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 11 retail branches across 12 communities. 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 is Canada’s tenth largest credit union, with over $5 billion in assets under administration and a community-focused approach to banking. Through its trusted local brands - Chinook Financial, First Calgary Financial and Legacy Financial - Connect First serves more than 100,000 members through 29 branches in 14 communities across southern Alberta
We believe in doing things differently, and were the first credit union in Alberta to offer an alternative to payday lending through our Cash Crunch Loan.
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.
- ALBERTA'S CREDIT UNION OF THE YEAR
- CANADA'S BEST MANAGED COMPANIES - PLATINUM WINNER
- TOP 70 EMPLOYERS IN ALBERTA
Quarterly Stakeholder & Financial Reports for Connect First Credit Union can be found on our corporate website.
All releases and news can be found on our corporate website.
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.
You’ll find our by-laws on our corporate website.
Director, Brand & Stakeholder Engagement
Manager, Brand & Communications
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