Coast Capital Members Elect Directors in Record Vote

Credit union's 'Voting is sweet, bullying is not' message strikes a chord with members

Red Cross Society cheque presentation at the AGM

Coast Capital Savings President and CEO, Don Coulter along with Members of the credit union’s Board of Directors and representatives from the Coast Capital Young Leaders Community Council present a $75,000 contribution to The Canadian Red Cross Society to benefit their Beyond the Hurt: Bullying and Harassment Prevention program.

From left to right – Doug Brownridge, Chair of Coast Capital’s Nominations Committee member, Sarah Suleman (student), Bill Cooke, Board of DirectorsChair, Conor Pommerville (Vancouver Island Young Leaders Council Chair),Don Coulter, and Kimberley Nemrava (Canadian Red Cross) .


Surrey B.C.: More than 34,000 Coast Capital members cast ballots in the credit union’s 2015 Directors Election, making it a record vote for the Surrey-based credit union.

“This year’s record turnout indicates that our members are engaged in the activities of their credit union and that they care deeply about helping Coast Capital build a richer future for youth in our communities,” said Doug Brownridge, Chair of Coast Capital’s Nominations Committee, as he referred to the credit union’s $1 per vote charity campaign. This year, to mark their 75th birthday, Coast Capital topped up their contribution to $75,000 to support the Canadian Red Cross Beyond the Hurt: Bullying and Harassment Prevention program.

Five candidates stood for election this year, with members electing newcomer Shauna Turner and incumbents Christian Findlay and Chris Trumpy to the Board.

“Combined, the three elected individuals bring their diverse backgrounds, specific skills and experience in the areas of accounting, human resources, and technology to the Board,” said Brownridge. “Their knowledge complements the current strengths of the other Board members and contributes to Coast Capital’s strong governance, dedication to product and service innovation, and commitment to meaningful community investment.”

Ms. Turner led transformational technology changes in Fortune 500 companies across North America, and has served as Assistant Deputy Minister for BC. As the CEO of the BC Immigrant Investment Fund and BC Renaissance Capital Fund, she brings extensive knowledge of governance practices and reporting standards to the Coast Capital Board of Directors.

Ms. Findlay, first elected by members to the Coast Capital Board in 2009, brings extensive banking and financial management experience, as well as a deep understanding of Human Resource Leadership and Executive Compensation Practices. Christian holds her ICD.D Directors accreditation, and has been extensively involved in Community Leadership.

Mr. Trumpy was first elected in 2012. An accounting professional and a former Deputy Minister of Finance for the province of British Columbia, Mr. Trumpy’s skills in Finance, Audit, Internal Controls, and Regulatory Oversight practices will continue to bring value to the Board.

“We welcome Christian and Chris back, and are excited to add Shauna’s deep experience in transformational technologies to Coast Capital and our team. We also thank our retiring Director Daniel Burns for his commitment to the credit union,” said Bill Cooke, Chair, Board of Directors.

About Coast Capital Savings

Coast Capital Savings is Canada’s largest credit union by membership, owned by its 522,000 members. It has 50 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia and has exciting plans to grow. Product innovations include Canada's first free chequing account from a full-service financial institution. Coast Capital is one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™, a member of Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club, and an Imagine Canada Caring Company. To learn more, visit


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