About BC Ferries

A Message from Mark Collins, our New President & CEO

April 3, 2017

Mark Collins, President & CEO of BC FerriesAs I take over the helm as BC Ferries’ new President & CEO, I want to share some thoughts on our future direction, both short and long-term. I have been with BC Ferries for 11 years, as Vice President, Engineering and most recently as Vice President, Strategic Planning & Community Engagement. These diverse roles have given me a broad view of what it takes to lead BC Ferries, both operationally and with a big picture perspective, from the day to day to the years ahead.

At BC Ferries we are very proud of our award-winning safety program, SailSafe. Safety is always top of mind for us and is integral to our company culture. It is our highest value as we seek continuous improvement for our customers, the communities we serve and the environment around us. We are pleased that SailSafe’s contribution to safe and efficient service has been recognized locally and internationally.

In 2016, BC Ferries launched its new Strategic Plan that charts our course for the next 10 years. The Plan calls for us to focus on continuously improving the travel experience for our customers, reflecting the commitment, expertise and pride of our employees. However, we recognize the world is changing fast so our plan is dynamic. We will revisit it annually to ensure our priorities reflect those of our customers and our operating environment.

With summer on the horizon, we are preparing for a busy peak season of welcoming local residents and visitors on board BC Ferries.  All indications show British Columbia will have a banner year for tourism and BC Ferries is an important part of the B.C. experience.  We’ll have two new ultra-clean natural gas-fueled ships entering the fleet this summer, Salish Orca and Salish Eagle, and a third, Salish Raven, arriving soon. The Coastal Naturalists will be back to share their knowledge of the marine life and geography of coastal B.C.  A special symphony performance is planned on our Comox-Powell River route as part of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) in Powell River.  A number of our smaller terminals in the beautiful Gulf Islands have been upgraded to improve the travel experience and of course, there are whales, eagles, bears and gorgeous scenery to thrill our guests while on board.

We also want to thank former President & CEO Mike Corrigan for the leadership he brought to our company over the past 14 years. Mike’s accomplishments are too numerous to list so let me simply say, he nurtured our safety program, drove operational excellence and built our great team while never forgetting what’s important to customers and employees. It is with sincere thanks that all of BC Ferries wishes Mike the very best in the next stage of his journey.

Let me close by saying I am excited to be working with you - our customers, communities and employees - in my new role. I look forward to seeing you on the coast this summer.

Safe travels,

Mark