Meet the Commissioner

The commissioner and up to two deputy commissioners are appointed by the BC Provincial Government by Order-In-Council.

The commissioners are independent and do not answer to the Provincial Government nor to BC Ferries. Their decisions or orders cannot be appealed, except on a question of law. The Coastal Ferry Act of 2003 contains provisions to ensure their independence.

The commissioners may be terminated only for:

  • mental infirmity;
  • conviction for an indictable offence under Canada’s criminal code; or
  • a judicial finding of conflict of interest or material breach of duties or obligations.

The Act prohibits the commissioners from having a beneficial interest in a financial security of a ferry operator, or in its construction contracts. They cannot have a significant beneficial interest in competitors to BC Ferries or in equipment or processes that ferry operators use.

British Columbia Ferries Commissioner


The British Columbia Ferries Commissioner is Sheldon T. Stoilen, BSc, CA.  He was appointed March 1, 2018 for a six year term ending March 1, 2024.

Mr. Stoilen lives and works on Bowen Island, British Columbia and can be reached at He is also available at his business number at (250) 952-0112.

Mr. Stoilen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Mathematics) from the University of British Columbia and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant in British Columbia. He is a member of the Canadian and BC Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.

He has operated his own management consulting practice since 2000 specializing in organizational development, marketing planning and brand management. Prior to his consulting career he held several senior executive positions in the forest products and aviation industries with Canfor Corporation and Canadian Airlines International respectively.