Meet Penticton's new CAO

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.

Penticton’s new CAO is in it for the long haul.

Donny Van Dyk, the recently announced successor to city manager Peter Weeber, worked for years on the Northern Gateway pipeline, but is bringing a breadth of public service experience with him as well working as CAO and CFO for the District of New Hazelton.

“The Northern Gateway (pipeline) was something I worked on for some years, but the opportunity here in Penticton is really about service to the community, mayor and council, the staff,” Van Dyk said.  “I spoke with the mayor this morning and I think it’s safe to say they didn’t hire me for my knowledge of pipelines.”

Not yet on the city payroll, Van Dyk was out and about with Weeber Monday meeting with media and people in the community.

Picked out of over 90 resumes, Van Dyk said he was “incredibly proud,” to take on the position.

“In these positions it’s about the fit with mayor and council and I think mayor and council really struck me as a solutions-orientated council and I think that’s something I hope to bring, a level of dynamic solutions-orientated approaches,” Van Dyk said.

After five and a half years with Enbridge, Van Dyk is moving back to public sector, a passion of his.

“The opportunity was to take on a new challenge for me, as well as I’m at the stage of my life where I've got a beautiful fiance and we wanted something that would allow us to spend some years and really get to enjoy this part of our life as well as undertake a pretty important challenge,” Van Dyk said.

Already getting his feet on the ground, Van Dyk has been working to get a full understanding of the city and has been doing a “ton” of homework beforehand.

“With Enbridge it has been project to project, I loved every minute of it, I have nothing but great things to say about my time and experience there,” he said. “They have been nothing but good for me, but this is an opportunity to go somewhere beautiful, undertake a challenge we are really excited about.”

Coming in as the third city manager in four years, Van Dyk is looking to lay down roots.

“This is not a short-term vision with me. I’d like to be here for the long term and do a successful job. I really want to make sure I know the issues before acting on them,” Van Dyk said.

“I really see myself here to serve the community and to do so through mayor and council. I want to focus on really implementing their priorities and also having an open-door policy to community concerns.”

ORIGINAL: 8:42 a.m. 

The City of Penticton has announced Donny Van Dyk, a former Enbridge employee, will be replacing outgoing Chief Administrative Officer Peter Weeber. 

Van Dyk previously worked in Community and Indigenous Relations, Government Affairs and Finance. Prior to that, he worked as CAO and CFO for the District of New Hazelton, B.C. 

Originally from Terrace, B.C. he holds a masters degree in public administration from the University of Victoria, a bachelors degree in commerce from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a business administration diploma from Coast Mountain College. 

"Council is very much looking forward to working with Mr. van Dyk over the course of our term," said Penticton mayor John Vassilaki. 

Van Dyk was chosen out of 91 resumes received for the position, with 21 potential candidates identified and a shortlist of six. 

He replaces Weeber, who announced in January he would be moving to the private sector. He will be working with van Dyk during the course of the transition. The city is now finalizing a start date for van Dyk. 

Castanet will be speaking with van Dyk later this morning. More to come. 

– with files from Chelsea Powrie

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