Jane Bird is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Columbia Power Corporation, a provincial Crown corporation based in Castlegar, British Columbia. Ms. Bird was previously CEO of Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc. In her capacity as CEO, Ms. Bird was the senior executive responsible for the management and implementation of the Canada Line, a $2 billion, 19 km rapid transit line connecting downtown Vancouver with Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. The Canada Line project was on budget and on schedule and began revenue service in November 2009.
Prior to her involvement with Canada Line, Ms. Bird was responsible for negotiations on behalf of the City of Vancouver with the Province of British Columbia for the Millennium Line rapid transit extension, which commenced revenue service in 2002. She also successfully assisted the regional transit authority in their efforts to address a significant funding shortfall.
Ms. Bird is a lawyer. Prior to her work on transportation and infrastructure projects, she was a partner in private practice in corporate, commercial and real estate law. Ms. Bird is also a Director of the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Community Corporation and a member of its Finance Committee, and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.