Launi Skinner


Launi is the Chief Executive Officer of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s leading credit unions with $10 billion in assets under administration, 240,000 members and 1,700 employees. Launi leads visioning and strategic direction for First West. Before joining First West, Launi served as president of Starbucks U.S., where she oversaw 7,000 company-owned stores and 3,400 licensed stores, and managed an extensive management team with operational responsibility for 130,000 employees. Known for inspiring change and achieving results, Launi has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women’s feature “Four Women to Watch.” Launi is currently a board member for Qtrade Financial Group, Rocky Mountaineer and Science World. In the community she is a past event chair for the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from BCIT.

Director since 2017