Corporate Responsibility Main Topic Of Day Three
WOCCU's International Credit Union Leadership Institute
Nassau, Bahamas-Day three of the 7th Annual
International Leadership Institute witnessed
more invigorating speakers, informative breakout
sessions and Keynote speakers.
At today's General Plenary Session were David
Mowat, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union CEO,
and Bruce Ralston, board chairman of the credit
union, who discussed "Responsible Corporate
Citizenship: Bringing Value to Credit Union
Members and Their Community."
2003 was the best year in the history
of "VanCity," and speakers Mowat and Ralston
explained how they managed to produce record
numbers while maintaining a commitment to
environmental soundness and social justice.
VanCity has long been a leader in these areas,
having recently released its third report on
From 3:30-5:00 there were a number of
sessions. James Updike, CEO of the Honda
Federal Credit Union, led "Branching Over the
Border: A U.S. Credit Union Opens in Canada" and
Joanne De Laurentiis, president and CEO of the
Canadian Credit Union Central, reacted to
WOCCU's own Brian Branch, chief operations
officer and vice president, teamed up with Glen
Francis, CEO of the Jamaica Credit Union League,
to hold a discussion on "Credit Union Progress
Around the World: An Insider's View."
Michael George of the Kern School Federal
Union and Tania Goodine, St. Willibrord sales
and marketing manager, spoke on the unique
subject of "Attracting the Young to Your Credit
In the fourth breakout session, another World
Council leader, technical services manager Mark
Cifuentes, led "Becoming part of an International
Network: International Remittances an open door
to International Network of Services." WOCCU's
International Remittance program, IRnet, has
seen remarkable success since its creation in
1999, changing industry standards with its
affordable processing fees.
An entertaining evening followed the
highlighted by performances of the "WYCUP
Challenge," a lighthearted competition designed
to support relationship-building among WYCUP
candidates. Tomorrow the 2004 WYCUP winners
will be announced. World Council youth
outreach initiative, WYCUP—WOCCU's Young Credit
Union People—honors five bright young credit
union professionals each year.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.