Commissionaires nationally is a private, Canadian, not-for-profit company with 15 independent divisions encompassing 50+ offices and more than 20,000 employees. The British Columbia division was established in 1927 with the original mandate of creating meaningful employment for former military and RCMP members. Today, we have broadened that mandate to “give back to all those who serve and have served our community and country.” Commissionaires BC is comprised of a well-trained, diverse team over 1,150 strong servicing 110 communities across mainland BC. We provide the best solutions and highest quality of service in the industry.


Commissionaires was built with the core methodology to serve the Federal Government of Canada while mandated to provide meaningful employment to veterans. Throughout our history, we have safeguarded Federal infrastructures and provided customer service as Ambassadors to all those who utilize these facilities. Our marketplace and client portfolio over the past 88 years has changed tremendously. Our clients demand, now more than ever, flexibility, implementation of technology, customer service, and cutting edge training programs. Resulting from our organic growth with commercial contracts, our portfolio has shifted from 100% Federal contracts to 38% Federal and 62% Commercial. This expansion has provided Commissionaires the opportunity to change and adapt our service offerings to better serve our clients and deliver a relevance in the marketplace that is second to none.


Chris Mitchell - 1.12Chris Mitchell, MHS - Chief Executive Officer

Chris Mitchell spent his formative years growing up in West Africa, returning to Canada in 1998. From there, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces, Infantry Corps, and enrolled in the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), where he first completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business Administration. He later went on to receive a certificate in Health Services Management, a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, and finally his Masters in Health Studies – Leadership. In 2010, Chris was awarded the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation by the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL).

Chris’s strong leadership foundation was established throughout his infantry experience. He later transitioned into military healthcare administration where he lead non-clinical operations and emergency support for the military’s busiest medical clinic. In 2010, Chris transferred out of the military to a new role with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, where he lead a team that developed, administered, and evaluated chronic disease programming. In 2012, Chris moved to Revera Inc. as the Executive Director for the Capilano Care Centre, where he was responsible for leading a blended clinical and administrative management team in delivering exceptional care to residents. He later transitioned to the Provincial Director and was accountable for the strategic direction, performance and welfare of eight Revera long-term care homes in BC.

Chris recently served as a board member of the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA), and had the pleasure of working with a team that developed strategies aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of provincial health systems.

His diverse experience spreads over multiple provinces with government, non-profit, and private healthcare organizations, and has established him as an expert in people-leadership and Canadian business.


Col C.A.R. (Chris) Lythgo, CD, MBA, P. Eng., CPM
Chairman of the Board

Chris Lythgo has been a member of the Board since November, 2014.

Chris brings to the board extensive leadership and management experience spanning over 45 years in the military, a BC provincial crown corporation, and the private sector. He enrolled in the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers, serving in field, base and headquarters units across Canada and in Germany and Belgium. Highlights of his military career included Commanding Officer 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, Special Service Force, Command of the Base Technical Services Branch at CFB Chilliwack, and Chief Engineer of the Canadian Army. He has also commanded multi-national operational military units and served on several operational tours overseas with NATO in Europe and the United Nations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Leaving the military and returning to BC in 1995 he joined BC Transit as Vice-President, Technical Services. In 2003 he established and currently serves as President of Seajay Consulting, a management consulting firm serving the public and private sectors.

Chris is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia and is a Certified Project Management Professional. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (B.Eng.), Queen’s University (MBA), the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, England, the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, and the Land Forces Command and Staff College. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada and is a past president of the National Executive of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada (Alumni Association). Chris currently serves on the Boards of British Columbia Rapid Transit Company and West Coast Express as well as the Advisory Board for TOK Transit, Vaughan, Ontario.

Oksana Exell, MPA
Vice Chair

Oksana Exell was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Transportation Advisory Council (WESTAC) in October of 2014, assuming responsibility for advancing WESTAC’s role as the premier forum for transportation industry leaders in Western Canada concerned with the competitiveness of the western transportation system.

With a background in both private and public sectors, she served most recently as founding principal and Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, a joint initiative between the Government of Canada and stakeholders in western transportation. During her five years at the Skills Table she created a regional partnership among business, labour and training institutions, focusing on labour market enhancement and innovation in transportation and community engagement, with the goal of facilitating the development of the Gateway and Corridor infrastructure.

Oksana received her BA from McGill University and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. Early in her career she served in a policy role with the Government of British Columbia. Subsequently she acted as an advocate for small business in Western Canada as regional Executive Director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

As her career progressed she was made vice-president, then president, of the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation, a Crown corporation. She also served as a commissioner in the Royal Commission inquiring into workers’ compensation in British Columbia, and as vice-president of Catamaran Ferries international, a subsidiary of B.C. Ferries.

