BC Safety Authority announces changes to Board of Directors

BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair and a new Member to join BCSA’s Board of Directors.

“The diversity of expertise among BCSA’s Board members is vital to overseeing delivery of the organization’s 10-Year Strategy,” said Richard Ballantyne, the retiring Chair. “I’m very confident that BCSA’s Board will continue to provide good governance to advance technical safety in British Columbia.”

New Board Chair

George Abbott will succeed Ballantyne as Board Chair on April 1, 2017, for a five-year term.

George Abbott is a veteran politician and currently a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Victoria. First elected as an MLA for the Shuswap in 1996, George subsequently served as Minister of Education, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Health, Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services, and Minister of Sustainable Resource Management.

Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, George enjoyed 17 years in local political office including 10 years as Chair of the Columbia Shuswap Regional Board. He was also a political science instructor at Okanagan University College and owned the oldest and largest berry farm in the Interior.

George Abbott has served on BCSA’s Board since January 6, 2014. He is currently Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.

New Board Member

BCSA will welcome Jeremy Black to its Board of Directors for a three-year term effective April 1, 2017.

Jeremy Black is a Chartered Accountant and business executive with over 25 years of varied and increasingly senior multidisciplinary business, financial and leadership experience. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Whistler Blackcomb where he led finance, investor relations, information technology and strategy development initiatives for the largest and most visited four-season mountain resort in North America.

Prior to joining Whistler Blackcomb in 2013, Jeremy was the Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Secretary of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. In addition to bringing significant financial expertise to the Board, he brings an in-depth knowledge of safety and risk management, including experience as an asset owner responsible for multiple technologies overseen by BCSA.

BCSA would like to thank Richard Ballantyne for his contributions to safety and good governance since becoming a member of BCSA’s Board of Directors on April 1, 2008, and then as Board Chair since April 1, 2014. By leveraging his expertise as a professional engineer, Richard was instrumental in building a Board with a diversity of abilities and expertise to advance technical safety.

To find out more about BC Safety Authority’s Board of Directors on our website.

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