Meet the board

Bruce

Bruce Sack
Board President

Bruce was elected to Innovation Credit Union's Board in 2010. He is a 2014 graduate of the accredited Credit Union Institute of Canada through Dalhousie University.

He was employed from 1973 to 2003 in various management positions including Branch Manager of both Battleford and North Battleford Branches, Special Projects Manager, Business Development Manager, and Human Resources Manager. He retired as the VP of Business Development and Human Resources.

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Bruce's current and past community involvement includes:

  • Chairman of the Board of Stewards for the Battleford United Church
  • Trustee of local Public School Board for six years
  • Director of Battleford Recreation Board
  • Director with the Battleford Housing Authority Board for eight years
  • Chairman of the local Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Battlefords Minor Hockey for five years
  • Minor hockey and baseball coach for some twenty years

Bruce and his wife Irene are lifetime residents of the Battlefords. They have three adult children and spend as much time as possible with their four grandchildren and at their cabin at the lake.

Mike
Mike Davis
1st Vice President

Mike has served on the Boards of Southwest and Innovation Credit Union since 2000.

He is the Pharmacist / Manager at Pioneer Co-op in Swift Current.

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Mike currently chairs the Discipline Committee as well as the Licensing and Registration Committee of the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists. He is the Past President of the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists. He has served on the Board of Swift Current Minor Football and was active in coaching and officiating.

Mike has been a credit union member for over 30 years. He and his wife have two grown sons. Mike enjoys golfing and curling as hobbies.

Russ

Russ Siemens
2nd Vice President

Russ has served as a Director on the Board of Innovation Credit Union since 2007. He serves as President and Chair of the Board at SaskCentral and is on the Concentra Financial/Trust Board. He is a graduate of the Accredited Credit Union Institute of Canada (ACCUD) and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) programs.

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Professionally, Russ holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) with a published dissertation focusing on transformational leadership, technology, and change management. He is the past principal of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School and Waldeck School. Prior to his retirement from the education system in June, 2014, he gave leadership in the school system in teaching online courses and developing cyber-school options for high school students.

Russ is married to Jacqueline and they have two college-aged sons. Jacqueline teaches Kindergarten at All-Saints School in Swift Current, Colten is a Red/Blue-seal journeyman Welder through Athabasca University, and Marshall is a student of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan.

Joan
Joan Baer
Joan is the owner of Baer Values which provides consulting services in the areas of business cases, research, project management, and strategic and risk consulting.

She has over 35 years of managerial and executive experience within the Canadian Credit Union System which includes developing, implementing and delivering internal audit functions to Saskatchewan Credit Unions while she was employed with SaskCentral from 2008 to 2017. She also served as the General Manager of Goodsoil Credit Union from 1988 to 2008.

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Joan obtained a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Executive Management in 2016. She completed an Organizational Management Project (OMP) on maintaining cooperatives principles and values in a time of change in regulatory, technology, consumer behavior and society as a whole in 2016. She also completed various classes in Enterprise Risk Management, ISO 3100, and Auditing from a Risk Perspective. She obtained an ACUIC Designation with Honors in 2007.

Joan is a passionate, strong motivator and committed team player with enthusiastic leadership, communication, decision making, problem solving and interpersonal skills.

Her and her husband Blair live in Goodsoil.
Jerome

Jerome Bru
Jerome, a credit union member since 1968 and long time resident of the Battlefords and area, is currently employed as a Field Supervisor with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance. Since retiring from Sask Wheat Pool in 2002, Jerome worked in retail as a sales rep at Valley Ford Sales for a brief time and in 2004 decided to become involved as a crop adjuster, compliance auditor/field person with Sask Crop Insurance.

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Jerome has served as a board member with BCU Financial and Innovation Credit Union from 1995 to present, serving as President from 2003 to 2006. His other volunteer work includes being Manager of the Midget AA Barons, as well as Chairman of the lounge committee for the 2008 Provincial Scotties and the 2011 Provincial Men's Tankard.

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton was elected to Innovation's board in 2017.

He is an Associate Charted Professional Accountant with a North Battleford based accounting firm.  Ian's past career experience includes serving as Mayor and City Councillor of the City of North Battleford, serving as Operational Manager of Battlefords Tribal Council, and serving as Director of Finance and Student Services for Northwest Regional College.

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Ian has his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting Major) from the University of Saskatchewan.

He has served on many community boards and committees including 15 years on the Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre, 13 years on the Battlefords Residential Services Inc. board, 5 years on Battlefords Credit Union's board, and numerous years on various church councils.

Ian is the co-founder and currently serves on the Battlefords and District Community Foundation.  He serves on the Battlefords Boys & Girls Club board as well.

Ian is married with three children and five grandchildren.

