Shawn Thomas is an action and outcomes oriented executive with over 30 years of leading teams and driving results in the areas of public and government affairs, renewable energy development, telecommunications, Indigenous engagement and business development and commercial construction.
After five years as Director and Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs with the BC Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Employment and Investment, including responsibility for all communications of three provincial budgets, Shawn was recruited to take over all communications, marketing and public affairs functions at BC Hydro as Vice President and subsequently Senior Vice President. During this time Shawn rebranded BC Hydro’s public image and drove a 30 point increase in the company’s positive public reputation.
In 2003, Shawn took over similar functions for TELUS Communications including leading the national TELUS team through the 2005 labour dispute and a number of public mergers and acquisitions.
Subsequently, Shawn spent a number of years undertaking engagement and economic development initiatives for a number of BC First Nations, including leading negotiations relating to a number of impact benefit agreements. During this time, Shawn served on the Board of Directors of the Haida Nation Development Corporation and the Splatsin Development Corporation.
For the last three years, Shawn has focussed his time in support of a number of real estate activities on behalf of TELUS, including working through a number of financial, legal and technical challenges and opportunities with the award winning TELUS Garden Office and TELUS Garden Residences development projects, TELUS Sky in Calgary, and TELUS developments in Nanaimo and other communities around BC.
Shawn graduated from Queen’s University with a BA (Honours) in Political Studies and with a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. He currently resides in West Kelowna with his wife and crazy terrier. A father of one adult daughter, Shawn enjoys all that the outdoors of the Okanagan has to offer.