For the record, May 30, 2017

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Updated June 1, 2017 to reflect previously reported new hires at MNP LLP have in fact made partners at the firm.


Brian McCauley has been appointed president and CEO of Concert Real Estate Corp., effective June 2. Joining Concert in 1994, McCauley was named president in 2009 and COO in 2012, playing a key role in the development of some of the firm’s largest mixed-use projects. McCauley presently serves on the board of the Urban Development Institute Pacific Region as vice-chair, is a director on the board of Junior Achievement BC and is a past director of the Building Industry and Land Development Association of Toronto.


Ron Burnett will be stepping down as president and vice-chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECU) at the end of his term on July 31, 2018. Burnett has held the position since 1996. He will lead ECU through the upcoming 2017-18 school year, the university’s first at its new Great Northern Way campus.


MNP LLP has appointed the following to the MNP partnership effective June 1.

Chris Schaufele is a business adviser for the firm’s assurance and accounting group in Surrey. He specializes in the automotive industry and has more than 11 years of industry experience.

Dan Lock is a business adviser for MNP’s private enterprise team in Port Moody. Lock has more than 13 years of experience working with small to mid-sized owner-managed businesses, mainly in the auto dealership sector.

Dean Russell is regional assurance leader for the Lower Mainland, based out of MNP’s Surrey office. With more than 14 years of public practice experience, Russell is responsible for quality and risk management for the region’s assurance practice and for providing technical resources for the region.

Elizabeth Vannan is in the firm’s Victoria office as B.C. leader for IT consulting services. She helps clients create actionable IT strategic plans with the clear performance metrics that leverage technology, increase organizational efficiency and enhance stakeholder engagement.

Linda Paul is a licensed insolvency trustee based out of MNP’s Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Maple Ridge offices. As part of the Surrey consumer insolvency practice, Paul has been providing permanent debt solutions to individuals and small businesses for more than 17 years.

Maura Cosgrave is a business adviser in the firm’s private enterprise services group in Vancouver. Cosgrave specializes in assisting owner-managed businesses minimize tax exposure, increase profits and improve operations.


John Espley has joined BCHAZMAT Management Ltd. as director of marketing and communications. Up until February 2017, Espley worked for Accent Inns/Hotel Zed for 29 years. Espley is a past chairman of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and past president of Sales and Marketing Executives of Victoria.

Harendra Parekh has been appointed chief research officer of PreveCeutical Medical Inc.,a health and wellness company focused on utilizing nature and science for the benefit of health-conscious consumers. Parekh is based at the University of Queensland’s Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence(PACE-UQ) and heads the drug/gene delivery group at PACE-UQ, with his team developing innovative and translational medicine delivery systems in conjunction with physicians whose expertise span cancer, obesity and diabetes, macular disease, infectious disease and traditional Chinese medicine.

Greg D’Avignon has joined the board of directors of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN). D’Avignon is currently president and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia. The BC AHSN board provides governance and oversight to the BC SUPPORT Unit. With the appointment of D’Avignon, the BC AHSN has established its first permanent board.


Tim Thiessen has been appointed CFO of Group Ten Metals Inc.Brian Cloney and Douglas Warkentin have joined its newly formed advisory board. Thiessen is a chartered accountant with 20 years of international accounting and finance experience, the last 13 of which have been spent in the mining industry. Cloney is a CPA with over 35 years of public accounting experience and is currently the principal of BMC Institutional Supplies & Services Inc., a private Ontario corporation, providing management, compliance and financial consulting services in the Greater Toronto Area. Warkentin is a metallurgical and process development consultant with over 30 years of experience in the mining and mineral processing industries.

Hats Off

The Business Association of Richmond donated $10,000 to the Richmond Hospital Foundation at the association’s inauguration dinner in support of traditional Chinese medicine at Richmond Hospital. In April, the provincial government announced health-care services at the hospital will be provided in a culturally sensitive manner, with recognition of the importance of traditional Chinese medicine services in the local community.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation raised more than $300,000 at its recent Vancouver gala for volunteer-led wild salmon projects in B.C., which aim to conserve, restore and enhance wild Pacific salmon populations in B.C.

The Burnaby Elks Lodge donated $1,000 to Children of the Street Society. With this donation, the Burnaby Elks Lodge has given $4,000 in total to support the delivery of the society’s school-based prevention workshops for children and youth in Burnaby. 

The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command Foundation donated $5,000 to the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation. The funds have been used to purchase specialist kits that will be used in advanced-care paramedic training in New Westminster, Victoria and Kelowna. The kits will help the paramedic students learn how to use intraosseous infusion equipment, which enables fluids and medication to be directly injected into bone marrow and is used when intravenous access is not feasible.

Credential Financial, the largest provider of wealth management services to Canada’s credit unions, donated $45,000 over three years to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF). CDF funds are used to alleviate poverty by building and strengthening financial and non-financial co-ops in developing countries through a variety of programs. 

Generocksity donated $1,948 to Pacific Parklands Foundation. The funds will go towards restoring and protecting Camosun Bog at Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

The Chris Spencer Foundation donated $6,537 to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s Go Girls! group mentoring program.