Board Members



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Tony Gugliotta

Board Chair

Appointed: Jan. 1, 2016
Term Expires: Dec. 31, 2021

Tony Gugliotta retired from the position of Senior Vice-President Business Development at the Vancouver Airport Authority in 2016. His responsibilities included key projects such as Automated Passport Control, Land Management and the Designer Outlet Center.

Prior to this role Mr. Gugliotta worked in a number of positions in the Finance group commencing in 1985 leading to becoming Vice-President Finance and CFO in 1998. He was promoted to Senior Vice-President, Finance and CFO in 2003 and Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Business Development in 2007.

Tony has been on a number of Boards, both Profit and Not-for-Profit throughout his career including the role of past Chair of the Board of Governors for the British Columbia Institute of Technology and past-Chair of the Airports Council International Pacific Region Economic Committee and a past member of the ACI World Economics Committee.

Mr. Gugliotta has a Bachelor of History from York University and a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA both from the University of Windsor.

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Larry Beasley

Appointed: Jan. 1, 2016
Term Expires: Dec. 31, 2021

Larry Beasley is the retired Co-Chief Planner for the City of Vancouver. He is now the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning and urban design consultancy firm and the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia.

After more than thirty years of civic service in Vancouver, he now teaches and advises on urbanism around the world. He chairs the National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty of Ottawa's National Capital Commission; he is Senior Advisor on Urban Design in Dallas, Texas, where he founded their urban design studio; and he is a member of the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Larry Beasley has degrees in geography and political science and has received a number of honours including an “Advocate for Architecture” by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada; the Kevin Lynch Prize from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Order of Canada for lifetime achievement; and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his national service.


Sarah Clark

Appointed: Jan. 1, 2017
Term expires: Dec. 31, 2019

Ms. Clark is the president and chief executive officer of Fraser River Pile and Dredge, Canada’s largest marine contractor. Her previous role was president and chief executive officer of Partnerships British Columbia Inc., a provincial agency with a mandate of planning and implementing public private partnerships and other complex project procurements. Ms. Clark has also worked for Bombardier Transportation, where she was involved in transit projects, including Metro Vancouver’s Millennium Line. She has participated on procurement teams for some of B.C.’s largest infrastructure projects.

A professional engineer, Ms. Clark serves on the board of Covenant House and previously served a term with the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Ms. Clark was awarded the National P3 Champion award by the Canadian Council of Public-Private Partnerships to recognize her contribution to this innovative means of infrastructure delivery.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

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Jonathan X. Coté

Mayor of the City of New Westminster

First elected in 2005, Jonathan X. Coté served three terms on New Westminster City Council before being elected as Mayor in 2014. In 2018, he was elected for a second term as Mayor. Jonathan resides in the city with his wife Alix and their three daughters Renee, Leah and Violet.

As the Mayor of New Westminster, Jonathan has earned a reputation as a strong leader around issues such as transportation, affordable housing and urban planning.

Jonathan is a chair of the TransLink Mayors’ Council and a member of the TransLink Board. He represents New Westminster on several Metro Vancouver Committees as well. Currently he serves as chair of the Regional Planning Committee. Locally Jonathan leads a number of Task Forces working on tackling some of the most challenging issues facing his community.

Outside of council, Jonathan supports the work of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and is a member of their Redevelopment Steering Committee.

Prior to being elected, Jonathan completed his Master’s Degree in Urban Studies/Planning at Simon Fraser University and worked as a litigation adjuster in the insurance industry.

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Harj Dhaliwal

Appointed: Jan. 1, 2019
Term Expires: Dec. 31, 2021

Dr. Harj Dhaliwal has extensive experience in post-secondary and in management. He has spent eleven years in the classroom at Kwantlen Polytechnic University before moving into an Associate Dean, Marketing Management role for almost five years at BCIT. Harj has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Victoria, and a PhD in Organizational Behaviour specializing in Leadership from Capella University in Minneapolis.

Harj has been an entrepreneur and involved in a business of some sort ranging from commercial janitorial, high tech, cell phone service, and most recently in the construction business for many years. His experience in managing both small and medium sized firms combined with his education provide him a unique set of skills in evaluating organizations and projects.

Harj has been a volunteer coach, club executive, and now a district chair in the Surrey soccer community for over fifteen years. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the South Fraser District Association, the largest soccer youth district under BC Soccer in the Province.


Murray Dinwoodie

Appointed: Aug. 20, 2015
Term expires: Aug. 20, 2021

Murray Dinwoodie retired from the position of City Manager (Chief Administrative Officer) with the City of Surrey in 2014, having been in that position for 8 years. Prior to holding the position of City Manager, Mr. Dinwoodie held the position of General Manager of Planning and Development with the City of Surrey from 1998 to 2006. During his term of service, the City of Surrey grew from a population of just over 300,000 in 1998 to a City of over a half a million people by 2014. In the position of City Manager, Mr. Dinwoodie was responsible for overseeing the delivery of municipal services to the City’s residents and businesses by over 4000 employees. Mr. Dinwoodie has served in local government for over 30 years, which included management positions with the City of Winnipeg and with the Township of Langley prior to his work in Surrey.

Mr. Dinwoodie has served as a director on the Board of the Surrey City Development Corporation, is a founding member of the Surrey Housing and Homelessness Society, and was a member of the Advisory Council of the Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre. He was also a member of the Simon Fraser University Surrey President's Advisory Council from 2006 to 2014 and served as a member on the Provincial Development Finance Review Committee. Mr. Dinwoodie has also served as a member of the Metro Vancouver Regional Administrators Advisory Committee, which addresses pan-Regional issues and opportunities.

