Tuesday, March 22, 2016 


BC Gov't News

Out of the Wilderness

Former environment minister to head ICBC board

Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure


ransportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone has issued the following statement on the appointment of Barry Penner, QC as the new ICBC board chair, beginning March 31, 2016.

"Today, I am pleased to appoint Barry Penner as the new chair for ICBCís board of directors," said Stone on Tuesday. "Mr. Pennerís deep commitment to public and community service led him to accept the government's request that he take on this challenging position. His extensive experience with government and the private sector will make him an excellent fit for this important role."

ďOf course, he is best known for his previous role as B.C.ís longest-serving Minister of Environment. He also held the important roles of Attorney General and Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Deputy House Leader," explained Stone.

ďFollowing his career in politics, Mr. Penner continued his legal career, working with stakeholders throughout the province to resolve challenging natural resource and environmental issues. Mr. Penner is currently senior counsel and strategic advisor for Penner Pacific Advisory Services," he added.

"Iím honoured to have been asked to take on this challenging and important role. Over the coming weeks, I will be reviewing key files and meeting with senior management and fellow board members to learn more about the organization and the issues it faces. I look forward to meeting more of the dedicated and hardworking staff at ICBC," said Penner in an ICBC release Tuesday.

Penner went on to say "During my time as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, I saw how ICBC touches the lives of virtually every British Columbian. Drivers want rates to remain affordable, and when accidents unfortunately occur they expect fair compensation and good service. My top priority will be helping ICBC accomplish these goals. Iím looking forward to serving the people of British Columbia once again."

"The B.C. government will continue to work with ICBC to identify and implement measures that will mitigate the causes of rate increases, to help ensure that ICBC insurance rates remain as low and as affordable as possible."


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