VANCOUVER, BC

Generate 2019:
Electrification Right Here, Right Now

November 6th-8th
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Plenary 3

Kevin Desmond


Kevin is an experienced executive with a career built in the public transportation industry. As Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority that provides 1.4 million trips every day, he oversees planning, financing, and management of a region-wide multimodal transit network that includes bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, HandyDART and West Coast Express, with nearly 7,800 employees.

Kevin has pioneered an array of operational, fleet, technology and market development initiatives over the years and has a long-standing commitment to progressive environmental policies and investments.

These initiatives were recognized this year when TransLink was awarded the American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) Transit System of the Year Award for its 2016 to 2018 systemwide achievements.

Prior to joining TransLink, Kevin was General Manager of King County Metro Transit serving the Seattle metropolitan region. Prior to Metro Transit, Kevin was Vice-President of Operations and Development at Pierce Transit in Tacoma, Washington. Before relocating to the West Coast, Kevin acted as Chief of Operations Planning for New York City Transit.

Kevin has a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University. He is an executive committee member for the Canadian Urban Transit Association and board director for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.


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