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British Columbia Safety Authority (Technical Safety BC) - 2 Directors

Requisition #2322928
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Vancouver
Job StreamConstruction/Trade
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open2
Posting Date02-Apr-2019
Expiry Date30-Apr-2019
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description


Business and Structure




The British Columbia Safety Authority operating as Technical Safety BC is an independent, self-funded organization established under the Safety Authority Act. Technical Safety BC administers the Safety Standards Act and portions of the Railway Safety Act on behalf of the Province.


The purpose of Technical Safety BC is to enhance the safety of technical systems, products, equipment and work in BC, including passenger ropeways, such as aerial trams, amusement devices, boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems, electrical equipment and systems, natural gas and propane appliances and systems, including hydrogen, elevating devices, such as elevators and escalators, railways, including commuter rail and complex and integrated technical systems involving several technologies.


Services include:


  • Assessing technical work and equipment, including collecting information through physical assessment, incident investigation and registering new equipment and designs.
  • Certifying individuals and licensing contractors and operators to perform regulated work.
  • Supporting our clients in the development of alternative safety approaches, and auditing their safety management plans or equivalent standard approaches.
  • Educating our clients and the broader public about technical safety to better control risks.
  • Taking enforcement actions that promote an equitable safety system where all participants are compliant with regulations.
  • Conducting research, including contributing to provincial and national code development and updating regulations for the technologies we serve.


Technical Safety BC has 402 employees in 10 locations throughout BC, including:




Vancouver (Corporate Office)




Cranbrook                                   Fort St. John                       Kamloops                                    Kelowna


Langley                                       Nanaimo                             Prince George                             Squamish






A copy of Technical Safety BC’s 2017 Financial Statements can be accessed in the Annual Report section at


Technical Safety BC’s website is located at


Strategic Direction


The strategic theme of Technical Safety BC’s 10-Year Strategy is growth. By focusing on risk, Technical Safety BC will develop leading capabilities in assessing and understanding technical risk and its management. Our people will enable this risk focus through their expertise. Our clients will benefit as we use information technology to build a stronger knowledge base by capturing, analyzing and sharing data about safety. This knowledge base will allow Technical Safety BC to grow and develop services, become a more resilient organization and deliver our mandate simply and effectively.



We plan to:


  • Evolve the sophistication of safety risk management in order to develop a knowledge-based business; and
  • Grow marketable products and services to benefit a more diverse client base.  


The strategic plan centers around 6 key objectives which are outlined below:


Assessing technical work and equipment, including collecting information through physical assessment, incident investigation and registering new equipment and designs.


Certifying individuals and licensing contractors and operators to perform regulated work.


Supporting clients in the development of alternative safety approaches, and auditing their safety management plans or equivalent standard approaches.


Educating and sharing technical systems safety information with our clients and the broader public to better control risks.


Enforcing actions that promote an equitable safety system where all participants are compliant with regulations.


Conducting research, including contributing to provincial and national safety code development and updating regulations for the technologies we serve.


A copy of Technical Safety BC’s 10-Year Strategy (2013 – 2023) and 3 year Business Plan (2019 – 2021) can be accessed at A renewed 10-year Strategy (2019-2028) will be implemented in Spring 2019.


Vacant Position(s)


Experience and Qualifications


While previous experience as a director is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a board and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight and an awareness of the importance of governing in the public interest.  




Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for new members.


Diversity and Inclusion


People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.


To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.




There are currently two (2) vacancies on the Board.   The following are the attributes sought for the position(s) currently under consideration:


  • Strategic Senior Management experience;
  • Technical expertise;
  • Construction industry issues and knowledge including expertise in Safety Standards Act and building code knowledge;
  • Regulated industry knowledge and experience/strategic customer;
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
  • Expertise in data analytics, social media, artificial intelligence, innovation, and data governance.


Time Commitment


The Board meets six (6) times per year in regularly scheduled meetings, including an annual two (2) day board planning retreat and an Annual Public Meeting. Board meetings are scheduled generally in March, May, June, September, November and December on weekdays. Most meetings take place at Technical Safety BC’s Head Office at Suite 600, 2889 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, located directly across the street from the Renfrew Street SkyTrain station.


In addition, most Board members serve on at least one Board committee. Board committees typically meet 4 or 5 times per year.


Should the need arise ad hoc Board and committee meetings may also be called.


Meetings generally start at 9:30 a.m. and last 4 to 7 hours, depending on the Agenda. Board members are polled prior to setting meeting dates in an effort to accommodate schedules. Board members also attend various organization functions such as, the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Public Safety and various employee functions.  




The term of service for a Technical Safety BC Director is established by section 8 of the Safety Authority Act which reads as follows:


1)    The term of office of the chair is 5 years.


2)    The term of office of a director, other than the chair, is 3 years.


3)    A director may not serve as a director for more than 6 consecutive years unless the additional service is as the chair.


4)    A person may not serve as the chair for more than 10 consecutive years.


5)    A person who has served the maximum number of consecutive years under this section is not eligible to be reappointed as a director until after a break in service of at least 3 years.




The following fees are effective, as of April 1, 2019. Fees for the Chair are $46,500 per annum plus $825 per Board or committee meeting. Fees for the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Governance and Human Resources Committee are each $20,000 per annum plus $825 per Board or committee meeting. Fees for the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee are $18,000 per annum plus $825 per Board or committee meeting. Fees for Directors are $13,400 per annum and $825 per Board or committee meeting.


Governance Structure


Technical Safety BC is governed by a Board of Directors that oversees the organization’s strategic direction and governance.


