Kathryn Pollack

Kathryn Pollack
District 3 - Fort Qu'Appelle/Moosomin
Lumsden, SK
Assistant Deputy Minister
Government of Saskatchewan

Why you should vote for me:  

I will be a strong strategic voice for financial wellness, ensuring the Conexus community benefits by having the tools they need to make the right decisions to reach their goals.  

I am interested in serving on the Conexus board of directors for a number of reasons. I am looking for an opportunity to contribute to my community while also developing myself and leveraging my business acumen in a new way. I have used Conexus as my primary banking institution for 10 years and have tremendous respect for the organization’s commitment to customer service and financial well-being. The co-operative principles that underpin the organization are very aligned to my own personal values. Additionally, the values that Conexus holds mirror some of my leadership core values. Serving as a director for the organization would give me great personal satisfaction and add to my quality of life.  

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

Increasingly, regardless of the sector, data and how it is collected, managed and analyzed will be either an organization’s competitive advantage or disadvantage. Leveraging data safely and securely can help Conexus make informed decisions while protecting their customers.  

Data strategies and financial technology will need to be well integrated into the organization’s strategies and plans. There are opportunities to move along the customer journey in unique ways. For example, small business services that move further down the value chain to deliver accounts receivable management and cash flow analysis. In comparison to larger banking institutions, Conexus should be able to capitalize on its agility and flexibility by outmaneuvering the large banks during times of disruption.  

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

Conexus has been a leader in the movement from a cash-based society to a non-cash society from the beginning, having been at the forefront of issuing debit cards and enabling debit transactions in Canada. Keeping pace with this ongoing change in society will be a challenge, of course presenting an opportunity, but there is inherent risk in evolving technology and trends. 

Keeping up to and on the cutting edge of fintech will also be challenging, and leadership will need to ensure there is focus on this area, to stay ahead of the competition. The concept of open banking could be transformative to financial well-being of members, but also runs the risk of eroding market share for Conexus. Lastly, with the continued growth of data collection, privacy breaches present significant risk for any financial institution and cyber security will continue to be top of mind for Conexus members.

 

Education and professional designations:

  • Master of Business Administration (Executive Management, International), University of Regina
  • Certified Right of Way Asset Management Professional, International Right of Way Association
  • Petroleum Land Administration Certificate, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology  
  • Fine Arts Diploma, Collège du Vieux-Montréal

Board and community involvement:

  • New Dance Horizons, former board member and secretary
  • International Right of Way Association, former communications chair of Chapter 79