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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the business conduct and activities of the management team. The goal of the Board is to ensure we fulfill our objectives on an ongoing basis and operate in a safe, efficient and reliable manner.

Nine members of our Board are nominated by Nominating Entities, four Directors are appointed by the Board from the community at large and our President and CEO serves on the board. To ensure transparency and accountability, the Directors and their Nominating Entities agree on a formal communications plan between YVR and each Nominating Entity. The Board also approves the Airport Authority's communication policy, which guides overall communication with the public, annually.

Nominating Entities Include

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Vancouver
  • Government of Canada
  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Metro Vancouver
  • Mary Jordan, Chair of the Board, Director at Large
    Mary Jordan
    Chair of the Board
    Director at large

    Mary Jordan has spent more than 20 years in the airline industry, holding senior executive positions with American Airlines and Canadian Airlines. Following Air Canada's acquisition of Canadian Airlines, Ms. Jordan was President and CEO of the new low-cost airline before being appointed Senior Vice President, Air Canada International and British Columbia, and is the former Provincial Executive Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control. Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Laidlaw International. She is a Director of Coast Capital Savings, Timberwest Forest Corp and Superior Plus Corporation.

  • Craig Richmond, President and CEO
    Craig Richmond
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Director at large
    Craig Richmond is President & Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Airport Authority. Previously, Craig held positions with Vantage Airport Group as CEO of six different airports in three different countries. From 1995-2006, Craig worked in a variety of operational roles for the Airport Authority including Vice President, Operations.
  • Joseph Caron, Director at large
    Joseph Caron
    Director at large

    Joseph Caron is Principal and Founder of Joseph Caron Incorporated, a consulting business providing strategic counsel to Asian businesses seeking to grow in Canada and Canadian businesses and organizations focused on development in Asia. Mr. Caron's experience includes almost four decades with the Government of Canada where he served in a number of key diplomatic posts including Ambassador to the Peoples' Republic of China (2001 to 2005), Ambassador to Japan (2005 to 2008) and High Commissioner to the Republic of India (2008 to 2010). Mr. Caron serves on the Boards of Directors of YVR and Manulife Financial Corporation.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation and an Honourary Research Associate of the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research. Mr. Caron is also a member of the UBC President’s Committee on China. He holds Honorary Degrees from York University in Toronto and Meiji Gakuin University in Japan.

  • John Currie
    John Currie
    Nominated by Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

    John Currie is a respected Vancouver-based business leader. He brings extensive corporate financial acumen to the Airport Authority Board of Directors, with previous experience as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of lululemon athletica Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Intrawest Corporation. He serves on the boards of several public and private companies and is a Professional Chartered Accountant.

  • Anna Fung
    Anna Fung
    Nominated by Law Society of British Columbia

    Anna Fung was nominated to the Authority's Board of Directors by the Law Society of British Columbia. She currently services as a full time Commissioner at the BC Utilities Commission. Prior to this, she served as Vice President, Legal and General Counsel at TimberWest Forest Corp., and Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Intrawest ULC. Prior to Intrawest, she was Senior Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Terasen Inc.

    Elected Bencher of the BC Law Society for ten years and as its President in 2007, Fung has also served as President of the Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals (BC), President of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and Chair of the People’s Law School. Other accolades include the 2004 RVA Jones Canadian Corporate Counsel Award, the 2007 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the Business & Professions category and the 2012 UBC Law Alumni Award of Distinction. She currently also serves on the Boards of the BC Unclaimed Property Society and the Arts Club Theatre Company.

  • Kenneth Goosen
    Kenneth Goosen
    Nominated by Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia

    Kenneth Goosen is Senior Aviation Advisor ‐ AeroInfo ‐ A Boeing Company. Mr. Goosen has more than 30 years experience in senior management, engineering and operations positions with Canada’s major airlines. He was Vice President Maintenance and Engineering for Canadian Airlines International and Senior Vice President Operations for Zip, Air Canada’s start‐up airline. Following his airline career, Mr. Goosen established an aviation consulting company, AeroStrategies Ltd., which included among its clients several airlines, aviation training organizations and The Boeing Company.

    Mr. Goosen is a Professional Engineer in the aviation industry, and is well versed in international airline operations, maintenance, airworthiness regulations and certifications. In 2008, Mr. Goosen was awarded standing in the Society of American Value Engineers as an Associate Value Specialist (AVS) and in 2011 he was named as a co‐inventor of a Boeing ‐ US Patent for Methods used to Model Processes in Airlines and Other Industries.

  • Howard Jampolsky
    Howard Jampolsky
    Nominated by City of Richmond

    Howard Jampolsky is a Richmond entrepreneur whose business interests include Scadax Automation Corp., which provides remote monitoring and control systems for the water and waste industry. Mr. Jampolsky also holds the senior executive position with the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Board, which operates three cemeteries and provides funeral services to the local Jewish community.

    Mr. Jampolsky, a licensed private pilot, has served in a number of civic roles including the Richmond Economic Advisory Committee, and is currently Chair of the City of Richmond Board of Variance. He is also a director and past chair of the Cures for Kids Foundation.

