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Board of Directors

Prosperas' 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

Art serves as board chair of Prospera, and as a member of the Audit Committee, the People Experience Committee, the Risk, Investment and Loan Committee, and the Integration Committee of Prospera. As board chair, Art is an exofficio member of the Governance and Conduct Review Committee. Art also serves as a member of the Board of the Westminster Savings Foundation.

Art was first elected as a Director of Westminster Savings (the predecessor entity) in 2013 and became chair of the board in 2018. 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, he 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 lead management trustee of the United Food and Commercial Workers Industry Pension Trust, member of the Pacific Gateway Infrastructure Fund Advisory Committee, member of the Fengate Brownfield Fund Advisory Committee 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.


Eric Nadin

Vice-Chair, Director

Eric serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors and as committee chair of the Integration Committee of Prospera. He also serve as a member of the Audit Committee, the Nominations Committee, and the Risk, Investment & Loan Committee. Eric also serves as a member of the Board of the Westminster Savings Foundation.

Eric Nadin was first elected as a Director of Prospera (the predecessor entity) in 2011, and served as chair of the board from 2018 to 2019. He has chaired a number of committees during his tenure, including Human Resources, Governance & Conduct Review, and the CEO Search Committee, and has been a member of the Audit, Risk Management/Investment & Lending Committee, and Community Relations Committee and the Joint Merger Integration Committee and Joint Merger Communications Committee.

Mr. Nadin retired in 2015 following a 35-year career as a professional engineer, his last role as Senior Manager-General Manager of Construction Services for BC Hydro. He has served on corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Catherine Roome

Director

Catherine serves as committee chair of the People Experience Committee, and as a member of the Governance & Conduct Review Committee, and Integration Committee of Prospera.

Catherine Roome is President & Lead Executive Officer of Technical Safety BC, an independent self-funded organization which is mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across British Columbia.

Catherine first served as Vice President, Engineering when she joined BC Safety Authority in 2005, becoming CEO in 2012. Catherine is a courageous futurist. She is a leader in the algorithmic economy where predictive insights are used to create long-term social and financial value.

Catherine has served and continues to serve as a Director on community Boards in addition to being a long-standing credit union member. Most recently she was named one of 2018 Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and one of BC’s Most Influential Women 2018: Stem Stars by BC Business. A registered Professional Engineer and a graduate of the University of Victoria, Catherine’s further education includes ICD-Rotman, Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Colin G. MacKinnon

Director

Colin serves as committee chair of the Risk, Investment & Loan Committee, and as a member of the People Experience Committee of Prospera.

Colin MacKinnon was first elected as a Director of Westminster Savings (the predecessor entity) in 2018 and has chaired the Nominations Committee and served as a member of WSCU's Audit & Risk Committee, Investment & Loan Committee, Joint Merger Integration Committee and Joint Merger Communication Committee. He is a chartered professional accountant (FCPA, FCA) and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In addition, he holds a BSc (Chemistry) and MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Colin has more than 40 years of experience in senior executive management roles, with a focus on corporate finance, strategic planning and risk management. From 1996 until his retirement in 2013, he was with the British Columbia Automobile Association in several senior roles, including SVP & CFO, SVP & CRO and Corporate Secretary. He is very active in the community serving on a number of not-for-profit boards of directors, including Special Olympics and Westminster Savings Foundation.


Gina Arsens

Director

Gina serves as a member of the Audit Committee, Integration Committee, and Nominations Committee of Prospera.

Gina Arsens is a CPA and CA and also holds the designation of Chartered Business Valuator. From 2016 to late 2018, she was the Global Finance Leader for Finning Digital within Finning International. Since late 2018, she has acted as the Chief Financial Officer of Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster. Her background includes roles as a CEO, CFO and small business owner.

She has experience in digital transformation, particularly as it relates to the need to get buy-in from the people who will be using new technology in order for it to be successfully implemented. She is a long-time credit union member and was a board member of YWCA Metro Vancouver from 2012-2018.


Rita Virk

Director

Rita serves as committee chair of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the People Experience Committee of Prospera. She also serves as vice chair of the board of the Westminster Savings Foundation.

Rita Virk was first elected as a Director of Westminster Savings (the predecessor entity) in 2018 and served as a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Nominations Committee and as chair of the Westminster Savings Foundation. She is a CPA, CA and has a Master of Professional Accounting degree. She has 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.

Among her other activities, Rita sits on the South Asian Committee for BC Children's Hospital Foundation. She also served on the Fraser Health Patient Care Quality Review Board from 2015 to 2018.


Rod Thomson

Director

Rod serves as committee chair of the Nominations Committee, and as a member of the Risk, Investment & Loan Committee and Governance & Conduct Review Committee of Prospera. Rod also serves as chair of the Board of the Westminster Savings Foundation.

Rod Thomson was first elected as a Director of Prospera (the predecessor entity) in 2018 and served as a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees. From 2009 until 2018, he was a small business owner and client of Prospera.

He has a long history in publishing and marketing. His philanthropic work includes serving on the boards of directors of St. Andrews Hall for six years, including a stint as chair of the board of directors, and University of the Fraser Valley for six years, where he also served as the chair of the board of directors. He is also very active in Rotary.


Stacey Crawford

Director

Stacey serves as committee chair of the Governance & Conduct Review Committee, and as a member of the Nominations Committee of Prospera.

Stacey Crawford was first elected as a Director of Prospera (the predecessor entity) in 2012 and served as chair of the board of directors from 2015-2018. Mr. Crawford served as the Chair of Prospera's Nominations & Elections Committee, Member & Community Relations Committee, Governance & Conduct Review Committee and was a member of the Audit, Human Resources, Joint Merger Integration, Joint Merger Communications, and CEO Hiring Committees.

Since 2009, Mr. Crawford has been the Economic Development Officer for the District of Mission. He holds the CCD designation from the Rotman School of Management as a Certified Credit Union Director and has received his ICD.D designation, having completed the Directors Education Program (Institute of Corporate Directors) in April 2019. He has a long track record as an active volunteer in his community, having served as a director on several community associations.


Jill Donaldson

Director

Jill serves as a member of the Governance and Conduct Review Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Jill Donaldson is a senior corporate and securities lawyer and a Principal at IWJ Law based in Vancouver. Jill has extensive experience in the financial services sector with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration, strategic planning and implementation, compliance and risk management, governance and stakeholder engagement. Jill is also active in the community as an advisor to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, and as co-chair of the Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala Committee. Jill was born and raised in Kamloops and holds a law degree and commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. Jill also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.