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Ross Gentleman

Board Member

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Now retired, Ross has a long-term commitment to community-based projects, particularly credit unions and co-ops, and he continues to blog on credit union issues. From 1987 to 2004 Ross worked in government, primarily in financial services regulation at the Financial Institutions Commission, closing out his public service as Deputy Superintendent, Pensions. From 2004-2012 he served as ED at Tradeworks Training Society, an employment training and counselling non-profit in the downtown eastside. Subsequently, he stepped in as General Manager of CCEC Credit Union on Commercial Drive until 2019.

Ross also serves as director/treasurer for Brockville Manor Ltd (a non-profit housing corporation). He has a long history serving on boards of community organizations, co-ops, and credit unions, including the 221A Artist Run Centre Society, the Columbia Institute, Central1 Credit Union, CCEC Credit Union, Isadora’s Co-op Restaurant, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, International Development Education Resources Association, Robson Park Housing Co-op, VIVO, and Inhance Investment Management Inc.

Ross has an Executive MBA from SFU and a BSc from McGill. He has a strong grasp of accounting, finance, and governance in the non-profit sector. He has provided training and consulting services to non-profit directors and pension trustees.

Ross sees VIFF as an important community-based cultural institution that can nurture independent cinema, build bridges around the globe, and celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in many dimensions.