Technical Safety BC names new leader

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | December 15, 2021

VANCOUVER — Technical Safety BC will soon have a new president and lead executive officer.  

The group announced that Phil Gothe will fill the roles starting in January. The group’s board of directors stated Gothe has decades of senior leadership experience with an exceptional track-record of growing engagement in the safety system through operational effectiveness and innovative approaches.

Gothe succeeds Catherine Roome who announced in July that she will be leaving after more than 10 years leading Technical Safety BC.

“I am delighted to welcome Phil as the next president and LEO of Technical Safety BC,” said George Abbott, board chair, in a statement. “His wealth of leadership experience and his commitment to collaboration and safety innovation make him uniquely qualified to lead this organization into the future.” 

Previously Gothe had served on Technical Safety BC’s executive team for the past 12 years, most recently as the vice-president of operations and client experience. 

“I am honoured to be the next president and lead executive officer of Technical Safety BC,” said Gothe. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to guide the organization as we operate in this dynamic and rapidly-evolving environment. We have an ambitious plan for 2022 and beyond, with built-in flexibility that enables us to adapt to the situation around us.”

Gothe added he is deeply committed to the group’s mandate and vision of safe technical systems.

The board also thanked Roome for her time as president.  

“Driven by a unique combination of a vision for the future and a commitment to people, she will leave behind a remarkable legacy of innovation for the organization to build upon and increased safety for all British Columbians,” said Abbott.