Speaker Profiles

Tamara Vrooman

Tamara Vrooman

Chief Executive Officer


A leader taps into the fullest capacity in a group of people, paints a picture of what's possible and supports the team in making it come to life.— Tamara VroomanAs Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s largest credit union, Tamara Vrooman harnesses the strength, breadth and diversity across Vancity to encourage growth and prosperity for the greater good. Tamara considers her role to be a continuation of her career in public service, helping Vancity extend its financial success to facilitate positive social and environmental change.  Under Tamara's leadership in 2009, Vancity earned its second highest net income on record and sold non-core parts of the business, which simplified Vancity's structure and added $65 million to the credit union's already healthy capital base. As Deputy Minister of Finance for British Columbia from 2004 through mid-2007, Tamara also served as Secretary to the Treasury Board and CEO of the Public Sector Employers’ Council. Among her achievements in that time, Tamara led the strategy development and implementation to successfully renegotiate 100 per cent of
xpiring collective agreements in the public sector without strike or mediation and led the Ministry to two AAA credit rating upgrades. Her role included overseeing the government’s annual $100 billion borrowing and cash requirements and developing the government’s $36 billion fiscal plan. Her prior portfolio was as Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer for the Ministry of Health where she balanced the budget and developed the Ministry’s financial management plan.
Tamara pursued her post-secondary education at the University of Victoria, earning a Master of Arts in History in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in 1991.
Raised in Kamloops, Tamara lived in Victoria for over 15 years before moving to Vancouver for her position with Vancity in 2007. "A member like everyone else," Tamara, her husband and young son all belong to Vancity's Kitsilano Branch where the staff advise her on everything from financial planning to the West Side's best restaurants and most popular playgrounds.

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