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The Board of Directors of BC Assessment is committed to leading governance practices and operates in a manner consistent with the Board Resourcing and Development Office’s Best Practice Guidelines.   If you have any questions regarding governance at BC Assessment, please contact Lindy Bremner, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Sylvia Bishop

Board Chair

(December 4, 2018 - May 31, 2021)

Sylvia Bishop has extensive local government experience, having served two terms as a Delta City Councillor. During this time, she sat as Chair and Vice Chair of many Advisory Committees including Community Planning & Development, Recreation & Culture, and Seniors, as well as a member of the Finance Committee.

As Council liaison to REACH The Youth and Child Development Centre, Sylvia helped raise funds for a $5 million capital campaign. As a former Assistant Director of the BC Teachers Federation, her communications skills were instrumental in liaising with all education stakeholders, including parents, school trustees and superintendents.

Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University.

Richard Taylor

Vice Chair

(June 16, 2011 - October 31, 2019)

Richard Taylor’s governance interests are focused on local government, not-for-profit and Crown Corporation organizations, reflecting his service as the Executive Director of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities between 1985 and 2007.

Presently, he is a Trustee on the Municipal Pension Plan Board, and Chair  of Pacific Blue Cross.  He is past Chair of BC Pension Corporation and the Municipal Pension Plan. In the voluntary sector he is Chair of the PBC Health Foundation. He was a founding member of CivicInfo Society of BC and the Integrated Cadastral Information Society of BC.

Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria; a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and holds the ICD.D designation.

Jill Davidson

(July 12, 2018 - October 31, 2019)

Jill Davidson is a seasoned professional Community Planner with a varied background in both municipal and resource planning.  She is now retired from the City of Vancouver where she led teams that provided innovative directions for the City in homelessness, low-income housing and financing growth.  Jill was instrumental in the City's acquisition and development of properties for over a dozen low-income housing buildings.  For the 2010 Winter Olympics, Jill, in partnership with the provincial and federal governments and community members, led efforts to adapt the first ever Inner City Inclusive Commitments.  This helped in the City's successful bid to host the Games and ensured the Games were beneficial for downtown communities.  Earlier in her career, Jill worked at BC Hydro, in positions that identified and mitigated community impacts from electrical generation projects throughout the province.

Jill has previously worked as Vice-Chair and Board Member of BC Lottery Corporation.  She has also been President of the Planning Institute of British Columbia where under her leadership the Institute played an increasing role in provincial policy matters on land use, heritage, transportation and agriculture.

Susan Gimse

(December 1, 2017 - December 1, 2019)

Susan Gimse served on the board of the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) from 1993 to 2014, including 10 terms as Board Chair. She was also a Councillor for the Town of Pemberton from 2009 to 2011, on the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities from 2006-2014, and on the executive of the Union of BC Municipalities from 1999-2009, including time as President.

She has been a member of numerous other boards and committees for almost 25 years and is currently on the SLRD Area C Agriculture Advisory Committee.  She and her husband Geoff own a farm in the Pemberton area and have two daughters and four grandchildren.  Susan is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canadian cities and communities.

Michelle Good

(July 31, 2018 - October 31, 2019)

Ms. Good is the Principal Lawyer at Michelle Good & Company. In addition to practicing law, she is also a writer. Her legal experience includes working as Legal Counsel for Fulton & Company, Justice Canada and Rush Crane Guenther. She worked as a sessional instructor, and taught at the En'owkin Centre in Penticton and at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She also worked as an articled student in an area of employment and labour law as well as representing Residential School Survivors. Ms. Good has significant administrative law experience regarding property assessment and is a member of four First Nation Taxation Assessment Appeal Review Boards. Ms. Good received a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

Nicole Halbauer

(February 21, 2018 - February, 15 2022)

Nicole Halbauer belongs to the Ganhada (Raven) clan of Kitsumkalum, a Tsimshian community near Terrace B.C. Her traditional name is X'sataam Hana'ax, meaning Victorious Lady.  She has over twenty years of experience in First Nations health, advocacy, negotiation, program planning and system change.