Mr. Dinwoodie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree both from the University of Manitoba and is a registered Professional Engineer.

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Jack Froese

Mayor of the Township of Langley

Elected to office in 2011, Mayor Jack Froese is currently serving his third term as Township of Langley Mayor.

For 40 years, Mayor Jack Froese has lived, worked and raised a family in Langley. He is the successful owner of a family run business.

Through responsible, accountable leadership, Mayor Froese works in cooperation with Council, other elected officials, and members of the community to ensure the Township of Langley remains a thriving residential and business destination. With a vision for enhanced economic activity and job creation, improved transportation, and safe, well-serviced communities, he is dedicated to providing an exceptional quality of life for those who live and work in the Township, now and in the future.

Jack serves the community as:

  • Director, METRO Board of Directors
  • Member, METRO Mayor’s Committee
  • Member, Metro Regional Planning Committee
  • Co-Chair, Langley Healthier Community Partnership Steering Council
  • Board Member, E-Comm 911
  • Member, Canadian Pacific Rail Community Advisory Panel

Jack owns and operates a turkey farm and turkey wholesale business with his family. Jack is also a retired Police Officer from the Vancouver Police Department.


Anne Giardini, O.C., Q.C.

Appointed: Jan. 1, 2017
Term expires: Dec. 31, 2019

Ms. Giardini is a lawyer, director, and chancellor of Simon Fraser University. She was previously general counsel and then president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited.

A leader in Canada’s resource industry, Ms. Giardini has served on a number of boards including the World Wildlife Fund Canada, B.C.’s Council of Forest Industries, and the Forest Products Association of Canada. She is executive vice chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and serves on SFU’s board of governors. The author of two novels and the editor of a collection of writing advice, Ms. Giardini has also been chair of the Vancouver International Writers Festival and a board member of the Writers Trust of Canada. 

She holds a B.A. (Economics) from SFU, LL.B. from UBC, and LL.M. from Cambridge University (Trinity Hall).  Ms. Giardini has received the Robert V.A. Jones Award recognizing leadership in corporate counsel practice, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Lexpert Zenith Award and the Western Canada General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award. She was named one of Canada's 25 most influential lawyers and has been recognized by WXN as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women.

Karen Horcher

Karen Horcher

Appointed: Jan. 1, 2018
Term Expires: Dec. 31, 2020

Karen Horcher is a financial professional whose career spans international banking, capital markets, and financial risk management for some of the world’s largest organizations.

Since 2008, Ms. Horcher has served on the Board of Directors of Pacific Pilotage Authority, a federal Crown corporation, and she chairs both the audit committee and the safety and operating review committee. She has also served on CPA Canada’s national Strategy, Management Accounting, and Finance advisory board since 2014, most recently as Chair.

As president of Hedge Rho Management Inc. in Vancouver, Ms. Horcher provides consulting and advisory services in corporate finance and treasury for global companies. She has shared her technical knowledge with financial and accounting professionals in several countries, including as faculty at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. She is the author of several finance books and has contributed to many leading publications.

Both a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Ms. Horcher has a degree in economics from the University of Toronto.

Andy Ross

Andy Ross

Appointed: Aug 20, 2018
Term expires: Aug 20, 2021

Andy Ross was born and raised in Newcastle, England. Following a career in the hospitality industry in both the Netherlands and England, Andy immigrated to Canada in 1981, where he started his career as a Transit Operator for BC Transit. After a decade in this role, he became a training instructor for the Crown Corporation.

During this time, Andy became involved in his union and was elected to the Executive Board in 1994, Vice President in 1996 and President in 2005. During his term as President, he oversaw the growth in both membership and the number of certifications held by the union, with over 90 companies in both the public and private sector represented.

Mr. Ross chaired the BC Federation of Labour Transportation Committee and is a former member of the Western Transportation Advisory Council. He has also been an instructor for St. Johns Ambulance and sat on the board of First Aid Ski Patrol (FASP) as a Director of training.

Andy currently teaches Parliamentary Procedure and Public Speaking classes and leadership development programs for Union and non-profit Organizations.

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Marcella Szel

Appointed: May 7, 2018
Term expires: December 31, 2019

Marcella Szel, a lawyer by profession, has significant experience in the transportation industry and as a corporate director. She held a number of senior positions at Canadian Pacific Railway with oversight of sales and marketing, government relations, corporate strategy and chief legal officer, among others.

Ms. Szel is a director of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. She is a past director and chair of South Coast BC Transportation Authority (TransLink) and was recently an Advisor to the Minister of Transportation in a review of the Canada Transportation Act. She is a past director of Port Metro Vancouver, Global Transportation Hub (Saskatchewan) and is a past board member of Export Development Canada and Consolidated Fastfrate (trucking).

Throughout her career, Ms. Szel has had extensive involvement in the broad business community, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Chair 1998-1999), Western Transportation Advisory Council (Chair 2007-2009), Coal Association of Canada, Canadian Unity Council, BC Business Council, Canada-US Law Institute, Alberta Economic Development Authority, University of Calgary Medicine Dean's Advisory Committee, and a member of the Calgary chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Szel holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. She is a Queen's Counsel, was named one of Canada's Top 25 General Counsel and awarded a Queen's Jubilee medal for community service, and honored as a "Woman in Transportation" by the BC Minerva Foundation.