Board and Governance
Integris’ Board of Directors consists of twelve (12) members who help govern the operations of the credit union. Elected directors represent each of Integris’ five communities and govern on the board for a three year term before a new election occurs.
Governance of Integris Credit Union is accomplished through numerous established committees that directors are part of to ensure the well-being of Integris staff, members and communities.
These committees include: Executive Committee, Conduct Review Committee, Investment and Lending Committee, Audit Committee, Corporate Governance, Nominating Committee, Co-operative Development, CEO Succession Committee.
Dave Barry (Board Chair)
My wife Colleen and I have been part of northern B.C. since 1989. We’ve raised two wonderful children in Prince George, developing strong roots in the region. My broadcasting career at CKPG Radio & TV has taken me into all areas within the Integris footprint. I’ve come to learn the different qualities and concerns of individual communities from Fort St. James to Clinton. In 1999 I left broadcasting to work as a civil servant in the provincial government and then with the McGregor Model Forest Association. Over those five years, I developed new communication and marketing skills. I believe these skills are unique to our board.
During my first term as a Director, Integris Credit Union continued to develop its reputation as a leading financial and insurance institution in our region. We’ve been recognized as one of British Columbia’s best employers. We’ve returned our profits to you through dividends and to deserving community events and organizations through sponsorships and donations. Over the next three years, I believe B.C.’s northern interior is poised for growth. With your support, I’ll do my best to ensure Integris nurtures the economic and social growth of our region. Like you, I want Integris to continue to make a positive difference in our communities.
Wendy Schmidt (Vice Chair)
I have resided in Prince George since 1982 and my primary employment is with the BC Ambulance Service in the capacity of Human Resources Manager for Northern BC. I have a strong belief in community responsibility and as such I have extensive past involvement within the community in many volunteer and Board member capacities with several organizations. I own a home-based business and teach Ballroom Dance, do Wedding Choreography for the Bride and Groom, and volunteer to teach group line dance to seniors.
I have been privileged to serve as a Director on the Credit Union Board since 1996, and have been involved in many capacities with various committees during that time. I bring the strength of my Human Resource background and volunteer experiences to the table. I enjoy working on behalf of the Membership of Integris Credit Union, contributing to a growing organization, and the credit union system as a whole. I continue to be eager and enthusiastic about representing you, the membership, as a Director – and with your support, look forward to continued involvement in shaping the future of our Credit Union.
Peter Valk (Corporate Secretary)
Peter has served on the Integris Board for 10 years. Peter currently serves on the Audit Committees, and is part of the Executive Committee where he serves as the Corporate Secretary.
I have resided in Quesnel for the past 42 years and have been a director since 1998 and I am currently on the Audit Committee. I am retired from Cariboo Pulp and Paper as a pipefitter. I bring to the Board a keen interest in financial affairs and quality service to the membership. My wife Elaine and I have been married for 47 years and have two grown sons and enjoy taking our four grandchildren camping. I enjoy playing duplicate bridge, golf photography & darts. I have been a credit union member for over 48 years and I am very interested in advancing the credit union as the only alternative to the big banks.
Together we can have the size, strength, independence and diversity to attract skilled employees to ensure the services and products offered would allow us to grow together. I am excited about the future of Integris Credit Union and I would like to continue being a part of the exciting future challenges and opportunities in the coming months and years.
Finance is a fundamental part of personal and community health, and I am keen to explore the role of the financial services sector in community capacity-building. What better place to gain experience than in a community-driven cooperative institution like lntegris?
I was born and raised in Halfmoon Bay, BC and moved to Prince George in 2002 to attend UNBC. I graduated in 2007 with a BA in Economics and International Studies. Along the way, I was honoured to serve as Student Union President. After graduation, I found my calling in non-profit management, serving as an employee with organizations such as FORREX, the Fraser Basin Council, and Community Futures Fraser Fort George and a volunteer director with the Prince George Cycling Club and REAPS.
For the past five years, I have dedicated my professional career to assisting small farms in northern BC with business development strategies. Under my independent consulting company, Jillenium Consulting, I provide strategic business coaching to a wide variety of clients; including those in the provincial Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, as well as research and coordination of community economic development strategies.
Most recently, I was the youngest member ever elected to Prince George City Council. This role has been an incredible opportunity to deepen my commitment to community and rapidly gain a wide array of experiences.
My name is Noella Herod I live and work in Vanderhoof. I am presently employed at Canfor – Plateau and I have been working there for 35 years in the Accounting field. I am letting my name stand for a 3rd term as a Director on the Board for Integris Credit Union. In my second term (6 years) as a Director I have been elected as Chair of the Audit Committee and I have also sat as a member on the Executive Committee. I have completed all required CUDA Courses and additional online courses to help me govern and understand the position I have been elected to represent by our members. I am also the Board representative to the Integris Community Foundation. Prior to Integris I was a Director for Nechako Valley Credit Union for 15 years. I am involved in non-profit community organizations, charities, and member of the CNC Advisory Board. This experience provides the insight and knowledge in understanding and communicating the needs and interest of the communities under the Integris umbrella.
