New BC Ferries Board Chair Appointed

Joy MacPhail serves as the Chair of the Adler University Board of Trustees. (PRNewsfoto/Adler University)

Joy MacPhail is the new chair of the Board of Directors for British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., or BC Ferries, it was announced Thursday, June 30.

MacPhail takes the reins from outgoing Board Chair Brenda Eaton, whose term ended June 23.

“The BC Ferries Board thanks Ms. Eaton for her commitment and valuable service as chair and board member,” the ferry services company said in a statement. “Her leadership and strategic direction, particularly during the global pandemic, has helped the company emerge from the challenge well positioned to serve the public interest.”

MacPhail previously served as chair of the Insurance Corporation of BC for five years. She also served as chair of the Expert Panel on the Future of Housing for the governments of Canada and B.C. and the Mobility Pricing Panel. Additionally, she was a board director for both Delta Hotels and SilverBirch Hotels.

MacPhail is a trustee of Adler University in Chicago and Vancouver, and a director on the boards of Covenant House Vancouver and Arthritis Research Canada, as well as vice chair of Nch’Kay Development Corp, the economic development branch of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), according to BC Ferries.

Last December, MacPhail was appointed by the Governor General of Canada to the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honors. The Order of Canada recognizes people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation.

By Pacific Maritime Magazine