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Biography of Peter Milburn

Peter Milburn has a bachelor of applied science in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia. In 1983, he started with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as an engineer-in-training. His career has seen him work in all areas of the province and in a variety of positions including district manager in four districts, regional director, and executive director of the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project.

He then moved to Victoria to become the assistant deputy minister of the highways department and soon after was promoted to chief operating office and then deputy minister. In 2011 he was appointed as the deputy minister of finance.

Mr. Milburn led numerous P3 projects including the Sea to Sky Improvement project, WA Bennett Bridge and the South Fraser Perimeter Road. He has chaired many capital boards including the Transportation Investment Corporation, the Children's and Women's Hospital Redevelopment, the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre/Kelowna Vernon Hospitals Projects, and the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower.

Terms of Reference for Review of Vancouver School Board

Minister of Education, orders:

1. A special advisor to the Board of Education of School District No. 39 (Vancouver) (the “board”) be appointed for a term ending Sept. 30, 2016.

2. The special advisor will:

  • Conduct a forensic audit of the board’s expenditures.
  • Conduct a full review of the board’s operations and governance, including assessment of the extent to which the board has considered the information presented by management in decision making.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the board’s oversight of the district, including the skills, training and experience of the board to fulfill its statutory and fiduciary duties.
  • Assess the district’s 2016-17 budget reduction strategies and consider other potential opportunities to achieve a balanced budget that would have less of an impact on classroom instruction.
  • Assess the extent to which the Board of Trustees has in place adequate systems and practices to monitor the organization’s performance; and the extent to which it operates accordingly.
  • Submit a final report to the minister no later than Sept. 30, 2016.

3. Remuneration for the special advisor, which is set at a maximum of $80,000, includes expenses for travel and accommodation, at a rate equivalent to Group II rates in accordance with chapter 10 of the Core Policy Manual.

4. The special advisor will be supported by additional financial audit and governance expertise from a professional audit firm.