Ms. Halbauer is currently a community engagement coordinator for the First Nations Health Authority. Previously, she was a general manager for Kalum Kabs Ltd., a student researcher for Kitsumkalum Social History, and an Aboriginal health collaborative coordinator for the Northern Health Authority.  Active in her community, Ms. Halbauer currently serves as a director for the North West Community College Board of Governors and as a chair person for the Kitsumkalum Economic Development Board.

She previously served as a trustee for the Coast Mountain School District.  Ms. Halbauer holds her Associate Degree specializing in Criminology from North West Community College and her Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.

David Highfield

(February 21, 2018 - February 15, 2022)

David Highfield retired as an Executive and Chief Executive Officer for the BC Assessment Authority, where he worked for forty years.  Throughout his career he has gained broad experience in assessment, property valuation, organizational behaviour and governance both in Canada and abroad.

Active within his community, Mr. Highfield was a guest lecturer on organizational behaviour for the British Columbia Institute of Technology, a past president for the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and a member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia.  He has held leadership roles in both private sector and public sector unions and served ten years as the Chair of the Valuers Global Forum in Washington, DC.  Mr. Highfield is designated as a Professional Appraiser (P.App) and Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) at the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

Donald (Don) Henry Krusel

(July 12, 2018 - October 31, 2019)

Mr. Krusel is a seasoned executive who has provided management advisory and consultancy services to the trade and transportation industry.  As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, he shepherded B.C.'s northern port through a transformative change that saw it become one of the leading trade corridor gateways for international container traffic and the fastest growing port in North America.  Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Port Authority. Mr. Krusel is currently a Director of Ocean Networks Canada, and is a past Director of the Western Transportation Advisory Council, the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation, Green Marine Management Corporation, and the Association of Canadian Port Authorities; he was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of BC. Mr. Krusel holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Management at the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Richard Rainey

(December 1, 2017 - December 1, 2019)

Richard is a partner and business lawyer with Drysdale Bacon McStravick LLP. Richard is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1992. Richard practised business law in Vancouver with Douglas, Symes & Brissenden and later with Heenan Blaikie. Richard is a governor and past chair of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody.

Richard has also served on the boards of the Coquitlam Heritage Society, the Coquitlam Foundation, and the Coquitlam Adanacs Senior A lacrosse club and as co-chair of the Coquitlam Terry Fox Run. Richard is a former member of the Simon Fraser University Senate, the Board of Governors of the Children's Foundation of British Columbia, and the Board of Governors of the Meadowridge School Society. Richard previously served on the Advisory Planning Commission to the City of Burnaby.

Amarjeet S Rattan

 (December 4, 2018 - May 31, 2020)

Amarjeet S Rattan has an extensive career in the public and private sectors. His areas of experience include intergovernmental relations, international trade development, TV/film production, corporate communications and media/issues management.

In the public sector, he recently retired from the City of Richmond where he held a number of positions, including Director of the Intergovernmental Relations & Protocol Unit, Chief Licence Inspector and Business Liaison Manager. His roles with the Government of Canada include a diplomatic posting as Consul & Trade Commissioner in Mumbai, India and as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada. He has also held adjudication, public relations and business development related positions within the BC Trade & Investment Office and other BC Government departments.

In the private sector, Amarjeet developed, produced and directed a wide range of television and film projects in partnership with Telefilm Canada, CBC and the National Film Board.  He also managed corporate communications projects for private sector, government and First Nations clients.

Amarjeet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science) from the University of British Columbia and also completed the Directed Studies in Film Production program at Simon Fraser University.

Kevin Stewart

(July 31, 2018 - October 31, 2019)

Mr. Stewart has extensive experience bridging the gap between technology and business and is currently the Program Manager for Business Technology at BCLC. Prior to that, he worked for 17 years at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, most recently as Manager of Enterprise Systems. Mr. Stewart has over 20 years of experience in both public and private organizations enabling and enhancing business processes through the use of technology. His career experience includes transportation, high tech, mining, K-12 and Higher Education. He is a PMI certified Project Management Professional and has coached technology teams to win both local and national awards for innovation. Active within his community, Mr. Stewart previously served as the Vice President of the Salmon River Recreation Organization and as a Trustee on the Board of Two Rivers Art Gallery. He is a lifelong learner, most recently earning his Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern British Columbia. Mr. Stewart also holds his Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Northern British Columbia.