We all have a story to tell

Our story is simple, we help make our members financial dreams come true, one chapter at a time. From talking at neighbourhood kitchen tables to our very first loan of $50, so a member could buy a washing machine… more
Our story is simple, we help make our members financial dreams come true, one chapter at a time. From talking at neighbourhood kitchen tables to our very first loan of $50, so a member could buy a washing machine, First Calgary Financial, a division of Connect First Credit Union, has been committed to strengthening communities across Alberta for over 75-years, with 16 retail branches in the greater Calgary area.

We have a lot of great stories. One of our most recent success stories is our amalgamation with Chinook Financial (formerly Chinook Credit Union) to form Connect First Credit Union. A splendid story from the beginning. As the story line carries on, we look forward to continuing to better serve our members.

First Calgary Financial has 400 awesome employees who passionately serve 80,000 members. They create stories every day and are simply, people helping people.

We think differently about how a credit union can operate; providing local decision making, lasting relationships and investing in communities. Last year, we continued to stay on top of the latest banking trends, by being the first credit union in Alberta to launch Interac Flash™ technology — tap and go.

We also get recognized. First Calgary Financial was recognized as one of the Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada and one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies — a platinum club member, since 1999. 

As part of a sustainable credit union that will prosper for the benefit of our members today, tomorrow and in the future, First Calgary Financial, will continue to create many exciting stories.

Will you join us? Become a member, join our talented employee team, or give us a call to learn how your story can begin.

Member Story

Feeling good about where your investments take you!

Tomasz Dudek, Member
Jenny Smith, Personal Banking Specialist, Crowfoot branch

When Tomasz Dudek moved to Canada from the United States in August 2012, his first choice wasn’t a credit union. However, he quickly found that the big banks weren’t meeting his needs. Through online research, Tomasz found First Calgary Financial, visited the Crowfoot branch, and the rest...is history.

Tomasz soon knew he found the best place for his family’s banking needs. The Crowfoot branch team helped Tomasz establish a Canadian credit bureau, keeping in contact regularly to offer encouragement and investment advice. Soon, Tomasz and his family were also able to qualify for a mortgage and are now proud homeowners. Tomasz has recommended many friends, which has led to many other Calgarians coming to First Calgary Financial to start their financial journey, with expert financial advice.

 I had no expectations when I walked into the Crowfoot branch, but had many financial hopes... more

 I had no expectations when I walked into the Crowfoot branch, but had many financial hopes. First Calgary Financial exceeded my expectations of being a member of a credit union. No matter what the situation was, or will be, in the future, my relationship with First Calgary Financial will always be taken care of with the best advice and guidance possible. That’s what a proud member is all about! 

-Tomasz Dudek

 From our very first meeting, I let Tomasz and his family know that I was here to assist in any way that I could to help ensure all their banking needs were taken care of... more

 From our very first meeting, I let Tomasz and his family know that I was here to assist in any way that I could to help ensure all their banking needs were taken care of. We have built a very strong relationship, and one that I am confident, will only continue to grow for years to come! 

-Jenny Smith

Investing in our Community

$732,341

invested in the community by First Calgary Financial

5.87%

of First Calgary Financial’s pre-tax profit was directed to community investments

$33,409

given by First Calgary Financial employees to local non-profit organizations

79%

of First Calgary Financial employees volunteered during work hours

Jeans Day

Through our employee giving and matched funds, $22,900 was donated to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

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Community Investments

  Financial Literacy & Community Economic Development $180,666 / 32%

  Mentoring & Learning $162,131 / 28%

  Civic Engagement & Volunteerism $84,777 / 15%

  Employee-led Initiatives $66,200 / 12%

  Environment $53,085 / 9%

  Community Response $25,500 / 4%

Community Highlights

First Calgary Financial's community involvement runs deep into our DNA and our community roots. We are proud of it! In 2014, we were humbled to receive the 2014 National Credit Union Social Responsibility Award as well as a Calgary Award for our community involvement. At First Calgary Financial — we go beyond the dollars. We roll up our sleeves and become true community partners to help make our communities thrive.

Jeans Day

Through our employee giving and matched funds, $22,900 was donated to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

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FrogskinU
  • 1,424 middle-school students learned essential money skills through FrogskinU
  • First Calgary Financial employees volunteered 180 hours in the classroom

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Stepping Stones

Through the Stepping Stones grant program, 27 local grassroots projects were funded to help citizens build a sense of community and neighbourliness. Some project examples include: Bridgeland Riverside Rooftop Garden, Kingsland Movie in the Park and Panorama Hills Multicultural Day celebrations.

Knowledge Builders

Our Knowledge Builders grant program invested over $60,000 in 28 local charities to help them address organizational learning needs.

Calgary Folk Music Festival

Through the First Calgary Financial eco-initiative program, our employees volunteered 60 hours to help the Calgary Folk Music Festival divert 80% of their waste.

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Community Partners

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

  • Alberta Animal Rescue Society
  • Alberta Theatre Projects
  • ALS Society
  • Alzheimer Society Calgary
  • Ambrose University College
  • Arusha Centre
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals — Calgary Chapter
  • Beakerhead
  • Big Brother Big Sisters Okotoks
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary
  • Branch Out Neurological Foundation
  • Breast Cancer Supportive Care
  • Calgary Arts Development
  • Calgary Between Friends Club
  • Calgary Cerebral Palsy
  • Calgary Drop In Centre
  • Calgary Folk Music Festival
  • Calgary Health Trust
  • Calgary Horticultural Society
  • Calgary Keys to Recovery Society
  • Calgary Learns Association
  • Calgary Reads
  • Calgary Tool Library
  • Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
  • CommunityWise Resource Centre
  • CPAWS Southern Alberta Chapter
  • Cyclepalooza
  • D.Talks
  • Deaf & Hear Alberta
  • Distress Centre
  • Doors Open YYC
  • Elephant Artist Relief
  • Fairy Tales Film Festival
  • Foothills Special Needs Association
  • Framework Foundation
  • Fresh Start Recovery Centre
  • Friends of Federation of Calgary Communities 
  • FrogskinU Educational Foundation
  • GlobalFest
  • Green Calgary
  • Heritage Park
  • Hillhurst Sunnyside
  • Hull Services
  • Inn from the Cold Society
  • Institute for Non Profit at Mount Royal University
  • Kids Cancer Care
  • Lunchbox Theatre
  • Momentum
  • Mustard Seed
  • Neighbourlink
  • One Yellow Rabbit
  • Propellus
  • Pumphouse Theatre
  • REAP Calgary
  • Red Cross
  • Sage Theatre
  • SEEDS Connections
  • Sled Island Music and Arts Festival
  • Student Energy
  • Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre
  • Supportworks Incorporated
  • The Alex Youth Health Centre
  • The Calgary Foundation
  • The Calgary John Howard Society
  • Theatre Junction
  • Tom Baker Cancer Centre
  • Town of Okotoks
  • United Way of Calgary and Area
  • Vertigo Theatre Society
  • Vibrant Communities Calgary
  • Wordfest
  • YMCA of Calgary
  • Youth Central

Environmental Impacts

Understanding and reducing our environmental impacts is a priority for First Calgary Financial. Learn about our recycling and compost program, our carbon emissions report and our employee initiatives.

Download First Calgary Financial’s 2014 Environmental Statistics (PDF)