Catherine is Chief Operating Officer for the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) – a risk management company with 280 employees which is committed to public safety, and is a 2007 and 2010 Canadian Top 100 Employer, 2007, 2008 & 2011, British Columbia Top 50 Employer and Top 25 Family Friendly Employers in Canada for 2010 & 2011.
Catherine was Vice President, Engineering when she joined the BCSA in 2005. Directly reporting to the CEO, she implemented a risk management and science-based regulatory approach for boiler, electrical, gas, passenger ropeway, elevating device, and rail safety management systems in BC.
As Chief Operating Officer she received Business in Vancouver’s “Influential Women in Business” award in 2008. In 2009, Catherine received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Victoria. She is Chair of the Board for Actsafe, an agency providing health & safety services to the motion picture and performing arts sectors.
She has also held many positions at BC Hydro: as a Thermal Operations General Manager and a Business Development Coordinator of Generation, a Project Manager and Executive Assistant to Chair/CEO, a Strategic Issues Manager, and a Project Engineer.
An electrical engineer, married to Bruce, Catherine has two children: Tavia and Rowan, ages 14 and 16. She believes passionately that our generation’s responsibility is to bring forward new ideas. Her leadership style is to “encourage that unique brilliance and potential that exists in everyone.” Catherine has a fairly unhealthy drive for results, is working on letting go of control, and is a perpetual optimist.