Mike Cooke

Senior Vice President, Risk

As Senior Vice President of Risk, Mike Cooke leads First West's enterprise risk management, risk advisory services, 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, and then joined 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

 
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...

 
Model
September 18, 2014

Strong majority of Island Savings employees indicate in recent employee engagement survey that senior leaders at Island Savings are positioning the credit union for long-term success

Island Savings and First West Credit Union today announced they are moving forward with next steps in their proposed merger.

As a democratically-led cooperative, Island Savings members must vote on special resolutions before the organizations can legally come together at year-end...

 
Model
September 18, 2014

Strong majority of Island Savings employees indicate in recent employee engagement survey that senior leaders at Island Savings are positioning the credit union for long-term success

Island Savings and First West Credit Union today announced they are moving forward with next steps in their proposed merger.

As a democratically-led cooperative, Island Savings members must vote on special resolutions before the organizations can legally come together at year-end...