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TransLink Executives


Meet the Executive Team

Jennifer Breeze

Interim General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
TransLink

Jennifer is currently TransLink’s Interim General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. She is an accomplished lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, including nine years at the TransLink enterprise. She previously served as Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. In her current role, she is responsible for the organization's Legal Services, Corporate Secretary, Privacy, Access to Information, and Insurance and Claims. As Corporate Secretary, she also provides governance support to TransLink's Board of Directors, the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, and an independent Screening Panel mandated by legislation.

Jeff Busby

Jeff Busby

Acting Vice-President, Infrastructure Management and Engineering
TransLink



Jeff is currently the Acting Vice-President of Infrastructure Management and Engineering at TransLink. He will serve in this role until a permanent Vice-President is in place. In his current capacity he oversees an asset portfolio valued at $14 billion, and an annual capital program worth $1 billion. Jeff is responsible for capital project delivery, project development, TransLink’s Infrastructure Project Management Office, municipal transportation infrastructure cost share programs, operations and maintenance of five bridges, and initiatives supporting regional goods movement.

He previously served as Director of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project, where he led the planning, design, and approval of a proposed 16-kilometre extension of the Expo Line. Jeff is an accomplished transportation executive with 17 years of transit planning and engineering experience, including more than 11 years in Metro Vancouver and five years in Chicago. He is a registered professional engineer who holds a Master of Science in Transportation from M.I.T. Engineer with more than 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors, including project experience throughout Canada and the United States.

Geoff Cross

Geoff Cross

Vice-President, Transportation Planning and Policy
TransLink


Geoff Cross is the Vice-President of Transportation Planning and Policy at TransLink. TransLink is unique among North American transit agencies in that it has a broad mandate for managing the movement of people and goods across the regional network. This remit encompasses the planning, funding, and operating of transit as well as major roads, bridges, and cycling at the regional level. TransLink in collaboration with municipal partners have been at the forefront of transport policy and planning since TransLink’s creation in 1998. Since that time, Metro Vancouver has been a transportation outlier in North America, with wide-spread transit oriented development and unmatched ridership growth, when most regions are experiencing flat or declining demand. Geoff’s team has been responsible for developing the Region’s Long-term Strategy and the 2014 Mayors’ Vision which is the blue print for investment and management of the system. With $9 Billion of multimodal expansion green-lighted in the last two years, Metro Vancouver is in the midst of unparalleled multimodal investments to meet the shifting needs of a rapidly growing region.

Geoff’s Division also leads other policy initiatives such as the Regional Goods Movement Strategy, Mobility and Fare Pricing and New Mobility Services. Geoff has a BA in Economics and an MA in Planning.

Annabelle Donovan

Annabelle Donovan

Vice-President, Human Resources
TransLink



Annabelle Donovan is the Vice-President of Human Resources at TransLink. In this role, Annabelle oversees a staff of 85 human resources professionals and is responsible for organizational development, which includes succession planning, leadership and management development, change management and training; employee and labour relations; talent acquisition and workforce planning; diversity, inclusion and equity; and compensation, benefits and payroll.

Annabelle began her career as a labour and employment lawyer. She joined TransLink with more than 20 years of experience working and consulting in both the public and private sectors, holding senior management and executive positions in Human Resources. As an experienced consultant, facilitator and executive coach, Annabelle’s work with strategic leadership and transformational change is a benefit to both TransLink and its operating companies.

Annabelle is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BA) and the University of Victoria (LLB). She served as a member of the BC Labour Relations Board and the provincial Human Rights Advisory Council. Annabelle is an active member of her community with interests in soccer and development for women and girls.

