Bill Knight

Director, Citizens Bank of Canada Bill Knight

William (Bill) Knight comes to the board with extensive experience in the financial services industry. A certified director from the Institute of Corporate Directors, he is also the former Commissioner for the Financial Consumers Agency of Canada, where he served from 2001 to 2006. Part of that role involved anticipating and understanding emerging marketplace issues or policy issues by identifying and analyzing patterns or connections in the industry and regulatory developments in Canada and abroad.

Before that, he was the President and CEO of Credit Union Central of Canada where he undertook a number of strategic initiatives to distinguish Canadian credit unions as the competitive alternative to banks. In his capacity as CEO, Bill chaired the Credential Group of Companies, as well as the World Council of Credit Unions CEO Advisory Committee.

In the early 1970s, Bill distinguished himself as one of the youngest Member of Parliament when he was elected to represent the federal riding of Assiniboia in 1971.

"Citizens Bank represents a unique financial institution that brings together Canadian technological banking innovation with the strong value proposition championed by both Citizens Bank and the Vancity Credit Union. I am honoured to serve on the Board," Bill said.

He is a member of a number of corporate and volunteer boards including Assuris-the entity protecting your life insurance, the Canada Guaranty mortgage insurance Co., the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and the Canadian Association of former Parliamentarians Educational Foundation . Bill serves on the Consumers Advisory Group to the Irish Central Bank as well as an advisor to the World Bank's Global program on financial Consumer protection. He serves as a champion for the Canadian Cooperative Association's international development program assisting credit union development internationally.

About Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank was formed by Vancity in 1997 as a national bank that would take the largest credit union in Canada beyond the borders of B.C. We were the first and we’re still the only bank with a clear ethical policy. In April 2008, we became the first North American-based bank to be carbon neutral, which means that the CO2 emissions we create are now equal to the emissions we have reduced or offset elsewhere. We achieved this goal through a rigorous emissions reduction program focusing on energy use, staff travel, paper consumption and waste.