Mike Cooke

Senior Vice President, Risk

Mike Cooke began his role as senior vice-president of risk in January of 2017 and leads First West Credit Union's enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, quantitative analysis, internal audit and corporate security teams.

As head of risk management, Mike manages the organization’s exposure to risk ensuring that members continue to be invested in a strong, stable organization for many years to come. This important work includes the application of an enterprise risk management framework, identifying emerging and current risks to ensure mitigating strategies and processes are effectively and efficiently managing risks.

Mike joined First West in 2012 as the vice-president of finance overseeing accounting, financial reporting, tax services and financial planning and analysis. Mike is a proven leader with more than 20 years of experience leading finance and risk management teams for prominent organizations within the professional services, technology and financial services sectors.

Mike is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) and a certified information system auditor (CISA). He attended the Executive Program for Financial Leadership at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and is currently enrolled in the Masters Certificate in Risk Management and Business Performance program at York University’s Schulich School of Business.

Mike is an advocate of giving back to the community and currently 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...