Connecting Leaders.
Building Leaders.

Supporting the success of our credit union system by developing future leadership. 

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The BCYL is a free cooperative network of your credit union peers, who have a common goal to help enrich, engage, and inspire young leaders with skills and development that will grow and strengthen the BC Credit Union system. If your Credit Union has its own young leaders program the BCYL network will complement your existing program. Our network hosts webinars, think tanks and an annual young leaders conference to help you connect with peers across the credit union system.  

​The BC Young Leaders network is OPEN to any Credit Union employee aged 40 years or under. Join us today!

If you are over 40 years old you can still join us as an Alumni member. Leadership is as much about learning as it is about teaching – and we’re sure you have some great things to share! Sign up as an Alumni member on our Join Us page.

Empowering the Next Generation

There’s a growing movement within Canada’s financial services industry—a coming-together of young, talented professionals who care passionately about leading the future of cooperative, socially-responsible, values-driven banking that functions for the greater good of our communities and our society.

In just the last decade, credit union leaders from all over the country have united—in local credit unions, in provincial networks, in national programs—to create impactful, career-enhancing leadership experiences that equip the next generation to lead Canada’s credit unions into the future.

The newly-formed BC Young Leaders (BCYL) network is part of this exciting movement. It’s tailored to the unique needs and perspectives of BC’s credit unions. By enriching, engaging and inspiring today’s young credit union leaders in our province, BCYL is poised to make a lasting impact upon the success of the BC credit union system—today and for years to come.​

44% The number of BC Credit Union employees under the age of 40

27% The number of CEO’s to retire in the next 3 years

Empowering the Next Generation

Responsiveness & Interaction

We tackle BC credit union system issues and provide a fresh perspective. We build communities of leaders using online platforms to stay connected. We create opportunities to connect and learn through multiple venues (from webinars to in-person events).

Networking & Collaboration

Think you are the only credit union facing a certain challenge? There’s a great opportunity to connect and network with like-minded individuals. It’s our cooperative principle in action.

Wide Provincial Scope

The BCYL program provides every credit union in BC access to a broader network of young leaders. This network can be utilized to gain fresh perspectives and insights on key system challenges and opportunities. It also serves as a broader collaboration network for the young talent that your credit union wants to retain and develop. Additionally, the BCYL provides province-specific opportunities and approaches to the topics most pertinent to the BC system.


Sandra McDowell, VP, Communications & Culture for First Credit Union
Sandra McDowell, VP, Communications & Culture for First Credit Union

​“An initiative like this is important because of its ability to further engage young leaders, to empower them, to give them an opportunity to expand their networks, and an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the system issues we face, and work collaboratively to find solutions. This is ‘why’ the NYL was so instrumental in my career, commitment and understanding. The opportunity to be part of something beyond just my credit union opened my eyes to the challenges and opportunities at hand, and being part of it heightened my engagement, and has increased my retention.”

Aislinn Bissenden, Financial Consultant for Coastal Community
Aislinn Bissenden, Financial Consultant for Coastal Community

​“We are fortunate enough to work for an organization who focuses on enriching people’s lives, both employee’s and members alike. The Coastal Young Leaders Network is a great example of this. I have been an advocate and member of the CYLN since it was created and participated in many of the initiatives. I would not be in the position I am without the opportunities Coastal Community and the Coastal Young Leaders Network has provided for me. I believe developing new initiatives for employees to connect with each other and develop their leadership skills is an integral part of our culture.”

Jeff Shewfelt, Co-CEO for G&F Financial Group
Jeff Shewfelt, Co-CEO for G&F Financial Group

​”The G&F Financial Group Young Leaders initiative, IGNITE, has been instrumental in building leadership capacity and contributing to the evolution of our culture. We have seen our future leaders display commendable initiative in taking hold of their own careers, in pushing each other to become better leaders and pushing G&F to be focused on developing leaders internally. This energy brings a different perspective to the thinking of our organization at a time that disruptive technology and innovation are driving change in financial services. Our management regime has to reflect those changes and the members of IGNITE are a catalyst for that change at G&F.”

Want More Information?

Creation of this initiative has been a truly collaborative effort. Feedback provided by young leader program founders from across the Canadian Credit Union system, as well as HR Experts from within the BC Credit Union System, have given this pitch a solid foundation from which to leverage.

To review the full background, details and our why, click on the document or review the full document below.