Nominated by: SaskCentral, Saskatchewan
You could fill a book with the accomplishments of Joseph (Joe) J. Dierker Q.C. and his incomparable contributions to the Canadian credit union system.
Born and raised in Cudworth, Saskatchewan, Joe learned the value of family, community, co-operation and hard work – key qualities which served him well over his remarkable career.
Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 1960, Joe joined the Saskatoon firm of McDougall Gauley and began an association which would see him become a significant force in the credit union system. He’s lent his legal expertise to organizations such as Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan, Federated Co-operatives Limited and Credit Union Central of Canada.
In his 50 plus years of service, Joe’s noteworthy achievements have included the drafting and crafting of multiple regulations, legislation at the federal & provincial levels and multiple Acts that benefits the whole credit union system, and some international credit unions. It’s even earned him the Moniker of the “God father” of credit union law.
Respect for Joe’s work has resulted in several honours including being appointed to Queen's Counsel, 1991 and the Canadian Bar Association of Saskatchewan distinguished service award
Today, he continues to offer his expertise, influence, and business acumen to benefit the whole of the co-operative system. Without exception, Joe’s colleagues and clients sing his praises - citing his unfailing good humour, professionalism, thoughtfulness, and tireless work ethic.
Because of his lifelong dedication and service to the ideals and principles of co-operation and his leadership, high professional standards and loyalty to the credit union system, Joesph Dierker is Credit Union Central of Canada’s recipient of the 2013 Hall of Fame award.
Nominated by: Central 1 Credit Union & Libro Financial Group, Ontario
Everyone who knows Jack Smit - knows his signature phrase: “Carpe Diem… Seize the Day!” Since immigrating to Canada from the Netherlands in 1969 – with that philosophy deeply engrained in the young man, he began his career as a teller with Libro Financial (then St. Willibrord Credit Union) in London, Ontario. In hindsight – what he did “seize” was the power of co-operation.
Over the next two decades - his leadership, mentorship and management style led him through various positions. In 1988 he was appointed CEO, a position he retained until his retirement in 2012. Along with his trusted Senior Management Team – Jack led Libro Financial to impressive growth! Today, they have 16 branches delivering world-class service to 59,000 owners, including 344 staff and a total portfolio over $3.6 billion.
As a passionate advocate for the credit union system, Jack contributed his philosophy & vision to both provincially and nationally by serving as Central 1 Credit Union’s Board Chair from 2009 to 2012; and as a Director on Credit Union Central of Ontario’s Board for over 20 years. Jack became involved at the national level as a Director on the Board of Credit Union Central of Canada from 1994 – 2006, and as the Chair from 2002 to 2005. Jack’s achievements include being an instrumental part of the merger between British Columbia & Ontario Central (to form Central 1 Credit Union).
Jack has been a strong supporter of the credit union system throughout his career and today, even in retirement, continues to contribute as a Board member of NEI Investments.
Committed to community involvement Jack has served on numerous boards including the London Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of London and Middlesex.
While Jack now has time to indulge his passions; family, travel, photography and golf, his dedication to the credit union system remains undiminished.
He continues to be extremely proud of the team he developed and mentored… today recognized as one of the strongest in the industry.