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Be inspired by some of the women who help keep Metro Vancouver moving

Be inspired by some of the women who help keep Metro Vancouver moving

We’re fortunate to have many remarkable women at TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC), and Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

Take a moment to read or listen to their inspiring stories.

Suzanne Muir

Chief Officer, Metro Vancouver Transit Police

A former soccer player and a Canada Soccer Hall of Famer, Chief Muir notices a lot of parallels with soccer and policing, particularly, teamwork. It’s that essence that drew her into a career in law enforcement, as well as the dynamic nature of the industry.

“It’s an ever-changing career where you’re continually learning,” she says.

Listen to our episode of What’s the T: the TransLink Podcast with Chief Muir.

Mila Gonzalez

SeaBus Officer, CMBC

“It’s not common to see women in the marine industry,” Mila reflects. Despite this, she believed that one day she’d fulfill her childhood dream of having a nautical career. That she did because she’s now a SeaBus Officer. But her voyage wasn’t smooth sailing.

Before even entering the marine industry, she owned a bakery and worked in the deli. Still yearning to fulfill her childhood dream, she studied marine courses, which eventually got her a job driving small vessels for the False Creek Ferries.

She thought, “I could do this with SeaBus too.” So, she applied to be a SeaBus Attendant and eventually worked her way up to become a SeaBus Officer. Read her story!

Tasia Balding

Director of Capital and Major Business Projects, BCRTC

Tasia plays a crucial role in strategizing and planning for SkyTrain’s largest expansions. Growing up, she was inspired by her uncle who was a judge, which instilled the ethics of fairness in her. As a leader, Tasia’s management approach is to ensure people learn from each other, and surrounding herself with people who make the team work better together. Read her story!

Rachel Woods

Mechanic, CMBC

From an early age, Rachel knew she wanted to be a mechanic. Joining the trades in her teens, she’s worked several roles in a diverse sector of industries prior to coming to Coast Mountain Bus Company.

Rachel is the first transgender woman to work as a mechanic at Vancouver Transit Centre. She credits open communication and a general culture of acceptance as being paramount to her feeling valued and supported in her career. International Women’s Day is a day that Rachel is fiercely passionate about. Watch her video!

Shezana Hassko

Acting Vice President, Engineering, TransLink

Shezana started her journey with the TransLink enterprise in 2015 as a Transit Engineer with Coast Mountain Bus Company. Through the years she’s worked her way up and through the various operating companies, including as Director, Infrastructure Program Management with TransLink. She’s currently acting vice president of engineering at TransLink.

The constant throughout her career with the company has been fulfillment. She takes immense pride in knowing she’s making an impact and helping to shape the region. Watch her video!

Feeling inspired? See if there’s a career in the TransLink enterprise that piques your interest! Visit to learn more and apply.


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