Ken Dobell

Engineer and

Former Deputy Minister to the Premier

Cabinet Secretary of Government of British Columbia


Deputy Minister to the Premier
and Cabinet Secretary
Office of the Premier
Province of British Columbia

Member, VANOC Board of Directors
Nominated by the Province of British Columbia
Ken Dobell served as deputy minister to the Premier and cabinet secretary, Office of the Premier, Government of British Columbia of British Columbia from June 2001 to June 2005. He continues to serve as a special advisor to the Premier on a consulting basis.

Ken Dobell
Dobell draws on an extensive background of municipal and provincial service. From 1999 to 2001, he was chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority. Previously, he was Vancouver’s city manager from 1990 through 1998.

He began his career as a research engineer with the City of Vancouver, holding various engineering positions until his appointments in 1978 and 1990 as deputy city manager and city manager respectively.

Dobell is currently a director of the 2010 Legacies Now Society and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. A member of the board of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation in its early years, Dobell now serves on VANOC’s Board of Directors, where he chairs its Finance Committee.

Recognized nationally for his expertise regarding municipal, transportation and government affairs, Dobell has been honoured with many awards. These include the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, the Municipal Officers of British Columbia Professional Award, and the BC Human Resources Management Association Award of Excellence.

Dobell was born and raised in Vancouver, graduating from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor of science in 1964. He studied in England for three years on an Athlone Fellowship and holds a master of science in Operations Research from the University of Birmingham.