About Us

First West Leasing Ltd. (originally Envision Leasing) was formed in 2004 and is a subsidiary of First West Credit Union, the third largest credit union in British Columbia. Working with dealerships across British Columbia and Alberta, First West Leasing provides lease financing for new and nearly new cars and equipment. If you are interested in how a lease differs from a traditional car loan, check out the Leasing Tips and Leasing Benefits sections of this site.

Our Lease Experts

Michelle Blendheim

Account Executive, Dealer/Brokers


Michelle provides service to our Lower Mainland, East, and northern province territories. Her job is to stay connected with our partnering Credit Unions and to develop the business from the dealerships in those areas. Michelle has been with CUDealerlink for 11 years and with Envision Financial for 21 years.


Della Chartrand

Commercial Credit Adjudicator


Della has over 25 years of experience with Credit Unions and Equipment Leasing. She has spent 16 years with Westminster Savings where she was a Sr. Loan Officer for 6 years and an Assistant Manager of Leasing for 10 years. Della also brings with her 9 years of commercial leasing experience having previously worked as a Manager of Leasing.


Christina Degenhardt-Stewart

Leasing Administrator


Christina joined the credit union in 2008 as a Personal Insurance Broker at the Riverside and Willoughby Insurance offices. She joined the leasing department in 2015 and brings with her the knowledge and expertise that allows her to successfully serve our members.


John Gowans

Director, Leasing


John has had extensive years in the Finance and Leasing Industry. He has spent 10 years with General Electric Capital as Managing Leader for Western Canada, 3 Years with Freightliner Corporation as General Sales Manager and 17 years as VP and GM for WS Leasing and Mercado Capital.


Gabriella Grant

Auto Finance Administrator


Gabi has worked for First West Credit Union in the auto finance department for two years and does auditing, funding, insurance and collections.


Dan Hayward

Account Executive


Dan brought his expertise to our team at the beginning of 2014. He has 35 years experience in the Equipment Finance business, all served in the Lower Mainland. Dan started his career with Citibank Canada in 1979, spent 4 years with First City Trust, 7 years as VP Sales at Newcourt Credit Group, and the last 15 with Coast Capital Savings.


Claire Hoedel

Authorization Officer


Claire joined the Credit Union in 1996 and has spent the last 13 years with the Finance and Lease team. Claire is highly knowledgeable in this specialized field and enjoys working and assisting others with their requests.


Allan Low

Manager Credit Adjudication


Allan joined the team in August 2014. Allan has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of B.C. along with 24 years of credit experience, most recently 13 years as Senior Manager Westminster Savings (WS) Leasing, with senior credit responsibility for both WS Leasing and Mercado Corporation. Previous to that he was with ITT Commercial Finance for ten years until it was sold to Deutsche Bank and then stayed with them for an additional five years.


Jason Manuel

Account Executive, Dealer/Brokers


Jason has had extensive years in the Finance and Leasing Industry from coast to coast in Canada. He has spent 8 years with WS Auto Leasing as Account Executive launching the program in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. 3 Years with HSBC Financial Services as national Account Executive for Recreational Products and 3 years with Deutsche Bank in Ontario and British Columbia in various roles with the North American floor plan group.


Shelley Maxson

Senior Leasing Administrator


Shelley has worked at Envision since 2010, and has six years of experience in Auto Finance.She handles the auditing, funding, POI and payouts


Jeff Miller

Leasing Administrator


Jeff has been in the leasing business for 6 years and is a licensed salesman with the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority. He has worked both front end business, building strong relationships with dealers, and on the back end providing customer support to our lessees.


Don Rogelstad

Account Executive - Fleet


Don brings extensive experience in the fleet, auto and truck leasing industry. Having spent 8 years with Rentway, a full maintenance truck lessor, 4 years remarketing leased vehicles and his last 15 years doing fleet sales for WS Leasing, his knowledge is a great asset to First West Leasing.


Becky Seekings

Manager, Credit


Becky has been in the Automobile Financing business for 30+ years. She has worked with CIBC DealerPlan, HSBC Auto Finance Center. Her last 13 years have been with First West Finance and Lease. She says she thoroughly enjoys working in this industry and feels privileged to have made it her carreer.


Teresa Tombe

Leasing Administrator


Teresa has worked for First West Leasing since March 2005 after spending 10 Years as Senior Accounting Administrator in the automotive industry. In 2012 she acquired her salesperson's license with the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority. Over the years Teresa has made it her top priority to built a strong rapport with our dealers and lessees by delivering exceptional customer service.


Darren Turner

Account Executive, Dealer/Brokers


Darren joined First West in January of 2012, after ten years in automotive sales and leasing roles. Previous experience includes automotive repairs, restoration work, and racing. He also has experience with commercial truck sales and warranty coordination at the factory, and sawmill equipment brokerage.


Lynn Wilson

Operations Manager


Lynn has over 20 years of diversified experience in the financial industry, 17 of those years specializing in the operational end of both automotive and equipment leasing. Lynn has also worked with a variety of financial, leasing and credit management systems.


Valerie Wright

Account Executive


Valerie has 19 years of experience in the Leasing Industry in a Credit Union environment. She has spent 18 of those years with Westminster Savings where she was successful in various roles and most recently worked as their Administration Manager. Valerie’s favourite part of her job is helping people get into the cars that they love to drive.