Olga Kuznetsova

Richard Tam

Vice-President, Financial Services
TransLink



Olga Kuznetsova is a senior finance professional with nearly two decades of experience in various industries. Olga spent over ten years with KPMG in Ukraine and in Canada, working in a variety of sectors, ranging from financial services, manufacturing, information, communication, technologies, to mining and utilities. After leaving audit practice, Olga held a number of progressively senior roles in finance in healthcare, with Provincial Health Care Services Authority. Since 2016, Olga worked at ICBC first as a Director, Financial Planning and Reporting, and then as Acting Corporate Controller. Olga joined TransLink team as Vice-President, Financial Services in 2020. Olga is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Kurt Pregler

 Kurt Pregler

Chief Information Officer
TransLink



As TransLink’s Chief Information Officer, Kurt is responsible for all aspects of TransLink’s technology strategy and operations including governance and policy, resource allocation, and strategic oversight for IT across the enterprise. He believes strongly in the role technology plays to deliver excellent customer service, improve the organization, and make our region a better place to live.

Prior to his role as CIO, Kurt was assigned to the Program Director role for the Compass Card & Fare Gate Project in 2015. In this role, he was tasked with turning the project around after lengthy delays and technical issues. Within a year, he led his team to successfully deliver Compass, one of Metro Vancouver’s largest and most complex public-facing transformation projects.

During his time in previous leadership roles at TransLink, Kurt established TransLink’s IT Project Management Office and led the Application Services department. These roles involved developing the agency’s first enterprise-wide integrated IT-planning process, managing the IT capital program, and establishing software development and support practices to increase the value of IT for the enterprise.

Prior to joining TransLink in 2008, Kurt held various roles as a management and project delivery consultant, as well as in operations management.

Kurt holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University, and diplomas from BCIT and Royal Roads University. He holds professional designations as an Information Technology Professional, a Project Management Professional, and Business Technology Management Fellow. In 2006, Kurt was awarded the designation of Certified Management Consultant with Honours.

Kurt has been an active member of his community, serving on many community and professional associations. He currently coaches youth soccer with the Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club and sits on the BC Ministry of Health’s Drug Benefit Council.

Richard Tam

Richard Tam

Vice-President Real Estate, Commercial Strategy & Innovation
TransLink



Richard Tam joined TransLink on April 14, 2020 as the new Vice-President, Real Estate, Commercial Strategy & Innovation. He brings a strong entrepreneurial and real estate development background to the role, with over 17 years of experience in the residential and commercial real estate industry in B.C. Richard is responsible for overseeing and developing TransLink’s real estate and commercial enterprise portfolio, including project development and investments to generate new, long-term income streams for the TransLink Enterprise.

Born in China and educated in Canada, Richard spent the first nine years of his career as a business lawyer (Lawson Lundell in Vancouver), investment banker (Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong), technology entrepreneur (ventures in Beijing) and real estate finance professional (Bank of Montreal in Vancouver). In 2006, Richard founded the Influent Group, a real estate investment and management consultancy working in acquisitions, development, materials sourcing, financing, and sales & marketing. Influent Group has been involved in several large-scale subdivision projects in the Lower Mainland and the Thompson-Okanagan.

Since 2011, Richard had acted as Vice-President, Acquisitions & Development and as a Development Consultant for Pinnacle International based in Vancouver, having led and completed multiple high-rise residential, mixed-use, industrial and master-planned projects throughout Canada and the U.S.

Richard has a B.Com. from the UBC Sauder School of Business in Vancouver and a LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto. Richard enjoys spending time with his son, daughter and family and leisure activities such as golf, tennis, badminton and running.

Steve Vanagas

Steve Vanagas

Vice-President, Customer Communications and Public Affairs
TransLink



Steve is the Vice-President of Customer Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs at TransLink. In this role, he is responsible for communications, marketing and advertising programs, community and public affairs, and customer experience strategy for the TransLink enterprise. Over the last year, TransLink has been the fastest rising brand in British Columbia and is leading all North American transit organizations in ridership growth.

Steve previously served 10 years as head of communications and public affairs for BC Hydro, where he delivered a complete re-brand of the organization as well as guiding it to being recognized as the Most Influential Brand and one of the Most Loved Brands in British Columbia. He was previously Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of British Columbia, and served as the Executive Director of the British Columbia Government Caucus. He was formerly a journalist including work as a member of the B.C. Legislative Press Gallery. Steve is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and has an MBA from the University of Victoria. He currently serves on the Board of the Coast Mountain Bus Company.