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New World Council Chair elected

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16 Aug 16

Daniel Burns from Canada has been elected Chair of the World Council of Credit Unions.

The Canadian Credit Union Association delegate, who has been involved in credit unions for 20 years, formally took office at the World Council’s Annual General Meeting which was held during last month’s World Credit Union Conference in Belfast. He replaces the USA's Anne Cochran as Chair.

Daniel Burns is a lawyer, accountant and entrepreneur. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Western Ontario, in law from the University of British Columbia and in business from the University of Toronto. He completed the Summer Programme for Co-operative Studies at the University of Bologna in 2002 and earned a global executive master's degree in business administration from St.Gallen University in 2008.

He is an experienced corporate director in the fields of financial services, investment management and insurance. In addition to serving on the board of Vancouver-based Central 1 Credit Union, he also served as director of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, The Co-operators Group Limited and Addenda Capital. He was also chair of the National Legislative Committee at Credit Union Central of Canada.

Two other new board members were elected at the AGM; Martha Durdin, also from the Canadian Credit Union Association, and George Ototo from Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives. The World Council’s Executive Committee for the year ahead sees the new Chair joined by First Vice Chair Patrick Jury from the USA, Second Vice Chair Brian McCrory from Ireland, Secretary Manfred Dasenbrock from Brazil, and Treasurer Bruce Foulke from the USA.

Accepting the nomination as Chair, Daniel Burns said: “Our work has just begun. We now have a global message which we must take to the world organisations that can and may determine our common futures.

“I have never felt better about World Council’s ability to affect positive change for the global movement than I do now; and I could not be more pleased and honoured to contribute as Chair for the next year.”

The World Council of Credit Unions is the apex body which supports and advocates on behalf of the global credit union movement, and ABCUL is the World Council’s British member.

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