Annual Report 2016 - Executive Team

Catherine Roome
President and Chief Executive Officer

Catherine believes that people have an extraordinary ability to bring a shared vision into reality. Becoming President and Chief Executive Officer 2011, she applies her broad organizational experience, particularly her acumen for risk management, into steering BC Safety Authority towards its vision of Safe technical systems. Everywhere. 

As a creative and principled leader, Catherine values the power of engaging people for a common purpose. She encourages her team to bring their unique potential to building networks that connect all those who use or operate technical equipment in order to share knowledge and expertise to advance safety. A professional engineer and recipient of several business and leadership awards, Catherine received her degree in electrical engineering from the University of Victoria.


Sue Gagné
Vice President, Human Resources & Engagement

Sue is a passionate leader who believes that opportunities for learning and growth are available every day. Since joining BC Safety Authority in 2009 and as Vice President, Human Resources & Engagement, Sue has leveraged her expertise in human resources and communications to strengthen connections between BC Safety Authority and its employees. She advocates a corporate culture of accountability, leadership, and openness in order to build confidence in the safety system and promote higher levels of personal and professional success. Prior to joining BC Safety Authority, Sue worked for several companies in the learning, talent management, leadership, and change management areas. Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Arts degree in Industrial and Organizational Development Psychology from the University of Guelph.

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Phil Gothe
Vice President, Technical Programs

As Vice President, Technical Programs, Phil leads a team of technical specialists who are keenly focused on advancing the understanding and management of safety risks. With profound regard for the knowledge and capability of clients and employees, he firmly believes that the development of a system of duty holders is vital to building and maintaining confidence in the safety system. He is inspired by continuous development and lifelong learning, and believes deeply in people’s capacity to improve and achieve results. Before joining BC Safety Authority in 2009, Phil spent 10 years leading business strategy development and continuous improvement consulting engagements in forest products, helicopter, and heavy equipment industries. His career started in naval operations in the Royal Canadian Navy after graduating from the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean. Phil received his MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and a Chartered Director designation from The Directors College.

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Derek Patterson
Vice President, Legal & Policy and Corporate Secretary

Derek believes that to achieve superior organizational performance, it is necessary to foster a respectful and collaborative work environment. His thoughtful, well-considered approach encourages people to work together and inspires them to focus their diverse talents and knowledge to overcome operational barriers and meet strategic imperatives. Derek finds that participating in the successes and accomplishments of a team is his greatest professional reward.

Derek is a principled, deeply respectful leader whose risk experience and legal expertise bring valuable strength to British Columbia Safety Authority’s executive team. He is highly experienced in the practice of regulatory law and change management, having served as chief legal, risk, and compliance advisor, and corporate secretary to senior leadership teams and Boards of both public companies and Crown corporations. 

Prior to joining BCSA, Derek held senior positions with a number of organizations, including the Insurance Corporation of BC and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Derek holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University, as well as ICD.D and CHRP designations. He is called to the bar in both Ontario and British Columbia.

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Brian Rowland
Vice President, Operations & Service Excellence

As a life-long learner, Brian believes that education and knowledge have a profound and positive impact on our society. He is committed to providing BC Safety Authority clients with the right knowledge of technical systems safety risks and the insight to mitigate these risks. His teams of client-facing professionals continually create ways to share their expertise to help clients solve complex business problems and find real value in a strong safety system. Brian has built a career in the private sector in senior operational and delivery roles, and as a service strategy consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Marketing from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Brian is Chair of the Board of Directors for DanceHouse, a Vancouver-based arts organization.

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Brian Simmers
Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

Brian believes in a client-focused approach to business operations that integrates all areas of the organization. He uses his passion, natural curiosity and focus to drive organizational growth. As Vice President, Corporate Services and CFO, Brian leads a diverse team of financial and knowledge-based specialists all working towards a common goal of enhanced sustainability and technological excellence. He recognizes that innovation arises from an inclusive, interdisciplinary approach which draws on the knowledge and skills of multiple teams and individuals.  As a technology executive with over 15 years of operational and financial experience in the telecommunication and mobile application sectors, Brian brings proven expertise in finance, operations, technology, sales, and marketing to his role at BC Safety Authority. Brian articled with KPMG LLP and is professionally qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and as a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.