Vrooman in 2016
|Born||1968 (age 50–51)|
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Education||B.A., M.A., history, University of Victoria|
|Years active||2004–2007 (Deputy minister) |
|Known for||CEO of Vancity Credit Union|
Tamara Vrooman (born 1968) is the CEO of Vancity Credit Union. Previously, she served as British Columbia's first and youngest female deputy minister of finance.
In 1992, Vrooman attempted to earn a position with the British Columbia's ministry of finance but was rejected because her interviewers assumed she had poor mathematical skills. As a result, she enrolled at the University of Victoria where she enrolled in finance courses. Twelve years later, she became British Columbia's first and youngest female deputy minister of finance. While in her role as deputy minister of finance, she won the 2007 Knowledge and Leadership Award from the Association of Women in Finance and the 2003 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to B.C.’s public service. She also became the first deputy minister in B.C. to take maternity leave.
Vrooman stayed in her role as deputy minister of finance for three years before leaving in 2007 to became CEO of Vancity Credit Union. She replaced former CEO Dave Mowat who served in that role for seven years. The next year, Vancity became the first carbon-neutral credit union in North America. During the 2010 fiscal year, Vancity hit a financial high and Vrooman was named Canada's most powerful woman in the corporate executives category by the Women's Executive Network. By 2011, Vancity became the largest Canadian organization to adopt a living wage policy and she was appointed to sit on the Board of Vancouver Airport Authority. Vrooman received a 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Award and was also honoured by the University of Victoria as a Distinguished Alumni.
As CEO and president of Vancity, Vrooman helped develop and chair Canada’s first Schedule 1 bank focused on impact in the Greater Toronto Area, called the Vancity Community Investment Bank. In 2016, Simon Fraser University honoured her with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. By 2018, she was selected by the Federal Government to co-chair a panel on climate change. A year later, she was the recipient of the Order of British Columbia for "contributing to a better quality of life in B.C. and beyond." She was also awarded the 2019 PEAK Award from the Association of Women in Finance.
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