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As a modern, effective, and efficient regulator, BCFSA is committed to protecting consumers through fair and efficient regulation of the financial services sector.
We’re proactive and forward looking. We take a risk-based approach to financial services supervision fitted to the dynamic nature of the sectors we oversee.
Regulatory and operational activities of BCFSA are administered by the CEO and approximately 300 team members with diverse expertise in policy, law, investigations, accounting, education, technology and other areas essential to the successful regulation of the financial services sector.
BCFSA’s focus is on the financial services sector as a whole. We are organized on a functional basis with departments that oversee the entire sector including Supervision, Legal, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Compliance and Market Conduct, and Regulatory Services. A Corporate Services and Transformation department provides support to all the core business areas.
Our leadership team members are leading experts in their fields.
Blair Morrison is the Chief Executive Officer of BC Financial Services Authority (“BCFSA”). He also serves as B.C.’s Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Superintendent of Pensions, Superintendent of Real Estate and the Registrar of Mortgage Brokers as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation (“CUDIC”).
Blair is leading BCFSA on its journey to become a modern, effective, and efficient regulator for B.C.’s financial services sector. He has been instrumental in driving BCFSA’s strategy to safeguard the integrity of the sector and boost public protection.
A multifaceted executive, Blair brings more than 25 years of extensive regulatory, legal, compliance, and risk management experience.
Prior to joining BCFSA, Blair held progressively senior roles with some of Canada’s major institutions. He most recently spent over 11 years with the Bank of Montreal (“BMO”) in senior roles in Legal, Compliance, and Procurement. Prior to joining BMO, he served in senior legal roles with TMX Group and Nortel Networks Corporation.
Blair holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Western Ontario.
Chris Elgar serves as Senior Vice President of Supervision with BC Financial Services Authority (“BCFSA”). With an impressive track record spanning 40 years in the finance industry, Chris has extensive experience in governance, risk management, and treasury. He leads a dynamic team of more than 60 professionals responsible for conducting risk assessments of BCFSA’s provincially regulated financial institutions (“PRFIs”).
Chris plays an instrumental role in advancing BCFSA’s goal to become a modern, effective, and efficient financial services regulator. He has helped modernize and enhance the organization’s supervisory capacity and approach. An influential and engaging leader, Chris is committed to strengthening consumer protection and fostering increased public confidence in B.C.’s financial services sector.
Before joining BCFSA and its predecessor the Financial Institutions Commission, Chris held executive and senior management roles with some of Canada’s leading financial institutions including one of the big-five banks. His background includes 17 years’ experience in capital markets trading in Singapore, Tokyo, and London, where he ran trading operations for Europe and Asia.
Chris spent more than eight years with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (“OSFI”), where he worked as Relationship Manager for two major banks. He also headed OSFI’s capital markets risk assessment group during the 2008/2009 global financial crisis. He later served as Chief Risk Officer with Manulife Bank, where he established its enterprise risk management framework.
Chris earned an MA in Economics and an MBA in Finance from the University of Windsor. Dedicated to giving where he lives, Chris serves on several non-profit associations including Habitat for Humanity and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
David Weiss draws on more than 25 years of leadership experience in setting strategy, driving business growth, building teams, and leading transformational change. He is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and Transformation with BC Financial Services Authority (“BCFSA”). Recognized for his ability to lead with integrity, David oversees a wide range of responsibilities including business planning, finance, human resources, information management and technology as well as business transformation.
David brings with him a proven track record of strategic planning and change management accomplishments. Through innovative thinking and creative problem solving, David has seized opportunities that align with our mission to boost public protection and drive efficiencies. He has played an integral role in BCFSA’s efforts to become a modern, effective, and efficient financial services regulator in British Columbia.
His ability to build strategic partnerships has allowed him to collaborate and solidify ties with Government organizations, regulators, and industry experts. He spearheads a team of highly trained and experienced professionals, who focus on driving results and organizational change as well as positioning BCFSA for the future.
Before joining BCFSA, David spent more than 20 years with TELUS, where he held progressively senior management roles. During that time, he helped transform TELUS from a monopoly provider to a leader in Canada’s highly competitive technology sector. This included driving transformative change in a variety of business areas and helping build an industry-leading corporate culture.
David holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. He completed several executive training programs from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Rotman School of Management, and INSEAD. David is also an Adjunct Professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, where he teaches strategic management.
As Senior Vice President of Education, Licensing and CUDIC Operations, Pamela Skinner oversees BC Financial Services Authority’s (“BCFSA”) licensing, registration, and education. She is responsible for planning and implementing regulatory and business solutions strategies. She also oversees the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation (“CUDIC”).
With over 30 years’ experience in banking and regulatory services, Pam has deep expertise in licensing, education, and professional advisory services. Her regulatory experience includes serving as Vice President of Education and Licensing with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (“RECBC”).
Pam is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (“FCGA”, “FCPA”). She was previously Vice President of Public Practice Regulation at the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (“CPABC”). Pam was active in pursuing the unification of the three professional accounting designations in B.C. and played a significant role in creating CPABC’s regulatory structure by serving on several committees at both the provincial and national levels.
