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We’ve grown from our modest beginnings in the agricultural industry to a leading financial institution across southern Alberta. Chinook Financial was originally incorporated in Brooks in 1941 when seven local men were convinced that a locally-owned financial institution was important to the area. Thirty-three people each gave one dollar, to start Brooks Credit Union and we began to grow. Since then, we’ve been proudly helping our members achieve their financial goals and dreams while aspiring to do great things for the communities we call home.


Today, Chinook Financial is a division of Connect First Credit Union, one of  the leading financial services providers in southern Alberta, proudly serving our members through 12 branches. We offer our a full range of financial products and services, paired with the branch network of a large financial institution.


We have a mission to Make Money Make a Difference, and here’s just one example of what that means to us.


Our Credit Union

Connect First Credit Union offers its members a full range of financial products and services through trusted local brands and a community-focused approach to banking. Connect First is Canada’s 7th largest credit union, with over $5.4 billion in assets. Proud to employ over 700 Albertans, we serve 120,000 members through 42 branches in central and southern Alberta, under the brands: First Calgary Financial, Chinook Financial, Mountain View Financial and Legacy Financial.


We’re committed to providing outstanding experiences to our members, our communities, and our employees, and we’re proud to be regarded as one of the best.



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Financial Information:

Quarterly Stakeholder & Financial Reports for Connect First Credit Union can be found on our corporate website.


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Media Releases:

All releases and news can be found on our corporate website.


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Leadership Team:

Our leaders work hard to represent the best interests of our members and credit union. Get to know the Board of Directors and Executive Team.


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You’ll find our by-laws on our corporate website.


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Media Contacts

Teri Buckley
Director, Corporate Communications
Connect First Credit Union

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