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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.


Kevin Desmond

Chief Executive Officer

Kevin is an experienced executive with a career built in the public transportation industry. As Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority that provides 1.4 million trips every day, he oversees planning, financing, and management of a region-wide multimodal transit network that includes bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, HandyDART and West Coast Express, with nearly 7,800 employees.

Kevin has pioneered an array of operational, fleet, technology, and market development initiatives over the years and has a long-standing commitment to progressive environmental policies and investments.

These initiatives were recognized this year when TransLink was awarded the American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) Transit System of the Year Award for its 2016 to 2018 systemwide achievements.

Prior to joining TransLink, Kevin was General Manager of King County Metro Transit serving the Seattle metropolitan region. 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.

Kevin has a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University. He is an executive committee member for the Canadian Urban Transit Association and board director for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

Christine Dacre

Christine Dacre

Chief Financial Officer

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

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.

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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.

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Michael McDaniel

President & General Manager

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.