As the Chief Member Services Officer, leading the Member Experience & Community Engagement division, Christine leads the lines of business and Vancity’s community engagement work, serving Vancity’s more than half a million individual, business and not-for-profit members’ financial, small business, commercial and wealth management needs.
Christine joined Vancity in 2011 to assist in building out its impact investing offering working to identify companies that operate responsibly while maximizing value for stakeholders. She has held several leadership roles since that time including Vice President of Community Business and Vice President of Impact Investing, Wealth Management and Community Real Estate.
She has spent over two decades working with entrepreneurs, financing innovative companies and building financial firms – all focused within the cleantech, sustainability and impact investing sectors. As a founding team member and Vice President of Chrysalix Energy, an early stage venture capital firm, she was part of a team that pioneered “cleantech” investing. She then co-founded a successful alternative asset management firm furthering her expertise in sustainability financing.
Christine’s achievements in fostering community impact, social justice and environmental sustainability earned her accolades from Business in Vancouver magazine, which included her in its 2007 “Top 40 Under 40” list. In 2012, the Association of Women in Finance gave her the Rising Star award, and last year the 2017 Clean50 awards recognized her for her dedication to sustainability.
She applies her professional passion, her discipline and principles to causes outside of Vancity as well. For five years, she volunteered for a non-profit group focused on pulling people out of poverty through investments in energy throughout the developing world. Christine is Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre; she lectures on finance and impact investing at various universities, is a mentor to young women, an advisor to various social enterprises and has contributed her time to various community organizations over the years. She is also a board member with Aviso Wealth.
She earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of Guelph, then completed her MBA in Strategic Management at UBC’s Sauder School of Business in 2002. She also holds her CIM designation.
Christine is a life long learner who constantly strives to improve. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying all that Vancouver has to offer along with her husband and two children. Christine is passionate about education, innovation and empowering people to be—and do—their best.