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BCRTC Executives

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Michel Ladrak

President & General Manager

Michel brings a wealth of senior leadership experience and decades in the transportation industry to his role of President and General Manager of British Columbia Rapid Transit Company. Joining BCRTC in August 2019, he is excited to grow our fleet, expand service across the region, and encourage ridership growth.

Michel comes from Auckland, New Zealand where he previously served as Managing Director for Auckland Transport Rail, managed by Transdev. With a focus on employee engagement, customer satisfaction and safety programs, he oversaw a team that transformed the organization into a high-performing business that now consistently exceeds its performance targets.

Prior to becoming Managing Director, Michel served as Transdev Auckland’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO he oversaw the complete transition of the fleet from diesel railcars to modern electric units. Following this change, annual ridership more than doubled from 10 million trips to 21 million trips in less than four years.

Michel began his career in the Netherlands, where he grew up. His responsibilities there included managing operations in the Hague area for Dutch Railways, preparing the company’s cross-border services under the European Rail Traffic Management System, and leading the team that introduced the Netherlands’ first high-speed rail service.

He is a keen hiker, and takes a special interest in 19th century art. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maastricht.

Mike Richard

Mike Richard

Vice President, Operations

Since 2001, Mike has been Vice-President of Operations, responsible for all rail operations in the region, including the Expo and Millennium Lines and West Coast Express commuter rail service. On behalf of TransLink, he also oversaw management of the 30-year operating agreement with the private operator of the Canada Line.

Mike is one of BCRTC's original employees, and has over 35 years of public transit experience in Metro Vancouver. Mike joined BCRTC as a Station Attendant prior to the Expo Line launch, and progressed through the organization to his current position.

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Dan Savitsky

Vice President, Maintenance

Dan brings over three decades of maintenance and engineering experience to the Vice President role. He joined BCRTC in 2019 from CMBC where he held several leadership positions within their Maintenance division.

Before joining the enterprise, Dan spent 20 years in engineering and maintenance management roles in the bulk loading, cement and paper industries. He’s been responsible for multi-million dollar engineering projects and annual maintenance shutdowns.

Dan has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, a management certificate from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the province of British Columbia.

Tracy Bolognese

Tracy Bolognese

Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Tracy originally joined BCRTC in 2011 as the Manager of Finance. Two years later, she became Director of Finance. She assumed her current position as Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services in January of 2018. Tracy oversees accounting, financial reporting and planning, payroll, purchasing and inventory, training and occupational health. She also serves as the Corporate Secretary at BCRTC and West Coast Express along with being the privacy officer for TransLink’s Privacy Committee.

Tracy is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and she holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. In addition, she was a part of TransLink’s inaugural LEAN Academy class that focuses on the philosophy of continuous improvement. She obtained her LEAN Green Belt Certificate in December 2017.