Supporting Our Harbours

Our leadership team is responsible for the strategy and business direction of the organization. The team supports and guides our staff.

Collectively, they are responsible for:

  • Providing excellence in services that add value to both locals and visitors alike 
  • Creating and maintaining a supportive organization
  • Ensuring that the organization is a great place to work
  • Ensuring the organization is fiscally sound
  • Ensuring the highest and best use of all owned and managed assets and properties 

Ian Robertson

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Robertson is the Chief Executive Officer for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. ...

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a local Board of Directors. It owns and operates over 120 acres of deep water, marina and upland holdings throughout Victoria’s harbour including the large vessel Ogden Point port facility where a dynamic cruise tourism industry contributes over $130 million annually to the regional economy.

Victoria is Canada’s busiest cruise port of call. In 2017 Victoria welcomed 229 ship calls and over 599,000 passengers and 260,000 crew during the five-month cruise season.

Prior to joining GVHA, Ian was CEO for the Tourism Industry Association of BC. Before joining TIABC Ian held various senior positions in communications, government relations, sales and marketing with Rocky Mountaineer and served two terms as an elected park commissioner and chair of the park board in the City of Vancouver.

Ian was Chair of the Park Board in 2007 and led the Board through the most challenging time in the 100 year history of the Board – the windstorms that destroyed Stanley Park. Ian’s leadership efforts resulted in over $6 million dollars raised for the restoration and ongoing maintenance of Stanley Park.

Sonterra Ross

Chief Operating Officer

Sonterra Ross grew up next to the water in the Okanagan. Her love for the water and tourism brought her to Victoria in 1996. ...

She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Greater Victoria Harbour Authority with oversight of operations at all facilities. In addition she provides strategic advice to the CEO and the Board of Directors. Sonterra has been with GVHA for 15 years and has had the privilege of taking on many different positions and these opportunities have deepened her understanding of Victoria's harbour and harbour planning.

Sonterra has sat on many Boards related to tourism opportunities. She is passionate about making her community a better place to live and work. Sonterra is dedicated to work with all stakeholders in maintaining a working harbour that continues to benefit the community.

Judith Ethier

Chief Administrative Officer

Judith Ethier is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority....

For the GVHA, Judith oversees enterprise risk management, legal, finance, human resources, information technology, leasing, administration and governance for the Board of Directors. Judith’s role includes supporting and developing the strategic initiatives that will ensure the organization enjoys long term sustainability and growth.

Judith’s prior roles included over 25 years in the public and private sector in Calgary, where she held senior finance roles in both the oil and gas and commercial real estate industries. Judith is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

In addition, Judith holds a CPCC designation, as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, where she enjoys working with individuals and organizations on strategic career and leadership development.

Lindsay Gaunt

Director, Cruise Development

As Director, Cruise Development for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Lindsay Gaunt is proud to represent her hometown of Victoria to the international cruise industry. ...

Lindsay has been involved in the cruise industry since 2005, spending eight years at sea working on every vessel class within the Royal Caribbean International fleet. She has sailed around the world and guests and crew agree with her that Victoria is one of the most beautiful cruise ports in the world.

Lindsay is the fourth generation of her family to be born in Victoria, completed her BA at UVic and her MBA at McGill University and can never be found too far from the ocean.

Mark Crisp

Director, Infrastructure

Leading the Capital Planning and Infrastructure team, Mark, working closely with his colleagues provides senior oversight on all aspects of water and land infrastructure development. ...

He is responsible for planning and implementing Asset Management and Capital works program and projects. Mark has worked in the planning and construction industry for nearly 30 years, in several countries, and brings significant engineering and architectural experience to bear on maintaining growth of GVHA’s portfolio.

Mark looks forward to bringing various major projects to fruition for the GVHA.

Brian Cant

Manager, Communications & Marketing

As Manager, Communications & Marketing, Brian Cant works toward the goal of having partners, stakeholders, and community recognize the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority as a trusted, socially responsible economic driver for the region....

He leads a small team through a proactive approach to communications, marketing, engagement, and event execution.

Brian Cant has worked in media relations for more than a decade, conducting media research and outreach, developing strategies to meet marketing and public relations goals, and generally doing all that he can to ensure partners and stakeholders have what they need to tell stories across traditional and digital channels. In addition, Cant works to manage engagement, digital growth, and reputation management.

Inspired by his summer job guiding visitors through the underground mine at the Rossland Museum in the Kootenays, his career has focused on the tourism industry; Cant’s career has also included stints working with both Destination Greater Victoria, Destination British Columbia, and Beattie Tartan (formerly Tartan Group).

He is a proud graduate of the UVic Weekend MBA program, holds a BA in History and Geography and a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. Brian Cant is President of the UVic Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He was first put on skis by his dad at the age of 18 months and has never looked back; when he’s not sharing his passion for communications, you’ll find him looking for good, fast turns around the mountains of British Columbia.

Judy Kitts

First Nations Engagement Manager

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority operates in the traditional territory of the Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation. As First Nations Engagement Manager, Kitts is dedicated to working alongside Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation as they pursue their cultural and economic aspirations in the Harbour....

This includes increasing the recognition of the Lekwungen People in and around the facilities and land GVHA manages and supporting economic development initiatives through the First Nations Economic Development Committee.

Judy Kitts has worked in Indigenous relations for more than
10 years. First as a contractor working with Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, helping to review historical records from Indian Residential Schools to support the settlement and claims made by residential school survivors.

Judy Kitts has also worked with the provincial government in treaty negotiations, which included supporting the implementation of the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement and the Kitsumkalum First Nation and Kitselas First Nation Interim Treaty Agreements. Most recently, Kitts worked at the Port of Vancouver, leading consultation with Indigenous groups on port development projects.

She grew up in Cornwall, Ontario along the St. Lawrence River and the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne. Kitts holds a Masters degree from the University of Victoria in Dispute Resolution, and a Bachelors degree in International Development and Politics from Queens University.

Judy Kitts is honoured to live and work in Victoria in the traditional territories of the Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation.