Introducing Sask CU Advance

Saskatchewan’s first competition designed around bringing forward innovative ideas from young leaders of the credit union movement is here—Sask CU Advance. The search is on for ideas from our emerging Credit Union leaders for ways to advance the business value that Saskatchewan’s credit unions provide for members, communities and employees. Sask CU Advance was designed By Young Leaders For Young Leaders, and really has three key goals in mind:

  1. Provide a development opportunity for those who are 35 and under
  2. Build a bridge of communication from young employees to senior leaders
  3. Provide a platform to see and hear ideas that could help drive innovation in our system

Sask CU Advance is brought to you via the Saskatchewan Young Leaders (SYL) executive committee and is administered by Currency Marketing.

“The Saskatchewan Young Leaders strives to help build ways to position the credit union system as an employer of choice among potential employees and to build bridges with Saskatchewan credit unions and young employees to increase engagement. Sask CU Advance is way for us to continue progress towards both of these goals. We’re eagerly anticipating the talent and ideas brought forward via the Sask CU Advance competition.”

— Alyssa Siegel, SYL committee chair

Sask CU Advance is open for applications from July 26–September 30, 2013.  Applicants must be age 35 and under, have not yet reached the CEO level, and must work for either a Saskatchewan Credit Union or SaskCentral. To apply and share an idea, applicants should create a short video or written submission and apply at Applications should include information about themselves and their role in the SK credit union system, as well as a pitch about a current project or a program that they are either working on at their credit union which they feel could make a difference if implemented more broadly, or an idea they have which could further enhance the business value Saskatchewan Credit Unions bring to members, communities and/or employees.

Another exciting feature of the competition is that the entire Saskatchewan Credit Union System has a chance to participate in choosing the top three ideas submitted!  After the application period closes, a public vote open to the Saskatchewan Credit Union System facilitated through Sask CU Advance will help narrow the field of great ideas to three finalists. Voting will take place on the Sask CU Advance website from October 2-15, 2013. The three applicants with the most votes will move on as finalists.

The three finalists will be invited to attend the CEO Peer Group meeting held in Regina on November 5, where they will make a final in-person presentation to the CEOs of Saskatchewan’s Credit Unions. Peer Group members in attendance at the conference will be invited to vote for their favourite idea and finalist. After this, the Saskatchewan Credit Union community will have a chance to view the final presentations via Sask CU Advance and will once again have the ability to cast their vote to help choose the winner. A blended score of Peer Group members’ votes and public votes will determine the winner.

The winner will be announced on November 8 and will receive a prize of $3,500 to be put towards further education, while each of the two runners-up will receive gift cards valued at $250.

So get your thinking caps on around an idea you have, or encourage a peer or colleague to submit an idea they have.  Innovation, growth and development happens one step at a time. When will you take your next step?

For more information, please visit or contact the Sask CU Advance Committee Leads:

Jill Huls
Saskatchewan Young Leaders
306.682.6482 or 306.231.4034

Lindsay Bertschi
Saskatchewan Young Leaders
306.854.2118 or 306.664.2118

Samantha Larsen
Saskatchewan Young Leaders