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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.

  • Annalisa King

    Director at large

    Annalisa King is one of Canada’s most respected business executives, recognized in 2012 as BC’s CFO of the Year and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame.

  • Haydn Acheson

    Nominated by Government of Canada
    Haydn Acheson has extensive senior leadership experience in the transportation sector, most recently as President and General Manager of Coast Mountain Bus Company.
  • Mary Anne Davidson

    Nominated by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

    Mary Anne Davidson brings extensive experience in Human Resources management, including policy development, expansion leadership, change management and succession planning. She previously served as Vice President of Human Resources for ACCIONA Canada Inc.

  • Heather Deal

    Nominated by Metro Vancouver

    Heather Deal brings decades of experience as a scientist, environmental educator, researcher, elected official and literacy promoter to the YVR Board. She was elected in the City of Vancouver five times and served many years as a board member of Metro Vancouver and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, as well as being a member of, and chairing, multiple committees of those Boards.

  • Frances Fiorillo, Director at Large

    Frances Fiorillo

    Director at large

    Frances Fiorillo brings extensive airline industry experience in the areas of human resource management, operational strategy, and customer service. She has previously served in a number of high-ranking positions at Virgin America, the BC Provincial Health Services Authority, Canadian Airlines International and Air Canada ZIP.

  • Kevin Howlett

    Director at large

    Kevin Howlett brings 40 years of experience in the aviation industry with expertise in human resources and operational management and corporate and government affairs. Kevin was most recently Senior Vice President Regional Markets & Government Relations at Air Canada and also held senior positions at Jazz Aviation and Canadian Airlines.

  • Ken M. Kramer, QC

    Nominated by Law Society of British Columbia

    Ken M. Kramer is the founder and principal of KMK Law, a boutique firm specializing in the areas of Estates, Trusts and Elder Law. Ken has served on numerous boards and committees with missions focused on disability and seniors’ issues and currently serves as Vice Chair of the College of Chiropractors of BC.

  • Jill Leversage

    Nominated by Government of Canada
    Jill Leversage is a corporate director with over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance and investment banking.
  • Dan Nomura

    Nominated by City of Richmond

    Dan Nomura is an Executive Advisor for the Canadian Fishing Company (Canfisco), which operates a fully integrated, sustainable seafood business including fishing, processing and sales.  In addition to his extensive leadership experience in the industry, he is active in the community serving on the Board of the Richmond Olympic Oval, previously on the Board of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre and on several cultural, educational and sport committees.     

  • Juggy Sihota

    Nominated by City of Vancouver

    Juggy Sihota is Vice President, Consumer Health, at TELUS where she leads the national strategy, execution and operation of the Consumer Health business. Ms. Sihota has more than 25 years of telecom leadership experience including leading several emerging technology businesses and operations across TELUS.

  • Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith

    Nominated by Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

    Kevin Smith is the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Northlands Properties Corporation. He brings extensive experience to the Board in areas including operations, capital markets, debt and equity financing, acquisitions and divestitures, and general business management.  He has expertise in the operations, resort and real estate industries.  Mr. Smith holds the Fellow designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC.

  • Tamara Vrooman

    YVR President and Chief Executive Officer
    Director at large

    Tamara Vrooman is an award-winning leader, known for her exemplary track record leading large, complex institutions in both the private and public sectors and her bold positions on sustainability and inclusion.

    Prior to joining YVR as President & CEO, she served for nine years on YVR’s Board and for 13 years as the President & CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, transforming the business into a global reference point for values-based banking.

    She currently serves as Simon Fraser University’s 12th Chancellor, chairs the board of the Rick Hansen Foundation and is the recipient of the Order of British Columbia (2019), Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy (2016) and BC CEO of the Year Award – Major Private Company, Business in Vancouver (2015), among many other citations.

  • Sany Zein

    Nominated by Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia

    Sany Zein is a Professional Engineer and senior executive with a specialization in transportation. He is the President and General Manager of the British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC). Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Sany has worked in the private and public sectors and on transportation projects across Canada and in the United States. Previously, he was Vice President, Transit and Transportation (Canada) with Jacobs; and Vice President, Engineering at TransLink. He has also served as a Director on the Board of Coast Mountain Bus Company. Sany has experience on multiple mega projects; various project procurement methods; capital program planning, management, and delivery; strategic asset management programs; and transportation decarbonization initiatives.

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

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