Bill Riggs has joined the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue headquarters team as Chief Executive Officer following a broad nation-wide search.

“Bill brings a proven and impressive track record to the position,” said Chris Gouglas, Chairman of the RCMSAR Board of Governors. “Along with being a professional mariner, he is noted for being a seasoned, innovative and strategic leader.”

Bill Riggs, CEO

Bill Riggs, CEO

Bill is a retired Canadian Naval Officer with close to 30 years of significant leadership and operational experience along the Pacific Coast, within the Maritime Forces Pacific Command, and abroad, including a posting as the Commanding Officer HMCS Vancouver.

In his role prior to joining RCMSAR, he led and managed a workforce of over 800 security professionals located at more than 200 sites with Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon and directly oversaw four of CVIY’s largest, most high-profile clients.

“I am extremely pleased to have been provided the opportunity to lead such an amazing group of dedicated volunteers,” said Riggs.

“The role RCMSAR plays in protecting others is so critical in a province with such a long and complex coastline,” said Riggs. “I look forward to meeting as many volunteers and stakeholders as possible and working together as we develop the way ahead for the organization.”

Riggs’ appointment was unanimously approved at a recent meeting of the RCMSAR Board of Governors.