Colin Hansen is the President and CEO of AdvantageBC, a private-sector organization dedicated to promoting British Columbia as a centre for international business. (see – http://www.advantagebc.ca)
He was elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance from June, 2008 to March, 2011. He also served for almost four years as Minister of Health and three years as Minister of Economic Development which included responsibility for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia Pacific Initiative.
He serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations: The Jack Austin School of Asia Pacific Business, Canada Japan Society, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, and the Fraser Basin Council. He also chairs the Advisory Board for Retirement Concepts and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Investment Corporation which is a provincial crown corporation.
Before politics, he was President and Founding Partner of Image Group, which his wife, Laura, has subsequently built into BC’s largest promotional products company. Prior to that, he was the Vice-President, Finance and Administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.