Daniel Burns, 1st vice chair of World Council of Credit Unions' board of directors, represents the Canadian credit union movement as chair of Credit Union Central of Canada. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., USA, World Council is the leading international trade association and development agency for credit unions. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217,000,000 people. The regional and national credit union and financial cooperative associations affiliated with World Council represent 89 countries around the globe.
Burns is a lawyer, accountant and entrepreneur. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Western Ontario, in law from the University of British Columbia and in business from the University of Toronto. Burns completed the Summer Program for Cooperative Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2002 and earned a global executive master's degree in business administration from St. Gallen University in 2008. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario.
Burns is an experienced corporate director in the fields of financial services, investment management and insurance. In addition to serving on the board of Central 1 Credit Union, he also serves as director of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, The Co-operators Group Limited and Addenda Capital. Burns is also chair of the National Legislative Committee at Credit Union Central of Canada.
Burns earned the ICD.D designation as a certified director from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He also completed the inaugural International Company Directors Course offered through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Burns co-founded Accend Capital Corporation, which is a capital pool company under the TSX Venture CPC program where he serves as chief financial officer. He has been nominated for the Canadian Bar Association's Pro Bono Award and for Canada's Top Forty Under Forty.