Gwen

Gwen Humphrey
Gwen served on the Board of Directors of Eastend Credit Union from 1996 to December 31, 2012 at which time Eastend Credit Union merged with Innovation Credit Union. She is excited to be on Innovation's Board of Directors effective April 2014. During 2015, Gwen completed her Level 3 of the CUDA (Credit Union Director Achievement) program and will now be a graduate from CUDA.

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Gwen worked at Eastend Agencies – Motor Vehicles Division as a Customer Service Representative. After graduating from Success Business College with a secretarial and financial certificate, Gwen has been employed as a Co-op Store Grocery Manager, jewelry store retail supervisor and for 7 years as a photographer's assistant.

Gwen's volunteer and community involvement includes:

  • Eastend Town Council
  • Eastend AllyKatz Early Learning Centre (head of governance policies)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Eastend Rink

Gwen is married to Curtis. They have 3 children: son, Jay married to Karen with 2 girls, Lily and C’Jay; daughter, Pam married to Jeff; and daughter, Dixie married to Travis with 3 children, Tash, Colby and Jewels.

Murali Krishnan
Murali Krishnan
Murali Krishnan was elected to the Innovation Credit Union Board in 2017. He has been a member of the Credit Union since 2007, when he moved from Calgary to Swift Current and started D3 Developers Inc., a construction company, of which is currently President.

Prior to this, Murali has had a long career in the corporate world, primarily in Information Technology and Strategic Planning. He has held senior executive positions at Cameco and IBM within Canada, as well as Kuwait Oil Company and Shell Oil internationally.

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In a voluntary capacity, among others, he has been involved in coaching community sports in Regina and Calgary, in the Junior Achievement program at high schools in Saskatoon, and in delivering information sessions and advising students in Engineering and Management at the University of Calgary and University of Saskatchewan.

Murali has an Engineering Degree along with professional certification in Project Management and Information Systems Audit.

Murali is married to Rupa and they have two adult children, Suurya and Mrinalini, who are both physicians abroad. Rupa assists Murali in his business and is a past President of the Lions Club in Swift Current. Rupa and Murali both enjoy travel, golfing and sailing.
Gord

Gord Lightfoot
As an active member of the credit union system, Gord was a Board member of Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan from 1996 to 2013 and was a board member of Credit Union Central of Canada. Gord also served as a Board member of Concentra Financial. He is also the former Chairman of the Board for Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation. Gord served on the boards of Western, Southwest, and Innovation Credit Union for the past 30 years.

Gord is a farmer in southwest Saskatchewan.

Michele

Michele Wilde
"I have been a member of a credit union all of my adult life and I believe in the cooperatives values that they stand for. I want to further serve the membership by ensuring the longevity of our Credit Union and its commitment to our community.

Obviously the positive mandate of our membership to become a federal credit union is going to be a challenge with the amount of change we will experience in the next few years. The velocity of change not only in the technology sector but also especially in the financial services industry will be a very big challenge to position ourselves for continued growth. One of the biggest opportunities that I see is that the next generation are more values based than our generation and this aligns better with our cooperative principles.

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As a business owner for the past 21 years, I feel I can bring some practical experience and knowledge to the board in the areas of customer service and human resources. I also have a background in sales and marketing as I worked part time for Rawlco Radio for 10 years. As president of various community school councils for the past 9 years, I realize how important volunteerism is to our community and how much Innovation values this principle.

I am passionate about my community and have life experiences that will help lead Innovation forward. Innovation was founded in many communities and it is important to have representation from our rural areas."
Karen
Karen Yurko
Karen has been a Business Coordinator at SITE Energy in Pierceland since 2010. She manages off-site administrative resources for several projects and supports the aggregate division with margin analysis, forecasting, product inventory and planning. She works with the finance department to ensure company projects are capturing their costs on a timely basis.

Karen has served as a Board of Director for Pierceland Credit Union from 1999 to 2019, at which time she joined Innovation's Board as part of the credit unions' amalgamation. While serving on the Pierceland Board, she served a term as Board Chair and also served as a delegate to SaskCentral representing Pierceland Credit Union from 2003 to 2019.

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Karen's taken a variety of classes from the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA) program. She's also completed a Broadcasting Program through Mount Royal College.

Karen is an effective public speaker, has proven leadership and people skills, and an ability to absorb and analyze data through margin analysis and strategic planning. She's also an expert cabbage roll maker!

Her and her husband, Barry Butler, have a daughter, three sons, and 11 grandchildren. She also has a cat who "rules our home".
Bryon

Bryon Zanyk
A member since 1995, Bryon served on the board of Battlefords Credit Union, BCU Financial and Innovation Credit Union for eleven years. After a seven year break, he returned to the Board of Directors in 2016. Residing in North Battleford, he is employed as a program coordinator at North West Regional College.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and a Master of Science degree, specializing in microbiology. He also completed the credit union director training modules. He is married to Lisa and the proud father of Noah and Rachel.

 
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