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Canvas’ Clements chosen to attend The Cooperative Trust and CUNA’s Annual Governmental Affairs Conference

DENVER, CO (January 30, 2019) — Canvas Credit Union is proud to announce Jennifer Clements, Director of Retail Operations, has been selected to attend The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Crash the GAC 2019 event.

For the second year in a row Colorado’s chosen Crasher was selected from the Canvas Credit Union team. In 2018 Ben Metzger, Staff Attorney at Canvas joined the crashers. This year Clements is inspired to to be a crasher. “I am appreciative for the opportunity to Crash the GAC and I look forward to participating in advocacy efforts that protect and promote credit unions,” said Clements. “Without advocacy, credit unions won’t be able to provide the type of experience our members deserve.”

Crash the GAC is a career-changing program for credit union young professionals that allows them to experience CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in a dynamic way with exclusive networking connections. The conference includes mentoring sessions with industry leaders previously from organizations such as Filene Research Institute, National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, and CUNA Mutual Group.

“The Crashers program is a great opportunity for young credit union professionals, the conference, and the entire movement at large,” said CUNA CEO and President Jim Nussle.

This highly competitive endeavor is a launching pad for many young professionals and is provided by The Cooperative Trust and CUNA, in association with Credit Union Leagues/Associations. CUNA provides Crashers with a complimentary registration fee to attend the conference, and many state leagues and associations provide scholarships or other financial assistance. This year 100 Crashers will attend the Washington, D.C., conference in March, representing every state in the nation for the Cooperative Trust’s 10th Crash the GAC event.

“Credit unions must win the war for talent. Attracting, growing and retaining incredible talent and nurturing their passion for credit unions will enable Canvas to transform financial services. The Crash program does just that. We couldn’t be prouder of Jennifer. She already brings incredible enthusiasm and passion to Canvas and we’re sure that will only be amplified through her experience,” said Tansley Stearns, Chief People & Strategy Officer at Canvas.

“As the Cooperative Trust and Crash program grow and evolve, we continue to see positive impact on the careers of young professionals in the credit union space,” says Lauren Culp, Manager of the Cooperative Trust. “As we know developing this next generation of credit union leaders is critical to our success as an industry, we’re thrilled to work with CUNA to offer the opportunity to even more young professionals this year than ever before.”

Crash the GAC and other Crash events throughout the year are designed to spark new ways of thinking and build lasting relationships for young professionals within the credit union industry.

About Canvas Credit Union

Canvas Credit Union is a safe and insured financial institution with over $4.5 billion in assets and more than 297,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile banking options. Serving Colorado communities for more than 85 years, Canvas currently has 35 branches and is well recognized for its people, its heart, and its commitment to community.

About Filene

Filene Research Institute is an independent, consumer finance think tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting consumer financial wellness, the future of credit unions, and cooperative finance. Founded 30 years ago as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Filene moves credit unions forward with research and incubation support. For more information, visit and @fileneresearch.

About The Cooperative Trust

The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. To learn more, check it out live at

About CUNA

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by more than 15 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit


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