Welcome to the EDGE podcast! In this episode, we talk with Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union and MacKay CEO Forums member.
Launi is CEO of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s leading credit unions with more than $10 billion in assets under administration, 240,000 members and 1,700 employees. Launi leads visioning and strategic direction for First West. She ensures its locally-led brand network, comprised of Envision Financial, Valley First, Enderby & District Financial and Island Savings, is able to make a real difference in the financial lives of its members. A leader known for inspiring change and achieving results, Launi is regarded as a champion for credit union renewal and innovation.
Raised in Summerland, B.C., Launi brings more than 20 years of business-building experience in both the U.S. and Canada as a result of her time at Starbucks U.S. As president of Starbucks, Launi oversaw 7,000 company owned stores and 3,400 licensed stores, and managed an extensive management team with operational responsibility for 130,000 employees.
Launi has been recognized for her leadership and business acumen including being named one of “Four Women to Watch” in Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women feature. Awarded an honorary doctorate in 2014 by the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Launi has also been named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women four times and was appointed to the Hall of Fame by the Woman’s Executive Network. Additionally, she received the 2011 Stevie Award for Best Canadian Executive and was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Most Influential Women in Business for 2012.
Launi is currently a board member for Qtrade Financial Group, Rocky Mountaineer and Science World.
In the community she serves as a community leader for the Minerva Foundation for BC Women as well as past event chair for the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
Welcome to the EDGE podcast! In this episode we talk with Bart Egnal, President & CEO of The Humphrey Group and MacKay CEO Forums member.
The Humphrey Group teaches communication skills exclusively through the lens of leadership. They are solely focused on helping their clients lead every time they communicate.
Based in Toronto, Bart heads up the company and leads the management team. Passionate about working with clients, he has forged strong partnerships with leading global companies such as RBC, Bell, Goldcorp, Enbridge, TAQA, and Cenovus to create programs that transform how their managers and executives communicate. An executive coach and communications instructor, Bart's focus is on showing the firm's clients how to inspire action every time they speak. After joining The Humphrey Group in 2001, he assumed progressively more senior roles. Most recently, as Partner and Senior Vice-President he broadened the firm's global reach, setting up offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Mexico City. Bart graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto, earning his Honours B.A. in History.
Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode we talk with Kathy Kinloch, President of BCIT, long time MacKay CEO Forums member and National Partner.
Kathy Kinloch is President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) — Canada's premier polytechnic institution — a position she has held since January 2014.
Kathy is recognized for leading organizational renewal in complex environments. Through a number of senior leadership and executive roles, she has spearheaded change initiatives in the post-secondary as well as government and health care sectors.
At BCIT, she is focusing on efforts to broaden and deepen BCIT's partnerships with business, industry and community, and on taking BCIT globally.
In 2016, Kathy was named a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA Metro Vancouver. She was also recognized in 2015 by BC Business as one of the 50 most influential women in British Columbia; by Vancouver Magazine on the top 50 Power list; and by WXN as one of Canada’s most powerful women: top 100 in the category of Public Sector Leaders.