Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries has appointed Mark Collins as president and CEO, effective 1 April 2017.
Collins is currently BC Ferries’ vice president of strategic planning and community engagement, and was previously the company’s vice president of engineering between 2004 and 2012. He has been a senior marine executive for the past 20 years.
“Mark Collins has demonstrated his ability to lead teams and work collaboratively with diverse groups, skills we believe to be vital for the CEO position,” said Donald Hayes, chair of the BC Ferries board. “Collins cares deeply for the company, its employees and the people in coastal communities who regularly use our services. The board looks forward to working with him in his new role of incoming president and CEO.”
Collins will replace current president and CEO Mike Corrigan, who will leave the position on 31 March to take up the role of Interferry CEO.
“As a person who was born in Newfoundland, a ferry dependent island, I understand first-hand the importance of a reliable ferry service to people’s lives,” said Collins. “I am fortunate to have such a solid foundation on which to start my new role as president and CEO, and I have our CEO Mike Corrigan, our leadership team and our more than 4,500 dedicated employees to thank for that.”
Collins said he would continue to work on safety. “I will work with my team to continue to deliver a travel experience for our customers that is reliable, safe and enjoyable, and ensure BC Ferries is viewed as an asset to coastal communities,” he said. “I look forward to working with the provincial government, the BC Ferry Commission, our employees and ferry dependent communities to deliver excellent service and an excellent experience.”