About BC Ferries

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Board of Directors

Donald P. Hayes - Chair

Donald Hayes is currently Chief Executive Officer of Vestis Fashion Group Inc. and the Hayes Group which has interests in retail, forestry and real estate. He previously served as Chair of the Board of the Royal BC Museum, Chair of the Cowichan Economic Development Commission and as a Director on a variety of Boards, including Forest Renewal BC, Truck Loggers Association, the New Relationship Trust, and the Khowutzun Development Corporation. He was also co-founder of the Doctor Peter AIDS Foundation. Mr. Hayes has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant.

Jane M. Bird

Jane Bird is a Senior Business Advisor at Bennett Jones, a leading business law firm in Canada, where she provides advice on large infrastructure projects. Ms. Bird recently completed an engagement as an attaché to Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development in London, UK, where she was responsible for the renewal of Canada House on Trafalgar Square. Prior to undertaking this role, Ms. Bird was CEO of Columbia Power Corporation, a British Columbia crown corporation that develops and operates hydroelectric generation facilities. Ms. Bird was also CEO of Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc., responsible for the development and construction of Canada Line, a $2 billion, 19 km rapid transit line connecting downtown Vancouver with Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. Prior to her career in infrastructure, Ms. Bird practiced law. Ms. Bird is a Director of Global Container Terminals Inc., IBI Group and Western Forest Products Inc. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Bruce A. Chan

Bruce Chan spent nearly 20 years in a variety of senior positions with Teekay Corporation, one of the world’s largest marine energy transportation, storage and production companies with offices in 15 countries and approximately 6,700 seagoing and shore-based employees. Prior to that, Mr. Chan was with Ernst & Young, LLC in Vancouver. Mr. Chan holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Chan has served on several Boards including the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

Jan K. Grude

Jan Grude is President & CEO of Pacific Blue Cross, British Columbia’s largest regulated insurer, and British Columbia Life & Casualty Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Blue Cross. He has 30 years of experience in financial services, insurance, and advisory services to health care, utilities, manufacturing and telecommunications. A former Partner of Ernst & Young, he has advised on large scale infrastructure, restructuring and privatization initiatives in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Grude is former President & Chief Executive Officer of Mellon Financial Services Corporation (Canada), a subsidiary of Bank of New York Mellon, and former President & CEO of The Buck Company based in New York City, one of the largest multi-national pension, investment and group insurance firms, now owned by Xerox Corporation. Mr. Grude holds the ICD.D designation and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John A. Horning

John Horning offers an extensive business background as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Interfor Corporation, President and CEO of Seaboard International Shipping Ltd. and President and CEO of Interfor Insurance Corporation. Mr. Horning previously held the position of President and CEO of Pacific Coach Lines Ltd. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Accountant. He also serves on the Boards of the B.C. Pavilion Corporation and is Chairman of the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Foundation.

Brian G. Kenning

Brian Kenning is presently a Director on the Boards of MacDonald Dettwiler, West Fraser Timber and Adventus REIT. Mr. Kenning  is past Chair of the BC Cancer Foundation and past Governor of the BC Business Council. He was formerly a Director of Catalyst Paper Ltd., and Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset Management and a past Director of British Columbia Railway Company. Mr. Kenning has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration.

Gordon M. Kukec

Gord Kukec is an independent consultant focussing primarily on the impact of emerging environmental and technology developments on business transformation. Mr. Kukec has previously held a number of senior officer roles in the international commercial aviation, business intelligence software, and commercial printing imaging technology industries.  He brings a diversity of knowledge and expertise to the Board in commercial transportation, IT, business innovation and energy sustainability. Mr. Kukec holds a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University and has extensive experience on Boards of both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

Sarah A. Morgan-Silvester

Sarah Morgan-Silvester is former Executive Vice President, Personal Financial Services and Wealth Management for HSBC Bank Canada and former President and CEO of HSBC Trust Company (Canada). Ms. Morgan-Silvester is currently a corporate Director serving on a number of Boards of organizations including: Canadian Western Bank, ENMAX Corporation, Grant Thornton LLP and Grant Thornton Consulting. She is past Chair of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and chaired the committee responsible for overseeing the merger of the three ports in the Lower Mainland to form Canada's largest port. An active volunteer, Ms. Morgan-Silvester serves on the Board of the Vancouver Foundation, is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia and past Chair of BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre Foundation. Ms. Morgan-Silvester is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Finance from the University of British Columbia. She additionally holds the Human Resources and Compensation Committee designation from the Directors College.

P. Geoffrey Plant, Q.C. - Vice Chair

Geoff Plant Q.C. is a partner in the Vancouver law firm Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP. He served as BC’s Attorney General and Minister responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001- 2005. Mr. Plant’s law practice focuses on public law and policy; he also serves on a number of corporate and community Boards, and he is currently the Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and has law degrees from Southampton, Dalhousie and Cambridge Universities.


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