British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

December 07, 2010 14:00 ET

BC Safety Authority Selects Catherine Roome as New President and CEO

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2010) - Peter Cook, Chair of the Board of Directors of the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today announced that Catherine Roome has been selected as the company's new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms. Roome – currently BCSA's Chief Operating Officer (COO) – will formally assume her new responsibilities April 1, 2011.

"Both personally and on behalf of the Board of Directors of the BCSA, I want to congratulate Catherine on her new role," said Mr. Cook. "Her selection comes after a rigorous and thorough search by our Board, one that was lead by Dan Miller, the Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. Catherine was clearly the most qualified candidate when it came to safety experience, professional background and leadership ability."

Ms. Roome has been with the BCSA since 2005, when she joined as Vice President Engineering. She was appointed into her current position as Chief Operating Officer in 2007. A professional engineer, Ms. Roome received her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria. She was awarded "Business In Vancouver's" Influential Woman in Business in 2008, and the University of Victoria's "Distinguished Alumni - Faculty of Engineering" in 2010. Ms. Roome currently is Chair of the Board for Actsafe, the Performing Arts and Motion Picture Health and Safety Association of BC.

"I'm honoured to be asked to lead such an outstanding organization," said Ms. Roome. "We have extremely dedicated staff who are fully committed to safety. This is a time of huge opportunity for the BCSA and by working closely with others across the province we can deliver the kind of risk management that helps keep the public safe."

Today's announcement is the culmination of a process that has been underway since early in 2010, when current President and CEO Harry Diemer informed the Board of Directors of his plans to retire in the near future. He formally announced in April that the actual date of his retirement will be March 31, 2011.

"I was heartened to learn that the next leader of the BC Safety Authority comes from within the Authority and delighted that it was Catherine," commented Mr. Diemer. "With her at the helm, the BCSA is assured of a strong, exceptionally talented and respected leader who will guide the organization in meeting its objective of inspiring safety excellence in British Columbia."

The British Columbia Safety Authority keeps people safe by mandating the safe installation and use of technical equipment. As the province's delegated authority, the BCSA administers safety standards, enforces compliance, issues permits and licenses, educates, conducts onsite inspections in high-risk situations and continuously advances the standards of safe practices in BC.

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