Leslie Castellani is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Initiatives, at First West Credit Union, British Columbia’s third-largest credit union. Leslie leads the team responsible for strategic initiatives and planning, corporate governance and government relations.
Leslie’s leadership career spans the technology, telecom and financial services industries. She joined First West in 2011 as Vice President, Communications and Public Relations with responsibility for building the First West brand and strengthening media and public relations in the communities served by its Envision Financial, Valley First, Enderby & District Financial and Island Savings divisions.
Prior to First West, Leslie led CEO communications at TELUS, and inspired an internationally award-winning creative and digital services team for nearly five years. She also led communications and industry analyst relations for six years at Pivotal Corporation, a customer relationship management software company.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce, Leslie’s executive education includes training in Blue Ocean Strategy at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and advanced management at the University of Southern California.
As a champion of First West’s social vision to Lead Well and active community leader, Leslie has managed youth sports teams and is a past director and president of Semiahmoo Family Place. After gaining national awareness in 2015 for helping her son overcome a rare syndrome, Leslie is sought out for guidance and support by families across Canada facing the same medical condition. An advocate for healthy living and social connection, in 2018, Leslie was appointed chair of the What Really Matters Capital Campaign to build a new YMCA centre of community in Surrey City Centre. Leslie was appointed by the Province of British Columbia to serve on the University of the Fraser Valley Board of Governors starting January 2017.