End Term: 2021
Committee: Governance Chair
Brenda Eaton is an experienced corporate director, having served for more than ten years on the Boards of a number of private, public, not-for-profit and crown corporation Boards. She currently serves on the Boards of Fortis BC (Chair, Audit Committee), Westland Insurance, BC Safety Authority (Chair, Strategic Advisory), Transelec (Chair, Regulation and Corporate Reputation) and the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board. For seven years Brenda was Chair of BC Housing, and she has also served on the Board of BC Hydro.
Prior to becoming a corporate director Brenda was a senior leader in the BC Government. From 2001-2005 Brenda was Deputy Minister to Premier Gordon Campbell. Prior to that she held executive positions in the BC Government, including Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board; Energy and Mines; and Social Services. For several years, she was CFO of a Health Authority.
Brenda has also been active in the non-profit sector. She currently serves on the Boards of the Canadian Red Cross (Governance Committee), Vancouver Foundation (Grants Committee), Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Audit and Finance Committee), Max Bell Foundation (Chair, Investment Committee) and the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. (Governance Committee). For six years, she Chaired the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. And for many years she has taught a public policy course for leaders of non-profit organizations through the United Way in Vancouver and the Public Policy Training Institute in Alberta; both of these are focused on helping leaders of non-profit organizations hone their skills to more effectively influence government policy.
Brenda is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and has received several recognition awards including 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Queen’s Jubilee Award for community contribution, and Consumer Choice’s BC Businesswoman of the Year.
Brenda has a Master’s Degree in Economics and is an avid reader and adventure traveler.