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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ian Jarvis appointed Vancouver, B.C., TransLink CEO

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TransLink's Board of Directors has chosen to go with organizational and regional experience in its choice of a new leader for the organization by appointing one of TransLink's original executives, Ian Jarvis, as the transportation authority's new Chief Executive Officer. The Board appointed Jarvis interim CEO last November and, according to Chair Dale Parker, the decision to forego an executive search for a permanent replacement for Tom Prendergast was based on Jarvis' ‘deep and long experience' in the organization and the strong endorsement he received within TransLink and from its stakeholders.

Chair Parker said, "In our annual performance review, the Board canvasses TransLink's senior management and a broad range of our stakeholders to assess how well our CEO is meeting a range of expectations for leadership as well as financial and operational results. These expectations are considerable given the important role the organization plays in the region's economic, environmental and social wellbeing.

"Although Ian had been interim CEO for only a short time, he quickly demonstrated strong leadership. This, along with the ringing endorsement offered by his management team and stakeholders was more than enough to convince the Board that he had the qualities we wanted in TransLink's leader," Parker said.

Ian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia in 1978 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Prior to entering public service with the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver), he served seven years in private practice.

Jarvis participated in TransLink's creation, and from its inception in March 1999 to June 2001 he was the Chief Financial Officer for both the GVRD and TransLink. In June 2001, he accepted an offer to join TransLink full time as the Vice President of Finance. He served as Chief Operating Officer from September 2003 to March 2007 where he led the finance and corporate service functions as well as coordinating corporate business planning processes. After leading TransLink's effort to found Canada's first dedicated transit police force, Jarvis became a founding member of the Transit Police Services Board in 2005 and continues to serve in that function.

In February 2007 he assumed the role of Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Services for Coast Mountain Bus Company with responsibility for finance, human resources, information systems and customer information.

Chair Parker said the experience at Coast Mountain gave Jarvis valuable operations experience at TransLink's largest subsidiary. "Ian's financial management strengths have helped TransLink deliver outstanding financial results through some difficult periods. He built on that during his time at Coast Mountain, rated as one of the top five transit operations in the world, where he gained valuable perspectives on operations and customer services, and he applied them immediately when he became our interim CEO last November,' Parker said.

Jarvis said his priorities would be efficiency and organizational effectiveness, with an emphasis on customer service and maximizing the value the public receives from TransLink's transportation program. "I was at the GVRD when our region's leaders created the Livable Region Strategic plan to ensure Metro Vancouver's future growth would be sustainable and safeguard our standing as one of the best places on earth. At that time, we recognized that we had to plan growth and transportation together, and that was the key influence that led to TransLink's creation.

"It's an amazing opportunity to lead TransLink at this point in its history. We've already delivered significant improvements to our road, transit and cycling network, and I'm going to be focused on having TransLink ready, organizationally and financially, to deliver the services the public needs today and next round of expansion our region needs for its future," Jarvis said.

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