Board of Directors

Partnerships BC is governed by a Board of Directors that ensures the operations of the Company reflect the interests of the Shareholder. The composition of the Board reflects the unique mandate of the Company, with Directors drawn from both the public and private sectors.

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Board of Directors
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Larry Blain, Chair

Larry Blain is the Chair of the Partnerships BC Board of Directors.
Prior to his appointment as Chair, Mr. Blain served as Partnerships BC's President and CEO. Under Mr. Blain’s leadership, Partnerships BC participated in more than 35 partnership projects with an investment value of $12 billion, $4.5 billion of which is private capital.
Before joining Partnerships BC, Mr. Blain was an investment banker with Pemberton Securities, which became RBC Capital Markets. Over a 20 year period, he was responsible for senior coverage of major corporations and governments in western Canada, with specialization in public finance, utilities and infrastructure finance.
Previously, Mr. Blain was an economist with the Bank of Canada and Director of Central Borrowing with the B.C. Ministry of Finance.
Mr. Blain holds a Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of British Columbia.

Gordon Steele, Lead Director

Gordon Steele of Coldstream is a 40-year veteran of British Columbia's forestry sector. He was President, CEO and Chairman of Riverside Forest Products Ltd. He was Chair of the Council of Forest Industries of B.C. and Director of the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association and the BC Softwood Lumber Trade Council.
Mr. Steele earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Brian Bentz, Director & Chair, Human Resources & Governance Committee

Prior to his retirement in 2009, Brian Bentz was President of AMEC’s Oil Sands and Mining Division. Previously, Mr. Bentz was Executive Vice-President of AGRA Inc. Engineering Group.
Mr. Bentz sits on the Board of Directors for Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., Seacliff Construction Corp, and WDC Exploration & Wells Holding Corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council of Public-Private Partnerships and is a member of the BC Business Council Board of Governors.
Mr. Bentz earned his B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Management Course at the University of Western Ontario Business School.

Peter Kappel, Director

Peter Kappel was Managing Director and Head of Securitisation with DVB Bank AG in London. Previously, he was the Managing Director and Co-Head of Securitisation and Transitional Debt Finance Group with Calyon (Credit Agricole), Managing Director and Head of European Securitisation Group with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and Director and Head of Structured Finance with Nomura International, all based in London.
He is a regular speaker at ABS conferences in Europe and a former executive committee member of the European Securitisation Forum Bond Market Association. Mr. Kappel earned his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Victoria and held his Chartered Accountant designation through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC.

Jill Leversage, Director

Formerly the Managing Director of TD Securities' Vancouver corporate and investment banking team, Jill has over 18 years of experience successfully executing numerous debt and equity financings and merger & acquisition advisory assignments for B.C.-based companies such as MacDonald Dettwiller, West Fraser, Versacold and Finning. Prior to her time at TD, she served as the managing director at RBC Capital Markets and head of the Alternative Energy Sector for North America. Jill is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.
Jill was the 2012 recipient of the Business in Vancouver ‘Women in business Award’.
She holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Calgary.

Frank Blasetti, Director

Prior to retirement, Frank Blasetti was the Assistant Deputy Minister (Partnerships) with the Province of BC’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the President & CEO of Transportation Investment Corporation. Previously, he was Vice President, BCTFA and Director (Transportation Crowns), Crown Corporations Secretariat. An economist, Frank dedicated his career to public service.
Frank earned a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Mathematics) at Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master of Arts (Economics at University of British Columbia.