Board of Directors
Catherine Holt, Chair
Catherine Holt is Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to her role with The Chamber, Catherine was President and Principal Consultant, Sage Group Management Consultants for 17 years. She worked at the executive level with private sector clients providing strategic advice on public policy and government decision-making processes. She worked with not-for-profits improving stakeholder relations, designing and recruiting boards of directors, strategic planning, evaluating new lines of business and organizational design. She has worked on many transformational projects in the public sector and has a long-standing involvement in public transit and transportation issues.
As a management consultant, she conducted a review in 2012 of the relationship between local governments, the Province and BC Transit for the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. She led strategic planning sessions for the Board of BC Transit and a review of the governance and funding of the organization. In 2015, she conducted a core review and the development of a strategic plan for the CEO of TransLink.
Catherine taught Advanced Strategy for the MBA program at Royal Roads. She was an Assistant Deputy Minister in the BC Government, Cabinet Communications Advisor for the Yukon Government and a Producer for CBC National Radio and TV Current Affairs. She has been a board member for the Victoria Police Board and BC Gaming Commission, the Vancouver Island School of Art and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.
She has a Master of Arts, UWO, Bachelor of Arts (honours), UBC, and was a Certified Management Consultant.
Susan M. Brice
Susan Brice has served as the elected Councillor of Saanich since 2005. Previously, she was elected the Trustee and Chair for the Greater Victoria School Board, the Councillor and Mayor of Oak Bay and a MLA for Saanich South. She has also served as the BC Minister of Mental Health and Minister of Human Resources, Deputy Chair of BC Police Commission, Director of the Victoria Airport Authority, Chair of the Camosun College Foundation and as a Board Member of the Pacific Sport Institute.
Currently, Councillor Brice serves as Chair of Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee and a member of the Finance and Personnel Standing Committee. Active in the community, she volunteers her time with BC Transplant Society, Cridge Centre for the Family and the Eldercare Foundation.
Karen Elliott was elected as Mayor of the District of Squamish in October 2018 after serving as a member of Squamish Council from 2014-2018. She moved to Squamish in 2012 after spending six years abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Karen decided to run for elected office because she quickly realized the significant opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for Squamish as it experienced significant growth and big city pressures, despite its small town feel. During her time on Council, Karen chaired the Community Development Committee, Finance and Audit Committee and was the Council representative on the Food Policy Council, the Library Board, and the Community Advisory Community for the Official Community Plan review.
Mayor Lyn Hall has been an active member of the Prince George community for over 30 years. He first entered local politics in 2001 when he won a seat as a School Trustee on the Prince George School Board. He spent 10 years on the board holding various positions including vice-chair and chair.
In 2011, he ran and successfully won a seat on Prince George City Council. As a Councillor, he was a member of several committees and community groups. In 2014, he ran a successful campaign for Mayor of Prince George. Mayor Hall and his wife Lorrelle are the parents of twin daughters, both of whom graduated from UNBC.
Mayor Helps works hard at City Hall and in the community to ensure that the city is prosperous, affordable, sustainable, and ready for the future. Taking a long-term, big-picture perspective, she looks both around the city and around the world for innovative solutions to the pressing challenges facing us including climate change, lack of affordable housing, and growing social isolation and loneliness, especially among youth and seniors.
Mayor Helps believes that the best way to address complex challenges is to bring people from a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences together and to truly listen to each other. In her experience, listening deeply with empathy and generosity and taking in new information can enable us to change our minds or at least to broaden our perspectives. She’s honoured to have been elected as Mayor of Victoria and to serve her community in this capacity.
Wendal Milne was employed with the RCMP for 26 years, working in general criminal and white collar financial crimes investigations. In addition, he worked in employee relations finishing his career as a detachment commander. He spent 13 years working for BC Transit in Victoria, in charge of Security, Operations Manager and finally Director of Operations and Maintenance with responsibility for 600 plus employees.
He has served as Chair of the Sooke Fire Protection District, member of the Sooke Incorporation Committee, Mayor of Sooke, Director on the Capital Regional Board and the Hospital Board. He was involved in youth sports in Sooke serving as President of Sooke Minor Hockey.
He is currently retired and serves on the board of the Juan De Fuca Salmon Restoration Society. Throughout his career he has focused on providing a high level of customer service while also ensuring fair and equitable treatment of employees.
Blair Redlin is a public policy research consultant based in Vancouver.
In 2018, he served as Special Advisor for the Coastal Ferry Services Review on behalf of the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, authoring the review report Connecting Coastal Communities.
Blair was a longtime Research Representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (C.U.P.E.), retiring from C.U.P.E. staff in 2012.
His past governance experience includes service as: President of the Transportation Association of Canada from 1999 to 2001; Vice-Chair and Board Director for Oxfam Canada; Board Director with RTP 2000 Ltd., the company which oversaw construction of the Millenium Skytrain Line; Board Director for the BC Assets and Land Corporation; and Chair of the Board of Highway Constructors Ltd.
|Catherine Holt||Victoria||OIC 490/2016, December 8, 2017||Chair|
|Susan Brice||Saanich||OIC 91/09, February 27, 2009||Director|
|Karen Elliott||Squamish||OIC 189, April 15, 2019||Director|
|Lyn Hall||Prince George||OIC 189, April 15, 2019||Director|
|Lisa Helps||Victoria||OIC 189, April 15, 2019||Director|
|Wendal Milne||Sooke||OIC 493, December 8, 2017||Director|
|Blair Redlin||Vancouver||OIC 189, April 15, 2019||Director|
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