The commissioner and up to two deputy commissioners are appointed by the Province as independent statutory officers.
BC Ferry Commissioner
The BC Ferry Commissioner is Mr. Gord Macatee.
Mr. Macatee lives and works in the Victoria, British Columbia. He can be reached at FerryCommissioner@shaw.ca and is generally available to the public by telephone at (250) 590-2770 during business hours.
Mr. Macatee served as BC’s Deputy Minister of Health Services from 2006 to 2009. He is a seasoned public sector leader with broad experience at the executive level of government, including deputy minister level appointments in labour, management services, real estate management, environment, fisheries, agriculture, and export development. After leaving the government, he worked as an executive with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (VANOC), and now operates an independent management consulting business in Victoria. He has also held a variety of management positions in the private sector with Canada Packers, Maple Leaf Mills, Rogers Foods and NOCA Dairy.
Mr. Macatee has been a member of various boards, including the Victoria Hospital Foundation, Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and Land and Water Inc. British Columbia.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Business Management diploma from Centralia College.
Deputy BC Ferry Commissioner
The Deputy BC Ferry Commissioner is Sheldon T. Stoilen, BSc, CA.
Mr. Stoilen lives and works on Bowen Island, British Columbia and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is also available at his business number at (604) 788-2191.
Mr. Stoilen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Mathematics) from the University of British Columbia and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant in British Columbia. He is a member of the Canadian and BC Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.
He has operated his own management consulting practice since 2000 specializing in organizational development, marketing planning and brand management. Prior to his consulting career he held several senior executive positions in the forest products and aviation industries with Canfor Corporation and Canadian Airlines International respectively.
The commissioners do not answer to the Premier, Cabinet, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Attorney General, or the BC Ferry Authority. They are free to say publicly what they think about ferry services and related matters. Their decisions cannot be appealed, except on a question of law. The Coastal Ferry Act of 2003 contains provisions to ensure their independence.
The commissioners may be terminated only for:
- mental infirmity;
- conviction for an indictable offence under Canada’s criminal code; or
- a judicial finding of conflict of interest or material breach of duties or obligations.
The Act prohibits the commissioners from having a beneficial interest in a financial security of a ferry operator, or in its construction contracts. They cannot have a significant beneficial interest in competitors to BC Ferries or in equipment or processes that ferry operators use.
Remuneration or terms of appointment cannot be changed without the approval of the commissioners.