Norm Schmitz left Montreal and moved out west to Prince George in 1967 and hasn’t left since. Norm received his CGA designation in 1976 and has operated a public accounting firm, specializing in tax services for small to medium sized enterprises in and around Prince George for almost 40 years.
Outside of his professional duties he enjoys volunteering his time to community organizations. Some highlights include Rotary Club of Prince George President in 2003, and board member for 2004 & 2005. He also sat on the board for the local YMCA for over a decade earning several awards and much recognition. Norm also received the City of PG Community Service Award in 2011 for outstanding volunteer contributions towards the development of the Prince George Community. In addition he has volunteered hundreds upon hundreds of hours to local sports groups like PGYSA and PGMHA through coaching and the sponsoring local clubs.
He also remains active in the local sports scene, and competes regularly in the Summer and Winter games. Norm looks forward to volunteering his expertise and time as he continues to try and have a positive, lasting impact on the local community in which he has spent the majority of his life.
My name is Jennifer Wilczek, and I was born in Prince George, graduating from Duchess Park Secondary School in the French Immersion Program in 2000. I began my post-secondary education at UNBC, and then transferred to UBC in 2002. I graduated in 2004 with a degree in Medical Laboratory Science. I continued my
I have been a long standing member of Integris Credit Union. My parents opened my first credit union account when I was in elementary school. Growing up I challenged myself to obtain Honour Roll and Principal’s List, so I could receive the benefit of the Credit Union Honour Roll Program and begin saving money for university, for which I am very thankful. My studies took me to the United States, and with the help of a US dollar account and internet banking I was able to keep Integris as my primary financial institution.
As a working professional in the community, I am beginning to learn of the other programs the credit union offers and am learning how to make my money work for me. I look forward to serving the community and being a part of the Credit Union team.
I believe in Credit Unions and the cooperative movement. In particular I like the way that the Credit Union is involved in the communities and its members.
My name is Harmen (Henk) Hanemaayer. My wife and I have resided in the Clinton area for the last 50 years. Presently I am semi-retired, although still active in the business world. My wife, Willemina, and I have successfully raised three children in this area and are proud to be identified as residents of the Cariboo/Northern BC.
Over the years I have operated a service station/ restaurant business as well as having owned and operated a residential home and school for the Special Needs population in BC. I then became active in the education system as a substitute teacher and full-time shop teacher.
I have always held to the principle that you are never too old to learn new things, so in my 50’s I took up the profession of realtor and was quite successful at it. I retired from this profession about 8 years ago, in order to concentrate on authoring and publishing material of my interest. Presently I am an ‘ePub’ publisher, and have published several works in this format.
During the past 20 years I have served as a director on the board for the Living Waters Christian Fellowship in Clinton. I am convinced that the affirmative answer to the age-old question ‘Am I my brother’s keeper’ is still very much valid for today, and that the cooperative principle under which lntegris operates does serve this principle very much, as it supports the community as a bank for the people, by the people.
Keith has been a credit union member since 1973. He moved to Prince George in 1976 and joined Prince George & District Credit Union. He and Carol, his wife of 32 years, raised their two children (now adults) here in Prince George. Until his retirement on July 31, 2009, Keith was the Manager of Human Resources at a local sawmill, a position he held for 26 years. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Prince George & District in 1982 and has served as a Director continuously since then, including nine years as Board Chair. He served for six years on the Board of Credit Union Central of BC. He has seen many changes over the years including the friendly merger of Prince George & District with ChemPulp Credit Union in 1989 and now the amalgamation of three credit unions into one – Integris – in June 2004. This was the realization of a dream.
I have lived in Vanderhoof for 46 years, and I have been married for 32 years. My wife and I have two sons and two granddaughters. Growing up in Vanderhoof I worked at the local Co-op until I graduated from Nechako Valley Senior Secondary. I then attended the College of New Caledonia and received a Diploma in Forest Technology in 1980. I am also Registered Forest Technologist (RFT). I worked for the BC Forest Service for 8 years and for a local forest consulting company for 12 years before starting my own forest consulting company in 2001.
Having just completed my first 3 year term as a member of the Integris Board of Directors I have served on the Investment and Lending, Nominating, Corporate Governance, Conduct Review and Audit committees. I have also completed eight courses in the Director Achievement education program. I have welcomed all the various training and service opportunities that I have been offered and I am looking forward to continuing to be your representative on the Integris Board.