Contributors

Adam Richard

Adam C. Richard, is a Wealth Adviser at Assiniboine Financial Group. His goal is to build enduring relationships by helping client establish achievable lifetime goals and then tailoring investment and retirement income plans to meet their specific needs. Contact: Assiniboine Financial Group 200-900 Harrow Street East 204.258.3382 arichard@assiniboine.mb.ca

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Brent Differ

Brent is a Branch Manager at Assiniboine Credit Union. He spends his days serving local residents and buasinesses in his home community – a community abandoned long-ago by all traditional financial institutions.

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Bill Dinsdale

Bill Dinsdale is a Senior Community Account Manager at ACU. Bill's role in the ACU Community Financial Centre (CFC) is to assist non-profits, co-operatives, and social enterprises through financing and account management, specializing in non-profit housing.

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Brendan Reimer

Brendan is Assiniboine’s Strategic Partner of Values-Based Banking. As the former Manitoba Regional Director at the Canadian CED Network, member of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, former board member at LITE and former member of ACU’s Board of Directors, Brendan is a passionate educator and organizer dedicated to creating inclusive, fairer, and more sustainable economies and communities.

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Cheryl Crowe

Cheryl is a Senior Financial Advisor here at our School Road Branch who specializes in Socially Responsible Investing and loves to build custom portfolio for members who want to integrate their social and environmental values into their investment decisions.

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Christine Wong

Christine Wong has been covering business and technology since 1995, when Mark Zuckerberg was in sixth grade. A former associate producer at Business News Network and Slice TV, Wong freelances while chasing after the biggest story of her life — Ben, who is 10.

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Dennis Cunningham

Dennis is Assiniboine Credit Union’s Manager of Environmental Sustainability. He helps employees and members to reduce ACU’s environmental footprint.

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Heather Sadowy

Heather Sadowy is a Cash Management Specialist in the Business Financial Centre, where she helps our business and non-profit members with their cash management and business banking services. She is the current President of Peg City Car Co-op, and volunteers for the annual CCEDNET Manitoba Gathering and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

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Indigenous Leadership Circle

The Indigenous Leadership Circle (ILC) was created by a group of employees who are passionate about promoting Reconciliation in our communities and our credit union. We encourage employee engagement and education by organizing cultural events and experiences, promoting Indigenous achievements, and promoting and offering learning opportunities here at ACU.

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Julia Borgini

A technical copywriter based in Toronto, Canada. After working with many brilliant, hard-working marketers and tech professionals as a technical copywriter, I know what makes great B2B tech copy. I’ve spent 20+ years writing copy and helpful content for B2B technology & SaaS companies looking to make their copy less “tech-y.”

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James Burns

James Burns is a freelance writer and copywriter. With a background in journalism, financial services and marketing, he writes for a wide range of companies across the financial services spectrum. His articles and blogs provide financial advice and insights to both consumers and businesses.

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Jason Halstead

Jason is a Winnipeg-based journalist and photographer who has been published across Canadian media.

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Jeffrey Patteson

With over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, half of that with Canada's largest bank, Jeffrey definitely knows his chops and is a great asset in our commercial finance sector at ACU. Jeffrey possesses a very analytical mind that continually seeks to add value to the member experience. He reviews and analyzes a business member's background and then takes a thoughtful, thorough approach in moving an organization forward, while recognizing the social, environmental and financial impact that it has on the community. Jeffrey helps organizations understand the importance of having healthy financial statements. As well, he assists start-ups in getting off to a strong start, providing a sounding board for their business plans and projections.

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Kat Attwell

With almost 20 years experience at ACU, Kat Attwell has been helping members realize their financial potential through investments, financing and loans. Now as Corporate Risk Officer, she works with ACU branches to educate staff on fraud prevention while also handling fraud inquiries to help protect members and the credit union. Outside of the office, Kat enjoys playing soccer and has been known to have a green thumb — making the most of her Manitoba garden.

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Kyle Prevost

Kyle Prevost is the high school business teacher that you wish that you'd had. When not engaging young minds, you can find Kyle writing and speaking about personal finance, or trying to recapture past glories in a boxing ring.

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Kevin Sitka

Kevin took over the helm as Assiniboine’s President and CEO in 2014. With a decade of experience in the credit union system, Kevin is passionate about co-ops and committed to the values and principles of the co-operative community.

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Lorie-Anne Bretecher

Lorie-Anne is the Sponsorship Coordinator at Assiniboine Credit Union. She works with professionals in the community and at ACU to tell stories that will inspire and educate.

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Lisa Delorme Meiler

Lisa is an accomplished Graphic Designer and Artist. She has worked for ACU for over a decade and has two decades experience in the creative industry. When she isn't following her creative passions, she is busy enjoying the great outdoors and the company of family and friends.

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Mark Glucki

Mark has been developing digital blog communities for 10+ years that connect business and tech pros with their inspirational stories. He developed a North American best practice for creating positive experiences on social media networks and spends as much time learning about entrepreneur success stories as he does producing content for others to enjoy. Mark is also a commercial photographer focusing on product and location images. His work can be seen at Wonderlab Photo

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Maria Cristina Laureano

Maria Cristina is the Marketing Specialist, Digital at Assiniboine Credit Union. She works on the website, social media, and content marketing to support ACU’s financial and community activities.

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Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine‘s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and he won the 2018 Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press. In 2019 he won Peace Educator of the Year from the Peace and Justice Studies Association based at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is an international media commentator as a part of the "Power Panel" on CBC's Power & Politics and National Affairs panel on CBC's The Current. He is also a former secondary school teacher who has trained educators and students across Canada.

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Ryan Fontaine

Ryan is a Senior Wealth Consultant and Investment Advisor with Credential Financial Strategies Inc. and Credential Securities. With two decades of experience, he assists our members with the development and execution of their financial plans. He is passionate about helping people save their hard-earned money. Contact: Credential Financial Strategies 200-900 Harrow Street East rfontaine@assiniboine.mb.ca 204.258.3392 Credential Financial Strategies Inc. offers financial planning, life insurance and investments to members of credit unions and their communities. Mutual funds, other securities and securities related financial planning services are offered through Credential Securities, a division of Credential Qtrade Securities Inc. Credential Securities is a registered mark owned by Aviso Wealth Inc.

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Robert Rusak

Robert Rusak is a Wealth Advisor at Assiniboine Credit Union and Credential Securities. Robert not only delivers solid advice to help his clients reach their goals, he also gives them the peace of mind that comes with knowing someone is watching their investments, making sure they are staying on track.

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Sean Cooper

Sean Cooper is the bestselling author of the book, Burn Your Mortgage. He bought his first house when he was only 27 in Toronto and paid off his mortgage in just 3 years by age 30. An in-demand Personal Finance Journalist, Money Coach and Speaker, his articles and blogs have been featured in publications such as the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Financial Post and MoneySense. Connect with Sean on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Vawn Himmelsbach

Vawn Himmelsbach is a freelance writer and editor. She has covered technology and travel for 15 years, for media outlets such as CBCNews.ca, The Globe & Mail, Metro News, ITBusiness, PCworld Canada and Computerworld Canada. She also spent three years living abroad and working as an Asian correspondent.

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