil Spill Response and Preparedness. He is past Chair of the BC Salmon Marketing Council.

Also very actively involved in the local business and sporting communities, Lewis is a Co-Owner of the Vancouver Giants WHL Hockey Team and operates Winning Edge Management Inc.

Lewis is a lifelong member of G&F, and has been honoured to have served on your Board of Directors for the past 21 years, and on your Board's Executive since 2006. This experience continues to give him the opportunity to meet, understand and appreciate members' financial needs in such a fast changing world, and to help better position G&F to continue to grow as a solid, respected and positive force in the communities we proudly serve.

Floyd Yamamoto
Served on the Board sinc: 2007

Floyd Yamamoto

Vice Chair

As a director of G&F Financial Group, Floyd continues to support the credit union's goals in providing exceptional service and benefits to it's members and supports our local communities through many worthy causes throughout the lower mainland, including schools, community associations, Richmond Hospital Foundation, BC Children's Hospital, Burnaby Hospital Foundation, and the United Way.

Floyd believes that one of the most important keys to success for G&F are their employees and he is proud that G&F is recognized as one of BC's Top Employers.

Floyd has been a member of the credit union for over 25 years and is now in his fourth term as a member of G&F's Board of Directors. Floyd has served as chair of the Compensation and HR, Investment and Lending, Marketing and Election Committees.

Floyd has a solid understanding of the credit union system, board governance and information technology, through working for G&F, Stabilization Central Credit Union (the internal regulator for credit unions in British Columbia) and over 20 years of experience in the IT industry.

Floyd and his wife Sheila are longtime Steveston residents and are active in the community, volunteering with diverse organizations such as the Nikkei Fishermen's Reunion Project, RCMP Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and Steveston's Santa Claus parade.


Served on the Board since: 2019

Linda Archer

Director

Linda is Saskatchewan born and relocated to Vancouver to work as Manager Compensation for the City of Vancouver where she worked for 11 years before moving to Central 1 Credit Union. 

Her background in the credit union system and cooperative sectors provided her the opportunity to develop an appreciation for and understanding of cooperative values and the credit union business model, operations and governance having seen them from the executive and board perspectives and seen the benefits of good governance partnered with effective management and staff focused on member needs. 

Linda has over 30 years professional human resource experience, over 20 in the credit union system as Senior Vice President responsible for oversight of human resources, marketing, operational consulting and member relations for BC and Ontario credit unions. Her governance experience spans credit unions, cooperatives, affiliated organizations and non-profits including board and committee chair positions. She completed governance education through the Institute of Corporate Directors; her volunteer projects include developing and facilitating cooperative and credit union governance training primarily in Africa and she also facilitated credit union director education programs for BC credit unions. She has been involved in strategy development based on member needs. 

She has been a regular speaker, by invitation, at BC and Canadian credit union conferences and internationally through the World Council of Credit Unions in Europe and Australia. Her volunteer activities focus on poverty alleviation in underdeveloped countries through cooperatives and mental health as past board member of the Mood Disorders Association BC.


Served on the Board since: 2016

Christine Dacre

Director

Christine is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years in executive and senior level financial positions. She has significant experience in finance, strategic planning, corporate leadership, risk management, internal controls, human resource processes and information technology. She is a resident in New Westminster, with an interest in the community. She was on the board of the New Westminster Victims Assistance Association from 2009-2014 and is currently on the board of the New Westminster Police Department.

Christine is very familiar with G&F Financial Group and the credit union system as she was a previous board member from 1992 to 2007. Her belief is that the credit union is a part of the community it serves. It is about its members and the friendly, professional staff who work hard to meet their needs.

Governance, oversight, and cooperative values are important to Christine.

Bill Nohr
Served on the Board since: 2011

Bill Nohr

Director

Bill was born and raised in Vancouver and has been a proud member of the credit union since 1979. He spent 25 years involved in Senior Management with Volvo Penta Canada, the marine division of AB Volvo. His responsibilities included the design and implementation of sales and marketing programs and managing corporate budgets. Bill has held leadership roles in the non-profit sector in the areas of direct service and fundraising and is currently active in volunteering his time for community service.

Since his election to the Board in 2011, Bill is extremely proud of the growth and success G&F Financial Group has experienced and believes this growth is attributable to the strong leadership and vision of our Co-CEOs and Executive Team, and the dedication, hard work and engagement of our staff. While on the Board, he has served multiple times on most G&F Board Committees.

