Administration

Executive Management Team

The executive management team (EMT) is led by the chief administrative officer (CAO),  the team includes the corporate financial officer, executive manager of human resources, general manager of corporate services, general manager of community services, general manager of engineering services, general manager of planning and development services and the executive assistant.

All members of the executive management team act as key advisors to the CAO and the board with regard to implementing the board strategy priorities and delivering the CVRD services.


Back row: James WarrenAnn MacDonald, Marc RuttenIan Smith
Front row: Teresa Warnes, Beth Dunlop, Debra Oakman, Julie Bradley 

Who We Are

 

Debra Oakman, Chief Administrative Officer

Debra Oakman, CPA/CMA was appointed chief administrative officer (CAO) of the CVRD in 2008 and has been a member of the CVRD’s senior management team for 16 years.  Debra is also the CAO of the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District and secretary for the North Island 911 Corporation (a partnership of six regional districts).

Debra leads the CVRD's executive management team, comprising the engineering services branch, community services branch, planning and development services branch, finance, human resources, and corporate services branch.

Debra believes in continuous learning and supports staff in their professional development.  Debra was honored to receive the 2014 Professional Award in Leadership awarded by LGMA and excited to have completed the certificate of Local Government Executive Management issued by the Province of BC in 2013. 

CAO/Board Covenant [PDF - 118 KB]

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Ian Smith, GM of Community Services Branch

Ian is responsible for managing all matters relating to key interests of the community, including parks, recreation, fire protection, emergency planning, transit and sustainability. Ian ensures a comprehensive and integrated approach in the provision of services in order to meet the strategic priorities and requirements of the board, chief administrative officer and various stakeholders, while supporting and enhancing the sustainability principles and policies of the regional growth strategy and related land conservation, public health and safety strategies.

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Marc Rutten, GM of Engineering Services Branch

Marc is responsible for water, sewer, rural liquid waste/rainwater management and solid waste. Marc ensures a comprehensive and integrated approach in the provision of services in order to meet the strategic priorities and requirements of the board, chief administrative officer and various stakeholders, while supporting and enhancing the sustainability principles and policies of the regional growth strategy and related land conservation, public health and safety strategies.

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James Warren, GM of Corporate Services

James is responsible for managing all matters relating to corporate services including: administration, animal control, CAO office enquires/ombudsperson complaints, communications, elections, freedom of information requests, geographic information systems, information technology, legislative services, marketing, media relations, public education, records management, risk management and strategic planning. James ensures a comprehensive and integrated approach in the provision of services in order to meet the strategic priorities and requirements of the board, the chief administrative officer and various stakeholders, while supporting and enhancing the sustainability principles and policies of the regional growth strategy and related land conservation, public health and safety strategies.

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 Ann MacDonald, GM of Planning and Development Services

Ann is responsible for leading current and long range land use planning directives, building services, the administration of the CVRD regional growth strategy.  She also leads a number of specific strategic initiatives that support the mandate and business objectives of the regional district, including addressing the needs of diverse and often conflicting stakeholder interests.

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Beth Dunlop, Corporate Financial Officer

Beth is the corporate financial officer (CFO) and is an appointed officer of the Comox Valley Regional District, responsible for statutory financial administration duties pursuant to the Local Government Act. The CFO leads the financial, accounting, insurance, purchasing and contracting functions for the regional district, in compliance with legislative requirements and in accordance with the needs of the board, chief administrative officer and various stakeholders.

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Julie Bradley, Executive Manager of Human Resources

Julie leads the formulation and implementation of a progressive human resources and labour relations strategy to attract, engage, motivate and retain the regional district's personnel. She leads the development, implementation and administration of human resources, labour relations, health and safety, payroll and benefits policies and programs. This position brings a human resources perspective to business plans and operations and resolving human resource issues that have an impact on the achievement of organizational goals.

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Teresa Warnes, Executive Assistant

Teresa is responsible for managing the smooth and efficient operation of the office of the chief administrative officer (CAO). The position facilitates communications and information flow between the CAO and the executive team, board of directors, board committee members and a broad variety of external stakeholders, ensuring commitments are met and urgent issues are addressed. Teresa researches information, coordinates submissions from the CAO's office, and ensures the CAO is prepared for all board, board committee and executive meetings. The position organizes meetings, takes minutes, performs executive secretarial duties, maintains executive office files, and undertakes various assignments of a confidential nature. As the executive assistant, Teresa provides administrative assistance to the human resources department and performs the duties of the legislative services' administration officer as required.

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