Over the past several months, Alberta Central has been conducting a national search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Many exceptional candidates were brought forward demonstrating significant interest in Alberta Central’s purpose to champion change and provide expertise to member credit unions. Alberta Central’s board is pleased to announce the search has now concluded and that Benjamin Chappell will assume the role of President & CEO, effective September 30, 2021.
Benjamin comes to Alberta Central from the Balancing Pool, a major crown corporation in Alberta’s electricity industry, where he served as its President and CEO. Following significant changes in the sector, he charted a new strategic direction for the Balancing Pool, launched major initiatives in key markets, proactively engaged and enhanced relationships with external stakeholders and government, and fostered a strong collaborative corporate culture inside the organization. He has also served as a board member for SPARK The Energy Credit Union. Benjamin brings over 13 years of experience that includes roles in strategic planning, asset optimization, portfolio management, risk and compliance. He holds Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degrees, both with distinction. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds his Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D).
“I am excited to be joining Alberta Central as its new President and CEO and to lead the organization in its purpose to champion change in the credit union system. I believe in the strength of credit unions and the unique value proposition they offer. I look forward to advancing the organization’s vision to be a marketplace connector, creating the opportunity for credit unions to access the products, services, expertise and thought leadership they need to be successful in the financial services industry,” said Benjamin.
Benjamin’s immediate focus will be working with the executive team to review Alberta Central’s mandate and strategic plan and engaging with credit unions to understand their perspectives and needs.