Local Government Relations and Consulting

Experience & Education

Public Sector Experience

Chair – BC Agricultural Land Commission – 2015-present

The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is an independent administrative tribunal dedicated to preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming in British Columbia

Mayor – District of Saanich – 1996-2014

Councillor – 1986-1996

Saanich is the largest municipality on Vancouver Island with population of 115,000 and 1500 employees. The Mayor is responsible for providing leadership to the Municipal Council, direction to senior management and oversight of a $241M budget.

Chair – Saanich Police Board – 1996-2014

Saanich Police is an independent municipal police force. The Chair and the Police Board is the employer and is responsible for the department’s goals, objectives and $32M budget.

Chair – Municipal Pension Board – 2016

Trustee – 2002-2016

Vice Chair 2015

The Municipal Pension Board of Trustees is responsible for the largest pension plan in BC and the 6th largest in Canada. It is a $36B defined benefit plan managed by trustees appointed by employers and employees.

Chair – Capital Regional District – 1990-1995

Director – 1987-2014

The Capital Regional District is comprised of 13 municipalities and 3 electoral areas. The Board is responsible for policy and direction to management for regional utilities and services.

 

Business Experience

Chair – Parkbridge Lifestyles Communities – 2012-present

Chair an 8 member Board. Parkbridge is the largest owner and operator of land lease communities in Canada. It is owned by the BC Investment Management Corporation on behalf of BC’s public pension plans.

Director – Coast Capital Savings – 2016 – present

Member of the Governance Committee and the Risk Review Committee

Director – Victoria Airport Authority – 2015-present

Vice-Chair of the Community Consultative Committee and Member of the Audit and Finance Committee

Director – BC Investment Management Corporation – 2007-2012

Chair the Audit Committee and Acting Chair of the 7 member board.

bcIMC manages $114B in investments on behalf of public sector pension plans and clients in BC.

Chair – Municipal Finance Authority of BC – 2001-2015

Chair a 39 member board and a board of 10 trustees responsible for a $7.3B portfolio. The MFA pools the borrowing and investment needs of BC communities. The Board of Trustees meets monthly to provide leadership and guidance to management.

Manager – Victoria Tire Ltd – 1972-1996

Family-owned business with 30 employees operated three Kal Tire stores in Greater Victoria up until their sale in 1996.

Instructor – University of Victoria (Business) – 2000-present

Small business management course for the Continuing Studies Department.

Advisor – Royal Roads University – 2000-2004

Approved advisor for students pursuing MBA and MALT degrees.

 

Community Experience

President – Union of BC Municipalities – 2003-2004

Board member 1998 – 2005 and as President was responsible for relations with the Provincial and Federal Governments. The UBCM is the common voice for local governments in BC.

Director – Federation of Canadian Municipalities – 2004-2010

Member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the BC Caucus. The FCM is the common voice for local governments in Canada.

President – Victoria Chamber of Commerce – 1985

The Victoria Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Greater Victoria.

Director – BC Chamber of Commerce – 1985-1986

The BC Chamber is the voice of business in BC.

 

Education

Master’s Degree

History – University of Victoria – 2002

Bachelor’s Degree (Honours)

History – University of Victoria – 1982

ICD.D Directors Education Program

Institute of Corporate Directors – 2010