For the record, June 7, 2016

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People on the Move


Maggie Chan, Gurprit Mann, Chris Mould, Jyothi Rao, Kelly Taylor and Dennis Werkman have been appointed to the MNP partnership.

Chan is a business adviser in MNP’s taxation group in Vancouver and has more than 11 years of experience advising both public and private companies in a domestic or foreign-owned context.

Mann has more than 17 years of experience delivering tax and assurance services to public and private companies; he is based out of Richmond.

Mould has more than 12 years of experience as a business adviser in MNP’s private enterprise service group in Surrey.

Rao is with MNP’s international tax services group in the Surrey office and has more than 17 years of experience working with high-net-worth individuals and their complex cross-border tax compliance and estate planning needs.

Taylor, based out of the Surrey office, has more than 15 years of experience and offers audit, accounting, taxation and business advisory services, with a focus on mid- to large-sized real estate construction companies.

Werkman has more than 12 years of experience assisting businesses to expand and invest into the U.S. He works with the international taxation services group in Vancouver.


Ned Bell has been appointed Ocean Wise executive chef at Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre starting on July 4. The aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainable seafood conservation program stretches across restaurants, markets, retailers and suppliers and works with chefs, restaurateurs and business partners across myriad sectors to raise awareness about the need to protect the last 10% of fish left in our waters. Most recently, Bell was executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Yew seafood + bar. Bell’s diverse background includes seven seasons on Food Network Canada’s Cook Like a Chef, and he has been recognized as Canada’s chef of the year at Foodservice and Hospitality magazine’s 2014 Pinnacle Awards.


Jackson Doyle, Dionne Liu and Kelsey Rose have joined Harper Grey LLP as associates. Each associate completed his or her articles with the firm and was recently called to the B.C. bar. Doyle has joined the firm’s commercial litigation, construction and engineering and health law groups; Liu has joined the health and insurance law groups; and Rose has joined the commercial litigation, health and insurance law groups.


The Better Business Bureau serving mainland B.C. recently held its 76th annual general meeting and welcomed new directors to its board. New board members include Ozzie Kipnes, Hotwax Mobile Music; Vern Milani, Milani Plumbing; and Andrew Seaton, Re/Max Commercial Realty. Continuing board members are Ray Salama, Atticus Financial Group; Christy Risler, Momentous Impressions; Elaine Hay, Campbell, Edgar Inc.; Todd Coupal, Pop A Lock Mobile Locksmiths; Ray Vesely, Apex Western Homes; and Dwayne Allen, Park‘N Fly. Board advisers are Doug Hopkins, Boughton Law Corp., and Duane Van Beek of the Vancouver Police Department’s financial crime unit.


Michael Mayes has been appointed Indochino’s first creative director. Mayes spent his early career at Toronto agencies DDB, MacLaren McCann and Taxi, where he created campaigns for Mini Cooper, WestJet, Williams-Sonoma, Nike and other international brands. In 2007, Mayes became creative director of the newly established Taxi Vancouver office.

Companies on the move

New in town

Howe&Wye Inc. has expanded its public relations and public affairs services to the western Canadian market. Cailey Murphy will lead the firm’s presence and growth in Vancouver and Calgary. Murphy has more than 10 years of experience in strategic communications and public affairs, having worked in industry advocacy with the Mining Association of British Columbia, the BC Hotel Association and in various communications and stakeholder outreach capacities within government. For contact information, go to

Hats Off

Business in Vancouver welcomes submissions from local small businesses and large corporations alike that demonstrate examples of corporate philanthropy and community involvement in the Vancouver area. High-resolution images are also welcome.

The Alzheimer Society of BC’s largest annual research fundraiser, the Forget Me Not Golf Tournament, was recently held at Surrey’s Northview Golf & Country Club and raised $650,000 for the organization. This year’s presenting sponsor was Canaccord Genuity. Proceeds from the tournament are divided equally between funding research for a cure and supporting families in B.C. who are living with the disease.

RBC Foundation donated $5,000 to AnxietyBC in support of its Chilliwack alternate school project.

Scotiabank donated $25,000 to YWCA Metro Vancouver. The funds will support Cause We Care House, the YWCA’s new housing project for low-income single mothers and their children, expected to open in October 2016. The house will provide 21 units of safe, affordable housing and support services for vulnerable women and children in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona neighbourhoods.

The City of Vancouver donated $40,287 to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, in support of helping to provide local children with mentors.

Employees of the Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group and its associated affiliates donated $24,452 to the Canadian Red Cross, in support of the relief effort in the Fort McMurray area. The Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation matched the employee donations for a total of $48,904 altogether.

Attendees of the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s 20th annual Big Sisters Spring Lunch, presented by Scotiabank at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, donated $60,000. The luncheon celebration of mentoring raises funds to support Big Sisters’ three mentoring programs, helping more than 800 Lower Mainland girls each year. Big Sisters’ Big Heart Awards were given to Morna Creedon Sileika for outstanding contribution by a volunteer and the United Way of the Lower Mainland for outstanding contribution by a business or foundation.

The Ames Family Foundation donated $20,000 to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) for the production of a series of videos to support speech and language for children with Down syndrome. The series will build on DSRF’s successful reading video series, which have had over 50,000 views to date and have helped families and practitioners around the world develop the reading skills of children with Down syndrome. •