Board of Directors

Westminster Savings' board of directors consists of nine independent directors who are ultimately responsible for the stewardship of the credit union and oversight of its risks and financial performance.

Art Van Pelt, Chair

Director since: 2013

Director term: 2017 - 2020

Background/experience:

Art is a seasoned human resources professional with more than 35 years of experience. As the former vice president for People at Overwaitea Food Group, Art has extensive experience managing compensation, payroll, pensions and benefits, health and safety, disability claims, recognition, training, succession planning and labour relations.

Art has been a credit union member since 1984.

He has served on various boards throughout his career, including the Canadian Grocery HR Council and Alouette Addictions Services Society. He is secretary and trustee of the United Food and Commercial Workers Industry Pension Trust, and secretary and past chair of Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation.

Art holds a BA with a major in business administration and economics from Simon Fraser University. He is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Art is a graduate of the ICD – Rotman Directors Education Program (ICD.D) Corporate Governance College.

Committees:

  • Human Resources Committee, Member
  • Nominations Committee, Member

Other WSCU appointment:

  • Westminster Savings Foundation, Director

The board chair, as ex officio, also attends the Audit and Risk, Governance and Conduct Review, and Investment and Loan Committee meetings.

Other credit union industry appointments:

  • Peer Group Five, Member

Kathleen Kennedy-Strath, Vice Chair

Kathleen Kennedy-Strath, Vice Chair

Director since: 2007

Director term: 2016 - 2019

Background/experience:

Kathleen has 40 years of experience in health care, with 25 years in management positions, and is currently chief executive officer of Kinsmen Lodge, a care facility home to 157 seniors. Since 1991, she has worked as senior administrator and financial manager, planning, supervising and managing resources for seniors living in long-term care facilities.

Kathleen is chair of the Coast Mental Health Society (1974) and former chair of the New Westminster Public Library and New Westminster Family Place, and has also served as treasurer of the Simon Fraser branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Kathleen holds a BSc from the University of Alberta, an MBA from the University of British Columbia, is a certified management accountant and a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) Corporate Governance College.

Committees:

  • Governance and Conduct Review Committee, Member
  • Human Resources Committee, Chair
  • Investment and Loan Committee, Member

Bill Brown

Bill Brown

Director since: 2006

Director term: 2017 - 2020

Background/experience:

Bill has extensive experience at the senior management level within the beverage industry in Canada, including serving as president of a subsidiary of Fortune Brands, Alberta Distilleries and Featherstone Limited. He brings national and international business experience to his role at Westminster Savings, with particular expertise in product marketing and program development. Bill provides business consulting services to a number of industries.

Bill is also a former member of the Port Moody Police Board and the BC Transit Police Board, and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) Corporate Governance College.

Committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee, Member
  • Investment and Loan Committee, Chair
  • Nominations Committee, Member

Other credit union industry appointments:

  • Central 1 Credit Union, Legislative Committee (ex officio)

Darlene Hyde

Darlene K. Hyde

Director since: 2008

Director term: 2017 - 2020

Background/experience:

Darlene has extensive executive and senior management experience across Canada in a wide range of industry sectors, including telecommunications, insurance, automotive retail, energy, manufacturing, real estate development and association management. In January 2018, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the BC Real Estate Association, the organization that represents the province’s 23,000 real estate agents.

Currently, Darlene is a director and audit and risk committee chair of Stabilization Central Credit Union, chair and trustee of the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund and a member of the governing board of the Insurance Council of British Columbia. Previously, she was executive director of NAIOP Vancouver Chapter, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association of Metro Vancouver and the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries. Darlene is also past chair of the Douglas College Foundation Board. Over the years, she has served on several community boards, including the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, Ottawa-based Traffic Safety Research Foundation and the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Darlene holds a BA (Honours) from McGill University, an MBA (marketing and corporate strategy) from Memorial University, is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) Corporate Governance College and is an Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director (ACCUD). She also holds a CAE designation (Certified Association Executive).

Committees:

  • Governance and Conduct Review Committee, Member
  • Investment and Loan Committee, Member
  • Nominations Committee, Member

Other credit union industry appointments:

  • Stabilization Central Credit Union, Board Member

Colin G. MacKinnon

Director since: 2018

Director term: 2018 - 2021

Background/experience:

Colin is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA,FCA) bringing with him more than 40 years of experience in executive management roles in financial service organizations, with a focus on strategic planning and all aspects of corporate financial management, including risk management, and credit and treasury oversight. From 1996 until his retirement in 2013, he held a number of senior vice president positions at the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary. In addition, he has prior experience of the B.C. credit union system having worked as the Vice President, Finance and Administration for Surrey Credit Union earlier in his career.

