All Events

2016 ​BCEL Leadership Conference

The Inaugural Conference
November 17 - November 18, 2016

This was a fast-paced, high-impact two-day event that combined thought-provoking workshops with action learning challenges to create a unique conference experience that supported the development of leadership and strategic thinking skills. Conference sessions also provided attendees with insight into the BC credit union system, and the opportunity to voice their thoughts and viewpoints on supporting the continued success of the credit union system as we look to the future.

2017 ​​​BCEL Leadership Conference

September 28 - September 29, 2017

Our second annual BCEL conference took place September 28-29 at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna to a SOLD OUT crowd! It was a great opportunity for young leaders to network, share perspectives and hear from system leaders as we as we explored our conference theme: Leaders of Tomorrow.

2018 ​​​BCEL Leadership Conference

October 27 - October 28, 2018

Our 3rd annual Leadership Conference took place in Vancouver, October 27-28, at the beautiful JW Marriot Parq Hotel. During the two days, our sold out group of 75 Young Leaders learned about improving our leadership performance, expanding perspectives, and engaging in system change. For the closing event we attended the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game where we networked with credit union CEOs and Executives, helped carry the flags on the field before the game, and enjoyed the Whitecaps 2-1 victory over the visiting Portland Timbers.

2018 Conference Videos and Slide Deck

2019 BCEL Leadership Conference

September 27 - September 28, 2019

Registration is now open!

Our 4th annual Leadership Conference takes place in Kelowna, September 27-28, 2019! Join us at the spectacular Delta Marriot Grand Okanagan Resort for two exciting days focused on preparing you for the imminent changes in our industry. Expand your leadership performance, grow your perspective, and engage in system change. As part of the BCEL Conference you will build your network, learn from system leaders, and drive the change YOU want to see our system.

Keynote Speaker, Rocky Ozaki, Co-Founder of NoW of Work Inc. will be sharing how the future of work is now. Are you ready??

Register Here! Agenda

2023 BCEL Leadership Conference

BC Young Leaders' 8th Annual Leadership Conference takes place in person from September 28-29 at First West Credit Union in Langley.
September 28 - September 29, 2023

BC Young Leaders’ 8th Annual Leadership Conference takes place in person from September 28-29. (see further accommodation details below)

In 2022, our sold-out conference showcased: “Harnessing the Leader Within” to tap into our existing strengths and identify new areas of growth to help us develop into truly authentic leaders.

For 2023, we are excited to shift focus forward to explore “FUTURE-PROOFING YOUR CAREER: Thriving in a World of Change.”


Registration Inclusions

Your conference ticket includes two full conference days, breakfast and lunch on both days, and an evening networking event (which is also open to CU executives!).



The event is being hosted at: First West Credit Union, 19933 88 Ave, Langley, BC V2Y 4K5.



The conference kicks off at 8:00am on Thursday September 28, ending at 3:00pm Friday, September 29th.

Immersive speakers, panels, and further details to be announced.



Specially discounted rates (from $144 + tax) have been secured and are available for any conference attendees at: Sandman Signature Langley Hotel, 8828 201 St, Langley Twp, BC V2Y 0C8, which is directly across the road from the conference location.

To access these special rates, attendees have two options for booking rooms, by calling the 24-hour reservation office (1-800-726-3626 / 1-800-SANDMAN), or via the website (, ensuring the web group code: “2309BCEL” is used.

Booking via Telephone

Attendees can call the 24-hour Central Reservations office at 1-800-726-3626 / 1-800-SANDMAN. In order to receive the correct rates, callers must reference: Sandman Signature Langley, BC Young Leaders – #2309BCEL.

Booking via Website

You can click this link to automatically apply the group code. From here, select the dates you require. Alternatively, you can visit, select the dates you require, number of rooms, and the number of guests in the rooms, then click on Book Now. Use the drop-down menu in the promo code box and select Web Group Code, then enter 2309BCEL in the box below and click add.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings must be canceled by 3:00 PM local hotel time, 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival date, or the credit card provided will be charged one-night room rate, tax and applicable fees. To cancel or change your reservation, contact our 24-hour Central Reservations office at 1-800-726-3626 / 1-800-SANDMAN.


Rooms and the preferred rates are held until August 30, 2023. Please ensure to book your room before then as preferred rates may not apply after this date (subject to hotel availability).

Extending your stay

Attendees are welcome to arrive earlier or stay later than our conference dates using our negotiated rates. These rates have been extended and apply to the following time period: September 25th – October 2nd.

Please ensure travel or flights are booked with enough time to stay for the closing session on the 29th.


Getting to the event

By Plane

There are two airports near to 19933 88 Ave, Langley, BC V2Y 4K5, Abbotsford (YXX) and Vancouver (YVR) International Airports.

Abbotsford (YXX)

From the airport to the conference / hotel is approximately a 20-to-28-minute drive (27km).

Vancouver (YVR)

From the airport to the conference / hotel is approximately a 35-to-55-minute drive (50km).

We have negotiated a special promo code, valid for travel on Air Canada bookings travelling between September 20 and October 6 for flights traveling to YVR. To book a flight using the promotion code, visit and enter promotion code: NDMUAUC1 in the Promotion Code Box. Discounts range from 5% to 12% depending on type of ticket purchased. Basic Economy fares are not eligible for discount.

Discounts will apply to trips booked 7 days pre/post event dates as well. Discount promo code may only be used on bookings made on Some restrictions apply. Travelers enter the promo code in the field below the origin and destination. Discount cannot be applied after the booking is confirmed and paid so is important the code is entered during the booking process.

By Car

The conference is being hosted at: First West Credit Union, 19933 88th Ave, Langley, BC V2Y4K5


Reserved guest parking is available for conference attendees, and attendees may park in these stalls without needing to pay hourly. They are numbered 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 51, 55, 57, 59, 61 and 63. These stalls are signed “reserved” on the curb of each stall and are located beside the ramp to the underground parking. There are 2 accessible stalls near the building entrance.



If you have any questions or need any support, please email us at:

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Two Young Leaders go to Italy!

Amber Motz and Tanya Mueller learn about the co-operative system in Italy!
July 17 - July 21, 2017

The BC Young Leaders Network provided 2 of our young leader members each with a $4000 sponsorship to assist with their cost of  attending the BCIT Executive Cooperative Field School in Vicenza, Northern Italy this past July. Northern Italy has been widely recognized as one of the world’s leading examples of a successful cooperative economy. The young leaders spent a week with a small group of CEO’s from the Canadian Credit Union system and were exposed to the Italian Cooperative Model; a model that demonstrates how cooperative relations among small local firms can serve global markets.

Learn more about the BCIT Co-operative Field School.