Wayne Hellquist

Wayne Hellquist
District 3 - Fort Qu'Appelle/Moosomin
Fort Qu’Appelle, SK
Self-employed consultant
Future Quest Consulting

Why you should vote for me:  

I believe that my extensive experience in the co-operative, non-profit and corporate sectors and my background in effective board governance practices provides me with a unique set of skills and experiences.  

I believe that the Conexus Credit Union is a well-managed, progressive and innovative financial institution. I also have a deep appreciation for the co-operative movement gained through my long association with Access Communications Co-operative. I would like an opportunity to apply my experience in organizational development, governance and community engagement by serving on the board of the Conexus Credit Union. Conexus has been a valued partner in my business dealings in the past and I would look forward to being engaged in the governance of a customer-focused, community-minded organization.  

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

I think that there are a number of key strategic opportunities for Conexus Credit Union in the next few years, including the opportunity for continued growth and amalgamation with some other credit unions in the province and potentially beyond. I also feel that Conexus can build on its exceptional customer service and customer relationships by increasing the focus on wealth management as baby boomers continue to drive demand for wealth management services. This will require that Conexus continues to enhance rewards for their most valued customers. Customers will demand any time, any place access to their accounts and balances, and will expect that their financial institution can show them what they are spending and how to save. Customers will expect that Conexus sees them as a person, which will be increasingly challenging as more people, particularly younger clients, will take advantage of the ease of electronic banking services.  

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

A number of risks come to mind, including increased customer expectations especially related to technology and ease of access. In all likelihood, there will be increased competition in the marketplace, some of which will come from non-traditional financial institutions and non-traditional banking competitors which will challenge Conexus’ ability to adjust to these changes. As well there will be pressure and need for greater efficiencies and cost savings for Conexus. Changes in the mortgage and loan markets will also challenge Conexus as will potential regulatory pressures. 


Education and professional designations:

  • University of Saskatchewan

Board and community involvement:

  • World ParaVolley, vice chair
  • SaskExpress, board member
  • Living Skies Barbershop Chorus, member, marketing director
  • Fort Qu’Appelle Outreach and Food Bank, board member
  • Global Foodbanking Network, past board member, vice chair
  • Access Communications, past board member, chair
  • Food Banks Canada, past board member, chair
  • Canadian Olympic Committee, past board member, vice chair, interim chair
  • Volleyball Canada, past board member, vice chair
  • Sask Sport Inc., past board member, vice chair