executive leadership team

They may be all smiles but they mean business! Our executive team combines many years of industry experience with an innovative and progressive approach to leading our organization.

Edward Bergen

President + CEO

Leanna Beasant

Vice President + Chief Financial Officer

Curtis Fines

Vice President + Chief Operations Officer

Greg Rutherford

Vice President + Chief Information Officer

Chad Willis

Vice President + Chief Experience Officer

Clarence Abrams

Director, Finance

Vanessa Foster

Director, Creative Strategy

Kerry Hendry

Director, Risk Management

Bev Kiel

Director, Member Administration

Cheryl Mitchell

Director, Facilities + Business Development

Paul Olfert

Director, Talent Integration

Nichole Zarazun

Executive Assistant

Edward Bergen

President + CEO

Ed has been providing visionary leadership to Sunova since April 1981 as President + CEO. Over the years, he has implemented countless innovative initiatives resulting in above-average growth that, in turn, has catapulted Sunova from near bankruptcy to one of the top 30 largest credit unions in Canada.

 

While many financial institutions are content with conforming to standard banking practices, Ed has built a culture at Sunova that encourages and embraces change, and focuses on providing our members and clients with exceptional and memorable service experiences.

Leanna Beasant

Vice President + Chief Financial Officer

Leanna started at Sunova back in 2009 as an Associate. She transferred into the finance department and eventually accepted the position of Controller.

 

A few years later, Leanna decided to leave Sunova but she didn’t go too far. She stayed in the financial system and spent time at two different credit unions, moving up over the years, before returning in 2018 as our Vice President + Chief Financial Officer.

Curtis Fines

Vice President + Chief Operations Officer

Curtis started his career with Sunova in 1994 as a part-time Member Service Representative in Stonewall. He moved up quickly and just five years after starting as an MSR, he accepted the managing partner position in Lac du Bonnet. In 2011, after managing a few branches, Curtis accepted the Vice President + Chief Operations Officer role, which he continues to work in today.

Greg Rutherford

Vice President + Chief Information Officer

Technology is the way of the future, and Greg is taking Sunova there! He oversees technology upgrades and leads a superstar team to help make sure Sunova is keeping up with (and is sometimes ahead of!) current trends. Greg has been working with Sunova in the IT department since 2004.

Chad Willis

Vice President + Chief Experience Officer

As Vice President + Chief Experience Officer, Chad oversees the lending functions for all our branches, the commercial and ag services division, and manages Sunova’s very own Mastercard® program. Chad has been providing Sunova with strategic thinking since he joined the team as the managing partner of Stonewall in 2011.

Clarence Abrams

Director, Finance

Throughout his career, Clarence has held various positions in the Manitoba credit union system including seven years as General Manager of a smaller credit union. Clarence joined Sunova in October 2008 as Controller and is now the Director, Finance.

Vanessa Foster

Director, Creative Strategy

Vanessa has been a key part of Sunova and the creative strategy department since 2001. She led the successful rebrand of the organization in 2008, introduced the world-famous D.O.G program, helped launch the Brio Insurance and Hubert Financial brands, has organized many events, such as the annual Spark gala, and executed many internal and external campaigns. Under Vanessa’s leadership, the department has received several industry marketing awards including Best of Show for both the CUES Golden Mirror Awards and MACU Achievement in Marketing Excellence Awards.

Kerry Hendry

Director, Risk Management

Kerry has worked in many areas at Sunova since starting with us in April 1998, including branch operations, branch management, retail, commercial / ag lending, and credit adjudication. Kerry has provided amazing guidance and knowledge to Sunova employees over the years and, with over 40 years of banking experience, he is a great asset to our executive team.

Bev Kiel

Director, Member Administration

Since starting with the organization in 1994, Bev has held a variety of positions and knows the organization inside and out. She started her career with Sunova as an MSR at our Teulon branch and is now responsible for the member administration department, which is committed to facilitating compliance with internal and regulatory policy and procedures. It is this team’s responsibility to support the branches by ensuring documentation (membership, account, and loan) meets compliance requirements.

Cheryl Mitchell

Director, Facilities + Business Development

Cheryl has worked at Sunova since March 2000. During her time at Sunova, Cheryl has supervised several branch renovations, upgrades, and the construction of three new branch buildings. Cheryl keeps Sunova’s properties and branches looking great!

Paul Olfert

Director, Talent Integration

Paul joined Sunova in September 2009. His plate is full as he provides leadership and direction in recruiting and new employee integration, employee workforce development, benefits, including group insurance, compensation and corporate benefit programs, organizational succession planning, and performance management.

Nichole Zarazun

Executive Assistant

Nichole has been with Sunova since June 2015 as the Executive Assistant. Nichole provides exceptional organizational and administrative support to the Board of Directors, President + CEO, and the executive management team.

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