Public panel: The future of the cooperative banking sector

The public panel session is free and open to the public. It will be held on Friday the 26th of August, from 3:30 to 5pm in room 105 of the Harry Hickman Building.

The following experts will be participating on a pubic panel addressing the future of the cooperative banking sector:

Rym Ayadi is Professor of International Finance and International Business at HEC Montreal International Business School in, Montreal, Canada. She is Director of the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperative and Founding Director of the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) at HEC Montreal. She is also Associate Senior Fellow at the Euro-Mediterranean University of Slovenia, Founding President of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association in Barcelona and Scientific Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies. She published widely on banking and finance, financial regulation, financial development. Rym is senior member of several high-level groups and scientific committees. Her publications are accessible on
Frank Chong is the Acting Superintendent of Financial Institutions and Acting CEO of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation, at the Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM). As a member of the FICOM executive team, Frank oversees various program areas including examinations, statutory approvals, policy, market surveillance, and regulatory reporting. His team is also actively involved with inter-jurisdictional regulatory initiatives with the Credit Union Prudential Supervisors Association (CUPSA) and the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulator (CCIR).He has also participated in a number of industry working groups and is currently a project team member providing advice on the current Financial Institutions Act & Credit Union Incorporation Act reviews. Frank has held various roles within FICOM including Executive Director, Director, and Senior Analyst. Prior to FICOM, Frank held finance and management roles at a B.C credit union, chartered bank and an insurance brokerage firm. In total, Frank has more than 15 years of experience within the financial services sector.
Tracy Redies has been in the financial services industry for more than 25 years and is currently a director of BC Hydro. Previously, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union for five years until July 2014. Ms. Redies holds a BA with a Double Major in Economics and Pacific and Asian Studies from the University of Victoria and an MSc in Business Administration in International Trade and Finance from the University of British Columbia. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Social Sciences and was recognized as one of 50 Alumni Who Made a Difference. A four-time recipient of WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™award and past inductee into the Top 100 Hall of Fame™, Tracy has served on the Board of Governors for Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures and the Business Council of British Columbia. She was named BC CEO of the Year in 2013. She is a director of Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation and a past director of the C.D. Howe Institute.
James A. Wilcox is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been the Chair of the Finance Group and Chair of the Economic Analysis and Policy group. He teaches courses in macroeconomics and in financial institutions and risk management. Jim is a Fellow of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and a past Fellow of the Filene Research Institute. Jim served as the 2012 President of the International Banking, Economics, and Finance Association. From 1999-2001, Jim was the Chief Economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, DC.  Previously, he had served in Washington as the senior economist for monetary policy and macroeconomics for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush and as an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Jim’s research interests include the effects of real estate and financial shocks on the national economy, financial institutions and their regulation, banks and credit unions, and consumer attitudes and spending.
Don Wright joined Central 1 Credit Union as President and CEO in January 2014. Don holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, a Masters in Economics from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. His career has spanned the academic, government and private sectors.  He taught economics at Harvard University and the University of Saskatchewan. His government service included positions as secretary to treasury board and as deputy minister in the ministries of forests, trade and investment, and education in the Saskatchewan and British Columbia governments. From 1997 to 2001, Don worked for Weldwood of Canada, a forest products company, and was a vice president there before he returned to government service in 2001. From 2003 to 2008 Don was the principal of Analytica Consulting, and from 2008-2013 President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Don has also served on a number of profit and not-for-profit boards.