Prior to joining the professional accounting regulator, Pam held senior and executive roles with several financial institutions including one of the big-five Canadian banks. She was Vice President of Trust for HSBC Bank (Canada), CEO of HSBC Trust Company (Canada), and Director of Trust Services with Bank of Montreal (“BMO”) Harris Private Banking.
Pam has volunteered in various capacities with the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver, including a term as President. She has also served as Director of Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, Member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee, and Chair of the Planned Giving Committee.
Jon Vandall serves as Vice President of Compliance and Enforcement with BC Financial Services Authority (“BCFSA”). He brings more than 15 years of extensive experience in regulation and policy. Along with other members of the Senior Executive Team, he is a leading force behind BCFSA’s work to protect British Columbian’s during some of their lives most important financial decisions.
Over the course of his career, Jon has spearheaded policy reform and rule-making initiatives related to real estate regulation in B.C. His proven ability to translate strategic direction into operational objectives allows him to develop policy that strengthens the practice of B.C.’s real estate licensees. A strategic communicator who can find clarity out of complexity, Jon has built strong relationships with government officials, industry stakeholders, and other regulators.
Jon has forged a reputation as a team builder who puts people first. He is passionate about fostering a culture that drives remarkable outcomes for both his team and the public. Prior to joining BCFSA, Jon held progressively senior roles with B.C.’s Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (“OSRE”) including Deputy Superintendent of Real Estate. In this capacity, he was responsible for directing policy development and legal strategy for oversight, investigation, and regulatory enforcement actions.
Prior to that, Jon worked as Senior Policy Analyst with B.C.’s Ministry of Finance, where he provided the Minister of Finance and senior officials with strategic counsel on real estate policy as well as legislative and regulatory amendments. He also worked on developing key amendments to overhaul the Real Estate Services Act (“RESA”).
Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Regina and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
Saskia Tolsma is Vice President, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement with BCFSA. She is responsible for developing policies and best practices and operationalizing an engagement strategy for BCFSA as a modern, effective and efficient regulator. She leverages over 15 years of experience in policy and regulatory development, including extensive work with a variety of government partners, regulators, and external stakeholders in order to provide strategic advice on how BCFSA meets its commitments for meaningful engagement and transparency.
Before joining BCFSA, Saskia held progressively senior roles at the Department of Finance Canada. This experience included roles to support the Minister of Finance in developing the federal budget, developing the mandate for the Canada Infrastructure Bank and roles in financial sector policy related to financial services innovation and consumer protection. Most recently this entailed responsibility for the federal government’s review into open banking and supporting the Minister of Finance’s Advisory Committee on open banking. Prior to joining Finance Canada, Saskia also worked at the Senate of Canada in a policy capacity, particularly on environment and natural resource files. These roles have supported Saskia in developing a strong sense of how to advance priority public policy initiatives and how to manage challenging issues in the public environment.
Saskia holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University, and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Ottawa.
David Avren serves as Vice President, Legal with BC Financial Services Authority (“BCFSA”). An experienced and award-winning legal expert, David oversees BCFSA’s corporate legal affairs, policies, and board governance. He possesses more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in regulatory affairs, governance matters, and legal strategy.
Known for always putting integrity first, David has a deep background as an executive advisor, working with boards to harness their strategic potential. He leads a team of legal experts, who strive for conducting effective hearings and ensuring fair decisions are made on behalf of BCFSA. He regularly engages with stakeholders on matters relating to policy and compliance, consistently delivering first-class, timely legal support.
Prior to joining BCFSA, David was Vice President of Legal and Compliance with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (“RECBC”), where he pursued efforts to reform and modernize internal processes, systems, and policies. Previously, he was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Coast Capital Savings, one of Canada’s largest credit unions by membership. Before that, he built one of British Columbia’s largest corporate legal groups at BC Hydro where he served as Director of Legal Services. During that time, he received the organization’s Employee Engagement Award in 2015, and his team was nominated for best in-house group in Canada in 2017.
David earned a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) as well as a Master of Laws from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He served on many non-profit boards and is currently a Member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.
Christine Smiley supports the CEO and senior executives to deliver on BCFSA’s mandate through strategic and digital communications, CEO operations, and corporate governance. The Office of the CEO also supports organization-wide initiatives that foster corporate values such as diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Christine played an integral role as Project Director for the creation of BCFSA as a Crown agency and the subsequent integration of real estate regulation into BCFSA. She has extensive leadership experience in business transformation, corporate planning, project management, strategic human resources, and communications.
Prior to joining BCFSA, Christine spent about 16 years in the B.C. Public Service, largely at the Ministry of Finance. Most recently, she was the Executive Director, Corporate Planning & Strategic Initiatives with the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness during its transition to a new ministry including leading the development of its inaugural business plan and service plan.
Christine holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Victoria and continuous education in leadership and organization development from Queens University, UBC Sauder School of Business, and Psychometrics Canada.
