For the record, July 12, 2016

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People on the Move 


Richard A. Gale, vice-president academic and provost, has assumed the role of acting president of Capilano University until October 1, 2016. This timeline provides leadership continuity for the university during the interim period between president Kris Bulcroft’s retirement and Paul Dangerfield’s first day in office. Gale has been at the university for the past three years, and previously served as founding director of Mount Royal University’s Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and as a senior scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Human Resources

The Human Resources Management Association recently appointed its new board of directors: Laura A. Thurnheer, chair, Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College; Rita Ferrara, executive director, human resources, BC Liquor Distribution Branch; Marni Johnson, senior vice-president, human resources and communications, BlueShore Financial; Cheryl Pelletier, director of human resources, Nisga’a Lisims Government; and Kevin Howlett, senior vice-president, regional markets and government relations, Air Canada.


Elina Hartshorne, associate, has joined the real estate group in Dentons Canada LLP’s Vancouver office. Hartshorne was previously with Clark Wilson.

After nearly five years in Stikeman Elliott’s Sydney office, partner Quentin Markin has returned to Canada. Markin, co-head of the firm’s global mining group, has joined the firm’s Vancouver corporate group to continue his global mining practice. Markin’s focus will remain on securities and M&A work in the resources sector, servicing mining companies in Canada, Australia and elsewhere, as well as underwriters and other financial services providers.


Trevor Loke has been appointed CEO at Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation. Prior to this appointment, Loke was senior development officer at the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Loke previously co-founded the tech startup Weeve and served as its COO, and also served as commissioner, Vancouver Park Board, from 2011 to 2014.


The United Way of the Lower Mainland recently welcomed the following new directors to its board: Robin Dhir, president, Twin Brooks Developments Ltd.; Jeannie Kilby, president, CUPE 402; Sue Paish, president and CEO, Lifelabs Medical Laboratory Services; Sheryl Rivers, sole proprietor, Rivers Consulting Solutions; and Kathryn Young, partner, Boyden Global Executive Search.


Margaret Reynolds, executive director of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC), the longest-serving director of a book publishers’ association in Canada, has announced her retirement. Reynolds will step down on October 7 after 28 years with the association. Heidi Waechtler, currently managing editor at Coach House Books in Toronto, has been appointed ABPBC’s new executive director, starting on September 6. Before joining Coach House Books, Waechtler had stints at McClelland & Stewart and the Magazine Association of BC.

Hats Off

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Charles Chang, founder of plant-based nutrition company Vega and alumnus of Simon Fraser University, has donated $10 million to the university to establish a new entrepreneurship institute at the Beedie School of Business. The donation will be used to create the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship, which is intended to inspire innovation and accelerate entrepreneurship at SFU.

Burnaby-based Julian Tile donated $36,173 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s BC/Yukon chapter. Funds were raised through the company’s annual golf tournament and will go to support patient services and research.

CIBC donated $31,500 to Junior Achievement of British Columbia. The funds will be split into two parts: $20,000 for the Company Program, giving secondary school students the knowledge needed to organize and operate a business enterprise, and $11,500 for the Celebrate JA! Awards and Recognition Event. 

Montreal businessman and philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky and his wife Gail, through the Jarislowsky Foundation, have established a $2 million endowment to support the chief curator position at Whistler’s Audain Art Museum.

Mardon Insurance and Gore Mutual Insurance Foundation donated $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, to Cassie and Friends Society, the organization dedicated to supporting children and families in B.C. affected by Juvenile Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. The donations will help fund research, educational events and parent support programs offered in partnership with BC Children’s Hospital.

Wells Fargo donated $10,000 to the Greater Vancouver YMCA. The funds will be directed to the First Tee, a program that enables vulnerable kids and youth to learn golf skills and gain confidence. This donation represents the local portion of a $1 million donation to 175 First Tee chapters across North America. This grant will help the First Tee expand its reach within Surrey and the Fraser Valley.