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BC Ferries
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

BC Ferries is one of the largest, most sophisticated ferry systems in the world. With 36 vessels on 25 routes, we serve 47 destinations and more than 22 million passengers per year along 1,600 kilometres of pristine British Columbia coastline. Dedicated to safety, excellence, innovation and people, BC Ferries is committed to continuously improving the west coast travel experience of its customers through its world-class operations (5100 employees).   BC Ferries is headquartered in Victoria, BC – known as one of Canada’s most livable cities and a community of choice for its temperate climate, natural beauty, recreational sites and economic opportunities.

Seldom does such a challenging and interesting position with a globally recognized leader in marine transportation become available. The Vice President, Finance & CFO of BC Ferries plays a major leadership role on the executive management team with a sharp focus on both the short and long-term financial viability and performance of this almost $1-billion a year company.

Beyond the traditional duties of a CFO around financial reporting, controls and policies this role is accountable for the provision of all accounting, treasury, tax, credit services, capital planning, external audit compliance, financial and risk management activities with shared accountabilities for regulatory relations with governments and economic regulatory affairs.

Staff leadership engagement activities are involved in this role, so the successful CFO candidate will bring more than unparalleled success working in a large, complex organization but also will have the proven ability to foster a team approach. Reporting to the President & CEO, the CFO will be a high potential leader who will have a close working relationship with the Board and feel comfortable presenting detailed information in a clear, precise manner to various stakeholders.

The ideal CFO candidate is a senior financial leader with a CPA designation bringing a depth of experience in a related transportation or service sector, ideally within a rate regulated industry. Experience working within both the private and public sector and exposure to capital and asset intensive industries would be assets for this demanding role. The candidate is comfortable leading the financial aspects of large capital expenditures such as ship refits, new builds, regulatory filings, dealing with differential pricing models and participating in transformational business systems upgrades and terminal expansions.


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