  • Annalisa King
    Annalisa King
    Director at large

    Annalisa King is a corporate director and is one of Canada’s most respected senior business executives, recognized in 2012 as BC’s CFO of the Year by Business in Vancouver and inducted in the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame. Her dedication to leadership has earned her a reputation as a dynamic business thought-leader in the areas of corporate finance and business transformation. Ms. King is the former Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Best Buy Canada Ltd. Prior to joining Best Buy Canada Ltd., she was the Senior Vice President of Business Transformation for Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto. She has held leadership positions in finance at several consumer packaged goods companies, including Kraft and Pillsbury Canada.

    In addition to the Airport Authority, Ms. King also sits on the board and audit committees of two public companies, Saputo Inc. and the Northwest Company Inc., and provides strategic advisory services to companies including Best Buy Canada Ltd.

  • Kenneth Martin
    Kenneth Martin
    Nominated by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

    Kenneth Martin brings more than 20 years of CEO and senior leadership experience in the U.S. and Canada to his role on the YVR Board. Mr. Martin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Blue Cross, a role for which he was named CEO of the Year in 2012 by Business in Vancouver.

    Mr. Martin is Governor and Past Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. He served on the boards of Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, AutismBC, Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Western Conference of Prepaid Medical Plans, among others. He is a graduate and permanent member of the Honour Society of The Richard Ivey School of Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario.

  • Kush Panatch
    Kush Panatch
    Nominated by Government of Canada

    Kush Panatch is the principal owner of a group of companies involved in acquisition, management and development of real estate. Centro Capital Corp. specializes in investing private equity capital in Real Estate Development projects as well as in the Technology Sector. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Panatch brings to his role as a YVR Director extensive knowledge in development, finance, marketing, construction and environmental legislation.

    Mr. Panatch served for two terms (2008 to 2014) as a board member of the Financial Institutions Commission and the Audit Committee of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation. He has also served as Chair and Director for the Richmond Hospital Foundation and as Chair for the City of Richmond’s Advisory Design Panel. Mr. Panatch’s Philanthropic works and efforts are made through his Panatch Family Foundation.

  • Dr. Gerri Sinclair
    Gerri Sinclair
    Director at large

    Dr. Gerri Sinclair's career encompasses more than 20 years experience in the fields of the internet and new media technology, entrepreneurial business, academic research and education and government policy. Now a Corporate Director and Strategic Consultant, in 1996 Dr. Sinclair founded NCompass Labs, a Web content management software company. It was acquired by Microsoft Canada Ltd. in 2001 and she was named General Manager of MSN Canada. More recently, Dr. Sinclair was Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Digital Media and Director of the Masters of Digital Media Program, a collaborative program operated by SFU, UBC, BCI and Emily Carr.

    Dr. Sinclair has also served as President of the Premier's Technology Council of BC, Chair of the Canadian Telecommunications Policy Review Panel and consultant to the Province's Ministry of Advanced Education Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead Initiative.

    In addition to Vancouver Airport Authority, Dr. Sinclair is a director on the boards of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, DigiBC, the BC Digital Media and Wireless Industry Association and the Ontario Centres of Excellence Digital Media and ICT Business Advisory Council.

  • Tamara Vrooman
    Tamara Vrooman
    Nominated by City of Vancouver

    As President & Chief Executive Officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman believes that banking has a vital role in developing a healthy society—building the well-being of people and, at the same time, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. This summarizes Vancity’s vision of redefining wealth.

    Under Tamara's leadership, Vancity has gained international recognition for its values-based banking model—from becoming the first Canadian financial institution invited to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, an independent network of the world's leading sustainable banks and banking co-operatives, to an invitation from the Vatican to participate in a summit about creating a more inclusive economy.

    Tamara's achievements at the credit union include leading Vancity to become the first carbon-neutral financial institution in North America, the largest private-sector living wage employer in Canada, and one of the first mainstream financial institutions to launch an alternative to predatory payday loans for its members—the Vancity Fair & Fast Loan™.

    Before joining Vancity, Tamara served as Deputy Minister of Finance for B.C. from 2004 to mid-2007, and as Secretary to the Treasury Board, as well as Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer for the Ministry of Health.

    Tamara lends her voice and leadership experience to issues related to women, families and children with a particular focus on issues related to equality, inclusion and empowerment. She has been recognized for her leadership with multiple awards and honours and is a frequent speaker at local, national and international conferences and symposia.

  • Wayne Wright
    Wayne Wright
    Nominated by Metro Vancouver

    Wayne Wright served as Mayor of New Westminster from 2002 to 2014. For more than 30 years, Mr. Wright supported local organizations including the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Society, the Chamber of Commerce, Westminster Club, Simon Fraser Society for Community Living and others. Mr. Wright was named "New Westminster's Citizen of the Year" in recognition of his work in the community.

    As a member of Metro Vancouver's Board of Directors, Mr. Wright chaired the Housing Committee and sat on both the Zero Waste and Regional Planning and Agriculture committees. He was the Vice-Chair of TransLink's Mayors' Council, a regional representative to the Municipal Finance Authority and a member of numerous regional committees. He was also Chair of the New Westminster Police Board and a member of the Electrical Utility Commission.