Annual Report 2017 - Executive Team

Catherine Roome

Catherine Roome
President and Chief Executive Officer

Catherine is a courageous, visionary leader who is relentlessly driven to change the world and believes that people have an extraordinary ability to bring a shared vision into reality. Her passion and commitment to growing the next generation of leaders inspires the modern, diverse people practices at Technical Safety BC. 

One of BC’s senior leaders in the engineering and technology sector, Catherine has consistently delivered game-changing strategies that use technology innovation for public good. A “futurist,” she is building Technical Safety BC's place in the algorithmic economy using predictive insights to create long-term, sustainable social and financial value, as she steers the organization towards its vision of Safe technical systems. Everywhere.

Phil Gothe

Phil Gothe
Vice President, Safety Systems Operations

Phil believes that “to live is to lead,” and that the primary role of leadership is to imagine and create conditions for employees to thrive.

A thoughtful, generous and caring leader, Phil supports teams of technically-minded specialists to enable the development of ground-breaking new approaches to technical safety oversight. By focusing on regulatory product development and assessment practices, Phil invests in working relationships to advance the understanding and management of safety risks. He has a deep regard for the knowledge and capability of clients and employees, and believes that developing a system of engaged duty holders is vital to maintaining confidence in the safety system.

A graduate of Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Phil began his career in naval operations in the Royal Canadian Navy. Before joining Technical Safety BC in 2009, Phil spent 10 years leading business strategy development and continuous improvement consulting engagements in the forest products, helicopter and heavy equipment industries. Phil has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and obtained a Chartered Director designation from The Directors College. He is inspired by lifelong learning and peoples’ infinite capacity to improve and achieve results.

Derek Patterson

Derek Patterson
Vice President, Regulatory Leadership and Corporate Secretary

Derek actively supports individuals and initiatives that improve technical safety in BC. His extensive professional experience underpins a principled, comprehensive and astute capacity for strategy and problem solving. He is courageous in his leadership of peers and reports alike, respectfully challenging and empowering individuals in their contributions to the organization.

Derek 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 Technical Safety BC, 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 an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, as well as ICD.D and CPHR designations. He is called to the bar in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Brian Simmers

Brian Simmers
Vice President, Client Experience and Chief Financial Officer

Brian believes in an outside-in approach to ensure that the client experience is always at the center of Technical Safety BC’s strategy. He brings his business acumen, intuition and ability to utilize technology across the organization while fostering an innovative and collaborative spirit. Brian is focused on tackling complex problems to better enable Technical Safety BC towards achieving its strategic objectives. He uses experimentation, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit to inspire others.

As Vice President, Client Experience and CFO, Brian leads a diverse team of client experience, knowledge-based, and finance specialists all working towards the common goals of building amazing client experiences, enhanced sustainability and technological excellence. 

Brian has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunication, software and mobile application sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, is professionally qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and as a Certified Public Accountant in the United States. He articled with KPMG LLP. 

Ab van Poortvliet

Abraham van Poortvliet
Vice President, Data Analytics and Decision Science

Exploration and discovery have been recurring themes in Ab’s life. In his role of VP, Data Analytics and Decision Science, he now supports others in their discovery and innovation. By nurturing leadership in others, Ab aims to create a culture of experimentation and learning that propel safety knowledge and action. Together with his team, Ab carries responsibilities for research & analytics, business intelligence, engineering, incident investigation, and risk management. 

Ab has worked in a variety of progressive roles at Technical Safety BC since he joined in 2005. Originally from the Netherlands, Ab previously worked as a project leader for safety engineering in railway infrastructure, and as a risk analyst at the Dutch Ministry of Transportation. Ab holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University, a doctorate in public administration, and an MSc in applied physics. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Chartered Professional Accountant in British Columbia.  

Quinn Newcomb

Quinn Newcomb
Vice President, Human Resources, Learning, and Engagement (Interim)

Quinn is an agile, forward-thinking leader with a passion for organizational change management, values-based culture building, and brand growth. An innovative problem solver, Quinn is an authentic professional with a deep integrity and commitment to excellence. His calm and resilient presence builds confidence in his teams and the organization to challenge traditional ways of operating, manage risks, and deliver results.

Quinn’s experience in communications, marketing, and human resource management has instilled a strong belief that an engaged, people-centred culture contributes to a differentiated brand experience—that together they are key to driving an organization with integrity and authenticity.

Prior to joining Technical Safety BC, Quinn held positions with federal and provincial governments and Crown corporations. Quinn holds a BA in International Political Economy from the University of Victoria and an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He holds designations as a Communication Management Professional and as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, and is actively involved in several non-profit organizations dedicated to building communities and caring for people.