Board Election

A board election is only necessary in District 1 (North Battleford and area) this year.

Our nominating committee received one nomination for Swift Current and area (District 2) that will fill the vacant position available, therefore Gord Lightfoot is nominated to the board by acclamation. Congratulations!

There will, however, be an election for District 1, featuring candidates Darlene Kingwell and Michele Wilde.

The voting period has now ended. We will announce results at our Annual Meeting on April 24th.

District 1 voting advice centres Expand/Collapse

Your "voting advice centre" is where the majority of your total holdings are located.

  • Battleford
  • Buffalo Narrows
  • Cut Knife
  • Glaslyn
  • Hafford
  • Leoville
  • Meadow Lake
  • Medstead
  • Meota
  • North Battleford
  • Shell Lake
  • Wilkie

Candidate Biographies Expand/Collapse

Darlene Kingwell

Why do you want to serve as a director of Innovation Credit Union?
I have been involved as a Director for the past 18 years and have been a part of the growth of our Credit Union. I believe in the decision as Board, Senior Leadership Team and members to proceed with application to become a federally-regulated credit union with a target date in 2020. I would like to be a part of that transition and contribute through the knowledge and development that the credit union has invested in my service as a Director.

What do you see as key strategic opportunities and challenges facing Innovation Credit Union in the next 3 to 5 years?
The key strategic opportunities that I see facing Innovation Credit Union in the next 3 to 5 years is maintaining a strong membership base by serving present and future members in providing the financial services that they require, when and where they need these services. An opportunity to have engaged and knowledgeable staff that are dedicated to assisting members to achieve their financial future needs. The challenges are to keep pace with the regulatory demands, IT functions and competitive financial markets.

Can you explain how your relevant experience fits with the competencies Innovation is seeking on the board team? If you have technology or risk management background, please profile your experience.
My experience supports Board competencies with 30 years’ experience and training in Core Competencies in Management, Risk Management, Leadership Skills, Strategic Planning, Labour Relations, HR/Volunteer Management, Realtor & Broker Designation, as well as a basic knowledge in IT and Financial Literacy. My 18 years of training in CUDA Core Competencies Levels 1, 2, 3 and attaining Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director Designation; CUES Governance Leadership Institute, Rotman School of Management, as well as attendance at International, National, & Provincial CU System Conferences & Workshops, supports a strong working knowledge of Cooperative and Financial Institutions.

Why should an Innovation member vote for you?
My experience/training support the CU System. Gender diversity is important; I am one of two women elected on this Board. I am dedicated to my duties and continuous learning.

Click here to view a video interview with Darlene.

Michele Wilde

Why do you want to serve as a director of Innovation Credit Union?

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.

What do you see as key strategic opportunities and challenges facing Innovation Credit Union in the next 3 to 5 years?
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.

Can you explain how your relevant experience fits with the competencies Innovation is seeking on the board team? If you have technology or risk management background, please profile your experience.
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.

Why should an Innovation member vote for you?
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.

Click here to view a video interview with Michele.

Voting rules Expand/Collapse

  • You may only vote once.
  • You must vote for one candidate.
  • You must be 16 years or older to vote and a member as of January 31, 2018.

Business and Organization Accounts – please provide your advice centre with a signed Certified Copy of Resolution. We will need 48 hours' notice, prior to the date you'd like to vote. The form is available at any Innovation location.
We'll announce results at our Annual Meeting on April 24th.

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For information on upcoming changes to DEPOSIT INSURANCE if we become a federal credit union, see our disclosure notice. Creditors who have concerns may contact Innovation Credit Union.