<div style="line-height: 20px;"> President and CEO, Vancity <br><span style="font-size:13px;"> Canada</span></div>
As President & Chief Executive Officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman believes that banking has a vital role in building healthy communities and views the economy as much more than what is written on a balance sheet; for her it includes the social and natural economies in which we all live. Under Tamara’s leadership, Vancity has gained international recognition for its values-based banking model. This has been achieved while growing the assets plus assets under administration of the credit union 61 per cent to $25.6 billion and achieving the highest profits in the organization’s 72-year history. Under Tamara’s direction, more than one-fifth, or $5.4 billion, of Vancity’s assets are invested in impact. Among her many awards, Tamara has been recognized as BC’s CEO of the Year, by the Women’s Executive Network in the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Among her many board commitments is the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, the Impact Canada Initiative in the Government of Canada’s Privy Council Office, and the Rick Hansen Foundation, which she chairs. Vancity was the first Canadian financial institution invited to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (2011) and Tamara is completing her second term on its Board.
The Global Alliance for Banking on Values is an independent network of banking institutions using finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental development.
Summit host Vancity improves the financial well-being of its members while helping to develop healthy communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.