We welcome your questions

We’re happy to answer any questions you have relating to our recruitment process or working at First West. For general recruitment-related inquiries, contact our talent attraction team at hrdirect@firstwestcu.ca.

We’re here to help you succeed

It takes courage to pursue a new career. We have a passionate team of people working behind the scenes to help you take the next step towards employment with First West.

Jen DesLauriers

Manager, Talent Attraction

Jen DesLauriers

Manager, Talent Attraction

As manager of talent attraction, Jen collaborates across all divisions and departments at First West to grow our team of skilled and enthusiastic team members.

As a seasoned talent attraction and HR professional, Jen’s more than 20 years experience in recruiting includes over a decade in Canada’s credit union system. She’s developed a deep respect and appreciation for the cooperative values she was introduced to during her time at Vancity Credit Union, where she worked as manager of talent.

Regarded as an innovative leader, Jen draws on outside-the-box tactics to discover new team members. While she’s been involved with numerous initiatives within First West’s people services team, her first passion is connecting the right candidate with the right role.

Away from the office Jen enjoys spending quality time with her family in the Comox Valley.

Utah Cowx

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

Utah Cowx

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

Utah believes that a great career comes from people feeling connected to their company and community. This is what he seeks to create for each individual he helps find their next career move at First West.

From his diverse experience gained while working with local municipalities, startups and established organizations, Utah knows  that strategic hiring decisions benefit both the team member and employer to grow and flourish. For this reason, you’re likely to find Utah actively seeking talented professionals on social media and engaging with local and professional groups to find a match for opportunities here at First West.

Outside of the office, Utah loves spending time with his family and exploring the excellent food scene in the Lower Mainland.

Leah Ward

Senior Talent Attraction Advisor

Leah Ward

Senior Talent Attraction Advisor

You’ve never met a “people-person” like Leah. From her first job coordinating high-energy events around the world to her 10-years as the right-hand person for business executives, she thrives when she’s with her community.

Leah also loves growing the First West community with new team members who are the right fit with the organization’s inclusive, forward-thinking, flexible and fun culture. So, make sure to tell her all about your passions and ambitions! (Psst. If you really want to impress Leah, come to your interview prepared with some solid knowledge about First West.)

Having diverse career experience herself, Leah has learned that your future is in your own hands and she is an expert in matching people to the right job, training or development opportunity that will elevate their potential. And she takes her own advice! In addition to her business management credentials (BCIT, 2008) she continues to learn and expand her expertise in human resources.

Connect with Leah to chat about how you could grow your career at First West – or to get some of her excellent golfing tips or trail recommendations near Pitt Meadows where lives with her husband, young daughter and dog.

Kate Ensing

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

Kate Ensing

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

Kate wants to know everything you’re looking for in your next role. As a Talent Attraction Specialist, she loves working with people to help them grow their career in any direction—and she’s thrilled when a new connection turns into an opportunity to help someone flourish!

As a person who’s passionately committed to achieving her own goals, Kate understands what those who are hoping to elevate their career are looking for. She’s driven to make the best match between job-seekers and First West, ensuring that people feel inspired by our co-operative values and can flourish as part of our fast-growing credit union.

When you first meet Kate—in an interview, or perhaps a chance encounter while she’s exploring the beautiful BC outdoors—she’s likely to be curious about your interests, talents and aspirations. And that could be the start of a whole new path for your future.

Start the conversation with Kate now to discover new opportunities at First West!