Derrick Lau is BCFSA’s Vice President of Supervision. He previously served as Director of Credit Unions and was a key leader in developing and executing a strategy that modernized BCFSA’s regulatory framework to respond more effectively to the dynamic changes occurring in the macroeconomic environment.
Derrick is an entrepreneurial leader with over 20 years’ experience executing strategic initiatives, establishing strong partnerships, and strengthening organizational culture. He brings a strong background in risk management and finance to the role and will continue to advance BCFSA’s risk-based supervisory practices to better integrate safety and soundness with market conduct imperatives.
Prior to his regulatory roles, Derrick held senior management roles with multinational firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. His areas of focus were to provide executive and board advisory services for merger and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and risk planning purposes. He most recently served as director of finance for a national organization where he led a team responsible for treasury management, debt raising, and financial reporting.
Derrick earned a bachelor of commerce from the University of British Columbia. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Chartered Business Valuator.
Joy Tcheng plays a pivotal role in modernizing and strengthening supervisory capabilities and methods and driving best practices to promote sector stability and maintain public confidence in B.C.’s financial services sector. She leads a team of professionals responsible for overseeing the supervision of financial institutions and pension plans, conducting real estate audits, enhancing risk surveillance and analytics capabilities, and developing and implementing effective supervisory practices, reporting and standards.
Over the last 15 years, Joy has held diverse leadership roles in audit, risk management and financial services supervision. Most recently, she was the Director of Insurance and Trust at BCFSA where she made significant contributions to enhancing risk assessment practices, implementing robust data analytics and reporting capabilities, and fostering a strong risk culture in the supervision of Insurance and Trust companies.
Joy holds a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Anita Handregan is responsible for building an education strategy for BCFSA that focuses on elevating standards of practice across the financial services sector while enhancing education on consumer protection.
Anita is skilled at building high-performing teams and strategic partnerships to drive business growth. She has a tremendous track record as a strategic leader in the education field for over 20 years, driving business results through client-focused strategies for some of Canada’s top educational institutions.
Prior to joining BCFSA, she held executive and senior leadership roles in both the public and private sector. Most recently, she was responsible for the program standards and assessments portfolios with SkilledTradesBC, the crown agency that leads and manages the trades training and apprenticeship system in B.C.
Anita holds a bachelor of arts from UBC as well as a Masters in Adult Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.
David joined BCFSA in 2019 as the Chief Financial Officer and was instrumental to BCFSA’s transition to a Crown agency.
David has developed the financial operating model and strategy for BCFSA and is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting and operations. He also leads the enterprise risk, facilities and procurement teams which provide key services and support to operational and administrative teams across the business.
A strategic and fiscally responsible leader, David is known for his calm and steady approach, negotiation skills, and ability to solve complex business problems. Prior to joining BCFSA, David held senior roles in the B.C. government and at DXC Advanced Solutions. His background also includes leading business and technology teams at other crown agencies and within the financial services sector.
David holds a bachelor of science in mathematics and computer science from the University of Manchester, England and he is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
She leads the establishment and execution of BCFSA’s Information Management and Technology strategy. She supports the Senior Vice President, Corporate Services and Transformation and other senior executives to ensure IM&T is aligned with BCFSA’s overall strategy. She also oversees the delivery of capabilities to enable BCFSA to deliver on its mandate. She was instrumental in building the Solution Design and Delivery team within the IM&T team, establishing BCFSA’s project management office and playing a vital role in the crown transition and CRS projects.
Archana has over 17 years experience in leading complex projects and technology operations in financial services organizations. She is a collaborative leader with strong interpersonal, negotiation and stakeholder management skills. Archana has championed operational excellence, having supported business transformations through people, processes, and technology for multiple organizations. She is passionate about adopting an agile approach to provide client-focused scalable solutions
Prior to joining BCFSA, Archana spent over 20 years in a combination of global, private, and public sector leading project/program governance, project management, business intelligence, business analysis and creating new capabilities such as the project management office and process optimization units within various organizations.
Archana holds a bachelor of arts in psychology and English literature from the University of Allahabad, India and an MBA in finance from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, India. Archana is a member of the Project Management Institute and the CIO Association of Canada.
Kevin joined BCFSA in 2021. He is responsible for oversight of BCFSA’s human resources programs which fosters positive employee engagement in line with the organization’s core values and to deliver on its public protection mandate.
Kevin is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of experience in the human resources field gained from diverse sectors, including the broader public sector, non-profits, and private sector organizations. He has a strong background encompassing employee relations, collective bargaining, compensation and benefits, organizational development, talent management, and enterprise technologies.
His strategic mindset and deep understanding of human resources best practices enables him to drive impactful initiatives and foster high-performance cultures among BCFSA’s over 350 employees. Additionally, he has expertise in talent acquisition, development, and retention.
Kevin holds a bachelor of arts in economics from UBC, a diploma of technology in human resources from BCIT, and has earned the prestigious Certified Professional in Human Resources designation. He has also served on the boards of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of B.C., and the International Association for Human Resources Information Management.