For the record, August 8, 2017

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Perkins+Will’s Vancouver office has had several recent promotions and accomplishments: David Dove, principal, has been inducted into the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s College of Fellows, class of 2017. Rod Maas, who joined the firm more than 20 years ago and serves as technical director, has been promoted to principal. Jocelyne Belisle, director of operations, has nearly 20 years of experience and has been promoted to associate principal. Kari Dow, senior urban designer, and Nathaniel Nacionales, senior project manager, each with more than 10 years of experience, have both been promoted to associates.

David Jerke, who has been with the landscape architecture firm Van der Zalm + Associates (VDZ+A) for more than 10 years, has been promoted to principal landscape architect. Jerke has been involved as a project manager on numerous projects at VDZ+A including large-scale residential developments across the Lower Mainland, the U.S. and Asia. Jerke is also active in the community, currently serving on the Vancouver Urban Design Panel, and is a frequent guest speaker for municipal governments, discussing trends in parks and recreation.


Steve Cardwell has been appointed associate vice-president, academic, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Cardwell was most recently a professor of teaching at University of British Columbia. Previous to that, he was superintendent and CEO to the Vancouver School District. Cardwell is also a scholar practitioner with the Education University of Hong Kong. He has served on several sector and community boards and councils and is currently with the Technology Education Careers Council, the Science World board and the Canadian Education Association Council.


Mark Kunzli has been appointed director of pharmacy solutions at VANC Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the Canadian generic drug and over-the-counter markets and point-of-care technologies. Kunzil was co-investigator and project manager for the Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in Community Pharmacy research project, in which community pharmacists throughout B.C. collected patient saliva samples for pharmacogenomic analysis, and was a co-creator of Innovation to Application, an annual event showcasing innovative health care designed to bridge the gap between research and practice. 


Craig Munroe has joined Fasken Martineau’s Vancouver office as partner in the labour, employment and human rights group. Munroe is a labour and employment lawyer who has represented some of the largest and most prominent companies and organizations in British Columbia and across Canada. Munroe is the B.C. director of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and has received the International Law Office’s “Client Choice Awards” as a result of a nomination and client references.

Rajit Mittal has joined MLT Aikins’ Vancouver office. Mittal is an associate lawyer practising in commercial litigation and has represented clients on a variety of matters including expropriation and construction claims, real property matters, claims of professional negligence and contractual disputes. He provides services in English, Hindi and Punjabi.


Ron Anderson, president and founder of Tallinn Capital Partners Corp., has been appointed chair of the Nature Trust of British Columbia’s board of directors. Previous work experience includes president, Macdonald Capital, and running the B.C. operations of National Bank of Canada. He has served on the Crofton House School board of governors, the Shawnigan Lake School board of governors, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Diamond Ball advisory council and the Vancouver chapter of Ducks Unlimited Canada. He is currently a director of Mainstreet Equity Corp. and Adventus Capital Partners.


Jenell Sankey has joined Image Group Inc. as manager of sales and supply. Sankey has 14 years of experience managing people and customers in the promotional products industry and was previously with Kanata Blanket Company as director of customer service for its South Carolina, California and British Columbia offices.


Peter Taylor has been appointed chief executive officer at Mio Global, a health technology company. Liz Dickinson, founder, will be transitioning from CEO to executive chair of the firm’s board of directors. Taylor has more than 15 years of experience innovating, developing and launching connected businesses for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Mio, Taylor was global vice-president of products at Belkin and general manager of Wemo.

Hats Off

A Coquitlam qi gong group has donated $1,200 to Crossroads Hospice Society. Since 2002, the group has donated nearly $20,000 to the society. The group, run by John Loh, practises every Sunday at Coquitlam Centre. Each week for the past 16 years, one of the participants, Laion Lee, has been collecting donations for Crossroads. The group’s donations have helped with recent renovations at the hospice and replacement of comfort items for patients, such as televisions and comfortable recliners.

The Marriott, Sheraton and Hilton Vancouver airport hotels in Richmond donated net proceeds of $4,030 from the BBQ Rib Cook-Off in July to Richmond Hospital Foundation. THe contest was held in support of the neonatal intensive care unit at Richmond Hospital. Chefs and staff members from American Grille at the Marriott Hotel, Harold’s Bistro at the Sheraton Hotel and CAVU Kitchen Bar at the Hilton Hotel showcased their skills and served their best barbecue ribs to a sold-out crowd. A public vote chose Harold’s Bistro as the winning team with the best ribs on the block.

North Vancouver-based Western Wealth Capital (WWC)and its local partner network have distributed 1,300 backpacks filled with essential school supplies to children in Phoenix, Arizona. The second annual We’ve Got Your Back program is a WWC-led initiative that was created to help start school-kids off on the right foot. The backpacks were distributed to WWC’s multifamily properties, with any additional supplies to be donated to UMOM, the largest shelter for homeless families in Arizona.

Mathisen Family Foundation donated a $2,000 grant to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors through their one-to-one mentoring program.