10 Thought Leaders Every Credit Union Leader Should Follow

As a credit union leader, it can be hard to keep up with all of the influencers and organizations who are thought leaders in finance and technology.

We are always on the lookout for who is shaping ideas in these sectors and bringing relevant new information to the table in an ever-changing business landscape.

Below is a quick roundup of the top ten accounts we are following right now that offer the latest and greatest in all things finance and tech. Check them out below. 


CUInsight is a digital source that works to connect the credit union community. Providing credit unions with the information they need to best serve their members, CUInsight publishes frequent articles and a weekly podcast, The CUInsight Experience”.


Working to build the next-generation of challengers in the financial services industry, 11:FS publishes a variety if content through their “Fintech Insider” podcast, “Fintech in Five” newsletter and 11:FS YouTube channel. 11:FS continues to produce resources to help expand and transform your financial institution.  

Payments Canada

Providing Canada with its national payments system, Payments Canada has a long history of working to meet the needs of Canadians. As technology has continued to change, Payments Canada works to provide educational resources to Canadians, helping them stay competitive.  

Bank Automation News

Being one of the first blogs to recognize digital innovation in financial services, Bank Automation News provides current trends and market news in fintechBuilding on their blog, Bank Automation also has a podcast, “The Buzz on Bank Automation News.

Brett King

Author of the Bank series, Brett King is a world-renowned futurist. Having worked with the Obama administration as an advisor of the future of banking, King works to challenge the status quocreating a new financial and digital experience for all. With over 300 episodes, King is also the creator of the #1 Global Fintech Podcast, “Breaking Banks. 

Jim Marous

Jim Marous is the co-publisher of The Financial Brand, and owner and publisher of the Digital Banking Report. Marous speaks on innovation, digital transformation, customer experience, marketing strategies, channel distribution, payments and change management. In addition to his written content, Marous publishes a weekly podcast, Banking Transformed, as well as frequent webinars that dive deeper into all things finance.

Debbie Gamble

Debbie Gamble is the Chief Officer, Innovation Labs and New Ventures at Interac. Gamble is recognized as a thought leader in the digital economy, acting as advisor for MaRS, Luge Capital, Women in Payments and FINCA Canada. She has been named 'one of the most influential women in payments' and has received many accolades, including being recognized as a Top 50 Canadian Executive, FemTech Leader of the Year, and one of the Top 50 Women in FinTech. She is definitely someone to follow if you're interested in a status of payments in Canada.

Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is known as one of the most influential people in technology, providing commentary on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com. His most recently published book, Doing Digital, shares ideas on digital transformation.

Serena Chan

Serena Chan is a partner at IBM with consulting experience in financial services transformation and strategy. She is considered a leading voice of technology in Canada, being recognized as one of the top 50 FinTech women by the Digital Institute. Follow her for insight on digital strategy in retail and commercial banking and more.

David Birch

Author of Identity is the New Money, Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money That We Understand to Money That Understands Us and most recently The Currency Cold War: Cash and Cryptography, Hash Rates and HegemonyDavid Birch is a thought leader in digital identity and digital money. Whether it’s one of his books, podcasts or keynotes, David Birch is worth checking out.


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Editors note: this post was originally published in July, 2020, and has been completely revamped for and updated for accuracy.

10 Thought Leaders Every Credit Union Leader Should Follow