For the record, April 25, 2017

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Eli Harris has been promoted to director of creative strategy at HCMA Architecture + Design. In her new role, Harris tracks global shifts and trends to ensure projects are relevant and responsive, both now and for future generations. Her background in fashion design and expertise in trend research position her to challenge, question, critique and inform the practice at HCMA.

Renante Solivar and Peter Odegaard have been appointed partner and senior associate, respectively, at MCM Partnership. Solivar joined MCM in 2003 and has more than 25 years of experience in commercial, residential, institutional and scientific research projects. Odegaard joined MCM in 2010 and has specialized in mixed-use residential, office and retail projects. 

Member firms of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) recently celebrated the 28th annual Awards for Engineering Excellence at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. This year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence winner was Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. for its base isolation seismic upgrade of Vancouver’s Lord Strathcona Elementary School. The Meritorious Achievement Award, presented to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to engineering, the industry and the community, was awarded to Doug Hinton of Hatch. Zahra Pirani, of CH2M Hill Canada Ltd., was awarded the Young Professional Award, and the 2017 Client of the Year Award was given to the City of Surrey, recognizing the progressive and communicative approach to its relationship with the consulting engineering community. A complete list of awards can be found at


Stefan Hartmann will be joining Tacofino as its regional executive chef in May. Prior to this appointment, Hartmann was executive chef at Bauhaus. Originally from Uelzen, Germany, Hartmann has worked in some of Europe’s top restaurants, including Michelin-starred establishments Vau in Berlin and Jacques Maximin in Vence, France, before opening his own namesake restaurant in Berlin in 2007, and was bestowed with a Michelin star of his own in 2010. He went on to open the Marriott Hotel in Berlin before joining Bauhaus in late 2015.


Eric Lung, associate, has joined the business law and securities group in Dentons’ Vancouver office. Lung’s corporate and global mining practice has primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities and corporate governance matters. He was previously with Stikeman Elliott LLP’s Toronto office.

Hardeep Gill and Matthew Larsen are now associates at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Gill is a member of the firm’s tax practice group and has experience with tax planning for domestic and international transactions, as well as offerings of securities including those involving flow-through shares. Larsen is a member of the firm’s labour, employment and human rights practice group and represents employers on a wide range of issues involving all aspects of labour, employment and human rights law.

Hats Off

Recent donations to SOS Children’s Village BC that will go toward supporting its mission to provide homes, a supportive community and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults include: Sook Ching Foundation, $10,000 grant to the Sounds of Learning music program; Richmond/South Delta/Gulf Islands area of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, $7,600; GeoComply, $1,500; Stage 1 Millwork Installations, $1,500; and Tenmore Property Services, $1,000.

Port Moody Oldtimers Hockey Association (PMOHA) donated $3,539.55 to Crossroads Hospice Society. The funds were raised through the league’s third annual hockey pool and year-end banquet, as well as donations of winnings from individual players. Since 2014, PMOHA has helped raise more than $12,000 for Crossroads.

Port Coquitlam’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 donated $1,000 to Crossroads Hospice Society. The donation is from the legion’s 2016 fundraising efforts. Since 2002, the legion has donated more than $30,000 to Crossroads.

Emmanuel Arceneaux, wide receiver, BC Lions, selected Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver as his charity of choice to receive a $15,000 donation from Shaw Communications. Arceneaux had a Big Brothers mentor when he was younger.

TB Vets Charitable Foundation donated $25,000 to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. The funds are directed towards the purchase of a non-invasive ventilator that uses a face mask instead of intubation to support patients. 

Westcoast Wills & Estates Law Corp. donates a portion of its annual revenue to charities selected by the firm’s clients. In 2016, the firm donated $2,629 to Access Pro Bono, $2,951 to the Wilderness Committee and $3,021 to Doctors Without Borders.

Discovery Parks Realty Corp. donated $1.2 million to Discovery Foundation to support the Technology Education Program (TEP), which educates B.C. innovators on how to move their ideas from conception to commercialization. TEP offers educational programs to B.C. entrepreneurs to upgrade their business skills with the goal to grow world-scale, B.C.-based technology companies.