President and CEO, Greg D'Avignon to depart the organization in early 2023

  • November 04, 2022

A message from the Chair, Susannah Pierce

Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO at the Business Council of B.C. has advised the organization's Executive Committee of his decision to leave the organization in pursuit of another opportunity.

This news is bittersweet. Greg has been an extraordinary leader during his 12 years at the Council and his impact on the organization, the business community and the prosperity of the province is profound. We are very grateful for his service and we wish him much success in his new role.

To ensure an orderly transition of leadership, Greg will stay in his role into early 2023 and he will remain available as necessary to support the organization, team and his successor. In the intervening period, Cheryl Maitland Muir will be stepping in as deputy CEO to support the transition and provide continuity with the staff and executive. We know that with BCBC’s exceptional team, the strategic direction and essential work of the Business Council on behalf of our members will not lose ground.

The executive committee has struck a search committee, chaired by Lisa Sparrow, to begin the process of identifying a new CEO.

Below, please see a personal message from Greg to our members and partners. Please note that we will have an opportunity in the coming months to formally thank Greg for his contributions.

Susannah Pierce
hair, Business Council of British Columbia
President and Country Chair, Shell Canada

A message from the President and CEO, Greg D'Avignon

After 12 rewarding years, I have made the most difficult decision of my professional life to leave my role at the Business Council of British Columbia.

My tenure at BCBC has been the most exciting, fulfilling, and informative of my career. It has not simply been a job but a privilege for me to work with so many amazing leaders. Together, we have shaped B.C.’s business environment, built an organization that strengthens connections, and led great work and good policy to grow the prosperity of the province and its people.

However, it is time for a change for me personally and for the Business Council. I am pleased to share that, next year, I will be joining the Canadian Strategy Group as their new Partner in leading their business in British Columbia. This new role will allow me to continue my passion for working with great people and firms pursuing opportunities that create growth and make a difference in our province.

BCBC is an important organization that is even more critical to our future as our world changes and becomes more complex. We need BCBC to remain a unique organization that provides a holistic view of those changes and the opportunities presented. The Council is anchored by exceptional fact-based data and public policy-thought leadership that convenes enterprises, government, Indigenous and academic leaders to collaborate and seek outcomes at speed across the economy. This is crucial to our future quality of life while addressing the risks and opportunities ahead.

I have been privileged to have worked with each of you. It has made me a more informed and better leader, and I am grateful for the opportunity each of you has provided. I have been motivated to do this work, knowing that we made B.C. and our business environment better, while doing so in the best work environment imaginable, comprised of an incredibly enthusiastic, intelligent, and dedicated team and members.

I want to thank you, all our members and those connected to BCBC that were kind enough to invest their time and confidence in me these last 12 years. I also thank you for your friendship and support. I look forward to continuing our relationship and helping to pursue our opportunities together in my new endeavour.

Greg D’Avignon
President and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia

Greg D'Avignon, President and CEO, Susannah Pierce, Chair and Jeff Zweig, Immediate Past Chair of the Business Council of British Columbia at the 56th Annual General Meeting, June 2022