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.

Basic Qualifications

Members of Technical Safety BC’s Board must meet the basic requirements established in the Safety Authority Act. As well, all appointments to Technical Safety BC’s Board must comply with the provisions related to qualifications for directors and conflicts contained in both the Safety Authority Act and in Technical Safety BC’s Code of Ethical Conduct.

Director Selection

Members of Technical Safety BC’s Board must meet the basic requirements established in the Safety Authority Act. As well, all appointments to Technical Safety BC’s Board must comply with the provisions related to qualifications for directors and conflicts contained in both the Safety Authority Act and in Technical Safety BC’s Code of Ethical Conduct.

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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Ian Banks

Location

North Vancouver

Ian Banks has 20 years' diverse business experience in operations, finance, sales, marketing and IT.

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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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Brenda Eaton

Location

Victoria

Brenda Eaton is a seasoned corporate director serving as the Chair of Transelec; Vice Chair of the project board overseeing the construction of Victoria's new sewage treatment plant; and a director for BC Ferries, Westland Insurance, and LifeLabs.

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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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Geordie Henderson

Location

Vancouver

Geordie Henderson is a software industry entrepreneur, investor and business principal with extensive software product development, sales, service delivery, and management experience.

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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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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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Judy Cavanagh

Location

New Westminster

Judy Cavanagh is currently a consultant with The Cavanagh Group.

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