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Vancity appoints Nez Aquino as Interim Chief Executive Officer

May 31, 2023, Territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations/Vancouver B.C. – Vancity today announced the appointment of Nez Aquino as Interim President and CEO of Vancity and Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB), effective July 14, 2023. Nez succeeds Christine Bergeron who announced her resignation on April 15 this year.

Nez currently serves as Vancity’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk and Chief Risk Officer. She has over two decades of experience in the financial sector. As Vancity’s Chief Risk Officer, Nez oversees credit legal services and enterprise risk management. She supports the Board and executive team in delivering on our commitments to our members and local communities.

Nez has worked at Vancity since 2006 and has held progressively senior roles in that time, including leading the branch network, call center, credit adjudication, finance and treasury, and risk management. Nez Joined Vancity after several years in the U.S. financial sector. She has been a senior executive leader at Vancity since 2015.

Nez has devoted significant volunteer time to many community organizations, currently on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has served as a board member for Megaphone Magazine, Pacific Blue Cross and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Rita Parikh, chair of Vancity’s Board of Directors, commented: “We’re very pleased to appoint Nez as Vancity’s Interim President and CEO. Nez’s two decades of banking experience and knowledge combined with her strong commitment to our values make her an ideal choice to step into the role of leading the Vancity Group over the next several months.

“She is an accomplished and respected leader among our employees and our stakeholders, and has helped to place Vancity on very secure and strong footing. We know she will expertly guide Vancity, building on the incredibly successful strategy we’ve followed in recent years. Nez has been one of the architects behind the development and execution of our strategic vision with its focus squarely on equity and the wellbeing of people and planet."

Vancity’s Board of Directors has initiated a comprehensive search process to select a permanent CEO while ensuring the credit union continues to deliver exceptional service, stability and impact to its members and the community. 

About Vancity

Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 560,000 member owners and their communities, with offices and more than 50 branches located in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay, within the territories of the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'wakw people. With $34 billion in assets plus assets under administration, Vancity is Canada's largest community credit union. Vancity uses its assets to help improve the financial well-being of its members while at the same time helping to develop healthy communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

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