WESTAC President and CEO, Oksana Exell, retires

July 01, 2020 | Category: WESTAC Updates

July 1, 2020 – Vancouver, BC – Hon. Ric McIver, Chair, WESTAC’s Board of Directors, announced today that Oksana Exell has retired from the Council. The Board of Directors and members thank Oksana for her leadership during the past five years. We wish her a long and happy retirement after an exceptional career. She has been a fundamental part of WESTAC’s success because of her commitment to excellence and efficiency at delivering results for Western Canada. Oksana possesses a rare combination of vision, practicality and fairness that contributed greatly to her success throughout her career. Following are some highlights of her accomplishments at WESTAC:

  • Initiated the Leaders Council, which provides a space for more frank conversations to happen between industry leaders.
  • Launched WESTAC’s Compass Leaders Survey, which provides a barometer of the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the western Canadian transportation system.
  • We have heard from numerous world-class speakers at our forums through her efforts, which have provided members with great insights into topics such as geopolitics, economics, technology and international trade. 

Prior to her role at WESTAC, Oksana was the founding Executive Director at the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table.  She served six years as President & CEO of WaterTrax, a web-based water quality management technology that is used by over 1,000 water systems in North America, and another six years at B.C. Trade Development Corporation progressing through their executive ranks to President & CEO. Oksana’s balance of private and public sector experience, her experience collaborating with labour organizations and governments alike added value to the work she has accomplished at WESTAC.


The Western Transportation Advisory Council (WESTAC) is a council of organizations in the transportation sector represented by senior decision-makers. WESTAC’s members span all aspects of freight transportation in Canada. They include carriers and logistics providers, ports and terminals, shippers, labour unions, and the three levels of government. Members represent a significant share of the western Canadian economy. We focus on critical issues that affect Western Canada’s freight transportation network to ensure that it is safe, efficient, reliable and competitive.

For more information, please contact Marzia Rizvi, Manager, Program Development & Communications, at mrizvi@westac.com.