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Vancity announces Jonathan Fowlie as Chief External Relations Officer

Thursday, March 4, 2021, Unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations/Vancouver B.C. —Vancity has announced Jonathan Fowlie as its Chief External Relations Officer, reporting to President and CEO, Christine Bergeron. In this new role, Jonathan will oversee Vancity’s External Relations and Impact Strategy division which comprises government relations, communications, community investment, climate strategy and performance, and member and stakeholder engagement teams.

Jonathan joined Vancity five years ago and became part of the Executive Leadership Team in March 2020, providing strategic advice and guidance to the organization in a quickly changing external environment, and informing the credit union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He previously served as the organization’s VP of Government Relations, Public Affairs & Community Investment, and Director of Communications.

President and CEO of Vancity, Christine Bergeron, commented on Jonathan’s appointment: “Under Jonathan’s leadership, his teams have led the work on developing Vancity’s climate commitments, and our engagement with partners, the public and other stakeholders around our response to the pandemic. He has that rare combination of strategic thinking, creativity, and management expertise needed to lead the next stage of our work as we set out to address the pressing issues facing our members and communities. I’m confident his talents will enable Vancity to accomplish the commitments, goals and actions set out in our business strategy.”

Jonathan began his career in journalism, first at The Globe and Mail and then at The Vancouver Sun. He covered multiple assignments including the Tour de France, the war in Afghanistan and served six years as The Sun’s legislative bureau chief in Victoria. Following that, he worked as a communications and public affairs consultant, advising some of B.C.’s top organizations.

Jonathan has degrees in Film Studies and Journalism and is an alumnus of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Leadership Academy. He also serves on the board of the Vancity Community Foundation.

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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