Bill is particularly proud of G&F's involvement in our members' communities. It shows the care we have for our members and illustrates our commitment to the cooperative principles.

Bill resides in Langley, BC and is a proud father (two children) and grandfather (two grandchildren).


 

Howard Normann
Served on the Board since: 1996

Howard Normann

Director

As a member of G&F Financial Group since 1979, Howard is a firm believer in the credit union's philosophy of “life beyond banking”. Howard is currently serving as the First Vice-President of the Board of Directors. He has served on most Board committees including the Investment and Lending, Conduct Review, Governance and G&F Financial Group Foundation.

Howard has been employed by the City of Vancouver/Vancouver Park Board for over 36 years and has been responsible for overseeing its city-wide Golf Course operations, acted as the Director of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden/Bloedel Conservatory and, currently, he is the Director of Parks.

Howard firmly believes that good corporate governance is the foundation of a successful organization and that the Board of Directors must continue to be accountable to the membership by showing strong leadership and solid business judgement.

Howard believes in supporting the communities in which we live and work though community involvement. He is proud of the credit union's involvement and looks forward to continuing G&F's reinvestment in the community.

Served on the Board since: 2015

Jennifer Phipps

Director

Jennifer was born and raised in Burnaby, attended the University of British Columbia graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce. Jennifer articled with an international chartered accounting firm in Vancouver, providing audit and assurance services to public and private corporations. After obtaining her designation, Jennifer worked at a large international public company managing an accounting department working closely with executive management on internal and external financial reporting. Jennifer then decided to return to public practice, to focus on providing accounting and advisory services to private corporations and owner managed businesses. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the accounting profession.

Jennifer is currently a director and owner of Leed Advisors Inc., Chartered Professional Accountants. The firm provides accounting, audit, and tax consulting services to private and public corporations, and individuals. In 2014, the firm was recognized by the Surrey Board of Trade with an award for Corporate Social Responsibility. This recognition was earned due to the firm's contributions to the community through volunteer service and commitment to professional training of local university students. As a Director, Jennifer would bring her accounting, auditing, tax and general business knowledge to the position. Jennifer's strong financial background would assist the Board in the oversight role required by regulations.

Jennifer has strong communication skills and believes that teamwork produces great results. She has spent many years providing personalized professional services to her clients and appreciates the importance of meeting the personal needs of members, investing in employee development and embracing technological change.

 


Served on the Board since: 2014

Lee Varseveld

Director

Lee first became a member of G&F Financial Group in the 1980s as a salmon and herring fisherman. Since fishing, Lee has enjoyed a 25 year career in the marine insurance industry as an employee of Pacific Coast Fishermen’s Mutual Marine Insurance Company – a membership driven Mutual. Lee is a Chartered Insurance Professional and currently serves as General Manager of the company reporting to its Board of Directors.

Since joining G&F's Board in 2014, Lee has served on a number of committees and has found the experience exciting and rewarding. Witnessing the recent unprecedented growth for G&F and participating in the rapid and fundamental change faced by credit unions and the greater financial institution community have been highlights of the experience.

Lee is enthused about continuing his contribution to G&F Financial Group's goal of helping its members, employees and community achieve a life beyond banking.

Sonia Virk
Served on the Board since: 2014

Sonia Virk

Director

Sonia obtained her B.A. (Laws) and LL.B. degrees from Guru Nanak Dev University in Punjab, India. After which she emigrated to Canada and attended the University of New Brunswick where she obtained her second LL.B. degree.

Having completed her law degree, Sonia moved to British Columbia where she articled with the law firm of Yearwood & Company and was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2005. In April 2008, she co-founded the law firm of Joomratty & Virk. In September 2012, she co-founded Virk Viyas & Associate Lawyers. Sonia specializes in Corporate/Commercial Law, Residential and Commercial real estate and Wills & Estates.

Sonia is very active in the community and donates her time to various community related events. In 2007, she was elected President of the Indo Canadian Business Association of British Columbia. She was the youngest and the first woman to be elected President. She is a member of the Surrey Board of Trade and was a member of their Business Excellence Awards committee for many years. She was also a member of British Columbia's Small Business Roundtable. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the College of Dieticians of British Columbia as a public representative.

As your Director, Sonia brings her legal knowledge and business experience to this position. She is a young professional woman with close ties to the business community. At G&F, the member counts first. She believes in that philosophy.