While in the private sector she fulfilled the roles of CEO of the Vancouver-based corporation, Watertrax, an applications service provider, and COO of the geoscience corporation Terraprobe, Vancouver.

In addition to her role as President and CEO of WESTAC she is a member of the boards of the Technology, Education and Careers Council of B.C. (TECC), and the British Columbia Corps of Commissionaires.

She speaks English, French and Ukrainian.

Gary Bass, O.O.M, M.A. (Crim.)

Gary Bass spent over 39 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at a variety of locations across Canada. He retired in May 2011 as the Deputy Commissioner for Canada West, which included the three northern territories, the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia. Prior to that, he was the Commanding Officer for “E” Division RCMP (BC) and Deputy Commissioner for Pacific Region, BC and the Yukon.

Before moving to senior management positions in the RCMP, Mr. Bass spent most of his career involved in major crimes, terrorism and organized crime investigations. Since retiring from the RCMP, he has been working at the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies at Simon Fraser University as a Senior Research Fellow with interests in policing and related criminal justice issues.

Mr. Bass is a member of the Board for the Canadian Centre on substance Abuse, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vision Quest Recovery Society. He recently served on the Premier of British Columbia’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Crime Reduction, which recently made recommendations to the Premier next year on changes to the criminal justice system in British Columbia.

Mr. Bass has been a member of the Board of Governors for the Commissionaires since 2013.

Gigi Chen-Kuo, LL.B.

Gigi Chen-Kuo became a member of the Board in 2017.

Gigi Chen-Kuo currently serves as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s public transportation authority. She is responsible for the organization’s Legal Services, Insurance, Claims, Privacy, Access to Information, and Records Management functions. As Corporate Secretary, she also provides governance support to TransLink’s Board of Directors, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, and an independent Screening Panel mandated by legislation. She is Chair of the Board of TransLink Security Management, the TransLink subsidiary that employs Transit Police personnel.

Prior to joining TransLink in 1999, Gigi served as in-house legal counsel at BC Transit, a provincial Crown Corporation. She also worked in private practice in the areas of corporate/commercial and real estate law.

Gigi is a director of the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC, and chairs its Nominating and Governance Committee. She has participated in various conferences and courses as a speaker.

Lt(N) Stuart Evans, MBA, CD, AScT, CMC

Stuart Evans became a member of the Board in 2012 and in June 2014 was elected as Chair of the Board of Governors.

Stuart’s high-tech career began in the mid-80s in the electronic security field, initially in retail as Technical Services Manager with a Vancouver alarm company and later as Regional Sales Manager with a national alarm equipment distributor. During the 1990s, he worked in manufacturing, service management and business management, predominantly in BC’s high-tech industry. In 1998, Stuart concentrated his focus on the power electronics industry, primarily working in sales and business development. Stuart has held positions ranging from Account Manager to Director in various businesses ranging from start-ups to global corporations. He is currently a business management consultant, specializing in sales & marketing strategy for the high tech industry. Stuart’s volunteer work includes serving on the board for the BC Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and as a file reviewer for the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC.

Stuart joined Canada’s Naval Reserve as a Boatswain in 1991. In 1994 he joined the officer corps as a Naval Control of Shipping Officer and in 2005 he converted to Intelligence Officer. He’s served with Canada’s contingent in international exercises in Canada, as well as the USA, Chile and South Africa. His current appointment is Deck Officer in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Discovery.

Stuart received his MBA from Royal Roads University and he has a Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. He received a Diploma in Engineering Technology from the BC Institute of Technology and holds the designations Applied Science Technologist (AScT) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

Ana Lopez, B.A (Hons), LL.B., CPHR

In her current role as Vice-President, Human Resources & People Development at BCIT, Ana provides leadership and strategic vision to a broad HR portfolio which includes recruitment, total rewards, learning and professional development, change leadership, labour relations, employment advisory services, organizational wellness, human resources information systems, privacy and safety, security and emergency management. She is focused on leading the team to provide outstanding client-focused services, innovative people development initiatives and transformational practices while building collaborative partnerships with all stakeholders.

Prior to her role at BCIT, Ana was the Vice-President, Human Resources at TransLink, responsible for developing, leading and implementing HR strategy for the TransLink group of companies. Ana also held other progressively senior positions at TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company in the areas of labour relations and human resources.

Prior to these roles, Ana practiced labour and employment law, having represented clients before the courts as well as arbitration boards and administrative tribunals including the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, and WorkSafeBC.

