Australia’s Gold Coast to Host Professionals from 50 Countries at World Credit Union Conference

By Kristen Curnyn

Credit union executives and volunteers from more than 50 countries will gather on Australia’s Gold Coast for World Council’s 2014 World Credit Union Conference in July. Registration is available online now, with a $200 discount for signing up before May 15.

The World Credit Union Conference is the only international event of its kind that brings together the world’s top thought leaders in the credit union industry.

This year’s premier international credit union education and networking event, hosted by World Council of Credit Unions and Australia’s Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA), will take place July 27–30 in Gold Coast, Australia. Attendees from more than 50 countries will spend four days learning, networking and sharing effective strategies to address the top challenges facing credit unions worldwide, including regulatory compliance issues, rapidly evolving payment technologies, membership growth and the sustainability of small credit unions.

“Today we find that credit unions’ challenges around the world are more similar than ever before,” says Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. “Throughout our global community, we find a wide variety of insight, tools and methods to respond to these challenges. The World Credit Union Conference is an ideal opportunity for us to share our creative solutions with one another and help move the global movement forward.”

More than 25 educational sessions featuring international speakers will focus on specific topics within separate educational tracks that address top global industry challenges:

  • Leadership and strategy: Understand small credit union sustainability, good governance practices, strategies for growth, advancing women in leadership, and how to maximize financial performance.
  • Advocacy and government affairs: Learn about global regulatory trends, challenges and responses, what Basel III means for credit unions, and revisions to the Financial Action Task Force’s risk-based approach to anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.
  • Technology and innovation: Discover lessons on technology and digital payments trends, innovation and collaboration, new entrants, risk management and fraud prevention.
  • Young adult and membership growth: Gain insights into attracting young adult members, reinventing retail banking and connecting with different members of the community.

COBA will also offer insights on its specific issues related to payments, universal Internet access, regulatory compliance and branding in the Australian system. The conference schedule provides more details on each educational session including descriptions, speakers and learner outcomes.

Visit to learn more and to register for the conference and its hotels. World Council offers a $200 discount for registering by May 15. Conference updates are also available on Twitter using the hashtag #WCUC2014.

Kristen Curnyn is the international meetings manager for the World Council of Credit Unions. Reach her at

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