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National Credit Union Awards

Canada’s credit unions have always played a significant role in the well being of the communities they serve. CCUA recognizes and rewards these accomplishments through an annual awards program that acknowledges credit unions that exemplify the true nature of the co-operative spirit. The National Credit Union Awards highlight fresh and effective programs that emphasize local economic initiatives, innovative solutions that improve the effectiveness of the credit union, and the ambitions of tomorrow’s young leaders.

NEW THIS YEAR:

  • Online submission process: click here 
  • Two new awards: Learning Leader and Best of Marketing
  • Call for nominations: Jan 1 - Feb 15, 2017 for all awards* 
    *except Hall of Fame which ends Jan 31, 2017
  • Submission fees: learn more


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See below for more information on each of the award categories.

Hall of Fame
Social Responsibility
Community Economic Development
Innovation
Young Leader
Learning Leader
Best of Marketing

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Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame award honours and celebrates the achievements of lifetime contributors to the Canadian credit union system. Nominee must be, or have been, an inspiring leader, a passionate advocate for the system here in Canada and/or internationally, a positive promoter for the credit union system, and a true representative of the co-operative spirit.

View 2015 Winner Videos: Sean Jackson | Gord Lightfoot | Dave Maclean

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Social Responsibility Award

The National Credit Union Social Responsibility Award recognizes the leadership, innovation and advancement that credit unions are demonstrating in their social and environmental performance. Over the years, credit unions have earned a reputation for their concern for community, often through philanthropy and community service. Today, credit unions are taking that a step further by challenging themselves to make community responsibility and sustainability a core part of their business. Through this Award, CCUA’s Credit Union Social Responsibility Committee, with the support of CCUA’s Board of Directors, are recognizing and celebrating the ways credit unions are leading in defining strategic approaches to social responsibility that will encourage and inspire the system as a whole

View 2015 Winner Video: Kindred Credit Union (formerly Mennonite Savings and Credit Union)

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Community Economic Development Award

The National Credit Union Award for Community Economic Development recognizes and honours the outstanding contribution credit unions make to the economic development of the communities they serve. Since its inception, this prestigious award has focused national attention on the leadership role credit unions play in inspiring others to shape promising futures within their communities.

View 2015 Winner Video: Assiniboine Credit Union

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Innovation Award

The National Innovation Awards is designed to recognize credit union/caisse popularies for breakthrough products, services and processes that are either new or have undergone significant improvements and can serve as a model for other credit unions. We look to recognize innovations that have demonstrated substantial benefit to either the credit union/caisse popularie or member base. The National Innovation Award should recognize the credit union/caisse popularie– not specific individuals. The award can be submitted by a single credit union/caisse populaire or a group of credit unions working together to bring a solution to the market.

The 2016 National Innovation Award will highlight innovations in the following areas:
  • Products and Services
  • Channel 
  • Payments 
  • Disruptive Innovation

View 2015 Winner Video: First West Credit Union

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Young Leader Award

The National Credit Union Young Leaders Award recognizes young leaders in Canada’s credit union system. The Award helps identify the best and brightest young employees, motivate them, and publicize their accomplishments to inspire others. In creating this Award, CCUA’s Board of Directors helps national leaders demonstrate strong support for young leadership.

Does your organization have any rising stars? Do they have well-defined accomplishments? Have they tackled any unusually large responsibilities in your credit union/caisse populaire or provincial/regional Central? Each year, up to five winners may be chosen for the National Credit Union Young Leaders Award, and only one of these winners will be selected as the scholarship recipient and receive tuition plus travel costs (economy class) to attend a leadership development program at a recognized university in Canada ($10,000 maximum). 

View 2015 Winner Videos: Adam Thome | Amie Warkentin | Richard Lange | Steve Marquis | Tara Vanden Pol

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NEW Learning Leader Award

The National Credit Union Learning Leader Award recognizes and honours a leader who demonstrates an outstanding contribution in the development of credit union employees. The Learning Leader award is for business leaders who recognize that investment in people has a direct impact on the member experience and on the bottom line for the credit union. This new award for the CCUA acknowledges the role that skilled employees play in the success of their credit union, and the leader who ensures that employees are as prepared as possible to serve the needs of their members. This award recognizes innovative approaches to Human Resource Management, Learning & Development and/or Talent Management resulting in significant business improvement and recognize CU achievements. Ongoing development of credit union employees is critical at a time when multiple factors are reshaping or industry and our workforce.

Have you implemented an innovative Learning & Development or Talent Management strategy that improved the capability of your employees? Did you see an investment in your employees that also demonstrated an impact to your business results? Do you have a leader in your credit union that drove a human capital initiative that made an impact? If so, share your success story with us!

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NEW Best of Marketing Award

The Best of Marketing Award will be awarded to the Achievement in Marketing Excellence (AIME) entry with the overall highest score. The AIME Awards celebrates the year’s best marketing and communications campaigns created by credit unions, cooperatives and, suppliers to the industry. The awards were created to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the industry.

MACU member credit unions, cooperatives or suppliers to the industry may submit to enter the awards.

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