Susan Ewanick

Chief Member Officer

Susan Ewanick is a community leader and business executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. As chief member officer, Susan champions First West’s member-first philosophy.

Susan is responsible for leading the retail, business and commercial banking, wealth management, and general insurance for all of First West’s local market brands: Envision Financial, Valley First, Enderby & District Financial and Island Savings. Susan also provides oversight for First West Capital.

Before rejoining First West in 2016 as president of the Valley First division, Susan was vice-president and head of commercial banking for HSBC in Western Canada. In this role, she was responsible for growing market share by providing differentiated advisory services to domestically- and internationally-focussed small and medium enterprises.

During a 20-plus year career with CIBC, Susan gained extensive experience in retail, business and commercial banking, structured credit for large private and public companies and led the affluent wealth management offer. Susan assumed progressively senior leadership roles including market vice-president, retail distribution, which encompassed 1,200 employees in 100 branches throughout B.C. and northern Canada, with assets under administration of $21 billion.

Susan holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Simon Fraser University and a master of business administration in executive management from Royal Roads University, which included international business studies at the University of Grenoble in France. Susan is also Lean Greenbelt certified by Lean Sensei International and recently became a member of the MacKay CEO Forum.

A champion of First West’s social vision to “lead well”, Susan is proud of her past volunteer contributions as board chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and ministry-appointed board of governor for Vancouver Community College. Susan is currently serving on the board of directors for the Canadian Cancer Society.