Greater Victoria Harbour Authority announces board members for 2023-24

January 5, 2023, VICTORIA, BC — The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 term.

Joining the Board for their first term are Mark Collins and Don Krusel (Independent Directors) and Councillor Susan Kim (City of Victoria). Board members who have concluded their terms include Gordon Safarik and Starr McMichael (Independent Directors) and Marianne Alto (City of Victoria). Serving consecutive terms are Township of Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, Mark Mawhinney (Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society) and Susan Brice (Capital Regional District). Board members serve four-year terms.

“I am pleased to welcome back Barb, Mark and Susan. A special thank you to our outgoing board members for their time, commitment and dedicated service to GVHA,” said Christine Willow, Chair of the Board of Directors. “This is an important time for GVHA as we prepare to welcome a new CEO in the coming months. During this time, the Board of Directors will provide continuity to GVHA operations as we transition our leadership and remain focused on sustainable growth that benefits the Region.”

Christine Willow was re-elected as Board Chair and Mark Mawhinney as Vice Chair. Committee Chairs will be decided later this month.

The Board of Directors represent eight member agencies: Esquimalt Nation, Songhees Nation, Capital Regional District, City of Victoria, Township of Esquimalt, Destination Greater Victoria, The Chamber and the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society. The Board also includes four Independent Directors appointed from the community.

The 2023-2024 Board of Directors:

  • Chair, Christine Willow (The Chamber)
  • Vice Chair, Mark Mawhinney (Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society)
  • Treasurer, Doug Crowder (Independent Director)
  • Chief Rob Thomas (Esquimalt Nation)
  • Florence Dick (Songhees Nation)
  • Councillor Susan Brice (Capital Regional District)
  • Councillor Susan Kim (City of Victoria)
  • Mayor Barb Desjardins (Township of Esquimalt)
  • Geoff Dickson (Destination Greater Victoria)
  • Ryan Burles (Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society)
  • Margaret Lucas (Independent Director)
  • Don Krusel (Independent Director)
  • Mark Collins (Independent Director)
  • Dave Cowen, Past Chair

Board of Directors biographies can be viewed online at


About the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to the stewardship and sustainable growth of Victoria’s dynamic working harbour. The organization is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors, represented by four independent community members and eight Member Agencies: Esquimalt Nation, Songhees Nation, Capital Regional District, City of Victoria, Township of Esquimalt, The Chamber, Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society and Destination Greater Victoria.

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority owns and operates several high-profile community amenities including the Ogden Point Breakwater, Inner Harbour lower causeway, Ship Point and customs dock at Raymur Point. Within its commercial and marine industrial holdings are The Breakwater District at Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf and four Inner Harbour marinas. The organization manages the Victoria Cruise Terminal at The Breakwater District, which contributes more than $143 million annually to the Greater Victoria economy and is responsible for 800 direct jobs.

For more information:
Stella F. Garcia
Manager, Communications & Engagement
250.920.9057 or