Public Guardian and Trustee

Public Guardian and Trustee

Ministry of Attorney General

Vancouver, BC


The Public Guardian and Trustee (“PGT”) of British Columbia is a corporation sole, created under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act. It operates independently under provincial legislation to protect the legal and financial interests of children under the age of 19 years; protect the legal, financial, and in some cases personal and health care interests of adults who require assistance in decision making; and administer the estates of deceased and missing persons. As a result of obligations created by statute, the PGT exercises quasi-judicial authority in specified situations. In addition, the PGT is called upon to provide independent comments to the Court when the legal or financial interests of minors, adults under mental disability or estates are at risk. The PGT is independent of government in its case-related decision-making responsibilities.

The statutory powers, legal authorities, duties and accountabilities of the PGT include powers of executor, administrator, trustee, attorney or investigation and audit, along with roles as litigation representative, director of companies, property guardianship, and investment management. The PGT also performs quasi-judicial functions pursuant to legislation. The position oversees six operational and corporate program areas supported by approximately 300 staff and contractors in four locations across B.C. The PGT directs the development of the corporate vision, short and long term strategic and operational plans, the Service Delivery Plan, Annual Report, policies and procedures, makes recommendations to the Ministry regarding legislative amendments, and maintains a productive and healthy work environment.

As Chief Executive, the incumbent is a seasoned senior leader with outstanding skills in influence and persuasion, strategic thinking, and ability to build strong partnership with a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Success in this role involves the ability to understand complex issues and to devise strategies that meet the client’s interests. In addition to the experience required, the ideal candidate will have a post-secondary degree in in law, health, social work, business, public administration, or a related field. Preference may be given to candidates with a master’s degree or lawyers of 10 years call to a Canadian bar.

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To express your interest in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume to by March 5, 2021.  Thank you to all who express interest.