President’s message

 Doing what’s right for our members will always be at the core of everything we do

2014 was another busy year for the Chinook Financial team, culminating in our amalgamation with First Calgary Financial to form Connect First Credit Union. While a lot of effort went into our amalgamation activities over the past year, we remained focused on our number one priority — looking after our members... more

2014 was another busy year for the Chinook Financial team, culminating in our amalgamation with First Calgary Financial to form Connect First Credit Union. While a lot of effort went into our amalgamation activities over the past year, we remained focused on our number one priority — looking after our members.

Chinook Financial offers our members high tech AND high touch service. We offer 24/7 options for you to do your banking: banking online, by telephone, or in-person, we’re here for you.

In 2014, we helped make keeping on top of your finances easier. Convenient access to your financial information is important, so we introduced a mobile app for Apple and Android Smartphones. We also launched new loan software, so member loan applications are reviewed and approved more quickly.

If you aren’t tech savvy, or you want to sit down and talk to your trusted financial expert about something, our 11 branches will always be “at the ready” to greet you when you visit and focus on your personal, business and wealth management planning needs.

Our 20,000 members call different parts of beautiful southern Alberta “home”: from large multi-purpose farms to hobby acreages and small cities to hamlets. Our employees are proud to live and work in the same communities as you do, and bring a very unique perspective to your financial conversations because they know you and the community where you live.

Wherever you make your home, and however you make your living, thank you for the confidence you have placed in the Chinook Financial team to help us make your financial goals and dreams a reality. It’s our privilege to serve you and your family and be a part of your lives. We don’t take this responsibility lightly!

Scot Hadden

President, Chinook Financial

Member Story

Being a credit union member is a partnership

from left:

Sharon Bergevin, Member
Rob Bergevin, Member
Elizabeth Robichaud, Branch Manager, Nanton branch

Rob and Sharon Bergevin have been married 29 years and live on a small ranch West of Stavely, Alberta. Rob began his career working in the Calgary Stockyards, then went to Auctioneer School where he began his career journey as an auctioneer in 1988, selling things from soup to cattle. Rob and Sharon are very active members of the community, coaching local hockey teams and kids in the local 4-H club, but there was something missing.

The Bergevins had been 50/50 owners of the local auction mart in Stavely — Foothill’s Auctioneer Inc. for the past eight years, and recently had the opportunity to purchase the business and all of its assets. The local auction mart is vital to the southern Alberta agriculture industry, handling small numbers of cattle from local farmers, as well as larger cattle loads from big ranches.

Being a customer with other financial institutions was just that...a “customer” without the essential financial assistance they needed to become full owners of the auction mart. So, the Bergevins went to Chinook Financial’s Nanton branch. The Nanton branch team was able to assist the Bergevins, helping them find the right plan to meet their financial needs and develop an important partnership with an industry leader in agriculture lending.

Since taking over the auction mart, cattle volume has grown by 10%, and sales growth is anticipated between $30 - $50 million over the next three years. Not only are the Bergevins growing their own business, they’re helping farmers in the area grow theirs!

 We’re excited to start our new venture with the credit union system. We’ve never felt so welcome and at home... more

 We’re excited to start our new venture with the credit union system. We’ve never felt so welcome and at home. We look forward to a long relationship with Chinook Financial. 

-The Bergevins

 I’m proud to be a part of creating partnerships with members... more

 I’m proud to be a part of creating partnerships with members. 

-Elizabeth Robichaud

Investing in our Community

Big Bike Ride

Our Fort Macleod and Brooks branches both took part in the Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. With 47 riders, our staff raised a total of $6,862!

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Community Investments

  Community Facilities & Events $123,560 / 48%

  Youth & Sports $68,657 / 26%

  Education $48,185 / 19%

  Arts & Culture $19,510 / 7%

Community Highlights

Chinook Financial prides itself on having close ties to our communities. Whether our teams are doing park clean ups, hosting neighbourhood barbeques, supporting local sports teams, or helping members in need, we have our ear to the ground and are always willing to give a helping hand.

Big Bike Ride

Our Fort Macleod and Brooks branches both took part in the Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. With 47 riders, our staff raised a total of $6,862!

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Business and Investment Classes for Students

Together with Junior Achievement, we taught business and investment classes to students. These programs are designed to give students a better understanding of finance and entrepreneurship, while giving them real world skills for the working world.

New Playground

We lent a helping hand to build a new playground in Fort Macleod, and provided $3,750 toward the community playground and splash park project. The new playground provides a fun and safe place for the town’s children to play, as well as some beautiful green space within the community.

Hussar Community Hall

Since 1979, the Hussar Community Hall has been the gathering place for all members of that community — young and old. After 24 years, there was much-needed repair and a need to modernize this facility. Chinook Financial donated $25,000 to the Hussar Community Hall to help with the upgrades.

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Kids Club

Once again our Annual Charity Golf tournament was a huge success, raising $20,000 for the SPEC Association’s Kids Club, which gives kids from lower income families a safe and friendly place to go after school.

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Community Partners

Throughout the year, Chinook Financial supports a variety of non-profit organizations in our communities. In 2014, we supported the following groups:

  • 4-H Hussar
  • Bassano Arena Improvement Fund
  • Bassano Health Foundation
  • Bassano Playgroup
  • Bassano Skating Club donation
  • Brooks Toy Library
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Claresholm curling club
  • Drumheller Badlands Community Facility
  • Drumheller Dragons
  • Drumheller Minor Hockey Association
  • Empress Theatre
  • Foothills Advocacy in Motion Society
  • Foothills Model T Club
  • Fort Macleod Playground
  • Gem 4-H Club
  • Gleichen District & Ag Society
  • Gleichen Rodeo
  • Global Legacy Foundation
  • Hussar Ag
  • Hussar Curling Club
  • Hussar Hall
  • JT Foster School — Nanton
  • Lomond Community Club
  • Nanton High School
  • Nanton Minor Hockey
  • Patricia Roping Club
  • Porcupine Hills Lodge
  • Rainbow Literacy Society
  • Rosebud Theatre
  • Royal Canadian Legion
  • South Country Fair
  • Southern Alberta Summer Games
  • Stavely Rodeo
  • Strathmore AG
  • Strathmore AG Society
  • Strathmore Childrens' Festival
  • Town of Hanna
  • Town of Strathmore — Farmers Market