Our management team

Douglas M. Hyndman – Chair and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hyndman was appointed Chair and CEO of the Transition Office in July 2009. Prior to that, he had been Chair of the British Columbia Securities Commission since 1987.  He was also Chair of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council from 2005 to 2010.

From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Hyndman was Chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and from 2005 to 2009, he chaired the CSA’s Passport Steering Committee.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, he joined the B.C. Ministry of Finance in 1975, serving in various positions within the Treasury Board staff division.  Between 1984 and 1987, he was Assistant Deputy Minister with responsibility for advising the government on economic, fiscal, budgetary and tax policy.

Peter Grant – Chief, Operations and Systemic Risk

Mr. Grant manages the CSTO’s Toronto office and leads the CSTO’s team that is preparing for the successful administration of the national information collection and systemic risk related provisions of the proposed federal Capital Markets Stability Act.

Prior to joining the Transition Office in 2009, Mr. Grant worked for the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) for nine years. As Director of the Information Management division and Chief Information Officer at the BCSC, he was responsible for information technology, records management, knowledge management, project delivery, privacy and freedom of information, and business continuity planning. He previously worked for the Vancouver Stock Exchange and the Canadian Venture Exchange for six years and the TRIUMF subatomic nuclear particle physics research facility for over ten years.

Mr. Grant has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia and is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology.

Leigh-Anne Mercier – Chief Legal Officer

Ms. Mercier leads the CSTO’s legal team that is preparing for the successful administration of the proposed Capital Markets Stability Act, supporting the development of the Cooperative System legislation and regulations, and providing advice to the federal government. 

Prior to joining the Transition Office in 2009, Ms. Mercier worked for the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) for 11 and a half years and held various legal positions of increasing responsibility. In her last position as the Special Advisor to the Chair, she led the work for the BCSC on the passport initiative, provided legal and policy advice to the Chair including on requests for information and assisted the BC government with securities legislative amendments. Early in her career, she worked for the Manitoba Securities Commission and the law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman.

She received her Bachelor of Arts and LL.B degrees from the University of Manitoba.

Jay Whitwham –Chief, Finance and Administration

Mr. Whitwham was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Transition Office in March 2010.

Prior to joining the Transition Office as Chief Financial Officer in 2010, Mr. Whitwham was a professional advisor providing corporate finance services to small and medium-sized enterprises requiring expertise in the areas of strategy, financing, M&A and restructuring. He previously held CFO and senior financial roles in manufacturing and technology businesses, including a TSX-listed pulp and paper company. Mr. Whitwham is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.