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President’s Message

December 2015

I’m proud to say that in 2015 we moved the needle on our vision to be Alberta’s neighbourhood credit union.

We amalgamated with First Calgary Financial to form Connect First Credit Union on November 1, 2014, expanding the products and services available for our members to 27 retail locations in 14 communities across southern Alberta.

The enormity of what we accomplished this year was capped by record financial results enabling us to share a 4.20% dividend with members and with recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. more

We amalgamated with First Calgary Financial to form Connect First Credit Union on November 1, 2014, expanding the products and services available for our members to 27 retail locations in 14 communities across southern Alberta.

The enormity of what we accomplished this year was capped by record financial results enabling us to share a 4.20% dividend with members and with recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

We acted local. Armed with a rich history of strengthening southern Alberta communities in good times and tough times, we supported over 100 community initiatives across Chinook Financial regions this year, financially, and through employee volunteerism.

We showed steadfast commitment to our members. In a year that proved challenging for many in southern Alberta, our teams had countless honest conversations from kitchen tables and farm yards to boardroom tables to help our members plan today for a brighter tomorrow. We brought our mission to life “Making money make a difference”! How? We travelled near and far, throughout southern Alberta, and surprised over 80 members by paying their bills over the holiday season when times were tough.

We listened. We’re successful when our members tell us we are. Our monthly telephone/internet surveys are the fuel for our future plans, helping us understand where we’re exceeding expectations, and where we will work harder. I am pleased to report excellent member service results within the Chinook Financial division.

We made things easier. We introduced new products to help provide peace of mind around your finances and launched a new mobile app with user-friendly functionality and Deposit AnywhereTM.

We’re excited for what’s to come in 2016. On behalf of the Chinook Financial team, thank you for your support, patronage, and the continued trust you place in all of us.


Scot Hadden
President, Chinook Financial

We are successful because our members say we are. We share the same values.

Scot Hadden

President, Chinook Financial

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Investing In Our Community

$227,615

invested in over 68 community organizations in southern Alberta

1,900

volunteer hours donated during work by employees

Community Investments

  Community Pride & Revitalization
$85,222 / 37%

  Community Facilities
$68,750 / 30%

  Community Sports & Rodeo
$44,460 / 20%

  Community Response & Outreach
$24,156 / 11%

  Financial Education & Inclusion
$2,526 / 1%

  Scholarship
$2,500 / 1%

Community Highlights

Chinook Financial prides itself on having close ties to our communities. Whether our teams are doing park clean ups, hosting neighbourhood barbeques, supporting local sports teams, or helping members in need, we have our ear to the ground and are always willing to give a helping hand.
Strathmore Outdoor Rink

$20,000 donated to the build of the Strathmore skating rink.

Chinook Theatre for Young Audiences with Rosebud Theatre

Provided 2,500 students the opportunity to attend the theatre, many for the first time.

Partnership with Cantara Safehouse

$20,000 donation made to the Brooks Women’s Safe Shelter to fund the build of a new shelter, and support women in need through financial counselling.

Community Partners

Throughout the year, Chinook Financial supports a variety of non-profit organizations in our communities. Donation recipients include:

  • Ashton’s Place – Brooks
  • Atlas Coal Mine
  • Badlands Community Facility
  • Bassano – Bullets and Balls
  • Bassano Rodeo Committee
  • Bassano School Breakfast Program
  • Brooks & District Health Foundation
  • Brooks Animal Protection Society
  • Brooks Bandits
  • Brooks Kinettes
  • Brooks Kiwanis Club
  • Brooks Music Festival
  • Brooks Preschool Society
  • Brooks Senior's Outreach Society
  • Canadian Badlands Ltd.
  • Canadian High School Final Rodeo
  • Cantara Women's Shelter
  • CFR Bisons Midget Hockey
  • Chinook Junior Stock Show
  • Claresholm Health Foundation
  • Claresholm Lacrosse
  • Communities in Bloom – Brooks
  • Drumheller Dragon’s Hockey Club
  • Drumheller Ladies Bonspiel
  • Drumheller Passion Play tournament
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Empress Theatre
  • Enchant Golf Club
  • FCSS – Fort Macleod
  • Foothills 4-H Sheep Club
  • Foothills Advocacy in Motion
  • Foothills High School Rodeo
  • Fort Macleod Curling Club
  • Fort Macleod Triathlon
  • FP Walshe School
  • Friends of East Wheatland
  • Gleichen Fair Committee
  • Gleichen Rodeo
  • Greentree School Breakfast Program
  • Hanna Music Room
  • Hanna Phantoms
  • Hussar 4-H Clubs
  • Kinsmen Club of Brooks
  • Lomond & District Minor Hockey
  • Lomond Association for Community Education
  • Lomond Community Club
  • Pollockville Ladies Bonspiel
  • Project Reach – Hanna
  • Rockyford Ag society
  • Rosebud Theatre
  • Salvation Army – Drumheller
  • Small Spurs Rodeo
  • South Country Fair
  • St. Joseph's Collegiate
  • Stage Hanna
  • Stavely Pro Rodeo
  • Strathmore Curling Club
  • Strathmore Minor Ringette
  • Strathmore Thunder Fast Pitch
  • Town of Drumheller
  • Town of Strathmore
  • Vulcan County Health & Wellness
  • WA Community Party in the Park
  • West Meadow Elementary School
  • Wheatland Crisis Society
  • Willow Creek Adult Learning Society
  • Willow Creek Ag Society