Former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister Barry Penner appointed to chair ICBC board of directors

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      After four years out of the political spotlight, a former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister has been named chair of one of the province's most important Crown corporations.

      On March 31, Barry Penner will head the board of directors of ICBC.

      "I'm honoured to have been asked to take on this challenging and important role," Penner said in a statement.

      ICBC collects more than $4 billion per year in premiums from motorists.

      He will replace the interim chair, chartered accountant Ron Olynyk.

      Penner was an MLA from 1996 to 2011. He spent more than five years as environment minister. In 2010 and 2011, he was minister of aboriginal relations and reconciliation and attorney general.

      After leaving office, he moved to Burma for a while.