Vice Chair

Tochi Sandhu, a veritable banking legend, is also an international field hockey star, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and model citizen. He was born in Dar Es Salaam, the capital city of Tanzania, Africa, to parents of Indian descent. His father, an accountant, sent him to India to study economics at age 17. In 1988, he and his family had immigrated to Canada. Since he speaks five languages, including English, he quickly settled in his newly adopted country.

By 1990, he had accepted the position of the CEO of Khalsa Credit Union, and under his leadership, the small financial institution experienced substantial growth. Although he had retired from his role at Khalsa in 2000, Tochi’s love for banking was irrepressible, and by 2001 he had joined the team of commercial lenders at Envision Credit Union.

Sandhu’s sterling work as a lender with $700 million in lending and a spotless credit record, has won him Envision Financial’s Top Commercial Lender award for more than ten years running. He was honored recently with the President’s Leadership Award, which has been renamed to the President’s Tochi Sandhu Leadership Award. Sandhu is humble about his lifetime of accomplishments, which include an encounter with Mother Theresa; multiple appearances at the Olympics; and recognition from the British Columbia Regiment for his support of the 2015 Battlefield Studies Tour.

Not only is Sandhu well-known globally, but he’s also recognized as an individual who has made many significant contributions to the credit union movement in British Columbia, and has helped economically strengthen communities throughout the Lower Mainland, particularly Delta and Surrey. Over the span of his fifteen years with Envision Financial, he’s had a tremendous influence on the development of the communities in which Envision Financial serves by providing financial support and expert advice to new and existing business owners.