The Government of British Columbia has made three new appointments to the Insurance Corporation of B.C. board of directors.
Appointed are Jeremy Bell, Bonnie Pearson, and Doug Allen, effective immediately. Bell, Pearson and Allen will add years of experience in investment consulting, advocacy and negotiations, and executive leadership to the board’s existing talents.
Attorney General and Minister responsible for ICBC David Eby extended his thanks to Catherine Boivie, William Davidson and Ronald Olynyk, whose appointments to the board are withdrawn.
The ICBC board’s primary responsibility is to foster the corporation’s success while protecting the best interests of policyholders, stakeholders, communities and public at large. It oversees the conduct of business of the corporation and provides direction to management, which is responsible for the day-to-day operations. As part of its mandate, the board balances ICBC's commercial interests with the public policy mandate assigned to it by the B.C. government.
ICBC board operation guidelines: http://www.icbc.com/about-icbc/company-info/Documents/board-guidelines.pdf
A backgrounder follows.
Government Communications and Public EngagementAttorney General
Jeremy Bell is a group benefit and investment consultant at George and Bell Consulting, where he is a partner. Prior to this venture, Bell was the chief actuary and chief investment officer with the Healthcare Benefit Trust. Bell had also served as a consultant in the private sector. Active in his profession, Bell served as an alternate trustee with the Municipal Pension Board and as an investment committee member on the Alberta Public Service Pension Plan. Bell has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Victoria.
Bonnie Pearson has been a trade union activist and representative throughout her career. She retired in 2015 as secretary – business manager with the Hospital Employees Union. Prior to this, Pearson worked for the Compensation Employees Union, where she represented staff at the Workers Compensation Board. Most recently, Pearson was appointed by the Municipal Employees Pension Committee to serve as a primary retiree trustee. Active within her profession, Pearson served as an elected vice-president of the British Columbia Federation of Labour and was a member of the finance committee.
Doug Allen was the interim chief executive officer (CEO) of TransLink. He has an extensive background in the public and private sectors in British Columbia. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as president and CEO of InTransit BC, which built and operates Canada Line, linking YVR and Richmond to downtown Vancouver.
Allen spent 10 years with the Government of Canada (mainly with the Department of Finance) and 15 years with the Government of British Columbia, where he served as a deputy minister of five different ministries, including the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Employment and Investment.
Since 1996, he has acted as a management consultant, where he undertook a number of assignments related to organizational change and performance management. He was the interim president of BC Ferries, and played a direct role in establishing and restructuring both the BC Safety Authority and the BC Land Title and Survey Authority.