Over 2,500 Credit Unionists Head to Canada for World Credit Union Conference
Madison, WI—A record-breaking number of
credit union enthusiasts from across the world
will flood Calgary, Canada, July 29 to August 1,
for the 2007 World Credit Union Conference,
co-hosted by World Council of Credit Unions
(WOCCU) and the Credit Union Central of Canada
More than 2,500 attendees from 62 countries
the opportunity to network and participate in
educational sessions on leadership and strategy,
financial inclusion, financial and operational
policy, marketing and business development and
practical solutions to common challenges.
Keynote speakers at the event include Stephen
Lewis, former U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in
Africa and one of TIME Magazine’s most 100
influential people in 2005, and Michael Treacy,
acclaimed author of Double Digit Growth: How
Companies Achieve it No Matter What. Two
highly accomplished industry executives from
Poland and the United States will also share
experiences adhering to cooperative principles in
an increasingly competitive and profit-driven
The 59 speakers from the international credit
union system and beyond will lead the plenary
presentations plus 25 breakout sessions. For more
information on the sessions, visit www.woccu.org/meetings/Calgary07<
click on Conference Agenda.
In addition to the high powered educational
general sessions for credit union professionals
and volunteers, 47 regulators from 15 countries
will participate in the fifth annual Regulators
Roundtable, held in conjunction with the
conference. The two-day regulators forum will
cover topics ranging from new monitoring tools to
forming a credit union regulatory network.
WOCCU and CUCC will also hold their annual
ceremonies during the conference to honor
individuals and institutions that demonstrate the
true nature of the cooperative spirit.
This year, WOCCU will award its highest
Distinguished Service Award, to former WOCCU
Chairman L.R. (Bobby) McVeigh of the Credit Union
Central of Canada and to the Foundation for
Credit Unions. CUCC will also recognize two
Canadian credit unions for their roles in
community economic development and innovation, as
well as five young credit union professionals for
their contributions to the Canadian credit union
WOCCU will award its WOCCU Young Professionals
Program (WYCUP) scholarships to five of the 36
international applicants participating in the
program at the conference. In recognition of
outstanding leadership in the international
union system, the five winners will receive an
expense paid trip to next year’s conference.
The World Credit Union Conference is an annual
event organized by WOCCU and the host country.
Next year’s location will be announced on the
closing day in Calgary.
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, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
Contact: Rebecca Carpenter
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions