Susan Ewanick

President, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial divisions

Susan Ewanick is a community leader and business executive with close to 30 years experience in the financial services industry. As president of Valley First and Enderby & District Financial, she is responsible for leading and growing First West’s retail, business and commercial banking teams as well as wealth management services in British Columbia’s southwest Interior.

Before rejoining First West in 2016, 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 mass 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 the Northern Territories. In total, she oversaw branches with assets under administration of $21 billion.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Simon Fraser University. In 2005, she completed an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University, which included international business studies at the University of Grenoble in France. As a lifelong learner, Susan is also Lean Greenbelt certified by Lean Sensei International and recently became a member of the MacKay CEO Forum.

As a champion of First West’s social vision to Lead Well, Susan is deeply committed to making a difference in the community and 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 was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Okanagan College Foundation.