WASHINGTON -- CUNA hosted the World Council of Credit Unions' G7, bringing together the world's largest credit union organizations, to discuss their critical issues of the day.
CUNA and the World Council welcomed representatives from the world's seven largest credit union associations: Canada, Ireland, Australia, the Caribbean, Poland, Brazil and the United States, at meetings last week at Credit Union House in Washington, D.C. The two-day, face-to-face meeting was initiated to discuss the top priorities and concerns of each of the systems.
World Council CEO Pete Crear noted, "It's vital for the world's largest credit union associations to work together on challenges, address trends and capitalize on opportunities. The G7 is our way to address this need."
The discussion agenda ran the gamut from membership growth and what credit unions will look like in 2020 to the youth market to cooperative advocacy efforts. David Phillips, CEO of Credit Union Central of Canada, and John Gilbert, CEO of CUSCAL (Australia), also reported on association structure changes within their countries.
World Council Chairman Gary Plank, president / CEO of the Arizona Credit Union League, also participated in the meeting.
The next G7 meeting will be in Calgary, Canada during the World Credit Union Conference in July 2007.