David was appointed Chair and CEO of the BCUC in December 2015. His responsibility is to deliver on the Vision of the BCUC – to be a trusted and respected regulator that contributes to the well‐being and long‐term interests of British Columbians. He is also a Commissioner – a role he has had since 2010. He considers this to be a key part of his leadership role. Consequently, he continues to participate, usually as the Panel Chair, in several key proceedings. A significant proceeding that he recently led is the Site C Inquiry – the largest proceeding ever undertaken by the BCUC. David also has over 25 years of experience as a consultant in the information technology sector. He is a Professional Engineer in British Columbia, has a Licentiate in Accounting from the Society of Management Accountants Canada, was certified with the ICD.D designation in 2013 by the Institute of Corporate Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto. David also serves as director for the Arts Club Theatre Company, and as president of the West Vancouver Community Arts Council.
Anna was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in December 2017 after serving as Vice President of Legal and General Counsel for TimberWest Forest Corp. During her tenure, she also served as the 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 a Bachelor of Arts (English and French) from the University of British Columbia. She earned her Certified Corporate Counsel designation in 2015 and 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 currently a director for the Vancouver Airport Authority, BC Unclaimed Property Society and Arts Club Theatre Company.
Carolann was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in January 2019. 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 has included self-government, land and resource development, environmental assessments, administrative and utility law, and Aboriginal title and rights matters. She 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, the Chiefs of Ontario, the Native Women’s Association and the Assembly of First Nations. She has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.
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 the BCAA, he also 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 B.C. region. He holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University. Dennis also served on the Board of Consumer Protection BC for six years.
Douglas was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in March 2016 and is President at Upturn Consulting Ltd. Douglas is a Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manitoba, is a Chartered Director from McMaster University, has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales and holds an Enterprise Risk Management Certificate from Stanford University’s Extension Division. He is the Chair of the Board of Consumer Protection BC, a past member of the Board of Directors of British Columbia Life Insurance Ltd. and a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. He formerly served as Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, and as a board member of Royal Roads University, the University of Victoria, Medic Alert Foundation and RalMax Industries.
William was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in February 2016. He is a lawyer and a Chartered Arbitrator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada. 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 B.C., Alberta and Newfoundland, and before regulatory tribunals. As a Chartered Arbitrator, he has mediated and arbitrated numerous disputes. He 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 British Columbia in 1998 and served as its President from 2003 to 2004. He has served as an Adjudicator on hearing disciplinary and credential matters for Law Society Panels. William has also served on the boards of the Pacific Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Vancouver Art Gallery, Crofton House School, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and Vancouver Courthouse Law Library Society.
Howard was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in March 2014. He was formerly principal and director of a private consulting firm, a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and President of two operating companies. Howard holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from the University of British Columbia. He has served as a director for Vancouver Coastal Health, the Dalai Lama Centre and Gateway Theatre Society.
Karen was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in June 2014 after retiring as the leader of Deloitte’s B.C. audit practice with 30 years of audit experience. Karen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and 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 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 Accounts 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.
Miriam was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in June 2016. Previously, Miriam served as Associate Counsel at Alexander Holburn Beaudin and Lang, practising corporate and governance law. She also served as General Counsel for Chevron Canada Limited’s Products Division. Miriam holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of British Columbia’s Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. She was President and Vice President of the Law Society of British Columbia and a former member of the Board of B.C. Pavilion Corporation, 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, is a former prosecutor with the Attorney General and has served as general counsel for several mineral exploration companies. Blair was Senior Legal Counsel for the BC Securities Commission (Corporate Finance) and HSBC Bank Canada. Blair is a Geologist with a Master’s of Science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a Master’s of Laws in International Environmental Law from the SOAS University of London and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. Blair volunteers extensively and has 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 it had been outsourced 10 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. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, earning his Certified Management Accountant 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’s 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 also Chair of the Justice Institute of BC Foundation, a member of the Development Advisory Committee and Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, and a Director of the Certified Management Accountants of BC and Vancouver Board of Trade.
Richard was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in March 2016. He was the former Chief Executive Officer of two information technology businesses, and held executive leadership roles at Health Insurance BC and Pacific Blue Cross. Richard holds a Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and Computing Science) from the University of Cambridge. He was a former member of the BC Medical Association’s Council on Health Promotion, and has mentored entrepreneurs for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and students of the University of Cambridge’s MPhil in Management program.
Richard was appointed as a BCUC Commissioner in December 2011 and is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary. In 2008, he retired as Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Calgary after specializing in the technical and economic aspects of resource development and management. Richard held appointments with the National Energy Board of Canada and with the Ministries of Environment and Energy and Mines in Ecuador under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science from Notre Dame University of Nelson and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Plant Ecology) from the University of British Columbia.