Mike Cooke

Senior Vice President, Risk

As senior vice-president of risk, Mike Cooke leads First West Credit Union's enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, internal audit and corporate security teams. He ensures that member, employee and credit union assets are protected and that the organization operates in an efficient and controlled manner.

Mike joined Delta Credit Union—one of First West’s predecessor credit unions—in 2000 as a member before joining First West as an employee in 2012 when he became the vice-president of finance overseeing accounting, financial reporting, tax services and financial planning and analysis. His experience spans more than 20 years of leading finance and risk management for leading organizations including Deloitte Canada, Vancouver-based software company ACL, Great Canadian Gaming and Vancity.

Mike is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) and a certified information system auditor. He attended the Executive Program for Financial Leadership at Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.

In the community, Mike serves as the board treasurer for Food Banks B.C., a provincial association that oversees more than 100 food banks across British Columbia. He is also a member of the board for the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS), an international organization that provides education and outreach services to at risk inner-city youth through the power of athletics and mentorship.

Featured Posts

April 3, 2018

All members are invited to attend the AGM to learn about the credit union's results and future plans, and connect with the board of directors, management and employees.

This year's AGM will be held May 15, 2018 at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre in Abbotsford at 6:30 pm. Registration will open at 5:30 pm. If you can't attend in person, you can view the webcast online at firstwestcu.ca

For detail on the AGM, financial summaries and the special resoution...

April 3, 2018

All members are invited to attend the AGM to learn about the credit union's results and future plans, and connect with the board of directors, management and employees.

This year's AGM will be held May 15, 2018 at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre in Abbotsford at 6:30 pm. Registration will open at 5:30 pm. If you can't attend in person, you can view the webcast online at firstwestcu.ca

For detail on the AGM, financial summaries and the special resoution...

 
Lean
June 22, 2016

How Lean makes a difference in service-based business

Time is money in any industry. The credit union system is no exception.

Some time ago at First West, we became acutely aware of the value of our time and how it’s best spent serving and creating value for our members. In an industry where member experience and satisfaction are often differentiators, organizations are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to gain a competitive edge and...

 
Lean
June 22, 2016

How Lean makes a difference in service-based business

Time is money in any industry. The credit union system is no exception.

Some time ago at First West, we became acutely aware of the value of our time and how it’s best spent serving and creating value for our members. In an industry where member experience and satisfaction are often differentiators, organizations are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to gain a competitive edge and...

 
Model
October 13, 2015

Following a recently conducted process to downsize from 15 to 12 directors, First West Credit Union director Michael Brydon has chosen to leave the board effective October 7, 2015 and directors Terry Enns and Stewart Ladyman will complete their service to the board at the conclusion of the credit union’s 2016 annual general meeting.

The board grew to 15 directors on January 1, 2015 when three former Island Savings Credit Union directors were appointed to the First West board as...

 
Model
October 13, 2015

Following a recently conducted process to downsize from 15 to 12 directors, First West Credit Union director Michael Brydon has chosen to leave the board effective October 7, 2015 and directors Terry Enns and Stewart Ladyman will complete their service to the board at the conclusion of the credit union’s 2016 annual general meeting.

The board grew to 15 directors on January 1, 2015 when three former Island Savings Credit Union directors were appointed to the First West board as...