Industry Leaders

Brian Li

Brian is the Financial Controller of Central 1. He is responsible for all aspects of Central 1’s financial management, including its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, accounting and overall financial compliance functions. Operating areas include external financial reporting and regulatory filings, financial planning and budgeting, internal management accounting, treasury back-office operations.

Matt Carter

Matt brings over 20 years of digital banking, payments, and marketing experience to his role as Director, Digital Products at Central 1 including previous roles at Meridian Credit Union, TD, and Citibank. Matt has lived in England and Japan and has a black belt in judo. Away from work, you can find him spending time with his family, much of...

Robert Hayman

A new hire to C1, Rob is passionate about the intersection of business and technology. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience in Canadian financial services with former digital product roles at Visa, and Scotiabank, and holds a degree in electrical engineering. Outside of work, Rob can be found on playing tennis, making noise on his electric guitars, and spending quality...

Ryan Poyntz

Ryan has joined Central 1 leading the Business Development efforts for Forge Community with the primary focus on new Fintech partnerships. Ryan brings with him a wealth of sales and partnership development experiences within the Canadian financial services industry. Outside of work you can find Ryan coaching baseball and spending time outdoors with his family.

Natalie Ebanks

Natalie is currently the Director, Treasury Services and Solutions with over 10 years of experience in the credit union system. She is responsible for supporting clients, managing education and adoption of Treasury products and services. Outside of work you can find Natalie outdoors cycling, hiking and soaking up the sun.

Jim Walker

With 33 years credit union experience, Jim understands the many challenges credit unions face as they compete against Canada’s banks and fintechs. When not providing research insights to Canadian credit unions he keeps busy biking, running and hiking the North Shore mountains. As a prolific up-cycler he has repurposed dozens of pieces of furniture for donation to a local North...

Sue Whitney

Sue Whitney is an expert in Payments. As Vice President, Payments Strategy and Relationships at Central 1, and in her previous role as Head of Product Strategy and Head of Industry Relations at Payments Canada, Sue is focused on developing better payment solutions for Canadians, as a regulator, innovator and a leader of market transformation initiatives. Outside of work, Sue...

Bryan Yu

Through his engaging economics reports Bryan has become Central 1's local celebrity, with his work featured by various media outlets including the Globe and Mail, BNN, Bloomberg and BC Business. When he's not keeping busy as our Chief Economist, Bryan can be found spending time with his wife and kids or volunteering with various charitable and industry associations.

Arash Taheri

Arash is a workout-aholic who trains in the gym at least 6 days a week. He loves hiking, especially the “Grouse Grind” with an all-time personal best of 44’ 50’’. Arash has a small Pomeranian and absolutely loves the little guy. As the Director of Quality Engineering / Quality Assurance at Central 1, Arash is responsible for defining QA/QE processes...

Vik Gujarati

Vik joined Central 1 in 2010, bringing 12 years of experience in real estate finance. In 2014, Vik started his current role as AVP, Commercial Real Estate Lending. He manages Central 1’s commercial real estate syndication portfolio partnering with financial institutions to help them meet their goals. In his free time, Vik can be found walking with his beloved, and...