First West Credit Union unveils new enhanced digital banking experience

LANGLEY, B.C. – First West Credit Union today announces the launch of a new digital banking experience in its Envision Financial division. Developed in partnership with Central 1, First West is the first credit union in Canada to release all three channels of the Forge Digital Banking Platform into market, which includes a brand new mobile app, online banking platform and public website.

“At First West, we’re always looking for ways to deliver remarkable banking experiences for our members,” says Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union. “With the launch of our new digital banking platform, we’re continuing to lead the way in offering innovative technology and demonstrating our commitment to elevating the banking experience – making it simpler, more intuitive and efficient for our members to interact with us.”

Using Backbase’s global-leading omni-channel banking solution as the foundation, Forge includes everything digital banking – all on one modern and streamlined platform that is designed to transform the user experience. Through this offering, First West is introducing innovative digital banking technologies and solutions that its members want and expect to use now, and in the future.

“Central 1 is thrilled to be partnering with First West to help deliver a best-in-class digital banking experience to their members, through our Forge Digital Banking Platform,” says Mark Blucher, President and CEO of Central 1. “Forge is designed to keep our clients on the leading edge of new digital strategies that will further strengthen their market share and engage their members. With award-winning technical architecture and customized, state-of-the-art banking solutions, Forge enables First West to be a leader in the ever-evolving digital banking expectations of Canadians.”

Skinner adds, “At First West, we pride ourselves on our ongoing commitment to putting our members first and creating real value for them through exceptional day-to-day banking products and best-in-class technology solutions. Our team has been working hard to bring this new, enhanced digital banking experience to our members and we will continue to look for ways to stay at the forefront of the digital banking movement.”

Currently available for retail banking members at Envision Financial, Forge will launch for First West members in the Valley First and Island Savings divisions later this year, and will be available for all business banking members in early 2020.

Company Information

About Envision Financial

Envision Financial is a premier provider of banking and investment services for residents and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union with 46 branches throughout the province, Envision Financial brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Envision Financial, visit

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