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The Canadian Western Bank (French: Banque canadienne de l'Ouest) is a bank that is based in Edmonton, and which operates primarily in western Canada. The bank serves personal and commercial clients in Western Canada.

Canadian Western Bank
Traded asTSXCWB
FoundedEdmonton, Alberta, 1988
HeadquartersEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Key people
Chris Fowler, CEO
ProductsFinancial services
Revenue Increase $579 million CAD (2015)[1]
Increase $319 million CAD (2015)[1]
Total assets Increase $22.838 billion CAD (2015)[1]
Total equity Increase $1.911 billion CAD (2015)[1]
Number of employees
2,037 (Full-time equivalent, 2013)



CWB Headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The bank first became a Schedule I chartered bank on March 22, 1984 under its original name, the Bank of Alberta.

The bank amalgamated with the Western & Pacific Bank of Canada (chartered in 1982).[2]

In 1993, it acquired Western Canadian branches of Metropolitan Trust. In 1994, Canadian Western Bank and North West Trust Company amalgamated as Canadian Western Bank. In 1996, it acquired BC Bancorp (chartered in 1967), and purchased the Aetna Trust Company, which was renamed Canadian Western Trust Company. In 2001, it acquired the Kelowna and Regina branches of the Laurentian Bank of Canada.


  • Founded as the Bank of Alberta (chartered 1984)
  • Merged with the Western & Pacific Bank of Canada
  • Acquisitions:
    • Western Canadian branches of Metropolitan Trust 1993
    • Acquired BC Bancorp (chartered 1967) 1996
    • Aetna Trust Company 1996 - renamed Canadian Western Trust Company 1996
    • Canadian Western Capital Ltd (formerly Majendie Charlton Securities Ltd.) 1997 - sold to Goepel McDermid Inc 2000
    • Kelowna and Regina branches of Laurentian Bank 2001
    • Canadian Direct Insurance Inc. (CDII) 2004
    • Valiant Trust Company 2004
    • Branch of National Bank of Greece (Canada) 2005
    • National Leasing 2010

Operations and corporate structureEdit

CWB Headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Canadian Western Bank's corporate headquarters are located at Canadian Western Bank Place, 10303 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Canadian Western Bank's operating affiliates include:[3]

  • Canadian Direct Financial (100% ownership) – high-interest savings accounts and GICs, including TFSAs. As of April 18, 2017 the name was changed to Motive Financial.
  • Canadian Western Financial Ltd. (100% ownership) – mutual fund dealer.
  • Canadian Western Trust Company (100% ownership) – personal and corporate trust services. Optimum Mortgage is a division of Canadian Western Trust Company and offers residential mortgages via a network of mortgage brokers.
  • National Leasing Group Inc. (100% ownership) – commercial equipment leasing.
  • Valiant Trust Company (100% ownership) – specialty trust services including stock transfer, corporate trust, escrow and employee plan services.
  • Adroit Investment Management Ltd (76.5% ownership) – investment and wealth management.


Services provided by CWB:

  • Mortgages
  • Loans
  • Personal accounts
  • Investment products
  • Business accounts
  • Small business lending
  • Insurance
  • Credit card (Mastercard)


CWB is a member of the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) and registered member with the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC), a federal agency insuring deposits at all of Canada's chartered banks. It is also a member of:

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  1. ^ a b c d CWB: Annual Reports
  2. ^ "Canadian Western Bank - History". Canadian Western Bank. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  3. ^ "Canadian Western Bank 2010 Annual Report". Canadian Western Bank. Retrieved 2011-08-26.