Director, SeaBus

Coast Mountain Bus Company

Director, SeaBus

As the largest operating company in the integrated TransLink enterprise, Coast Mountain Bus
Company (CMBC) operates a fleet of clean-fuel conventional and community shuttle buses,
zero-emission trolley buses, and passenger ferry SeaBuses in Metro Vancouver, the largest
single transit service area in Canada.

At CMBC, one of BC’s Top Employers, we’re committed to providing an innovative, healthy, and
engaging workforce. This is reflected in our workforce of over 5,500 employees performing over
400 unique jobs, who are committed and empowered to deliver service that attracts nearly 1.1
million passengers daily and connects people, businesses, and communities in the Metro
Vancouver region.

We have the important job of helping our passengers get to work, appointments, visiting with
family and friends, and back again every day. Metro Vancouver relies on us, and we take that as
a point of pride.



Directs the maintenance, engineering and operations of SeaBus ensuring that all safety,
environmental, customer, and regulatory policies, procedures and standards are met and are in
compliance with Transport Canada and other regulatory bodies.


  • Directs short and long term strategic planning for SeaBus – maintenance/engineering and
    operations. Includes development and oversight of all related operating and capital business
    plans and budgets. Translates broad business goals into short and long term strategies and
    plans for SeaBus operations.
  • Oversees the maintenance/engineering and operations functions for SeaBus and develops comprehensive strategic plans to ensure that all safety and regulatory requirements are being
  • Takes the necessary steps to initiate, facilitate and implement changes to optimize operations and services.
  • Works in conjunction with maintenance and operations divisions within CMBC.
  • Reviews methods, policies, practices and proactively identifies risks and opportunities; initiating and recommending improvements to ensure best practices.
  • Directs on-going assessment of SeaBus to identify repairs, upgrades, replacements, rehabilitation, expansion opportunities and other infrastructure requirements, while ensuring environmental compliance. Oversees related development of recommendations, ensuring that operational needs are addressed, preventative maintenance and engineering measures are taken, emergency, safety and environmental risks are mitigated and efficiencies are optimized.
  • Ensures safe work practices, systems, practices and protocols are developed, implemented and strictly adhered to ensure compliance with Transport Canada, the Safety and Environmental Management System, Lloyd’s Register and all other regulatory bodies.
  • Ensures staff maintain competency and/or upgrade their skills to meet operational and regulatory requirements. Encourages participation in Transport Canada’s Marine Advisory Committee and the Canadian Ferry Operators Association.
  • Manages, develops and coaches staff, and oversees all people management of unionized and
    exempt SeaBus staff.


Education and Experience:

Certification as a Master Mariner including a significant range of command experience supported by the Transport Canada Certificate of Competency, plus ten (10) years marine engineering experience with a significant portion spent in an operations and regulatory environment having gained a strong appreciation and understanding of the maintenance function. Experience working in a multi-unionized environment is required. 


Senior Engineering Manager preferably with experience as a 1st class Engineer with marine experience and a comprehensive understanding of operations and the maintenance function and the marine regulatory  environment. Plus ten (10) years of experience with a significant portion spent in an operations and regulatory environment having gained a strong appreciation and understanding of the maintenance function. Experience working in a multi-unionized environment is required.

Other Requirements:

  • Expert understanding of the marine regulatory environment with solid knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices and techniques of maintenance/engineering, and operations as it pertains to a marine environment.
  • Sound knowledge of relevant standards, legislation, acts and regulatory requirements particularly of the Canada Shipping Act and a good understanding of the requirements and practices of classification societies.
  • Sound knowledge of financial forecasting, modeling, financial analysis, lifecycle costing, business case  development and all related reporting and advanced analytical skills to direct the assessment of maintenance/engineering and operations requirements, interpret results, and identify critical needs and potential exposures
  • Advanced communication and interpersonal skills to provide expert advice to senior management leaders, direct others, and resolve complex issues with key stakeholders inside and outside of the organization.
  • Sound knowledge of emergency planning & business resiliency/continuity practices. 
  • Advanced planning, organizational and time management skills to develop strategic and tactical plans, and oversee development of lifecycle schedules.
  • Advanced leadership development and team building skills to manage a staff of management, exempt and unionized staff

Other Information

Recruitment Process: An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process. A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions.

COVID-19 Safety Vaccination Policy

To support public health, and protect the health and safety of our employees, customers, and their families, Coast Mountain Bus Company employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will need to provide proof of full vaccination status in compliance with the employer’s COVID-19 Safety Vaccination Policy.

Accommodations may be applicable under the BC Human Rights Code. Should an applicant be unable to provide proof of full vaccination and should an accommodation be requested, additional information will be required to determine whether the individual is entitled to be accommodated.

Work Schedule
37.5 hours per week.

Rate of Pay
Salary starting from $137,307 per annum

The Total Compensation Package includes Extended Health, Dental, Transit Pass and enrollment in the Public Service Pension Plan. Focus on your development through tuition reimbursement, training, and mentorship programs. Enjoy a variety of health and wellness programs, including access to gym facilities. Speak to us to know more about what we offer.

How to Apply

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instructions on the process.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please save your (1) cover letter, and your (2) resume as one pdf document
prior to uploading your application on-line.

Posting Date: 4th May 2022
Closing Date: Open until filled

Please note that only those short listed will be contacted.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce that is free of all forms of discrimination. We are committed to providing reasonable  accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please reach out! We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds, skills and perspectives.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. For a confidential inquiry, simply email us at