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Passenger Transportation Board members background

Source: The Chamber of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, 2009

The Passenger Transportation Board, formed in 2004, is an independent tribunal that makes licensing decisions for passenger-directed vehicles such as taxis, limousines and shuttle vans, and inter-city buses in B.C. In the case of ride-hailing companies, the board has a mandate to set policies around operating areas or boundaries, fleet sizes and rates, and decide on whether an application to operate is approved. Its policies will affect both the ride-hailing companies and taxi companies’ ability to compete.

But many experts and stakeholders often raise an objection about the members of such a high-power committee. They observe that most of the members are old and from remote parts of BC, thus many of the members have almost no experience about latest technology like app-based transportation and the traffic-condition in cities like Vancouver. Here we shall try to find out the justification of these two points.

Board Member


Expiry of 
Current Appointment

Catharine Read, Chair

October 1, 2017

October 1, 2020

William Bell

February 1, 2008

June 30, 2020

Spencer Mikituk

March 29, 2012

May 14, 2020

Roger Leclerc

November 8, 2012

June 30, 2020

Carmela Allevato

November 5, 2018

November 5, 2020

Baljinder Narang

March 11, 2019

November 5, 2021


Catharine Read was appointed for a three-year term as chair on Oct. 1, 2017. Read has a long history in government, having served in assistant deputy minister and deputy minister positions in the B.C. government, chief economist for the Cayman Islands government, and as Yukon’s public service commissioner and chair/vice-chair of the Yukon Deputy Ministers Council. Ms. Read has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours Economics) from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts (Economics) from Queen's University. After leaving government, she ran her own consulting firm. After Don Zurowski, Read chaired the Passenger Transportation Board.

Read brings a "wealth of experience from other board appointments," Travena said in a statement. Those include sitting on the boards for Tourism British Columbia, Crystal Meth Prevention B.C. and Katimavik Youth Services in the Yukon.

William Bell (from Victoria), joined the board in February 2008. His current one-year term expires on June 30, 2020. Bell held a range of senior positions in the federal and B.C. governments, including assistant deputy minister. As a member of the Passenger Transportation Board, Bell worked on a report on accessible transportation in 2012 and another on taxi standards in 2014. He was also a member of the board that in 2012 stifled Uber’s low-key entry into the Vancouver market by enforcing rules that required the company charge at least $75 per ride, like limousines.  

In the B.C. Public Service his background includes Directorships in Human Resource Management, Senior Treasury Board Analyst and Assistant Deputy Minister. He was given leave in 2000 to work with the Canada Programme on Governance, International Development Research Centre as a consultant assisting the East Cape Province, South Africa in its transition to central executive management. His interests include music (especially jazz), tennis, travel and golf. He has a volunteer background which includes the Victoria Needs Crisis Line, the Boards of the John Howard Society of Vancouver Island, the New Bastion Theatre Society, the Oak Bay Tennis Club and the Victoria Jazz Society where he served for over 12 years including 5 years as its President. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

Mr. Spencer J. Mikituk has over twenty-five years of management experience in the Canadian aerospace industry associated with aircraft maintenance, technical training, quality assurance, and safety management. He is currently the President of Mikituk Consulting Incorporated located in Delta, BC. Previously, Mr. Mikituk was the Associate Dean, Aerospace Programs; and Manager, Quality Assurance and Industry Services at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Aerospace and Technology Campus. In addition, he was the Manager, Technical Training Operations for Air Canada (formerly Canadian Airlines International). Mr. Mikituk is the past Chair of the Aerospace Training Advisory Committee with BCIT. He holds a Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Mr. Roger Leclerc was the Manager of Kitselas First Nation Development Corporation. As well, he was the Manager of Kitimat Valley Institute Corporation and Manager of Terrace & District Community Service Society. Previously, Mr. Leclerc has over 15 years experience as the owner/operator of Little Oliver Contracting Ltd. (logging and construction) in Terrace, B.C. Mr. Leclerc is a board member on the Industry Training Authority Aboriginal Advisory Committee and a director on the Terrace Public Library. He holds his Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University.

Ms. Carmela Allevato practices labour and employment law at Allevato Quail & Roy and is a part-time instructor in the BCIT School of Business. Previously, she worked as a Lawyer for the British Columbia Teachers' Federation and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. She was the Secretary Business Manager of the Hospital Employees Union and has worked as in-house counsel for other public sector unions. Active in her community, she is an Executive Board Member of the BC Industrial Relations Association. She has served as a Member of the BC Labour Relations Board, a Trustee on the Vancouver School Board and a Vice-President of the BC Federation of Labour. Ms. Allevato received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.

Ms. Baljinder Kaur Narang previously was the Elected School Trustee for the Burnaby Board of Education, and Consultant Occupational Therapy for Community Therapists Inc. Active in her community, Ms. Narang is the Current Chair for Burnaby Healthier Community Partnership, Founding Director & President for Panjab Digital Library Canada, Trustee for New Vista Society, and Founding Director & Past President for Sikh Research Institute Canada. She holds a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from the London School of Occupational Therapy, Diploma in Alcohol Counselling & Consultation from University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and a Masters in Health Education from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.