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Governance

The credit union structure values the input and opinions of its members.

Unlike other financial institutions, such as banks, each person who opens an account with G&F Financial Group becomes an owner.

As a member, you receive a Membership Equity Share, making you a partial owner of the credit union. Your membership entitles you to vote on policies, elect Board members, and even run for a seat on the Board of Directors.

As a financial co-operative, G&F Financial Group is guided by the seven international principles of co-operatives:

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training and information
  6. Co-operation among co-operatives
  7. Concern for community

Governance and leadership at G&F Financial Group is divided into two units: the Board of Directors and the CEO’s Office. Each with their own areas of responsibility, these two units work in partnership to achieve the objectives of our credit union.

Board of Directors
Executive team
Reports
Election & AGM

Board of Directors 

The Board of Directors at G&F Financial Group has a fiduciary or ‘trust’ relationship with the credit union. It acts independent of management and monitors the credit union in the collective best interests of all G&F Financial Group members. The Board wears many hats and is responsible for guiding the credit union’s strategic direction through the creation of its mission and vision.

To learn more about the Board's responsibilities, including Board committees, read our latest Governance Report.

Meet the members of G&F’s Board of Directors.

​Lewis Bublé

​President and Board Chair

​Floyd Yamamoto

Vice Chair 

​Linda Archer

​Director

​Bill Nohr

Director

​Sonia Virk

Director

CEO’s office

The CEO’s Office, comprised of Co-CEOs Bill Kiss and Jeff Shewfelt, is accountable to the Board as a whole. In short, the CEO’s Office is the “spokesperson” for the credit union on all operational issues, decisions and policies, and is responsible for identifying trends, providing advice, and developing—for the Boards’ review—strategies to achieve G&F Financial Group’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives.

Other responsibilities of the Co-CEOs include:

  • Developing strategic and operational plans to support the strategic direction, vision, and mission as set by the Board of Directors
  • Reporting on the credit union’s monthly financial performance, as well as significant operational and community events, and updates on strategic initiatives
  • Developing credit union operating policies
  • Providing advice and guidance to the Board of Directors on strategic issues
  • Identifying opportunities and risks as well as ways to address them

Executive team 

​Bill Kiss

​Co-CEO

​Michael Atkinson

​Senior Vice President, Wealth and Advice

​Bobby Dhillon

​Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning

​Chris Goodman

​Chief Information Officer

​Ron Lee

​Chief Financial Officer

​Nelson Sandhu

​Chief Experience and Innovation Officer

​Diane Sullivan

​Chief People and Culture Officer

Corporate reports

Learn more about G&F Financial Group's commitment to our members by reading our past Annual Reports and accompanying financial statements.

Archives

Election

Your membership with G&F entitles you to vote on policies, elect Board members, and even run for a seat on the Board of Directors.

Am I eligible to vote?

All members in good standing who were members of the credit union are eligible to vote for the G&F Financial Group Board of Directors, with the exception of junior members (persons under 19 years of age).

How do I vote?

Voting is easy! In early March of each year, personal members can vote within online banking.

Don’t have access to online banking? Contact us today to get started or call our Member Hub at 604-419-8888. You can also get paper ballot by calling our Member Hub for information on how to obtain one. 

If you are a non-personal member (e.g., company, society, unincorporated association), a paper ballot will be mailed directly to you each year. Follow the instructions on the ballot carefully and return it by mail. Postage is pre-paid when mailed within Canada. Online voting is not available to non-personal members at this time. 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the election or your eligibility, please contact our Member Hub at 604-419-8888 or inquiry@gffg.com

Annual General Meeting

Each year, G&F Financial Group hosts its Annual General Meeting (AGM). All members are invited.

At the AGM, you receive an insider’s perspective into the credit union – you have the opportunity to learn about highlights from the past year, review our financial statements and take a look at our plans for the upcoming year.

The AGM provides a great opportunity to ask any questions, raise concerns or tell us what you like about G&F Financial Group! You also get a chance to personally meet our Board of Directors and Co-CEOs, as well as fellow members.