Board of Directors

Technical Safety BC is governed by a board of nine directors that provides oversight and ensures that we are safe, transparent and collaborative in our practices. They have the fiduciary responsibility of overseeing the conduct of the business and ensuring that all major issues affecting the business and affairs of the organization are given proper consideration. In performing its functions, the Board also considers the legitimate interests of industry, communities, and government.

Directors are appointed on the basis of merit; they must meet the qualifications established in the Safety Authority Act and abide by a code of conduct and our governance manual.

The work of the Board is supported by committees that provide additional focus on matters such as:

  • financial affairs, audits, insurance and investments;
  • governance and nominating functions, CEO performance evaluation and recruitment, compensation and other human resource issues;
  • technical and enterprise risk oversight;
  • regulatory development and compliance; and
  • strategic advice and oversight.

Committees of the Board

The committee structure includes the:

The Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities relating to Technical Safety BC’s financial reporting, accounting systems, budgets, internal controls, and audit process. The Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee is required to be a financial expert.

The Chair must:

  • understand accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations;
  • be experienced in preparing or auditing financial statements of comparable companies;
  • have experience accounting for estimates, accruals, and reserves;
  • understand internal accounting controls; and
  • understand the functions of an audit committee.
Governance and Human Resources Committee

The Governance and Human Resources Committee assists the Board in oversight responsibilities relating to Technical Safety BC’s governance, compensation, and human resource policies and strategies. This committee also serves as the nominating committee.

Strategic Advisory Committee

The Strategic Advisory Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing management’s recommendations. It also provides advice and assistance to the Board in the areas of strategic planning, implementation of key strategic initiatives, regulatory responsibilities, stakeholder consultation, and safety oversight.


Members of the Board of Directors

George Abbott

Chair of the Board
Location

Victoria

George Abbott is a veteran politician with a PhD in political science at the University of Victoria.

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Karen Bazylewski

Location

Coquitlam

Karen Bazylewski has been active in the construction industry for over 40 years and is a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of BC and the British Columbia Construction Association.

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Jeremy Black

Location

Whistler

Jeremy Black is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and business executive with nearly 30 years of varied business, financial, and leadership experience.

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Jeremy Coughlin

Location

Delta

Jeremy Coughlin is currently the Vice President of Enterprise Analytics for Coast Capital Savings. He oversees all aspects of data management and analytics for the company.

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Neil Cumming

Location

Richmond

Neil Cumming is a civil engineer and business leader with extensive technical, managerial, and leadership experience. He is the current President of Celeritas Consultants Ltd. and past President and CEO of Levelton Consultants Ltd.

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David Guscott

Location

Vernon

David Guscott is an experienced and accredited board member having served on eight boards in BC and Ontario.

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Ivan Limpright

Location

Abbotsford

Ivan Limpright is the former President of United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in British Columbia.

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Nancy Olewiler

Location

Vancouver

Nancy Olewiler is an economist, professor, and director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.

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Gail Stephens

Location

Victoria

Gail Stephens brings more than 20 years of experience leading large, complex organizations to the Technical Safety BC board of directors.

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Ken Tourand

Location

Merritt

Ken Tourand is President and CEO of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT
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Angela Wesley

Location

Terrace

Angela Wesley started Wes-Can Advisory Services in 1992—a consultancy which provides advisory and facilitation services to First Nations and other governments throughout British Columbia in the areas of strategic planning, land management, community development, communications,

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