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Vancity announces Janelle Aaker as Chief Equity and People Officer

Thursday, October 21, 2021, Territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations/Vancouver B.C. —Vancity has announced Janelle Aaker as its Chief Equity and People Officer, reporting to President and CEO, Christine Bergeron. In this new role, Janelle will join the Executive Leadership Team and serve as executive sponsor of our Employee Resource Groups. She will lead Vancity’s Human Resources team and advance the organization’s commitments to anti-racism, equity and justice.

Janelle is known as a driving force in creating diversity and equity and joins Vancity with 15 years' experience in global companies such as Lululemon and Nike. She is highly regarded for her thoughtful and values-driven leadership of human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies and teams. As VP of Global Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff for People & Culture at Lululemon, Janelle led the organization's first global roadmap to advance diversity and inclusion. As a consultant, she's partnered with organizations on a range of mental health and DEI strategies and projects.

“Janelle joins Vancity at a very important moment,” said Christine Bergeron, President and CEO at Vancity. “We have a rare opportunity to rethink how we lead and organize our work, and Janelle will play a key role in that. This new leadership position will keep Vancity accountable in our commitment to factor equity, diversity and inclusion into every decision we make for our employees, members, and their communities. And we will continue to weave these key attributes into the fabric of our business.”

About Vancity

Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 550,000 member-owners and their communities, with offices and 55 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 $30.5 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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