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.

Darlene Hyde, Board Chair

Darlene Hyde, Board Chair

Director since: 2008

Director term: 2017 - 2020

Background/experience:

Darlene has extensive executive and senior management experience in a wide range of industry sectors, including telecommunications, insurance, automotive retail, electric utilities, manufacturing, marine industrial and association management. Currently she is executive director of NAIOP Vancouver Chapter, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association of Metro Vancouver and the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries.

Darlene also serves on other boards of directors; currently she is chair and trustee of the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund, outgoing chair of the Douglas College Foundation Board and a member of the governing board of the Insurance Council of British Columbia. 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 is a graduate of McGill University (BA Honours), Memorial University (MBA in marketing and corporate strategy), as well as 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 holds a CAE designation (Certified Association Executive).

Committees:

  • Human Resources, Member
  • Investment and Loan, Member
  • Nominations, Member

Other credit union industry appointments:

  • Peer Group Five, Member
  • Stabilization Central Credit Union, Board Member

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


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 Foundation (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:

  • Audit and Risk, Member
  • Governance and Conduct Review, Member
  • Nominations, Chair

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. Bill 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, Member
  • Investment and Loan, Member
  • Nominations, Member

Other credit union industry appointments:

  • Central 1 Credit Union, Legislative Committee

James R. Ensom

James R. Ensom

Director since: 2015

Director term: 2015 - 2018

Background/experience:

James is a retired chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) with 35 years' experience in financial institutions, as an executive and as an independent consultant. James has extensive experience in all aspects of credit union management, including strategic planning, treasury management, credit oversight and enterprise risk management.

James has served on various boards, including First Ranch Parks Scouts, Maple Ridge Treatment Centre, Children’s House Preschool Society and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

James’ educational credentials and designations include a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Project Management Professional.

Committees:

  • Audit and Risk, Member
  • Human Resources, Member
  • Investment and Loan, Member
  • 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 and operational and human resources management. As the former president and co-owner of Dan Foss 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 is chair of GroYourBiz, an advisory board for women business owners. She is a member of the WEB Alliance of Women’s Business Networks and the Surrey Board of Trade. 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 was 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 Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate of Executive Management from SFU Beedie School of Business.

Committees:

  • Governance and Conduct Review, Member
  • Investment and Loan, Member
  • Westminster Savings Foundation, 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 and ZLC Financial Group. He is also a director at 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, Chair
  • Investment and Loan, Member
  • Nominations, 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. Patty is the vice president of Community Engagement and Strategy for Flavelle Oceanfront Development. She also serves on the Simon Fraser University Board of Governors. 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.

Previously, 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 has a Bachelor of Arts degree 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, Chair
  • Nominations, Member

Robert G. Shirra

Robert G. Shirra

Director since: 2010

Director term: 2015 - 2018

Background/experience:

Rob is a certified management consultant with more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, program/project management, information and technology management, contract management and business development. He has an extensive background as a consultant in the transportation, telecommunications, government, retail and distribution industries. Rob is president of RGS Consulting International Inc. and well-known for his entrepreneurial spirit, and his strengths and skills in communications, leadership, organization, innovation and analysis.

Rob is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of British Columbia in recognition of his contributions to the industry.

Rob is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) Corporate Governance College.

Committees:

  • Governance and Conduct Review, Member
  • Human Resources, Member
  • Investment and Loan, Chair
  • Westminster Savings Foundation, Director

Art Van Pelt

Director since: 2013

Director term: 2017 - 2020

Background/experience:

Art is a strategic human resources and labour relations consultant with more than 30 years of experience and is currently a strategic human resources and labour relations advisor for Overwaitea Food Group. 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.

Art 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 currently enrolled in the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors Corporate Governance College.

Committees:

  • Human Resources, Chair
  • Investment and Loan, Member
  • Nominations, Member
  • Westminster Savings Foundation, Vice Chair

 

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