Colin has been involved for over 35 years as a volunteer with Special Olympics, both provincially and nationally. Currently, he is a board director for Special Olympics BC through which he is involved with both the Special Olympics Canada 50th Anniversary Task Force and the Organizing Committee for the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Classic. Colin served as past director of the Exchange Network and the Lower Fraser Valley Cerebral Palsy Association, and was instrumental in establishing BCAA’s Road Safety Foundation.

Colin holds a BSc. (Chemistry) and MBA from the University of British Columbia, and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) – University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and Beedie School of Business.

Committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee, Member
  • Investment and Loan Committee, Member
  • Nominations Committee, Chair

Other WSCU appointment:

  • Westminster Savings Foundation, Director

Hanne Madsen

Director since: 2015

Director term: 2015 – 2018

Background/experience:

Hanne is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in financial analysis, strategic planning, marketing, operational and HR management, as well as advocacy and media relations. Additionally she has 24 years of board and governance experience. As the former president and co-owner of DanFoss Couriers & Freight, Hanne has a proven track record in business acquisition and sale.

Hanne is chair of the Fraser Health Patient Care Quality Review Board. She also serves as chair of the Board of Governors of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and was formerly the chair for GroYourBiz, an advisory board for women business owners. She was recently appointed as the Regional Ambassador for Women Get on Board. In 2015, she was honoured with the Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business Award for Corporate/Leadership.

For several years, she volunteered as an instructor for Junior Achievement’s Dollars with Sense program. She is the former chair and director of the British Columbia Trucking Association, as well as a founding board member of the Trucking Safety Council of BC and the Sun Peaks Nordic Club.

Hanne holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate of Executive Management from the Segal Graduate School of Business at SFU.

Committees:

  • Governance and Conduct Review Committee, Member
  • Investment and Loan Committee, Member
  • Nominations Committee, Member

Other WSCU appointment:

  • Westminster Savings Foundation, Vice Chair

Emmet McGrath

Emmet McGrath

Director since: 2004

Director term: 2016 – 2019

Previous terms: 1987 - 1996

Background/experience:

A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and respected business advisor, Emmet has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting and private industry. He retired as partner from KPMG LLP in 2002. Emmet was elected to the Westminster Savings Board of Directors in April 1987 where he served as director until 1996. He was re-elected to the board in 2004 following his retirement as partner at KPMG LLP. Emmet has served on the board of various mining companies over the years and is currently on the board of UEX Corporation. He is also a past director of Central 1 Credit Union and The Co-operators Group Limited.

Emmet is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors Corporate Governance College and is a panelist for ICD seminars.

Committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee, Chair
  • Human Resources Committee, Member
  • Investment and Loan Committee, Member

Patty Sahota

Patty Sahota

Director since: 2008

Director term: 2016 - 2019

Background/experience:

For the past 10 years, Patty has worked with and advised businesses, organizations and individuals on community engagement, corporate governance and the impacts of public policy. She is the vice president of Community Engagement and Strategy for Flavelle Oceanfront Development. Patty served on the board of the Industry Training Authority from 2010 to 2014, a provincial Crown corporation that oversees trades and apprenticeship training in B.C. She has also served on the Simon Fraser University Board of Governors.

Patty was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 2001 to 2005, representing the constituency of Burnaby-Edmonds. As a former MLA and minister, Patty worked with a wide variety of stakeholders: agencies, boards, committees and most importantly, the public. Previously, she served as an aide to former Premier Gordon Campbell. Prior to public service, she worked in the forestry industry.

Patty is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors Corporate Governance College. She holds a BA from the University of Victoria. Her philanthropic and volunteer endeavours include the World Partnership Walk, raising awareness for causes such as diabetes and cardiovascular health, and local issues affecting British Columbians.

Committees:

  • Governance and Conduct Review Committee, Chair
  • Human Resources Committee, Member

Rita Virk

Director since: 2018

Director term: 2018 - 2021

Background/experience:

Rita is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with extensive experience in financial reporting and analysis, risk management and internal audit. She has practiced in a wide range of industry sectors, including oil and gas, insurance, biotechnology, mining and technology.

Rita is highly engaged in civic and community events, and currently serves on the South Asian Committee of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Fraser Health Patient Care Quality Review Board.

Rita holds a BComm from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary as well as a Master of Professional Accounting from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.

Committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee, Member
  • Nominations Committee, Member

Other WSCU appointment:

  • Westminster Savings Foundation, Chair

 

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