Ben Boots

Ben Boots
District 2 - Moose Jaw/Assiniboia
Moose Jaw, SK
Owner and Principal
Spring Creek Consulting

Why you should vote for me:  

A Conexus member should vote for me because they can be certain I care. I care for Conexus, and what it stands for. I want Conexus to thrive.  

Being semi-retired, I have the time and opportunity to give back to my community and my community’s organizations. I would like to be involved where I could offer my skills and experience to the Conexus Credit Union board. I’ve been a member of the Conexus Credit Union or its predecessor for 40 years. I’ve seen Conexus grow and prosper, and I’d welcome the opportunity to be a member of the board guiding its future growth. I have experience from being on other boards of directors that would help me be a contributing director for Conexus’ board.  

Key strategic opportunities for Conexus Credit Union in the next two to five years:

I believe the key strategic opportunity for Conexus is to grow its market share in providing financial services to more sectors of the population and business community. Growing the customer/member base is an opportunity Conexus needs to continue to develop. Saskatchewan’s younger population and new immigrants may not be as aware as they could be of the inherent value of being a member-owner of their financial services provider.  

I think that Conexus could also grow its market share in providing services and financing to medium and large-sized businesses/corporations. Perhaps these types of financial services are a business opportunity for Conexus to explore.

Key risks facing Conexus Credit Union in the next two to five years:

One risk I see facing Conexus is the tension between “maintaining security of the computing systems” and “our members’ ease-of-use of those computing systems.” We want routine financial transactions to be completed with speed and simplicity, and we want our financial service providers to have strong security systems that don’t hinder the speed and simplicity. Great security is wonderful, even critical, but that becomes problematic if the security makes the member’s experience unpleasant.  

The other risk I see facing Conexus is related to the opportunity I see in the previous question. Conexus has to continue to differentiate itself from “the banks” and grow its market share. If it does not, I fear it may lose market share through attrition. Every financial services corporation, whether it is a bank or credit union, will claim to offer great customer service at a competitive price. Conexus members need to experience the value beyond the “FreeStyle” no-fee accounts.  

 

Education and professional designations:

  • Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering), University of Saskatchewan
  • Award of Fellowship, Engineers Canada
  • Certified Water Treatment Plant Operator (Class IV)
  • Life Member, American Water Works Association, Western Canada Section

Board and community involvement:

  • Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation, chair of Human Resources Committee and member of Capital Projects Committee
  • St. Joseph’s Parish Council, various positions
  • St. Anthony’s Home, Providence Hospital, past board member
  • Providence Place for Holistic Health, Inc., past board chair
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, former councillor representing the South-West District, member and past chair of various committees