Big changes at TransLink, in the wake of the failed transit and transportation plebiscite.
The news comes in the form of a memo from Interim Chief Executive Officer Doug Allen.
Axe falls after transit vote fails
Doug Kelsey is out as President and GM of BC Rapid Transit Company, which is responsible for SkyTrain’s Millenium and Expo Lines, West Coast Express and the management of Canada Line’s contract.
Bob Paddon is no longer the Executive Vice President of TransLink.
Along with those high level changes, Allen adds current CFO Cathy McLay will take over Interim CEO duties on August 11th, when his term expires.
McLay will lead the embattled organization until a permanent CEO is hired.
Hiring to begin
So who will take over for the two senior managers who have been let go?
TransLink says Mike Richard has been appointed Acting President and GM of BCRTC, while the company looks to fill the position permanently. It’s a role Richard held between 1998 and 2001.
Coast Mountain Bus Company President is taking over negotiations with CP Rail, which have been strained in the past.
As for Paddon’s position as “Executive Vice President” of Translink, that job has been eliminated.
The duties will be split between existing managers, Transportation & Policy Vice President Tim Savoie, and Communications and Customer Experience Vice President Colleen Brennan.
Government won’t budge on governance
The staff changes at TransLink don’t mean Transportation Minister Todd Stone is willing to revamp the organization’s governance.
“I’m making no commitments today with respect to additional legislation.”
In fact, Stone says it was just a year ago that the province made changes to the way TransLink is run.
“…including the creation of two spots on the TransLink board for the Mayors. The Mayors’ Council Chair Gregor Robertson, and the Mayors’ Council Vice-Chair Linda Hepner, are both full-fledged, full voting participants, members of the TransLink board.”
Stone says he hopes the changes made today at TransLink reflect a commitment by the transportation authority to do a better job managing taxpayers dollars, as he says was clearly reflected in the recent failure of the funding plebiscite.