Former Vancouver Police chief Jim Chu appointed to TransLink board of directors

Jim Chu Photo by Chandra Bodalia
Jim Chu
Photo by Chandra Bodalia

PETER Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink, has appointed two representatives to the TransLink board of directors:

* Jim Chu, former chief constable of the Vancouver Police Department.

* Murray Dinwoodie, former city manager, City of Surrey.

With their backgrounds in large operating agencies, the government says Chu and Dinwoodie bring a wealth of experience to the table, which will be invaluable to the TransLink board as it provides leadership to the operations of TransLink. These new board members are well positioned to contribute their ideas respecting the values of fiscal prudence and accountability to taxpayers, principles which the Province believes are fundamental to any organization charged with delivering taxpayer-funded services.

Fassbender said: “Mr. Chu and Mr. Dinwoodie have extensive experience, not only at the civic level but at the regional, provincial and national levels as well – I am confident their contributions will be invaluable to the board as TransLink works to secure the confidence of the region’s taxpayers, both in relation to its fiscal management and its delivery of the transportation systems so important to the region.”

Chu said: “I am enthusiastic to bring what I have learned from my time as chief constable of the Vancouver Police Department to this important role. I am passionate about transportation and realize just how important a safe and efficient transit system is to healthy, vibrant, growing communities. I look forward to working with the TransLink board to ensure that Metro Vancouver has the system we require for our future.”

Dinwoodie said: “During my years as city manager for the City of Surrey, I gained a deep understanding of the significant role the transportation system plays in the Metro region. I am eager to use this knowledge, and my experience working across communities, to assist the region, TransLink, and the mayors’ council to chart a path moving forward.”

Barry Forbes, Chair, TransLink board of directors, added: “We are delighted to welcome Jim Chu and Murray Dinwoodie to the board. Their expertise, insight, and sterling record of public service will strengthen the board’s ability to serve this region and the citizens who call Metro Vancouver home.”