They are appointed through an Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council (OIC).
Mark was appointed as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission in September 2023, a position he previously held from 1992-1997. He is currently on a leave of absence from his role as a Distinguished Professor at Simon Fraser University. Mark holds a PhD in energy economics from the University of Grenoble. His research focus is the design and application of energy-economy models for assessing climate policies. Internationally, Mark has served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Global Energy Assessment. Domestically, Mark has served on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, and the British Columbia Climate Solutions Council. In 2009, he was appointed to the Royal Society of Canada and named British Columbia Academic of the Year. Three of his books have been shortlisted for the Donner Prize, with Sustainable Fossil Fuels winning in 2006. His latest book is The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success.
Anna was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in December 2017 and as Deputy Chair in 2019, after serving as Vice President, Legal and General Counsel for TimberWest Forest Corp., where she also served as its inaugural Chief Ethics Officer. She was previously Corporate Counsel at Intrawest ULC and Senior Counsel at BC Gas Inc. Anna holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (English and French) from the University of British Columbia. She earned her Certified Corporate Counsel designation in 2015. She has served as President of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, People’s Law School, Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals and BC Autism Association. She is the Chair of the BC Unclaimed Property Society and a past director for the Vancouver Airport Authority, Vancouver Foundation, Law Foundation of British Columbia and Arts Club Theatre Company.
Carol Ann was appointed as a part-time BCUC Commissioner in January 2019 and was appointed to a full-time position in January 2020. She is a Smalqmix (Sylx) lawyer whose career has focused on the practice of Indigenous law. A member of the bar in Ontario (1984) and British Columbia (2007), her practice included self-government, land and resource development, environmental assessments, administrative and utility law, and Aboriginal title and rights matters. Carol Ann held senior legal and policy positions with the Lax Kw’alaams Band, Hydro One Networks’ Legal Services, the First Nations Financial Management Board, the First Nations’ Forestry Council, Indian and Northern Affairs (now known as Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs), the Chiefs of Ontario, the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations. She has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.
Lisa was appointed for a three-year term as Commissioner in July 2023. Lisa is a Professional Engineer with diverse experience across highly regulated sectors. Earlier in her career, Lisa served in engineering and project management roles in planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects based in Vancouver, Canada and later in London, England, with international assignments to Alaska, Israel, and Papua New Guinea. After establishing her own consultancy, her focus became the assessment and justification of major capital projects. Lisa supported TransLink on numerous programs and projects, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on the Container Capacity Improvement Program, and the Vancouver Airport Authority on baggage and mechanical systems upgrades. Lisa most recently worked within the business development group of Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Geological Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dennis was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in October 2008, after retiring from his role as Vice President, Product Development and Support for the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) in 2007. During his time with BCAA, he served as Vice President Sales and Director of Travel Services. Before that, he was the Merchandise Investment Manager and Store Manager with the Hudson’s Bay Company for the BC region. He holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University. Dennis also served on the Board of Consumer Protection British Columbia for six years.
Ana was appointed as a part-time BCUC Commissioner in July 2021. Prior to joining the BCUC, Ana served as Division Manager, Project Management and Construction, with Bruce Power, Canada’s largest operating nuclear facility, until retiring in 2019. Earlier in her career, Ana held multiple leadership roles with AMEC Foster Wheeler – including Vice President, Engineering, and she served as a Design Engineer with Ontario Power Generation, where she led technical and safety analysis projects. She is an experienced Project Manager and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
William was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in February 2016. He is a lawyer and a Chartered Arbitrator. He practised law as an associate and partner at Lawson Lundell LLP, in complex litigation focusing on commercial, construction, engineering, products liability, insurance and regulatory issues. He appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, in courts in BC, Alberta and Newfoundland, and before regulatory tribunals. As a Chartered Arbitrator, he has arbitrated numerous disputes. William holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Manitoba. He was an elected Bencher of the Law Society of BC in 1998 and served as its President from 2003 to 2004. He has served as an Adjudicator on Law Society Panels, hearing disciplinary and credential matters. Bill has also served on the boards of the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation, Vancouver Art Gallery, Crofton House School, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and Vancouver Courthouse Law Library Society.
Karen was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in June 2014, after retiring as the leader of Deloitte’s BC audit practice with 30 years of audit experience. Karen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University; is an FCP, a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Professional Accountant; and is an ICD.D, having completed the Directors Education Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors. Karen currently serves as director for the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and is a member of the Audit Advisory Committee for the BC Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia. Karen was previously a member of the Executive Committee for Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators (CAMPUT), served as Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC in 2009/10 and is a former director of Quest University, Vancouver Social Venture Partners, British Columbia Paraplegic Foundation, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Vancouver Enterprise Forum, BC Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Addiction Foundation.
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Miriam was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in June 2016. Previously, Miriam served as Associate Counsel at Alexander Holburn Beaudin and Lang, practicing corporate and governance law. She also served as General Counsel for Chevron Canada Limited’s Products Division. Miriam holds a Juris Doctor from University of British Columbia Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. She was Past President and Vice President of the Law Society of British Columbia and chaired the Finance and Governance Committees. She was also a former member of the Board of B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), the owner and operator of the Vancouver Convention Centre and BC Place.
Blair was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in December 2018. She has practised law since 1991 and is a former prosecutor with the Attorney General and served as general counsel for several mineral exploration companies. Blair was Senior Legal Counsel with the BC Securities Commission (Corporate Finance) as well as with HSBC Bank Canada. Blair is also a Geologist with a Master of Science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. She holds a Master of Laws in International Environmental Law from SOAS at the University of London and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. Blair volunteers extensively and served as National President for CISV Canada, an international children's peace education organization.
Tom was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in December 2018. He brings with him 34 years of experience working with energy utilities in British Columbia. Tom spent the majority of his career with the FortisBC group of companies and its predecessors, where he held a variety of senior management and executive roles. This experience included positions in finance, strategic planning, operations, marketing, energy supply, regulatory affairs and customer service, where he served as the Vice President responsible for the successful repatriation of the customer service function after having been outsourced ten years previously. For many years, Tom was responsible for the development and implementation of corporate regulatory strategy as the Chief Regulatory Officer for FortisBC, a position he also held at BC Hydro. Tom is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, earning his CMA designation in 1985.
Bernard was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in June 2012, after serving as Assistant Managing Director and Chief Economist for the Vancouver Board of Trade for five years. He also served as Managing Director of BMA Ltd., a management consulting firm specializing in project management, strategic planning and corporate turnarounds for several industries, including transportation, finance, manufacturing, health care and utilities. Bernard holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from Concordia University and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants. Active in his community, Bernard was Chair of the Justice Institute of BC Foundation, a member of the Development Advisory Committee for the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, and director of the Certified Management Accountants of BC, Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver Opera and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
Wendy was appointed for a three-year term as Commissioner in July 2023. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience in non-profit management, compliance, regulation, and governance. Previously, Wendy served as Compliance Manager with the British Columbia Securities Commission, Vice President of the Pacific Region with Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, and Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs with Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (now known as CPABC). Wendy joins the BCUC from her most recent role of Executive Officer with the Real Estate Compensation Fund Corporation and she continues to serve as an ad hoc Professional Conduct Investigator for CPABC. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University.