TransLink board gets three new directors

Newcomers include ex-Bombardier engineer who worked on Evergreen Line and was president of Partnerships BC

SkyTrain running on a new section of the soon-to-open Evergreen Line extension.

SkyTrain running on a new section of the soon-to-open Evergreen Line extension.

Three new TransLink board members have been appointed to replace outgoing directors.

The one with the most direct transit-related expertise is professional engineer Sarah Clark, the chief operating officer of Fraser River Pile and Dredge, who previously worked on transit projects such as the Evergreen Line for Bombardier, and was formerly president and CEO of Partnerships BC, which coordinates public-private partnerships.

Also new on the 11-member TransLink board are YWCA Metro Vancouver CEO Janet Austin, and lawyer Anne Giardini, who is also SFU chancellor, a member of the university’s board of governors, and former president of forestry giant Weyerhaeuser.

The three new appointees were chosen by the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, from a short list vetted through a screening panel.

“We set out to find people who are community builders with a passion for this region, its future, and who use and believe in the role of public transit,” Mayors’ Council Chair Gregor Robertson said.

The new appointees will replace outgoing board directors Brenda Eaton, Barry Forbes and board chair Don Rose, whose terms all expire at the end of the year.

A new TransLink board chair is yet to be selected.

The annual election of the mayors’ council chair and vice-chair happens later this year, and the mayors who serve those roles next year will also be eligible to sit on the TransLink board in 2017.

Each TransLink director collects close to $50,000 a year, depending on the number of meetings they attend, while the board chair receives $100,000.

For mayors, the TransLink compensation is in addition to what they get as local mayors, and for serving on the mayors’ council and Metro Vancouver regional district.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Surrey’s Kevin McAlpin is hoping to reunite this 50-year-old wedding ring with its rightful owner. (Contributed photo)
Owner of 50-year-old wedding band found near Peace Arch Park sought

Recovered ring ‘is important to somebody,’ says finder

Surrey City Hall. (File photo)
Surrey council earmarks $1.8M in grants for community groups

Councillor Laurie Guerra says it’s ‘essential’ given damage done by pandemic

Screen shot from the SOS Children’s Village BC webpage for their “Big Hearts Open Doors” fundraising appeal. SOS is also currently running a Christmas gift-card drive to help at-risk youth this Christmas. (Image via sosbc.org)
SOS Children’s Village BC launches annual Christmas gift-card drive

SOS collecting gift cards and donations for Surrey’s at-risk youth

Surrey protesters wearing their blue “bubble” suits. (Submitted photo)
OUR VIEW: Shut down strange Surrey protest

Unfortunate neighbourhood under siege for 12 weeks and counting

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

Cops converge in a Marshall Road parking lot on Thursday afternoon following a reported police incident. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Federal offender escapes, gets shot at and is taken back into custody in Abbotsford

Several branches of law enforcement find escapee a short distance from where he fled

A demonstrator wears representations of sea lice outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in downtown Vancouver Sept. 24, demanding more action on the Cohen Commission recommendations to protect wild Fraser River sockeye. (Quinn Bender photo)
First Nations renew call to revoke salmon farm licences

Leadership council implores use of precautionary principle in Discovery Islands

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Pixabay)
Canadians’ mental health has deteriorated with the second wave, study finds

Increased substance use one of the ways people are coping

A coal-fired power plant seen through dense smog from the window of an electric bullet train south of Beijing, December 2016. China has continued to increase thermal coal production and power generation, adding to greenhouse gas emissions that are already the world’s largest. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
LNG featured at B.C. energy industry, climate change conference

Hydrogen, nuclear, carbon capture needed for Canada’s net-zero goal

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Many health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals

Most Read