Executive

Erinn Pinkerton - photo Erinn Pinkerton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Erinn Pinkerton is the President and CEO. Prior to her appointment she was the Vice President of Business Development and Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) and led Corporate Planning, Sales, Marketing and Communications, Information Technology and the Transit Planning and Scheduling teams for BC Transit.

Since 2008, Ms. Pinkerton has been instrumental in delivering improved transit service to over 130 communities across B.C. She has led the development and public consultation efforts for numerous multi-million dollar capital projects and transportation plans, including Transit Future Plans, Victoria Regional Rapid Transit project, Highway 16 service introduction and Kelowna Rapid Bus. In addition, Ms. Pinkerton led the overall development of the strategic plan and implementation of all corporate planning activities including strategic analysis, enterprise resource planning, business intelligence and revenue generation.

Ms. Pinkerton is committed to making transit services more responsive, convenient and accessible to all customers and has been leading many initiatives, including the smart bus technology project which introduces real-time bus information, automated stop announcements and closed circuit TV cameras onboard each bus.

Ms. Pinkerton has over 17 years of experience in the transportation industry and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Business Administration.

 

Headshot Laura-Lea Berna

Vice President, IT and Chief Information Officer

Laura-Lea Berna is the Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at BC Transit. Laura-Lea was previously the Director of Information Services & Technology and Chief Information Officer. Laura-Lea joined BC Transit after working as the Chief Information Officer for Camosun College. Prior to joining Camosun, Laura-Lea was the VP of Operations and VP of Product Management at AbeBooks, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.

By combining business acumen with technology, Laura-Lea self-identifies as an example of “the new breed of CIO”, promoting information technology as the trusted partner and advisor to the organization.

Laura-Lea holds a Commerce Degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. Laura-Lea has spent the last 20 years leading technology teams and projects.

 

image: Greg Conner bio image Greg Conner

Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Secretary

Greg joined BC Transit in 2015 with 25 years of experience in human resources and labour relations. As the Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Secretary, Greg is responsible for leading strategies to support BC Transit’s Human Resources Action Plan in the key areas of talent management, culture, labour relations and policies and procedures.

Greg has worked at a number of public and private sector organizations, including the Province of B.C., Camosun College and HP in senior level roles. In addition to being an active volunteer with the United Way and Make a Wish, Greg has taught at the University of Victoria’s School of Business and the School of Public Administration. Greg is also a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail’s Nine to Five workplace advice column.

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Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer

 
 

Roland Gehrke Roland Gehrke

Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Roland joined BC Transit in 2019 and is responsible for the overall financial management of BC Transit as well as for providing leadership and direction to the Finance Division.

Roland brings more than two decades of expertise to the role, most recently serving as Controller, City Operations for the City of Edmonton. In this role he was responsible for budgeting, planning, forecasting and reporting for City Operations, which covers transit, parks, roads, fleet, and facilities. He has extensive executive experience in both the public and private sectors. Examples of this include, prior to joining the City of Edmonton, being Division CFO/Controller for ATCO Electric, Vice President of Corporate Services with Legal Aid Alberta, and Manager of Strategy Consulting with the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative. He is known as a leader who focuses on strategy and operational excellence as well as in developing strong relationships and partnerships. Roland is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Aaron Lamb - Bio Photo Aaron Lamb

Vice President, Asset Management

Aaron first joined BC Transit in 2000 as a fleet engineer, building his career and holding a number of positions throughout his years which included roles involving project management, engineering, maintenance services, capital asset management, enterprise resource planning and program development. Aaron joined the executive team in 2012 and, as the Vice President of Asset Management, Aaron is responsible for the management of the provincial fleet and infrastructure assets, environment management and real estate.

Aaron was born and raised in the Cariboo Region of British Columbia before making his way of establishing residence on Vancouver Island in pursuit of his academic studies in 1997. Aaron and his family reside in the Cowichan Valley where he is an active volunteer in community kid sport programs. Aaron is also a proud citizen of the Métis Nation British Columbia.

Aaron graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Aaron also holds a Master in Business Administration in Executive Management from Royal Roads University.

Christy Ridout - image Christy Ridout

Vice President, Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development, Christy is focused on the development of the company’s strategic priorities, including service planning and scheduling, communications and marketing, sales and revenue, information systems and smart technology.  Christy has an extensive background in strategic planning and project implementation, but leading people is her passion. 

Christy joined BC Transit in 2008 as the Manager of Capital Programs, she then held the position of Director, Corporate and Strategic Planning.  Prior to this Christy worked with BC Buildings Corporation and BC Ferries. Christy has an undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program.  In her spare time, you will find her spending time with her family or enjoying the outdoors.