Canvas Credit Union wins with people: Chris Myklebust joins the family as Chief Transformation Officer

DENVER, CO (October 15, 2019) — Canvas Credit Union has a bold vision to transform financial services. This strategy is grounded in a belief that the organization will be known for their people. “We are in a war for talent. Our leaders are always out connecting and growing our networks to find the very best family members. Chris served on our board and his extensive experience with the Colorado Divisions of Banking and Financial Services provided great insight. Chris possesses a rare combination of vision and enthusiasm for big possibilities along with a razor-sharp focus on managing risk. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him join our family,” shared Canvas Credit Union CEO, Todd Marksberry.

Chris began his career in the securities industry before serving nearly 13 years in several regulatory leadership roles for the State of Colorado. Since 2006, he held Commissioner titles spanning Financial Services, Banking and Securities. He also served a brief stint as the Deputy Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Chris is known for working across stakeholder groups with varying agendas to create positive outcomes. Chris has a passion for the emerging possibilities available for financial institutions to better serve the needs of consumers and is a sought-after speaker.

Just like Chris’ diverse background, his new role at Canvas will focus across a broad scope of responsibilities including leading risk, internal audit, advocacy and exploration for the credit union. “Joining the Canvas team is a dream. As a board member, I saw first-hand how this credit union is uniquely leveraging the cooperative business model to manifest positive change. I can’t wait to jump in. I know Canvas is helping Coloradoans afford life and I’m confident that together we will be able to dream even bigger and make those dreams a reality. People need credit unions, especially Canvas,” said Chris.

Attracting and retaining talent while sustaining a unique culture drives the People team at Canvas. “We envision a future when college graduates are lining up to work for credit unions. One way we can move towards that vision is by bringing in world-class talent. Chris will up the game for Canvas, and also show potential candidates just how special this organization is,” said Tansley Stearns, Canvas’ Chief People and Strategy Officer.

Chris started with Canvas on October 14, 2019 at the credit union’s Lone Tree headquarters.

About Canvas Credit Union

Canvas Credit Union is a safe and insured financial institution with over $4.2 billion in assets and nearly 298,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile options. Serving Colorado communities for more than 84 years, Canvas currently has 33 branches. Internally, Canvas is well recognized for its culture and has been certified by the Great Place to Work® Institute for four consecutive years.


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