For the record, July 11, 2017

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Cody Brown has been appointed director of operations for Govan Brown’s Vancouver office. Brown has more than 12 years of industry experience and is a native of Vancouver who spent the previous five years as a key member of Govan Brown’s Calgary team, most recently in the role of senior project manager.

Jason Wexler been appointed vice-president of design and development at British Pacific Properties Ltd. Wexler has more than 21 years of experience in the development industry as an architect and developer and is a LEED accredited professional. He has worked in the design and development of residential, commercial and hospitality projects throughout Canada and the U.S.


Calvin Jordan has joined Mercer Canada as partner and senior investment consultant, based in the firm’s Vancouver office. Jordan previously spent 12 years with Mercer working within both the retirement and investment businesses, before taking the role of CEO at the Nova Scotia Health Employees’ Pension Plan.


Clark Wilson LLP recently made several new hires: Catherine Brayley, previously of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, has joined the firm’s tax and estates and trusts groups; Chantal Cattermole, previously of Nanaimo’s Merrill, Long & Co., has joined the mediation and arbitration and estates and trusts groups; Emily Clough from Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP has joined the business litigation and estates and trusts groups; Jeff Holowaychuk from McCarthy Tétrault has joined the intellectual property and information technology groups; Mike McDonald from DLA Piper LLP joined the firm’s new Aboriginal business group; Max Portner from La Barge Weinstein LLP joined the capital markets, securities, mergers and acquisitions group; and Carly Tyson, previously with Kornfeld LLP, joined the commercial real estate group.

Richard Scott, associate, has joined the real estate group in Dentons’ Vancouver office. Scott’s practice is primarily focused on real estate, condominium law, corporate, construction, labour and employment, intellectual property and general civil litigation. He was previously with Parlee McLaws LLP’s Calgary office.

Barbara Norell, partner, Harper Grey, has received a 2017 Lexpert Zenith award in recognition of her contribution to the legal profession.

Stephanie Redding has joined Stikeman Elliott as an associate in the real estate group. She was previously an associate at Lawson Lundell.


United Way Fraser Valley and United Way of the Lower Mainland recently joined operations under the latter’s name and welcomed three new board members to its 2017-18 board of directors: Helen Blackburn, Coast Capital Savings; Heather Johnson, community member and representative of the former United Way Fraser Valley; and Mauro Manzi, TD Bank. Returning board members are: Jim Belsheim, Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd.; Mark Blucher, Insurance Corp. of B.C.; George Davison, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators; John DeLucchi, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Robin Dhir, Twin Brook Developments Ltd.; Gwenne Farrell, MoveUp; Joey Hartman, Vancouver District Labour Council; Steve Hunt, United Steel Workers; Rudy Kerklaan, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd.; Jeannie Kilby, CUPE Local 402; Jerry Lampert, community member; Anna Lilly, Fleishman-Hilliard; Sue Paish, Lifelabs Medical Laboratory Services; Sheryl Rivers, Rivers Consulting Solutions; and Duncan Sinclair, Deloitte Canada. Retiring board members are Catherine Lappe, Government of Canada; Sarah Sidhu, Destination Canada; Ratana Stephens, Nature’s Path; Herman Van Ommen, McCarthy Tétrault; and Kathryn Young, Boyden Global Executive Search.

Real estate

Rob MacKay-Dunn has been appointed vice-president, government and public affairs, at Urban Development Institute (UDI), effective August 2. Prior to this appointment, MacKay-Dunn served as director of public policy and communications at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.


John C. Simmons, Yale R. Simpson and Bryce Roxburgh have resigned from Exeter Resource Corp.’s board of directors. Jason Attew, Jamie Rogers and Ali Pejman have been appointed to fill the resulting vacancies. Julian Bavin and Robert Gordon Reynolds will remain on the board. Exeter also removed Wendell M. Zerb, Cecil Bond, Jerry Perkins, Bryce Roxburgh and Yale R. Simpson in their capacities as officers of the company. Kim Hackney, chief executive officer, and Jason Attew, chief financial officer, have been appointed as officers of the company.

Hats Off

Economical Insurance donated 60 gently used computer monitors to BC Technology for Learning Society, which will allow for schools and non-profit organizations in B.C. to have greater access to online learning and resources. 

Over 350 attendees at Night at the Aquarium fundraising gala donated more than $370,000 in support of the Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation, research and education programs. The evening included a champagne reception, a four-course seated dinner, a raffle, silent and live auctions and entertainment. The evening was made possible by presenting sponsor PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., gold-level sponsors Leith Wheeler Investment Group and LNG Canada and silver-level sponsors BDO, Beedie Development Group, Earnscliffe, Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, Nancy Burke and Ian Telfer, Odlum Brown, Pedersens and Waste Control Services.

Hockey Helps the Homeless donated $55,500 to the Salvation Army. The funds have been used to purchase kitchen equipment for Vancouver Harbour Light, a community residential facility that provides transitional housing, rehabilitation/detox treatment, counselling, education and more for individuals on conditional release from federal institutions. The new kitchen equipment will help provide food for the homeless.

The City of Vancouver donated a $49,272 grant to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help the organization match at-risk girls with a supportive mentor through their one-to-one mentoring program.

Clearly donated 240 pairs of prescription lenses to Union Gospel Mission guests in the Downtown Eastside.

Westminster Savings Credit Union (WSCU) donated $500 to Crossroads Hospice. The funds were donated in recognition of the efforts of employees at its Sunwood Square branch, whose participation in the Crossroads Hike for Hospice resulted in raising $3,110 for the hospice. The WSCU employees, including a couple of retirees, also helped with the event’s cash desk, keeping track of all donations received at the event. WSCU is also a Hike for Hospice sponsor.

RBC Foundation donated $50,000 to Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC). The funds are directed to the JA Company Program for Grade 11-12 students to experience planning and running their own business venture.