Introducing our new CEO!

KITCHENER, ON – Following a wide-ranging search, Kindred Credit Union (Kindred) is pleased to announce Ian Thomas as our next chief executive officer. After an orderly transition, Ian will assume the role in January 2019 from Brent Zorgdrager who has served as CEO since 2010.

Ian is an experienced servant leader and brings to Kindred aKindred's new CEO, Ian Thomas great breadth and depth of knowledge in financial services, innovation, and strategic direction. He is currently serving as Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Development at Coast Capital Savings (Coast Capital) headquartered in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada’s largest credit union by membership and a certified B Corp. Since joining Coast Capital in 2009, Ian has served in a variety of senior leadership roles across risk, retail banking, member experience, and investments and insurance. Prior to his time with Coast Capital, Ian worked with Deloitte and RBC Financial. Ian holds his Masters of Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business and achieved his ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ian currently resides in Langley, British Columbia with his wife of 23 years, Sherrilyn, and their two children. In addition to staying active with his family, Ian likes to run, golf, and travel. Ian has a strong commitment to community having served in a variety of organizations including his son’s swim club, the family’s local church, and most recently as Treasurer on the Board of Langley Christian School. Kindred’s purpose and core values resonate deeply with Ian and are what attracted him to our credit union. Ian is looking forward to meeting and building relationships with Kindred staff and members over the coming months.

The chair of Kindred’s Board of Directors, Susan Taves, noted that, “The search committee sought to find the right fit for Kindred’s next CEO and I was inspired by their deep, abiding commitment to our shared values.” Susan added that, “Their gift of discernment and Kindred’s rigorous process gives me the utmost confidence in saying Ian is the right person to lead Kindred in the next chapter of our story.”


About Kindred Credit Union

Kindred Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative based in Kitchener, Ontario. Kindred’s values-centred approach is woven into everything we do and makes us the one-of-a-kind choice for people across Ontario who want to connect their values and faith with their finances. Through Kindred’s eight full-service branches and our award-winning online banking platform, we offer our members a complete range of banking, borrowing, and investing products and services. For more information please visit

For more information, please contact:

Frank Chisholm
Director, Brand and Marketing
Kindred Credit Union
519.746.1010, Ext. 5211

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