Board of Directors

Lecia Stewart, Chair
Lecia Stewart is a recognized industry leader with more than 25 years of experience advising on start-up, procurement, governance, and delivery strategies for large and complex infrastructure projects. She served as President and Project Director for two major Canadian transit projects - the $1.2 billion SkyTrain Millennium Line and Metro Vancouver's West Coast Express commuter rail - both of which were delivered on time and under budget. She was also Vice President at Bombardier Transportation. In 2005, she founded the Stewart Group, a consulting firm offering strategic advisory services for major infrastructure projects.
Jessica Bowering
Jessica Bowering is a lawyer, investigator, and advisor with extensive experience resolving workplace issues across a wide variety of organizations. Ms. Bowering received her law degree from Dalhousie University in 2002, graduating with the gold medal in her class. She has clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal and worked in labour and employment law for more than 10 years. Ms. Bowering has extensive public policy experience as she was both an Assistant Deputy Minister, and Deputy Minister in the Policy Coordination Office of Executive Council for the Government of Alberta.

Shelley L. Chrest
(Central Vancouver Island and Northern Georgia Strait appointment area)
Shelley Chrest, a resident of the Alberni Valley, is a lawyer and a mediator. Ms. Chrest has practiced as a sole practitioner, as in-house legal counsel, and acted in advisory roles, primarily in the area of employment law. She has also been appointed as an adjudicator in various administrative law areas. Ms. Chrest holds a J.D. from the University of Victoria, and an LL.M from the University of British Columbia. She is a chartered mediator and a member of the Civil Roster of BC. Ms. Chrest has served in a number of governance capacities, including as a federally appointed director on the Port Alberni Port Authority, and  as Vice-Chair of the National NewsMedia Council. She is actively involved in the community, including as a director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society.
Marlene G. Kowalski
(Southern Vancouver Island Appointment Area)
Marlene Kowalski has more than 25 years' experience leading strategic business services and organizational transformation. She has spent most of her career as a leader of financial operations and change in dynamic and complex environments, in both the public and private sectors. She has been involved extensively in growing businesses organically through acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships, both domestically and internationally. Industries and sectors she has worked in include post-secondary education, commercial aviation, technology, manufacturing, forestry, retail/service and construction. Marlene has a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant designation and a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University.
David R. Levi
David Levi brings his broad experience as a senior executive and director of many companies as a venture capitalist and asset manager. He is Chair at Avcorp Industries Inc., Executive Vice President at GrowthWorks Capital Ltd., Director at GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund Ltd. and President and CEO at Working Enterprises Ltd. Mr. Levi has extensive volunteer experience serving as past chair of such organizations as Verite International, Vancity, SHARE, and the Vancouver Richmond Health Board.

G. Wynne Powell, Vice Chair
Wynne Powell was CEO of London Drugs Limited prior to his retirement, and continues to serve as Chair of London Air Services, a charter airline, and Sonora Resorts, a member of Relais & Chateau group.  Mr. Powell’s history includes serving eight years as Chair of BCIT, over 15 years as Chair of Provincial Health Services Authority, BC Emergency Health Services, and Chair of the Chairs of the six British Columbia Health Authorities, an Interim Chair of Fraser Health, and director of the CPA Western School of Business. He was awarded a fellowship from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and an Honorary Doctor of Technology from BCIT. Mr. Powell has also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal and the Henry Singer Award for leadership from the University of Calgary.  In 2008, he was recognized as one the top 100 CGA accountants for outstanding contributions to the accounting profession and community service.

Andrew Ross
Andy is the retired former president of MoveUP, which represents workers from over 90 workplaces in both the public and private sectors. He has sat and participated on numerous boards and committees at the local, national and international level. As well as an extensive working career in public transportation, he also participated in and advised a variety of transportation fields. This included chairing the BC Federation of Labour’s Transportation Committee, labour advisory to the provincial Government for the formation of Translink, member of WESTAC, (Western Transportation Advisory Council), advisory member to the City of Vancouver’s public transit committee and a number of other public and private transportation initiatives. Since retiring in 2011, Mr. Ross has remained active as a consultant teaching parliamentary procedures, advising on constitutional and by-law structure, and facilitating strategic leadership workshops for union and non-profit organizations. He currently serves as a director on the board for TransLink.

J. Wayne Rowe
(Southern Mainland Appointment Area)
Wayne Rowe is a resident of the Sunshine Coast. Since 1981, Mr. Rowe has owned and operated a legal firm in Gibsons, focusing on property, commercial, corporate and estate matters. After several years of service as an officer in the Canadian Army, he graduated with a B.A. from Queen's University in 1975, followed by an LL.B from the University of British Columbia in 1979. He also obtained a French language civil law diploma from the University of Sherbrooke in 1978. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Rowe is actively involved in the Sunshine Coast community, having previously served on the boards of the Hospital Foundation and the Community Forest. He also participates in seminars for the Elder College in Sechelt. Mr. Rowe served as a Councillor for the Town of Gibsons from 2009 to 2011 and as Mayor of Gibsons from 2011 to 2018.