Ana holds a B.A Honours from Carlton University and an LL.B. cum laude from the University of Ottawa. She is an alumna of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and Chair of the Education & Human Resources Development Council of the Transportation Association of Canada. Ana previously served as a Board member for BCCC Enterprises Inc.

Bill McKinnon

Bill joined the RCMP in 1975 and after completion of training, was posted to the “F” Division (Sask.) where he served for 26 years. Bill served in many communities during his time in Saskatchewan, at northern posts as well as a number of small farming communities and First Nation Reserves. His duties included traffic control, GIS, NCIS and Drug Units.

Bill moved into administrative positions serving in the Staffing & Personnel Section and then moved into Internal Investigations serving as the NCO I/C of the unit for the Division.

He was commissioned to the rank of Inspector in 2001 and became the Operations Officer at Kelowna Detachment in charge of all support sections. He was then promoted to Superintendent in May 2004 and became the Officer in Charge of Kelowna Detachment, the 3rd largest RCMP Detachment in BC. He remained in this position until his retirement in July 2013.

After retirement from the RCMP, Bill took a position as a Security Manager at the Kearl Oil site in northern Alberta where he worked for 18 months.

In addition to his normal duties he also served as President of BC Chiefs of Police, President of Cops for Kids, Board member of provincial CFSEU and speaker at the RCMP Jr. Officer course on Performance.

Bill is the recipient of a number of Awards:RCMP Long Service Medal (Gold Clasp), RCMP Commissioner Commendation Outstanding Service British Columbia Meritorious Service Award, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

Konrad Mech, CD, P.Eng., PMP, BEng, BA, MBA

Konrad Mech is a Registered Professional Engineer in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia and a Project Management Professional certified by the Project Management Institute. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and attained the rank of Major in the Royal Canadian Artillery active Reserves. He also holds a BA with a major in Commerce from University of Toronto and Masters of Business Administration with Distinction from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

He currently serves as Director of Sales and Marketing with Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd., a world leader in sonar technology for underwater intervention, marine engineering and site inspection, and shallow water hydrography. He is fluent in French and speaks functional business Spanish. He has travelled extensively around the world on business, including a visit to Antarctica for a project with the Brazilian Navy. He has worked with BC Provincial Emergency Preparedness on large scale disaster response while in uniform and holds a Black Belt in Taekwan Do. He is a Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance Level II Ski Instructor and teaches part time at Grouse Mountain Resorts. His secret vice is riding his motorcycle ‘quickly.’

Col L.T.B. (Larry) Mintz, OMM, CD

Larry served 34 years in the Canadian Forces during which he progressed through artillery command appointments culminating in the command of 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Germany. He next held various senior operational and administrative staff appointments. These included Senior Staff Officer Operations of 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Germany, Commander Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Director of Land Requirements (the Army equipment program) and Policy Planner in the Policy and Communications Group responsible for the review and development of Army defence policy issues, including peacekeeping. He concluded his military service in 1995 as the Military Advisor and Counsellor Arms Control, Disarmament at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

He attended the British Army Staff College as an exchange student, and is a graduate of the National Defence College. He was appointed to the Order of Military Merit in 1994.

Following retirement from the Forces, as a consultant, he assisted in the training and development of army units and formations for a wide variety of operations conducted in recent years. Concurrently he was active in local community organizations and governance initiatives in West Kelowna.

Commander King Wan, CD

King joined the Naval Reserve while attending UBC. Upon graduation from the Reserve Officers University Training Plan he continued with his naval service. As a MARS (seagoing) officer, he participated in many naval training and operational cruises. He served two separate tours as Executive Officer of HMCS DISCOVERY then as Commanding Officer from 2001-2005. He was then appointed to the VDS office as the Canadian Forces Liaison Council BC Regional Liaison Officer for the Pacific and the North regions.

Commander Wan served on the Executive Committee of the Naval Officers’ Association and was the president from 2010-2011. He was also active with the BC and Yukon St. John Ambulance Brigade; served as Deputy and then appointed as the Provincial Commissioner (2008-2011). He also served 4 years on the Board of Governors for the Pacific Marine Training Institute (PMTI – later BCIT Marine campus) eventually as the Board Vice-chair. King is a member of the Vancouver cadre of Honorary Aides-de-Camp to the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia and president of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum in Vancouver. He also sits on the Board of the Vancouver Canadian Club as a special advisor.

Commander Wan graduated in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia, is a member of the Certified Professional Accountants (CMA) of BC and a member of the Institute of Certified Internal Auditors (CIA). He also earned an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School.