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BC Ferries has fired CEO Mark Collins “effective immediately” and has named Jill Sharland as an interim CEO while the company searches for a replacement.

The announcement, made by the recently appointed BC Ferry Service Board chair Joy MacPhail, comes amid ongoing cancellations and delays in ferry system.

MacPhail took over as chair of the BC Ferry Services board of directors June 29th.

“We thank Mr. Collins for his hard work and dedication to BC Ferries. We wish him well in all future endeavours,” said the former NDP cabinet minister, Joy MacPhail.

“Like many organizations, BC Ferries has faced recent staffing shortages, service interruptions and COVID-related challenges,” said MacPhail.

“There are no quick fixes to these systemic challenges but as a board, we believe it is time for renewal, fresh ideas and a renewed commitment to the highest standards of customer service, safety and affordability.”

Collins joined BC Ferries in 2004 and held numerous executive-level positions before moving into the role of CEO in 2017.

Sharland, a senior finance and operations executive who is currently Chief Financial Officer for BC Ferries, will serve in both roles until a permanent CEO is found.

Collins contract termination will entitle him to severance in accordance with the terms of his contract. BC Ferries said that amount has not yet been finalized.

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