MADISON, Wis. (7/14/09)--Credit Union Central of Canada (CUCC), the national voice and trade association for Canada’s credit unions, announced its sponsorship of the Filene Research Institute, a consumer finance think tank for the North American credit union system. Its financial commitment makes Credit Union Central of Canada Filene’s newest Silver Benefactor. “The time for innovation has never been more urgent and our increased affiliation with the Filene Research Institute will benefit all Canadian credit unions,” said Cheryl Byrne, Credit Union Central’s vice president of knowledge services. In addition to the electronic access to seven research reports each year, CUCC’s member credit unions will have immediate access to Filene’s CU Tomorrow Project, a 13-report series completed over two years to document the emerging needs of young adult credit union members, professionals and volunteers. “Credit unions across North America share remarkably similar challenges,” said Mark Meyer, Filene CEO. “We appreciate CUCC’s confidence in the Filene Research Institute.” Credit Union Central of Canada immediately will begin work with Filene’s i3 innovation group and with the institute to identify important research topics for Canadian credit unions.