Board Members

The Transit Police Board is responsible for the governance and oversight of the Transit Police Service. The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, through Ministerial Order, appoints the board members.



Sara A. Levine, Q.C., Board Chair

Sara Levine practices law in Vancouver, advising clients in both the public and private sectors on issues of governance, risk management, health law and policy, freedom of information and privacy.  She has substantial experience in privacy compliance and ethics; developing data sharing structures and agreements; commenting and consulting on privacy and health legislation; and strategy and board governance.  Her public education work on privacy law and policy matters includes creating two public education websites about privacy rights in BC, co-authoring a leading reference work on privacy law and policy, presentations to groups and conferences, speaking in the media, and participation in consultations with, and submissions to, government.  Ms. Levine holds a B.A. from UBC and a J.D. from Queen’s University.   She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014

Murray Dinwoodie

Murray Dinwoodie retired from the position of City Manager (Chief Administrative Officer) with the City of Surrey in 2014. Prior to holding the position of City Manager, Mr. Dinwoodie held the position of General Manager of Planning and Development with the City of Surrey. During his term of service, the City of Surrey grew from a population of just over 300,000 in 1998 to a City of over a half a million people by 2014. In the position of City Manager, Mr. Dinwoodie was responsible for overseeing the delivery of municipal services to the City’s residents and businesses by over 4000 employees. Mr. Dinwoodie has served in local government for over 30 years, which included management positions with the City of Winnipeg and with the Township of Langley prior to his work in Surrey.

Mr. Dinwoodie has served as a director on the Board of the Surrey City Development Corporation, is a founding member of the Surrey Housing and Homelessness Society, and was a member of the Advisory Council of the Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre. He was also a member of the Simon Fraser University Surrey President’s Advisory Council from 2006 to 2014 and served as a member on the Provincial Development Finance Review Committee. Mr. Dinwoodie has also served as a member of the Metro Vancouver Regional Administrators Advisory Committee, which addresses pan-Regional issues and opportunities. Mr. Dinwoodie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree both from the University of Manitoba and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Carla Hotel

Carla Hotel is the Chair and faculty member for the Criminology and Legal Studies Department at Douglas College. She holds master’s degrees from UBC (Counselling Psychology) and from SFU (Criminology). Her professional experience includes extensive policy analysis and program evaluation, and research has focused in areas such as victimization, resiliency, post-traumatic stress injuries in first response professions, and access barriers for marginalized youth. She is currently a co-investigator with McGill university (IMPACTS), in an international partnership to address sexual violence and misconduct in university settings. In 2020, she was awarded the President’s Excellence Award for her work on the development and approval of the first Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology and Honours degrees at Douglas College. Her past board experience includes the New Westminster Police Board, the British Columbia Association of Police Boards, and the New Westminster Victims Assistance Unit Board.

Marnie Larson

Marnie Larson is currently the CEO of StarGarden Corporation, an international tech company based in British Columbia with a focus on integrated Human Resources software and payroll systems for local governments, healthcare and education markets. She has 25 years of operational, consulting, and sales experience in the technology industry focusing on delivering quality product and a quality customer experience. She currently serves on the Community Living BC Board and the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC Board. Previous board experience includes presiding as a Director and Treasurer of the Wired Woman Society (2005-2013) and the Simon Fraser University MBA Alumni Board (2005-2012). Her community experience includes providing mentorship at the SFU Beedie Graduate School of Business (2010-present). Ms. Larson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and an MBA from SFU.  

George Madden

George Madden is the Senior Adviser and Co-Founder of Pinton Forrest & Madden (PFM) Executive Search – executive search services to clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including BC Police Services.  Prior accomplishments include senior leadership with Canada’s The Jim Pattison Group, a VP with the 1986 World Exposition (Expo 86 Corporation), and Chief of Staff to two Mayors at the City of Vancouver.

Mr. Madden’s past board experience includes: Panorama Partners Global Search (2012-2019); Association of Executive Search Consultants (2009-2014); Jack Webster Foundation (2007-2017); EMA Partners International (2002-2009).

Adam Palmer

Adam Palmer is Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department.  Active in his community, Chief Palmer serves on the Criminology Advisory Committee at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and was on the Homelessness Solutions Committee through the Streetohome Foundation. Chief Palmer holds his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity Western University, Executive Certificates from the FBI National Executive Institute, and the FBI Leadership in Counter Terrorism, as well as having completed numerous policing courses through the Justice Institute of British Columbia.  He is the recipient of nine Vancouver Police Department commendations and is a former Police Officer of the Year. He has been invested as a Member of the Order of Merit for the Police Forces by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

Shan Parmar

Shan Parmar is the President of Fire-Pro, a leading BC-based fire protection company.  Previously, Mr. Parmar was the Head of Evo Car Share and was responsible for the design, development, launch, and operation of Evo.  Mr. Parmar holds an MBA from Yale University, an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.  Mr. Parmar resides with his wife and kids in Burnaby and can be found on the 112 to Edmonds Station.

Ali Pejman

Ali Pejman is a Managing Partner at Fort Capital Partners. In his capacity, Mr. Pejman works closely with executives of international resource companies, advising on strategies relating to mergers & acquisitions, capital structuring, and finance. For his distinguished and honorable service professionally and community, Mr. Pejman was bestowed the Fellowship designation by the Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 2013. Mr. Pejman also volunteers his time including the Sauder School of Business, Science World Board Member, UBC Alumni Association Advisory Board, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the TSX Venture Local Advisory board.

Stephen Thatcher

Stephen Thatcher is the Assistant Commissioner and Lower Mainland District Commander for the BC RCMP. A/Commr. Thatcher has developed and presented training on a variety of law enforcement and legal topics, notably the intersection of law and technology. In addition to delivering in-house training sessions for the RCMP, he has also instructed at the Pacific Region Training Centre and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has addressed audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. He is currently the Lower Mainland District Commander, one of the largest districts in Canada overseeing the public safety of approximately two million citizens, living in 28 communities, 13 detachments and five Integrated Teams with over 3,500 employees. A/Commr. Thatcher has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, a law degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. During his service, he has been awarded a Commanding Officer’s Commendation and a Commissioner’s Commendation. He is the recipient of a Meritorious Service Award from the Province of British Columbia and was recently appointed a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.