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Board of directors appointed to InBC Investment Corp.

Board of directors appointed to InBC Investment Corp.

May 6, 2021 at 12:36 pm  BC, News, Politics

Responsibilities of the InBC Investment Corp. board of directors

The board of directors will be responsible for oversight of the management of the affairs of the corporation. This includes:

  • selecting and approving the chief executive officer and chief innovation officer and monitoring performance and accountabilities;
  • reviewing and approving annual corporate financial statements;
  • oversight of policies that relate to InBC’s mandate and holding the executive to account for its accountabilities with respect to InBC’s mandate;
  • oversight of InBC’s operations; and
  • selection and appointment of InBC’s auditor.

The InBC board of directors will not influence investment decisions. Only the chief investment officer, and the investment professionals and fund managers reporting to the chief investment officer, can participate in investment decision-making. This independence is enshrined in InBC’s legislation.

InBC Investment Corp. board of directors’ biographies

The InBC Investment Corp. board of directors consists of nine members. Biographies of each member follow.

Board chair Christine Bergeron is the president and CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union. Prior to becoming CEO, she was Vancity’s chief member services officer, leading its member experience and community engagement divisions. Bergeron’s achievements earned her a spot on the Business in Vancouver 2007 Top 40 Under 40 list. Much of her career has involved working with entrepreneurs, financing innovative companies and building financial firms focused within the clean tech, sustainability and impact investing sectors. Bergeron is a board member of Aviso Wealth and represents North America on the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Banking Board.

Kevin Campbell is the managing director of investment banking and is on the board of directors of Haywood Securities, a Vancouver-based investment dealer. He also serves as a member of the Provincial Child Care Council and as chairman of the Lochmaddy Foundation. Campbell has previously served on the B.C. Emerging Economy Task Force, the board of the Vancouver International Film Festival and the board of the Lundin Foundation.

Ingrid Leong serves in a dual role as VP of finance for JH Investments and chief investment officer of Houssian Foundation. A chartered accountant, she spent the first 10 years of her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In her current role with Houssian Foundation, Leong leads a fully mission-aligned investment portfolio with a focus on gender and climate impact investing. Currently, Leong is vice-chair of The Forum (formerly Forum for Women Entrepreneurs) and served for eight years on the board of directors of Ballet BC.   

Glen Lougheed is a serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor. Since November 2017, he has served as special advisor, innovation and technology to the minister of jobs, economic recovery and innovation. Lougheed is the CEO of Backrail Labs and Applied Post, and prior to this he was the CEO of Overinteractive Media and NodeFly. He has also served as a mentor and advisor numerous times including with e@UBC and Youth Innovation Labs.

Suzanne Trottier is the vice-president of Indigenous trust services with First Nations Bank Trust. Trottier is a proud Métis who grew up in Manitoba with maternal roots to the Lake Manitoba First Nation. Previously, she was the director of capacity development and intervention with the First Nations Financial Management Board and vice-president of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance Inc. Active in her community, Trottier is a board member and member of the Risk Committee and the Audit Committee for the Business Development Bank of Canada. Previously, she was treasurer for North Fraser Métis Association and Actions Enfrance. Trottier was also a board member of Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Quebec and a committee member for the National Financial Literacy Committee and the National Indigenous Financial Literacy Committee. She is a chartered financial analyst and an ICD.D with the Institute of Corporate Directors. Trottier holds a master of business administration in finance from the University of Western Ontario and a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Manitoba.

Bobbi Plecas was appointed deputy minister for the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation in November 2020. Previous to this role, she was deputy minister, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, starting on Jan. 29, 2019. In this capacity she advanced British Columbia’s interests with the federal government, other provinces and territories, U.S. states and other foreign governments. She was deputy minister of climate change in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy from July 2017 to January 2019. In this role, she led the development of the cross-government CleanBC plan, aimed at reducing climate pollution through a transition to clean energy. Plecas has been a member of the provincial public service for more than 25 years and has held a variety of executive roles across government.

Heather Wood is British Columbia’s deputy minister of finance and secretary to Treasury Board. She has also held the roles of deputy minister and secretary to Treasury Board, associate deputy minister Treasury Board staff and assistant deputy minister Policy and Legislation Division. Prior to joining the BC Public Service in 2011, Wood was an assistant deputy minister within the Department of Finance for the Province of Manitoba, a position she held for more than three years.

Carole James served as minister of finance and deputy premier of British Columbia from 2017 to 2020. She has been recognized for her work and leadership through her many elected appointments, locally, provincially and nationally, serving in elected roles for over 25 years. Her public service has included National Democratic Institute Elections Missions in Morocco, Algeria and Georgia. James was a director for child and family services at Carrier Sekani Family Services and co-ordinator for Northern Aboriginal Authority for Families. Active in her community, she was chair of the Greater Victoria School Board, president of the BC School Trustees Association, and first and second vice-president of the Canadian School Boards Association. James is an honourary life member of the Vancouver Island Cooperative Preschool Association and the B.C. School Trustees Association, and she served as a foster parent for over 20 years for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Iglika Ivanova is an economist and policy analyst with a decade of experience in analyzing Canadian labour markets and public policy. Ivanova is a senior economist and public interest researcher at the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where she has produced high-impact research on key social and economic challenges facing Canada and developed evidence-based policy proposals to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable economy. She is an active member of academic and professional economist networks, Canadian Association for Business Economics and the Canadian Economics Association. Ivanova’s areas of expertise include B.C. and Canadian labour market issues, job quality, low-wage work and living wages, poverty, income inequality, gender inequality, government finance, economic and social policy, and applying a gender and intersectional lens to public policy decisions.

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