TransLink Senior Executive Team

TransLink's senior executive team brings a diversified set of skills to the tasks of planning and managing the region's transportation network.


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Kevin Desmond

Chief Executive Officer
TransLink

Kevin is an experienced executive with a career built in the public transportation industry.

Prior to joining TransLink, Kevin was General Manager of King County Metro Transit serving the Seattle metropolitan region. At Metro, he oversaw a mix of transit modes, including buses, trains, vanpools, paratransit vans, as well as approximately 5,000 employees. In his 12 years tenure, he helped to grow ridership by 44 per cent and launch the ORCA Card, as well as light rail, streetcar service, and several bus rapid transit lines. Kevin was also part of three successful votes on transit funding.

Prior to Metro Transit, Kevin was Vice-President of Operations and Development at Pierce Transit in Tacoma, Washington. Before relocating to the West Coast, Kevin acted as Chief of Operations Planning for New York City Transit which included bus and subway operations. Earlier in his career he served as Deputy Director in Mayor Koch’s Transportation Office and Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Kevin has a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. He was a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Board of Directors and the first chair of the organization’s Sustainability Committee.


Christine Dacre

Christine Dacre

Chief Financial Officer
TransLink

Christine is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years in executive and senior level financial positions. Prior to being appointed as Chief Financial Officer she was the Vice President, Financial Services at TransLink and was responsible for leading financial planning & reporting, accounting services, treasury, capital asset management, compass operations, enterprise risk and sustainability functions. Christine also worked at Coast Mountain Bus Company for 5 years, leaving the role of Vice President Finance, Corporate & Shared Services to join TransLink.

Christine represents TransLink on the board of Transportation Property & Casualty Company Inc., Fraser River Marine Transportation Ltd., and Pacific Vehicle Technology Ltd.

She is also active in the community and currently serves on the board of the New Westminster Police Department and G&F Financial Group and previously was on the board of the New Westminster Victims Assistance Association.


Gigi Chen-Kuo

Gigi Chen-Kuo

General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Corporate Services
TransLink

Gigi Chen-Kuo is General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at TransLink. She is responsible for the organization's Legal Services, Privacy, Access to Information, Records Management, Real Estate, Strategic Sourcing, Information Technology and Safety functions. She also oversees the Corporate Secretary, who provides governance support to TransLink's Board of Directors, the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, and an independent Screening Panel mandated by legislation.

Prior to joining TransLink in 1999, Gigi served as in-house legal counsel at BC Transit, a provincial Crown Corporation.

Gigi is currently a director on the boards of Consumer Protection BC and Commissionaires BC. She has also participated in various legal education courses as a speaker.


Haydn Acheson

Haydn Acheson

Interim President & General Manager
BCRTC

Haydn 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.

An accomplished airline captain, Haydn has flown thousands of hours in aircraft such as the Boeing 767 and AirBus 320. He has held several senior executive and management positions with Canadian Airlines, Air Canada, Harmony Airways, and DTKH, including Vice-President Operations, Vice-President Customer Service and Operations, and Vice-President, Flight Operations. He was the Canadian Airlines senior executive in charge of the operational transition of Canadian Airlines into Air Canada.

Haydn has an extensive labour relations background, including grievances, arbitrations, and contract bargaining. He is results-oriented and is always looking for opportunities to improve processes and deliver excellent customer service.

Haydn is also an active community member. He recently completed an eight-year term on the board for the Law Society of British Columbia and is a tribunal panel member on the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal. He is a former aviation Board member for the Exchange Income Corporation in Winnipeg, and was the City of Richmond’s representative on the YVR Noise Committee, and a member of the Richmond Family and Youth Court Watch Committee and the City of Richmond Advisory Committee for the Environment.

Haydn holds a Bachelor of Education degree from UBC and completed the UBC Residential Executive Development Program.


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Michael McDaniel

President & General Manager
CMBC

Michael is a seasoned business executive with industry experience ranging from entertainment and hospitality to transportation. He joined Coast Mountain Bus Company in 2018 as President and General Manager following three years on the CMBC Board of Directors of which he served two years as Chair. In this position, Michael gained insight into the role of the bus company both in the region and within the TransLink enterprise.

Prior to CMBC, he was President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) and responsible for its overall operation, as well as community and government relations. During his time at the PNE, Michael led the organization through its transition from provincial ownership to the City of Vancouver. He was also instrumental in developing a long-term future for the PNE and Hastings Park, including a City Council approved 30-year Master Plan and an approved governance structure.

Before rising to President and CEO, Michael held the role of Vice President of Human Resources, managing employee and labour relations, performance management, recruitment and retention, payroll, benefits, and occupational health and safety.

Prior to joining the PNE, Michael worked in the hospitality, tourism and entertainment industry for companies both locally and in the United States, and also spent time as a contract consultant, providing expertise in corporate and management development.

Michael is actively involved in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for both the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society (Celebration of Light Fireworks) and the Tri City Youth Basketball Association. In 2005, he was recognized as one of Vancouver's "Top 40 under 40" by Business in Vancouver. He has also served as a mentor with Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University.


Chief Jones

Dave Jones

Chief Officer
Transit Police

Chief Officer Dave Jones joined Metro Vancouver Transit Police on April 1, 2019, following a 37-year career with the New Westminster Police Department where he began as a Reserve Police Section volunteer. He was hired as a full-time police officer with the department in 1986 and steadily made his way through the ranks. He was promoted to Inspector in 2000, to Deputy Chief Constable in 2009, and finally to Chief Constable in 2011. During his time at New Westminster Police Department, Chief Jones worked in a variety of sections and led a number of projects, including the initiative that effectively dealt with the influx of crack cocaine dealers into New Westminster in the late 1990s. He also worked with various city departments in the creation of the Integrated Service Team model that is still in effect today.

Chief Jones is the recipient of a Chief Constable Commendation, a Sr. Officer’s Commendation, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In May of 2013, he was presented with the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces medal by the Governor General of Canada. Chief Jones holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree and is currently enrolled in a Master of Law degree program.

Chief Jones has deep roots in the community. He is a member of several police organizations, and is a dedicated volunteer with community soccer and sports programs.