Biographies of Senior Leadership

Linda Glenday web2Linda Glenday, Chief Administrative Officer

Linda has been a member of the senior leadership team at the District of Squamish since 2007, and has managed a variety of municipal portfolios including Human Resources, Development Services, Public Works, Recreation, Real Estate and the District’s protective services branch - Fire Rescue, Emergency Management and the RCMP. Over eight years, Linda has gained valuable insight into all corners of the organization and has been part of large-scale negotiations and policy developments. Linda’s leadership style, experience in both the public and private sectors, and her keen ability to seek out creative solutions in pursuit of innovation, efficiency and excellence led to her successful appointment as CAO in November 2015.

Prior to joining the District of Squamish, Linda gained invaluable leadership experience in the private sector in roles such as Corporate Trainer for Whistler Blackcomb (Intrawest) and Regional Director of Human Resources for ResortQuest. Linda holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Royal Roads University. When not working, Linda can be found pursuing her other passions; skiing and mountain biking with her husband. 

robin arthurs webRobin Arthurs, General Manager of Corporate Services, Recreation and Culture

Robin has an extensive career in local government spanning nearly 30 years, working with Surrey and Langley before coming to Squamish in 1999.  During her time at the District, Robin has held various leadership roles in the legislative area including Confidential Secretary, Deputy Clerk, and Director of Administrative Services. In 2010 she was promoted to General Manager of Corporate Services where she has led a comprehensive portfolio: Legislative Services, Real Estate Services, Information Technology, Communications, Bylaw & Animal Control, Squamish Fire Rescue and the Squamish Emergency Program.

In addition to her incredible local government legislation knowledge, Robin brings strategic thinking and a view to continual improvement to the organization. She is an invaluable leader in our organization dedicated to the success of the District, and is excited to take on a new portfolio as we move forward.  Robin has achieved her CMC (Certified Municipal Clerk) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Local Government Management certification, holds an Associate in Criminology, and completed an HR Management certificate program at BCIT. When not at work, Robin can be found with her family and hiking and walking her beloved dogs around Squamish.

gary buxton webGary Buxton, General Manager of Community Planning and Infrastructure

Gary has been at the District since January 2015, having spent the previous 21 years working for a variety of regional and municipal organizations in Alberta, most recently in the Rocky Mountains in Canmore. Gary’s principal background is in the area of planning, before moving into senior management at the Town of Canmore in late 2011 where he was responsible for a large portfolio of departments: Planning, Engineering, Facilities, Economic Development and Public Works.

Gary’s educational background started at the University of London, with a B.A. in Geography, followed by a year at the University of Saskatchewan in the Urban and Regional Planning Program, before completing a Masters in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He also obtained a Certificate in Local Government Management while in Canmore.

Gary brings extensive experience balancing prudent long-term community planning with growth and development in an area with geographical and hazard constraints. In his time at the District his leadership has contributed to the organization through his solution focus, relationship building with community stakeholders, and building teams in a time of growth and constant challenge. Gary is looking forward to his updated portfolio, and ensuring that we continue to build relationships between departments, improve service to the community and to excel wherever possible. Outside of work, you’re most likely to see Gary on his bike on the trails in Squamish or travelling with his wife to compete in 24-hour solo mountain bike races.

Christine Mathews, Chief Financial Officer

Christine joined the District team in December 2012 and was recently appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in spring 2016. Christine is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA),  Certified General Accountant (CGA) with over 20 years of public sector experience and four years in public practice. Christine began her local government career with Metro Vancouver (Regional District), moving up through roles as Financial Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, and finally to the role of Manager of Finance for Housing. The CFO title is not new to Christine. From Metro she moved to the positions of CFO and Corporate Officer for the Village of Cumberland and then CFO for Campbell River. Christine’s extensive municipal finance experience coupled with her eye to streamline processes, improve support to District departments and dedication to building the District team, make her a valuable part of the leadership team. Christine is surrounded by an amazing Finance team at the District and, with the help of the Technology Transformation Project, they are looking ahead to building a Financial Services Department that can keep pace with the rapidly growing and always dynamic Community.  

In her personal time, Christine loves to curl, hike and mountain bike with her husband.

Jeff Sim, Sr. Director of Human Resources and Public Safety

Jeff came to the District as Human Resources Manager in September 2015 after a full and comprehensive career with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).  As a Superintendent at the VPD, Jeff held a range of key leadership assignments including overseeing Personnel Services (Human Resources, Training, and Recruiting), and leading approximately half of all uniformed front-line operational police officers. During his policing career, Jeff continued his education and obtained a BA in Adult Education, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, and is a Certified Human Resource Professional.  He was invested into the Order of Merit of Police Forces (Member) by Governor General David Johnston in September 2014. 

In his first year with the District, Jeff has continually demonstrated his ability to lead and build teams, improve processes, take on more challenge and contribute to the greater team at the District.  Jeff regularly comments about what great energy District of Squamish employees demonstrate and is very excited to lead the new Division of Human Resources & Public Safety. In his personal time, Jeff and his family are out in the outdoors, hiking, biking, and cross country skiing.