Rick Sielski

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Risk

As Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk, Rick Sielski ensures the credit union has a deep understanding of risk that balances growth and impact with regulatory requirements. With oversight of the credit, enterprise intelligence and data, and enterprise risk management functions, his team builds the organization's capacity to generate insights and make timely, informed decisions that enable the delivery of a differentiated member experience.

Joining Vancity in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Member Services and then becoming Chief Operating Officer, Rick was previously responsible for Vancity’s member-facing lines of business, including branch-focused financial services, wealth management, small and medium-sized business, commercial mortgages, venture capital, Visa, foreign exchange and call centre departments. At Vancity, Rick’s well-honed discipline evolved beyond the single dimension of building shareholder value into a more holistic approach that supports member and community well-being: "Good Money."

The first 10 years of Rick’s banking career were in commercial banking, where the emphasis on personal relationships was paramount. He went on to a series of progressively senior roles including three years as TD Canada Trust’s District Vice- President for Surrey, Langley, Delta and the Fraser Valley before transferring to Toronto in 2000 as Chief Operating Officer of TD Waterhouse Private Investment Counsel. In this position, Rick was responsible for the development and execution of the overall business and growth strategy of the $10 billion firm with locations from Halifax to Victoria. Rick returned to Vancouver in 2005 as Vice-President, Regional Sales, British Columbia for Fidelity Investments Canada Limited.

Rick is a Certified Financial Planner and Personal Financial Planner. He serves on several boards, including Aviso Wealth Inc., Citizens Bank of Canada and the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Rick has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan with a double major in finance and marketing. His first job after university was with the Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation. Helping local businesses begin or expand their manufacturing operations, Rick realized that strong service relationships are integral to mutual success.

Today, Rick, his wife Leslie and their family make their home in West Vancouver. In joining Vancity’s Marine Drive branch, one of the first things Rick appreciated was ease-of-access to a full spectrum of services in a genuine way that benefits both himself as a member as well as his community– a unique benefit of the credit union model. “My father has been a credit union member all his life,” says Rick. “Everything comes full circle.”