Office of the Chief Administrative Officer

City of Burnaby Welcomes Leon Gous as New Chief Administrative Officer

Mayor and Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Leon Gous, PEng, MBA to the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), effective September 7, 2021.

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Chief Administrative Officer's role

City Council appoints the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to direct and manage the City's daily operations. The CAO provides advice to council on a broad range of policy and administrative issues.

The CAO's duties and responsibilities include:

  • implementing the City's policies, plans, programs and bylaws
  • setting the overall strategic direction
  • working with the deputy manager and other departments to deliver City services efficiently and effectively
  • providing annual and special reports detailing financial, administrative and operational activities of the City's departments, divisions, boards, etc.

Management Committee

The CAO leads the City's Management Committee. The committee meets weekly and is made up of the following staff:

  • Vacant - Chief Superintendent and Officer in Charge, RCMP Burnaby Detachment
  • Dave Critchley - Director, Public Safety and Community Services
  • Dipak Dattani - Director, Corporate Services
  • Beth Davies - Chief Librarian
  • Dave Ellenwood - Director, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
  • James Lota - Director, Engineering
  • Noreen Kassam - Director, Finance
  • Ed Kozak - Director, Planning and Building
  • Chris Bowcock - Fire Chief
  • Vacant - Director, Human Resources
  • Bachar Khawajah - Chief Information Officer

Message from the CAO

Welcome to

Whether you work, live or play in Burnaby, this website will serve as an excellent resource to explore everything our City has to offer. is your portal to engage with City Hall, find information on recreation programs, keep up to date with the latest City projects, pay your bills and more.

We live busy lives. That's why our staff are always looking for ways to make it easier to find the information you're looking for on our website.


Leon Gous
Chief Administrative Officer

Have questions? Contact us:

Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Phone: 604-294-7101
Address: 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby

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