Launi Skinner

Launi is the Chief Executive Officer of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s leading credit unions with more than $7.7 billion in assets under administration, nearly 177,000 members and nearly 1,300 employees. Launi leads visioning and strategic direction for First West. She ensures its locally-led brand network, comprised of Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial, 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. Since joining First West, she has been named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for past three years by the Women’s Executive Network and also received the 2011 Stevie Award for Best Canadian Executive. Launi was also named one of Business in Vancouver’s Most Influential Women in Business for 2012.Launi is a board governor for Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a board director for Qtrade Financial Group, Rocky Mountaineer (The Armstrong Group), and Science World. 

In the community she serves as a community leader for the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, a committee member of Science World’s Champions Circle as well as past event chair for the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

 

Featured Posts

July 16, 2014
Corporate leaders and sports team coaches are often compared—so what have the top World Cup managers taught us?
 
For the last month, billions of people across the globe were captivated by the World Cup action in Brazil. Thrilling on-field action had supporters on the edge of their seats. Split second decisions turned defeat to victory. Heroes quickly became villains and villains became heroes. The...
March 11, 2014

Pining over what was won’t help credit unions face what is

We’ve all experienced them. Those events in time that forever change the course of the road you’re travelling down—in your own life, with your family, at work.

I know I have. One example that comes to mind readily is when I was at Starbucks. The organization was opening stores in key markets in the U.S. and Canada and knew it had something special—but it wasn’t sure...

March 5, 2014

Credit unions need to rediscover the pioneering spirit

It was one of those news stories that made me go “wow!” The world’s largest online retailer—Amazon—unveiled their Prime Air drone project to the world in December. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you need to. In the near future, Amazon could be offering store-to-door delivery within hours (possibly minutes) of placing...

 
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December 4, 2013

Credit unions now seeking regulator’s consent and member approval

Langley, B.C.— Following several months of due diligence, the boards of Island Savings and First West Credit Union have unanimously approved the business case that would see Island Savings join First West.

Through First West’s unique partnership model, Island Savings would retain its local brand, local leadership, local decision-making and Island-centred community focus.

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September 11, 2013

The boards of Island Savings and First West Credit Union announced today they are undertaking exploratory discussions that would see Island Savings join First West Credit Union.

Through First West Credit Union’s one of a kind partnership model, Island Savings would retain its local brand, local leadership and Island community focus.

“I’m really pleased with the decision our board made to engage in discussions with First West,” says James McKenzie, board...

July 2, 2013

What to do when "easy" isn’t an option

We see it on commercials. We have it on our smart phones. A fix-all app. A that-was-easy button. One touch and our not-so-great pictures look amazing. Two clicks and our complicated office supply order is purchased and shipped.

So we come to expect that of life in general and in our business more specifically. But life and work are much more complicated than a jpeg or a shipment of purple hanging folders...