In partnership with Council, the City of Pitt Meadows is led by CAO Mark Roberts and supported by a dedicated Corporate Leadership Team including Kate Barchard, Lisa Grant, Cheryl Harding, Samantha Maki, and Stephanie St. Jean.
Together they are committed to the delivery of services to the residents and business owners of Pitt Meadows in the most efficient manner. With a focus on clarity and responsiveness, the City of Pitt Meadows encourages open communication and dialogue. It’s our belief that by doing so, we will continue to build supportive relationships based on integrity, mutual respect, and teamwork.
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Pitt Meadows City Council delivers a vision and strategic plan for the City and it’s the responsibility of the Chief Administrative Officer to ensure City staff is aligned with the plan and moving toward this vision.
As CAO, Mark ensures council has the right information to make their decisions, and that City staff is delivering on council’s priorities and strategic planning objectives. He’s been performing the roles & responsibilities of the CAO since December of 2015.
Mark worked in the public and private sector before going to work for the City of Port Moody in 1999. He has worked for municipal governments for 16 years in a wide variety of roles including IT, purchasing, facilities, finance, and risk management. He is a member of the Certified Management Association and the Certified Payroll Association, which together adds up to nine years of training and certification.
“Local government has the biggest impact on people and my role is to deliver a strategic plan that fulfills the mandate set by council,” Mark explains. “A municipality can’t offer a good quality of life to the residents, if it’s not listening to their needs.”
In his spare time, Mark volunteers with the finance committee in his hometown of Anmore. A sports enthusiast, Mark is often found on the soccer pitch participating in his men’s league.
As Director of Finance, Cheryl is responsible for providing support for day-to-day operations of the City through the provisioning of accounting, banking and investments, budget & business planning, debt management, long-term financial planning, and tax collection services.
“One of my goals as the Director of Finance is to increase awareness and access to the City of Pitt Meadow’s financials and expenditures,” Cheryl says.
Naturally drawn to the finance field, Cheryl earned her degree as a CGA from the Certified General Accountants Association of BC in 1995. She first stepped into the private sector but made the leap to local government in 2002, working for City of Port Moody in the roles of Financial Accountant, Accounting Manager, and lastly, Manager of Revenue & Taxation.
Performance in her roles as Manager of Financial Planning & Accounting and as acting Director of Finance since December 2015, have led to the recent promotion to Director of Finance.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Cheryl moved to BC at a very young age and has called Maple Ridge home for the greater portion of her life. She is married to her husband of 33 years, has a teenage daughter, and 2 cats to round out the family.
Stephanie’s main objective is to lead and manage the City of Pitt Meadows' Human Resources, Information Technology, and Communications departments, ensuring they are all supporting the corporation's objectives as effectively as possible. She works to develop, implement, and execute objectives, policies, and procedures aligned with Council strategy for all three divisions.
Stephanie was able to apply her past education and experience in IT and Business to Administrative Operations while employed at BCIT. While working with a community of people to develop large budgets and capital plans, space management and enrolment planning, she found her love for people and focused on a career in Human Resources. Continuing her quest for knowledge, she earned her MBA in 2010.
Stephanie realized her passion to broaden her experience, yet maintain her connection to public sector service, people and community, and she joined the City of Pitt Meadows in 2016.
“I felt like local government was an ideal next step for me. Having grown up in a small town, I really appreciated the sense of community that is inherent to a smaller city," she says.
Stephanie resides in Mission with her husband and two young children. She can often be found enjoying various community events, volunteering as Board Chair for Mission Daycare Society or hiking local trails with her trusty companion Gracie, a 5 year old Labrador Retriever.
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As the Manager of Administrative Services and the Corporate Officer for the City, Kate is a member of the City’s Corporate Leadership Team and works closely with Council, other departments and the general public. Kate leads the front-line Customer Service team at City Hall and the Legislative Services team responsible for agenda production, council meeting preparations, and advisory committee support. She also provides legislative and parliamentarian guidance to Council and staff, oversees Freedom of Information requests, and is the staff liaison for legal and liability issues for the City.
"Having grown up in Pitt Meadows, I'm delighted to be back in this beautiful City to contribute to its success and well-being" she says.
Kate has been instrumental in overseeing the review and development of a new governance and committee structure to improve community engagement and transparency. She brings over 15 years of experience in systems and policy development, records management, business writing, project management, customer service, and change management. Previously, Kate served as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer.
Outside of the office, Kate finds great pleasure in traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family.