Directors must meet the qualifications established in the Safety Authority Act and abide by a Code of Conduct.


The Board of Directors is currently comprised of 11 members, 3 of whom have been appointed by the Minister and as such, have a particular focus on serving in the public interest. The Board is organized with the following committee structure:


  • Finance and Audit
  • Governance and Human Resources (also serves as the Nominating Committee)
  • Strategic Advisory


Technical Safety BC operates within a legislative and regulatory framework that includes:


  • Safety Authority Act
  • Safety Standards Act and Regulations
  • Railway Safety Act and Regulations
  • Administrative Tribunals Act
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Ombudsperson Act
  • Offence Act


Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities




The Board’s role is that of:


          Leader                - together with senior management establish the strategic direction for the organization and ensure that enterprise risk is being monitored and mitigated in an effective manner;


          Overseer             - evaluate performance measures and hold senior management accountable;


          Steward              - provide stewardship for the effective delivery of the organization’s mandate; and;


          Reporter             - report to government, stakeholders, the public, and others.




Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:


          Managing Board Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board. This includes: monitoring and improving the quality of the board and ensuring appropriate board committees are in place; ensuring appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulating roles and responsibilities for the board, committees, and chairs; defining board processes and guidelines; evaluating the board, committees, directors and chair; and identifying potential director candidates.


          Organization’s Mandate: Fully understand the organization’s mandate as established in the Safety Authority Act and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.


          Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development, review and approval of the organization’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with the organization’s mandate.


          Human Resources: Select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the Chief Executive Officer (the President); oversee management succession and development.


          Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems to ensure appropriate risk management systems, code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are set in place.


          Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.


          Communications: Oversee organization’s communications policy.




While Technical Safety BC is not an agent of government, a strong accountability framework ensures that it will fulfill its mandate to administer safety legislation and that the public’s interests in safety are protected.




The key elements of the accountability framework include:




  • the Safety Authority Act and delegation regulation;
  • two formal administrative agreements between the government and Technical Safety BC that specify responsibilities, performance expectations and other administrative matters;
  • fee setting process and criteria established by regulation;
  • working relationships with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure through which the Ministries: - oversee the delegation of the administration of the Safety Standards Act and the Railway Safety Act to Technical Safety BC- manage the amendments to legislation, regulations, codes and standards; and- audit and monitor compliance with the administrative agreements;
  • an administrative tribunal to hear appeals of certain decisions made by Technical Safety BC employees and inspecting local governments thereby ensuring impartiality and fairness;
  • application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Ombudsperson Act of British Columbia to Technical Safety BC; and,
  • the requirement for Technical Safety BC to prepare and make publicly available an annual report and three-year business plan.



Technical Safety BC is an independent, self-funded, authority established pursuant to the Safety Authority Act and its Board members are subject to the terms of that legislation as well as Technical Safety BC’s Board Governance Manual and other corporate policies, including its Code of Conduct.


Board Composition


The individuals who make up the Board should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:


  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and
  • account for the performance of the organization.


Personal Attributes


All directors should possess the following personal attributes:


  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities related to governing in the public interest;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • may include personal attributes relevant to organization; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about the organization and the relevant sector or industry.




Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:


  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including:


o   strategic management and organizational change,


o   operations,


o   internal control and accounting,


o   technology,


o   communications,


o   public sector administration,


o   human resources,


o   labour relations, and risk management.



  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization.


Technical Safety BC Specific Competencies


Collectively, Technical Safety BC directors should also possess the following competencies:


  • appreciation for the unique role of Technical Safety BC;
  • an interest in public safety,
  • industry knowledge and experience;
  • technical expertise and knowledge of construction industry issues, including expertise in the Safety Standards Act and the building code;
  • Experience as customers of and senior leaders in regulated industries;
  • knowledge-based backgrounds and social science experience;
  • expertise in data analytics, social media, artificial intelligence, and data governance;
  • innovation management experience;
  • labour relations knowledge including both union and non-union environments; and
  • geographic diversity.


List of Current Board Members and Senior Executives







Term Ends






Abbott, George (Chair)

January 6/14

April 1/22

Former Minister of Education for BC

Banks, Ian

January 6/14

January 6/20

Chief Information Officer, Metrie

Bazylewski, Karen

April 10/15

April 10/21

Project Manager (construction industry)

Black, Jeremy

April 2/17

April 1/20

Chief Financial Officer, Metrie

Cumming, Neil

March 31/16

March 31/19

Consultant (Civil Engineer)

Eaton, Brenda

January 6/14

January 6/20

Former Deputy Minister to the Premier of BC

Guscott, David

April 1, 2018

March 31/21

Former Deputy Minister - Ontario

Henderson, Geordie

January 6/14

January 6/20

General Manager, AWS Cloud Messaging, Amazon Web Services

Olewiler, Nancy

April 1, 2018

March 31/21

Economist and Professor, Public Policy

Scott, Douglas

March 31/16

March 31/19

President, Wales McLelland Construction (Civil Engineer)

Stephens, Gail

December 7, 2017

December 7, 2020

President, Gail Stephens Consulting


Catherine Roome



Technical Safety BC, President and CEO




Senior Executives:


Catherine Roome                             President and CEO


Derek Patterson                               Vice President, Regulatory Leadership & Corporate Secretary


Phil Gothe                                        Vice President, Operations and Client Experience


Abraham van Poortvliet                   Vice President, Data Analytics and Decision Science


Kate Baillie                                      Vice President, Marketing & Communications


Kate Parker                                       Vice President, People




Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest 

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Directory of Agencies website.


British Columbia Appointment Guidelines 

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.


Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at or by telephone at 604 660-0465.