The WPC Team
Michael Bailey has had a prominent career as a senior executive in both the public and private sectors. In the private sector, Mr. Bailey was President of Loewen Management Corporation where he was responsible for the operations of Loewen Management and its subsidiaries in the merchant banking and jet charter businesses. Mr. Bailey also served as Vice President of the Thomas Group, responsible for managing five companies operating in merchant banking, automotive retailing, aircraft charter and entertainment management. Mr. Bailey served as Director of Marketing and Business Development for Belkin Inc. – at the time the largest manufacturer of recycled paperboard in Canada – where he focused on strategic planning, government relations, resolution of environmental issues, and major project development. In the public sector, Mr. Bailey served for five years as Executive Director, Office of the Premier, under Premier Bill Bennett and was later selected by the Premier to serve as Director of the British Columbia Business Partners Program, where he had responsibility for fostering international investment in the province and secured a number of high profile projects. Mr. Bailey subsequently was a founding partner of Phillips, Bailey & Associates, Inc., a government relations and international trade consulting firm which became the largest of its kind in Western Canada. Mr. Bailey currently serves on the Advisory Board for the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
Karin MacMillan has extensive management experience at the senior level in both the public and private sectors. Ms. MacMillan has served in general management and as a Senior Strategic Communications and Issue Management specialist.
In the private sector, Ms. MacMillan has worked extensively for Fortune 500-listed companies and other Canadian and international corporations. She has provided communications counsel to Motorola Corp., Hewlett-Packard, Bombardier and others.
Ms. MacMillan has held several senior management positions for both the federal and provincial governments.
Karin served the Federal Government of Canada as the Public Affairs Manager for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. She was engaged to co-ordinate a comprehensive communications program to launch the Commission’s Long Distance Telephone Competition Decision – a landmark decision that has effectively changed the structure of telephony in Canada.
As the Senior Marketing Officer for the Health Promotion Division of the Department of National Health and Welfare, Ms. MacMillan managed the National Program Against Substance Abuse. The campaign attracted the sponsorship of major private sector organizations, including Abitibi-Price, Safeway Canada and MuchMusic and won two, consecutive Public Service Awards.
Ms. MacMillan served the province of British Columbia in a number of portfolios, including Director of Corporate Communications, BC Transit where she developed and implemented a comprehensive Strategic Communications Plan for the building of Phase III of Vancouver’s SkyTrain system. Ms. MacMillan served as Director, Special Projects, Ministry of Employment and Investment, and also advised the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training and Forest Renewal BC on the development and implementation of issues management programs. She advised the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture on the development of an efficient, effective Communications Branch.
Ms. MacMillan holds an Honours Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economic History from the University of Calgary. In addition, she completed the Program for Negotiation, Harvard School of Law.
Carolyn Bailey joined WPC Inc. as Executive Director in 2009. Carolyn brings a wealth of experience in communications, event planning and business hosting. Fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese, she was asked by Canadian Heritage to work as translator and business host at the Canada Pavilion in the 2010 Shanghai Expo, to support Canadian businesses with opportunities to network and develop working relationships with Chinese businesses.
In addition, Carolyn was chosen to serve as business event hostess representing BC’s Ministry of Finance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and worked to support BC companies from a variety of industry sectors in making business connections through the BC Canada Pavilion. Aside from interacting with politicians, dignitaries, international visitors and the media in Chinese, she was also responsible for organizing and emceeing business events hosted by Premier Gordon Campbell and former Deputy Minister to the Premier, Jessica McDonald.
Carolyn majored in the Political Science Undergraduate Program at UBC and subsequently the Marketing Communications program at BC Institute of Technology. Carolyn has received professional media and Chinese cultural training from both the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.
On a personal note, Carolyn is an award winning singer, having won numerous prestigious music awards both here in British Columbia and in China. She also had the honour of performing our National Anthem on Canada Day to former Governor General Michaëlle Jean at Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Patrick Hrushowy is a senior and respected advisor, offering strategic advice to clients wishing to position themselves and their interests to their best possible advantage with the provincial and local governments. Mr. Hrushowy has worked extensively in the fields of energy, forest products, environmental services and land development.
Mr. Hrushowy has worked in both the public and private sectors in senior management positions and has devoted the majority of his career to offering services to interests facing particular challenges or objectives with governments. His experience allows him to work deep into the system, if that is required, to guide clients toward achievement of their objectives; whether that be the issuance of a permit or approvals, or the development of a policy framework that would support a client’s objectives.
Mr. Hrushowy worked to smooth the introduction of natural gas to consumers on Vancouver Island and worked extensively with private sector proponents during the privatizing of BC Hydro’s natural gas distribution assets. He also worked closely with companies that pioneered deeper extraction of petrochemical feedstock from the province’s natural gas production stream.
Prior to entering consulting service, Mr Hrushowy was Director of Public Affairs for the Council of Forest Industries where he played a major role in lobbying the provincial government and represented the industry during a period of rapid development of environmental regulations.
More recently Mr. Hrushowy worked closely with local governments around the province developing and implementing communications strategies in support of local government spending referenda and alternative spending approval processes.
This familiarity with local government has positioned Mr. Hrushowy well to provide clients leadership advice that lead to achieving approvals for major land development proposals for clients on Vancouver Island. Mr. Hrushowy’s involvement with political life in BC has seen him successfully manage a number of election campaigns in both local and provincial elections.
Lorne Sivertson has broad national and international experience in the energy and mining sectors gained from his work in industry, banking, government service and consulting.
He established Columbia Power Corporation in 1994 and was its CEO until he retired from that position in 2006 to form his consulting firm. At Columbia Power Lorne Sivertson was responsible for the permitting, financing, development, power sales negotiations and operations of a combined total of 800 megawatts of run-of-river hydroelectric power projects. One of these projects won the International Hydropower Association’s Blue Planet Prize at the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Montreal in 2005.
Mr. Sivertson is a member of and was formerly Vice Chair of the Canadian Hydropower Association.
As a consultant in British Columbia, Lorne Sivertson has negotiated long-term power sales agreements, helped firms find project financing, assisted on regulatory and policy matters, advised on project procurement arrangements and on public private partnerships (P3s). His clients include major engineering and construction firms, IPPs, a world class electromechanical equipment supplier, an industry association, a BC Crown Corporation and government agencies.
In 2010 Mr. Sivertson delivered papers on hydropower procurement issues at the HydroVision Conference in Charlotte, NC and the Renewable Energy World Asia 2010 Conference in Singapore.
Lorne Sivertson holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics.