The Board of BC 1 Call is composed of 8 Directors who represent long-standing champions of BC 1 Call’s service and the damage prevention industry: FortisBC, BC Hydro, TELUS Communications, Trans Mountain, Enbridge and Public Works Association of BC. 

Collectively, they have over 170 years (Yes! One Hundred and Seventy!) of experience in the damage prevention field and have been helping BC 1 Call in educating the excavating community about the importance of safe digging in BC.

Meet Our Board:

Chris Hyland

Role on BC 1 Call’s Board: Director 

Time serving on the Board: 25 years

Time involved in damage prevention: 38 years

Current role: CEO & President of BC 1 Call

Industry: Non-profit

 


What is your organization doing to champion damage prevention in BC:

  • BC 1 Call provides a free service to the excavating community that helps reduce damages to underground infrastructure and injuries.
  • BC1C also educates homeowners, contractors and organizations on the importance of safe digging.

Daren Sanders

 

Role on BC 1 Call’s Board: Board Chair, Finance & Audit Committee

Time serving on the Board: Almost 5 years

Time involved in damage prevention: 11 years

Current role: Director, Contact Centre and Billing Operations at BC Hydro

Industry: Energy

 

What is your organization doing to champion damage prevention in BC:

  • BC Hydro helps increase awareness of safety hazards of its powerlines, both underground and overhead.
  • It keeps citizens across the province updated on outages and other hazards as they come up.

John Bevacqua

 

Role on BC 1 Call’s Board: Vice-President & Director

Time serving on the Board: 5 months

Time involved in damage prevention: 15 years

Current role: Manager - Operations, Cable Assurance at TELUS

Industry: Telecommunications

 

What is your organization doing to champion damage prevention in BC:

  • At TELUS, we are dedicated to providing exceptional confidence in digging and damage prevention practices through strong collaboration with BC 1 Call, detailed information and diagrams, and an emergency hotline in the event of any TELUS related inspection needs.
  • Additionally, TELUS supports emergency preparedness initiatives by participating in risk assessments, exercises and other planning initiatives for BC communities.

Paul M. Chernikhowsky

Role on BC 1 Call’s Board: VP/Director, Chair of the Governance & Nomination Committee

Time serving on the Board: Over 6 years

Time involved in damage prevention: Over 7 years

Current role: Director, Regulatory Projects and Resource Planning at FortisBC

Industry: Energy


What is your organization doing to champion damage prevention in BC:

  • Safety is FortisBC’s number one priority. With over 50,000 km of underground gas lines and electric powerlines, damage prevention is always top of mind at FortisBC. Preventing damage to buried infrastructure ensures that we can continue to deliver energy safely and reliably to our customers. 
  • We continually reinforce the “dig safe” message with homeowners and excavators to educate them about the hazards of underground utilities and the ways they can protect themselves from the costs and safety risks associated with unwanted damage. 
  • The first step in avoiding that damage is to contact BC 1 Call before excavating. Having that information in hand, and following safe digging practices, helps protect the individuals who are excavating – and prevents potentially costly mistakes.

Ian Turnbull

Role on BC 1 Call’s Board: Director/Treasurer, Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee

Time serving on the Board: Over 1 year

Time involved in damage prevention: 33 years

Current role: Damage Prevention & Emergency Services Manager at FortisBC 

Industry: Energy


What is your organization doing to champion damage prevention in BC:

  • Public safety is FortisBC’s number one priority. It has rigorous plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the public, employees, the environment and its systems.
  • FortisBC continually works with homeowners and excavators to raise awareness about safe digging practices through its several communications channels.

Michael Davies


Role on BC 1 Call’s Board:
Director, Governance & Nomination Committee

Time serving at the Board: Over 1 year

Time involved in damage prevention: 30 years

Current role: Vice President of Operations at Trans Mountain

Industry: Oil & Gas

 

What is your organization doing to champion damage prevention in BC:

  • Pipeline damage prevention is a significant program of Trans Mountain’s integrated management system. This program is executed by a dedicated team responsible for: public awareness and landowner relations, aerial and ground patrols, One Call ticket response, ground disturbance activity inspections and approvals, and unauthorized activity prevention and response.
  • Trans Mountain also helps promote BC 1 Call as one of the critical initiatives to avoid damages to underground infrastructure, usually caused by contractors or local residents digging without knowing what lies below.


Shando Goddard


Role on BC 1 Call’s Board: Director

Time serving on the Board: 5 months

Time involved in damage prevention: 12 years

Current role: Manager, T-South Operations, Enbridge

Industry: Oil & Gas

 

What is your organization doing to champion damage prevention in BC:

  • Enbridge ensures the safety of BC communities and the environment is the top priority of everything it does.
  • One of its damage prevention priorities is to reduce the risk of pipeline damages and it provides public awareness information related to safe excavation practices for Canadian residents.


Pat Miller


Role on BC 1 Call’s Board:
Director

Time serving on the Board: Over 2 years

Time involved in damage prevention: 26 years

Current role: Director at Public Works Association of British Columbia

Industry: Non-profit

 

What is your organization doing to champion damage prevention in BC:

  • Public Works Associations of British Columbia plays an integral role in emergency management, recognizing that BC 1 Call is one of the key services in the damage prevention field.
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