We are pleased to welcome Mr. Liam Edwards as Bowen Island Municipality's new Chief Administrative Officer. Liam began work on May 25, 2020.
Liam was formerly the Executive Director, Infrastructure and Finance, in the Local Government Division of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. He was also Deputy Inspector of Municipalities.
His experience in overseeing major capital projects around the Province will serve the Bowen Island Municipality well as there are a number of major capital projects that are ready to launch.
During the past 14 years, Liam has had extensive experience working across all levels of government and gained an in-depth understanding of the current and emerging landscape of local, provincial and federal government processes. In his role as Senior Deputy Inspector of Municipalities, Liam regularly engaged in multiple challenging issues faced by local governments. He also worked closely with multiple governing boards that support local government operations, which are made up of publicly elected officials and appointed expert members, for both public and private sector organizations. Liam has also played a lead role in negotiating the provincial position for various bilateral and tri-lateral funding agreements between provincial, federal and local governments.
In most recent role, Liam had oversight for the local government financial legislation and policy framework, as well as a statutory approval position of ensuring local governments remain fiscally robust to deliver sustainable services.
“Liam’s innovative, collaborative and integrity-based leadership style will be very helpful in finding solutions to some of the Municipality’s more challenging issues.” said Mayor Gary Ander, “We are so very pleased to welcome him to the team.”
We would like to express our most sincere thanks to Dennis Back, who served as Interim CAO for the past seven months. His leadership, support and wisdom provided for a smooth transition following the departure of the former CAO, and was integral to managing the Municipality’s response to the unprecented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will miss you, Dennis. Thank you for everything you have done for Bowen Island Municipality.