Jason Sentes, President and CEO of 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union in Lethbridge, AB sure has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the credit union system. Having spent the last 26 years of his career amassing knowledge through education and involvement in various financial capacities across different credit unions, he is an asset to the Co-operative Superannuation Society (CSS) Board.
Jason first became a CSS delegate in 2012 and was re-elected to the Board in April 2018.
“With my background in finance and experience in the credit union system, financial independence has always intrigued me. With this interest and the successful history of the CSS Plan, it is a good fit for me,” Jason says.
Jason began his career in 1992 as the Financial Officer/MSR at Sherwood Credit Union, where he worked for five years before taking the position of Chief Financial Officer at Foam Lake Savings and Credit Union. In 1999, Jason moved to Castlegar Savings and Credit Union to manage the financial and investment portfolio of the credit union for three years.
In 2002, Jason joined 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union as the Vice-President Finance and for 13 years, he actively participated in risk management and strategic development before becoming the President and CEO in 2016.
Jason’s record of success won him the CMA Awards of Excellence Business Leadership and Strategic Achievement from the Certified Management Accountants of Alberta in 2006.
With a deep interest in continuous learning, Jason has earned several certifications over the years. He holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and he is an Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada (ACUIC). Additionally, he holds a Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation from the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) and most recently, he became a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) through the International Foundation of Employee Benefits and Dalhousie University.
President and CEO,1st Choice Savings and Credit Union,Lethbridge, AB
Heather Ryan,Vice-President, Human Resources,Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL)
“I already have an appreciation that the management team fully understands the importance of meeting the needs of the members and ensuring that the CSS Pension Plan remains relevant and current in terms of its provisions and services,” responded Heather Ryan, Vice-President, Human Resources at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), when asked about her thoughts on the future direction of the Plan.