Bob Wilds, Managing Director, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council

Bob Wilds, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council | BCBusiness

From the 2013 Influencer Index: The managing director of the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council is helping secure Vancouver’s Asia-Pacific portal status 

In his role with the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council (GVGC), Bob Wilds is shaping the course of Vancouver’s future as a major Asia Pacific gateway. Tasked with managing the disparate needs of local transit operators—from shipping and trucking companies to airports and seaports—the GVGC acts as liaison between public and private sector transportation companies, as well as the provincial and federal governments. Each year, millions of dollars pour into B.C. through the Lower Mainland’s ports and borders and the GVGC is the mechanism that allows this process to chug along with minimal interruption.

From securing government investment for improved roadways to monitoring the effects of increased shipping traffic to B.C.’s economy, Wilds’s GVGC has “really been able to direct where major infrastructure has been built. Their priorities are shaping the region in a way that’s not being fully discussed, or even being realized,” says Gordon Price, director of the City Program at SFU.

Wilds’s fellow GVGC council member David Gillen says Wilds plays a key role in making the organization as powerful as it is.

In addition to his work on the GVGC, Wilds has acted as the vice-chair of the board of Port Metro Vancouver and is past chair of the B.C. Institute of Technology and the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.