Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO Ian Robertson to retire next year

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO Ian Robertson to retire next year
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO Ian Robertson will be retiring in early 2023. (Photo supplied)

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) announced Friday that its chief executive officer Ian Robertson will be retiring early next year.

Robertson has been with the organization since 2015.

“Ian has been a tremendous asset for our organization and has provided confident and meaningful leadership for his team, particularly the strength shown over the past two years,” Christine Willow, chair of the board of directors for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, said in a press release.

During his tenure, Robertson oversaw various infrastructure development and expansion projects and navigated the GVHA through the coronavirus pandemic, which saw cruise ships stop sailing to Victoria for two years because of federal regulations.

Prior to joining the harbour authority, he held senior management roles with Rocky Mountaineer and served two terms as an elected park commissioner with the City of Vancouver.

Robertson said during his decades-long career that he really enjoyed his time with the GVHA and is now looking forward to being able to spend more time with his family in retirement.

“Leading this organization has been the ultimate career highlight for me, and I am proud of the work that has been accomplished and the team that I have had the privilege to work with every day. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that I was given to join the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority as CEO. Now, it’s time for me to enjoy life and spend more time with my wife Pam, our boys, and our soon-to-arrive grandson,” he said in the press release.

The GVHA plans to hire a firm to undertake the recruiting and hiring process for a new chief executive officer.

Robertson will remain with the organization until a replacement is found, which the GVHA expects will be in early 2023.

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