Jane Bird is a leader in managing large, complex infrastructure-related initiatives for government and private sector partners and stakeholders. Jane provides advice to private and public sector clients on matters related to the development and execution of infrastructure projects, having been directly involved with significant projects since 1998.
Over the last 10 years, these initiatives include
- Director with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development in London, UK, overseeing the project management and financing of the Canada House consolidation and renewal project on Trafalgar Square;
- Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Power Corporation, including development and construction of the Waneta 335 MW hydro-electric generating station in SE British Columbia: project finance; construction management; relations with the Provincial government, other project owners and key stakeholders; as well as the ongoing operation of the company's existing generating facilities; and
- Chief Executive Officer of Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc., responsible for the development and construction of Canada Line, a $2-billion, 19-km rapid transit line connecting downtown Vancouver with Richmond and Vancouver International Airport – the first public private partnership in transit in North America.
Jane is one of 10 leaders appointed to the inaugural Board of Directors of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. She is also a director of Global Container Terminals Inc., a director of Western Forest Products Inc., where she chairs the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee, a director of BC Ferry Services Inc., where she chairs the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee and a director of IBI Group Inc. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
As a result of her leadership, she was awarded the Vancouver Board of Trade Spirit of Vancouver Outstanding Leadership Award (2009), named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women (2009) and awarded the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Appreciation Award (2011).
After earning her law degree, Jane practised corporate and commercial real estate law for more than a decade.