2023 WCUC Keynote Speakers Announced

Global influencers to headline event in Vancouver

November 30, 2022

MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions has secured four world-renowned speakers for the 2023 World Credit Union Conference—the premier global event for credit unions—to be held 23–26 July, in Vancouver, Canada. Credit union executives from 60 countries are expected to attend the conference, which will focus on sustainability, digital technologies and the future of financial services. 

The keynote speakers include:

The Ethical Futurists - Alison Burns and James Taylor are The Ethical Futurists™, award-winning experts, keynote speakers and corporate advisors on a mission to help people and organizations think and act more ethically and sustainably. Alison Burns LL.B Dip LP NP FRSA, is an award-winning performer, keynote speaker and expert in business ethics, sustainability and ethical leadership. For over 30 years, she has been a trailblazer in the fields of engineering, entertainment, technology and the law. James Taylor MBA FRSA— who started his career managing high-profile rock stars—is now an in-demand keynote speaker and internationally recognized leader in business creativity, innovation and artificial intelligence. For over 20 years, he has been advising CEOs, entrepreneurs, educators, governments, leaders, writers and rock stars on how to build innovative organizations, unlock creative potential and increase productivity. The Ethical Futurists keynote is sponsored by Desjardins Group.

Kim Lear is a writer and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim is at the forefront of cutting-edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. Previously, Kim was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennials trends. Her undergraduate research is around Baby Boomers and longevity. A researcher to the very core, Kim employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive. 

Riaz Meghji is a human connection keynote speaker and author of the book Every Conversation Counts: The 5 Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships. He is also an accomplished broadcaster with 17 years of television experience, interviewing experts on current affairs, sports, entertainment, politics and business. Along the way, he not only learned the power of a candid conversation, but also how to put it into practice.

A full conference agenda can be found at Early-bird registration rates are available until 14 April 2023. Secure your spot at the can't miss credit union event of 2023 here

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform 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 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 87,914 credit unions in 118 countries serve 393 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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Contact: Kadie Hochmuth
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: +1 (608) 395-2071
Alison Burns and James Taylor
Alison Burns and James Taylor
Kim Lear
Kim Lear
Riaz Meghji
Riaz Meghji

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