As President & Chief Executive Officer of Vancity, Canada's largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman believes that banking has a vital role in building healthy communities. Under Tamara's leadership, Vancity has gained international recognition for its values-based banking model.
This was achieved while growing the assets plus assets under administration of the credit union 61 per cent to $25.6 billion and achieving the highest profits in the organization's 70-year history. Under Tamara's direction, more than one-fifth, or $5.4 billion, of Vancity's assets plus assets under administration are invested in impact.
Tamara has been recognized as BC’s CEO of the Year, 2016 and is a Women's Executive Network: Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Famer. Vancity has also been recognized as Canada’s Top Corporate Citizen by Corporate Knights, 2016 and 2017.
Peter George has been president and CEO of McKim Communications Group since 2008. A 25-year industry veteran, Peter has played a leadership role in developing brands for many regional and national organizations, including the University of Manitoba, Travel Manitoba, the City of Regina and many others. He co-founded his first agency in 1995 and grew it over 11 years into an industry leader in Manitoba.
After merging his company with a long-standing Manitoba competitor (McKim) in 2006, Peter has led the agency through a long period of growth and regeneration. Peter has an executive MBA in technology marketing from Lansbridge University, a Masters in Management from the American Graduate School of Management, and a Diploma in Design from Red River College.
Nancy is the Founder & CEO of MacKay CEO Forums, with a vision to populate the world with better leaders. Contributing to the success of others is what gets Nancy out of bed in the morning and fuels the passion behind MacKay CEO Forums – the highest impact and least time intensive peer group for hundreds of results-oriented CEOs across Canada.
Passionate about accelerating CEO performance through peer learning, Nancy is a CEO coach, dynamic keynote speaker, and published author. Nancy focuses on strategy and culture, is the driving force behind the firm’s strategic partnerships and is a strong
advocate of recognizing the incredible CEO talent we have in Canada through the BC CEO Awards and the Most Admired CEO Awards. Nancy is a National judge for the Deloitte Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program and she is a Vice-Chair on the Board of Governors of the Waterstone Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Program.
Nancy founded MacKay CEO Forums in 2005, after seeing first hand the tremendous value of having CEOs come together to learn from each other, and to help each other deal with their toughest issues and challenges.
Nancy got her start as a University professor teaching in the business faculty of several universities, including Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo and Lincoln University in New Zealand. She holds a B.Math and Masters degree in Management
Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in Business from Canterbury University in New Zealand. Nancy co-authored “The Talent Advantage” by Wiley Publishing and she is the host of The CEO EDGE podcast series theceoedge.ca – 10min-20min interviews with CEOs and CEO Advisors on the topic of Exponential Change.
Nancy is a former member of the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Gala Cabinet, and has held board positions on the SFU Board of Governors, Partnerships for a Drug Free Canada, and the YWCA.
Nancy resides in North Vancouver, BC with her husband and business partner, Robert, and their two teenage kids.
Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years. Based in Toronto, Canada, Lang is an anchor and reporter for Bell Media, including as an anchor on its business network Business News Network, and as a reporter for CTV News. She is also host of a podcast to air on iHeart Radio in 2018. Lang has been an anchor for Bloomberg Television, as the host of Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang. Previously, Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program airing on CBC News Network. For five years before that Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, with television personality Kevin O’Leary. Prior to that the pair co-hosted SqueezePlay, on BNN, for 6 years.
Lang is also a best-selling author. “The Power of Why,” (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. “The Beauty of Discomfort” (HarperCollins, April 2017) examines how difficult change can be, and set out strategies for how to achieve it.
Lang studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, before becoming a journalist. Her first job in journalism was for Canada’s Globe and Mail, and subsequently Lang joined the Financial Post newspaper, where she became the paper’s New York correspondent. In New York she made the leap to television, where she first was part of the team that launched BNN and before long wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor.
Sean is a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran with 12 years of experience and training in Mental Toughness, Leadership, Psychological Resiliency and Body Language. He has trained Soldiers and Law Enforcement to perform at elite levels of success and to thrive under adverse conditions – he will create a shift in you and your organization that is both powerful and positive. Sean provides a different approach – a dynamic shift – to performing in daily business operations, in conflict and in critical goal-oriented endeavours; not only to succeed but to achieve excellence.
Sean’s clients include leadership teams and executive coaching from First West Credit Union, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Kal Tire, Island Savings, Mission Group and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
As president and chief executive officer of Vancity, Canada's largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman believes that banking has a vital role in developing a healthy society—building the well-being of people and, at the same time, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. This summarizes Vancity's vision of redefining wealth.
Tamara views the economy as much more than what is written on a balance sheet; it includes the social and natural economies in which we all live. Understanding the interdependence of these three means that Vancity takes a very different approach to banking, ensuring its products, services and advice deliver financial, social and environmental results for the more than 523,000 members it serves.
As a member-owned financial co-operative, Vancity is ideally suited to operate in an economy that is ever changing because it is through its close connection with members that Vancity sees what is required to meet their changing needs. This 'member-led innovation' guides Vancity in its business strategies to use the $25.6 billion in members' assets and assets under administration it holds to create community impact.
Under Tamara's leadership, Vancity has gained international recognition for its values-based banking model. Vancity was the first Canadian financial institution invited to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, an independent network of the world's leading sustainable banks and banking co-operatives. Tamara's voice is also sought internationally—she has been invited by Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, as well as other government and business leaders to share Vancity's business model at various summits and conferences.
Tamara's achievements include leading Vancity to become the first carbon-neutral financial institution in North America, to become the largest private-sector living wage employer in Canada, and to tackle the shadow financial system by launching an alternative to predatory payday loans for its members—the Vancity Fair & Fast Loan™. Vancity was named Canada's Best Corporate Citizen in both 2016 and 2017 by Corporate Knights, and has also received many national and international awards for its business leadership.
All of this was achieved while growing the assets plus assets under administration of the credit union 61 per cent to $25.6 billion and achieving the highest profits in the organization's 70-year history. Under Tamara's direction, more than one-fifth, or $5.4 billion, of Vancity's assets plus assets under administration are invested in impact.
Prior to joining Vancity, Tamara served as Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia and as Secretary to the Treasury Board and CEO of the Public Sector Employers' Council where she oversaw the government's annual $100 billion borrowing and cash requirements and developed its $36 billion fiscal plan. Her prior portfolio was as Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer for the Ministry of Health.
Tamara pursued post-secondary education at the University of Victoria, earning a Master of Arts in History in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts with honours in 1991. She also received an Honorary Doctorate (Laws) from Simon Fraser University in 2016 and an Honorary Doctorate (Technology) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2013.
On a personal level, Tamara lends her voice and leadership experience to issues related to women, families and children with a particular focus on issues related to equality, inclusion and empowerment.