Catherine Ludgate

Catherine Ludgate is a senior manager of community investment at Vancity credit union. Here, Catherine provides support to and participates in partnerships dedicated to social justice and financial inclusion, including the Living Wage for Families Campaign and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. She oversees microfinance work at Vancity, helps design various inclusive banking programs, and designs financial education programs to ensure individuals they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the right financial decisions for themselves. In 2016, she shared the financial literacy program she had built and designed – Each One, Teach One – with the Canadian credit union system; now almost 100 credit unions use this program to provide plain language financial empowerment workshops in community. She holds a Masters degree in the management of co-ops and credit unions and served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Poverty and the BC Poverty Advisory Forum, as both introduced poverty reduction strategies and Acts (and has been reappointed as chair of the provincial advisory), and co-chairs the City of Vancouver’s Poverty Advisory Action Group. She serves as a trustee on the Credit Union Foundation of BC and the Real Estate Council of BC, and she serves as a member of the national Asset Building and Learning Exchange (ABLE) network. Catherine is a very part-time sessional instructor at BCIT in the sustainable business leadership program, where she delivers a course on community engagement.