Thailand-based Tim Mow has joined the WhiteWater Southeast Asia team as vice-president of development and technical services. Mow’s career in the aquatic industry has spanned 30 years, from water-park operations and maintenance in California to design and managment of water parks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Mow most recently served as general manager of Vana Nava Water Jungle in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Lillian Y. Pan and George Tai have joined Dentons’ Calgary office as partners in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution group and corporate group, respectively. Both are fluent in Mandarin and will expand Dentons’ offering to clients interested in business opportunities in China.
Barbara Johnston and Rowena Rae have joined the partnership of West Coast Editorial Associates LLP. Vancouver-based Johnston has worked for educational, health-care, Indigenous and legal organizations and publishers for more than 20 years. Rae, based in Victoria, has been freelance editing and writing since 2004; her projects range from government and business documents to books, magazine articles and educational materials.
Charlotte Gilmour and Nora Eastwood have recently joined Yulu Public Relations Inc. as director of client services and account manager, respectively. Ashley Letts has returned to the firm as senior consultant. Gilmour has 10 years’ experience in public relations, having worked in both Vancouver and London, and has represented international brands such as Orange UK, Glenfiddich and Corbis as well as organizations driven by social or environmental mandates. Eastwood has worked at Irish public relations firms Q4 Public Relations and Hume Brophy, while also acting as a communications consultant in Northern Ireland’s political campaigns. Letts was the agency’s first hire in 2012, working on creative campaigns for clients such as Vancouver Farmers Markets, Donnelly Group, Okanagan Spring and Happy Planet. In the interim, Letts worked as public relations lead for O2E Brands.
Sheila Biggers has been appointed president and CEO of Junior Achievement of British Columbia. Biggers has more than 25 years of experience working in the not-for-profit and public sectors.
Joy Johnson, vice-president, research and international, at Simon Fraser University, and Geoffrey Payne, interim vice-president of research at the University of Northern British Columbia, have been appointed to Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research’s board of directors.
Denise Baker, executive director, Vantage Point, is retiring in May 2018. Vantage Point is a non-profit focused on capacity development and leadership training. Baker joined Vantage Point in the summer of 2013 and has helped the organization to achieve many accomplishments: in the past year, the organization delivered more than 200 capacity-building sessions to more than 1,357 organizations in 76 communities across the province.
Ian Graham has been appointed vice-president of operations for MGX Minerals Inc. Graham has more than 20 years of international experience exploring for and developing mineral deposits. He has spent more than half of his career working for major mining companies, including roles at Rio Tinto and Anglo American.
Gary Milne has joined Elton Media as managing partner, business development. Milne was previously at Momentum Media Marketing and has a career spanning more than 30 years developing sales teams and managing operations in radio, television and digital media. Milne has spent the last nine years developing media plans and marketing strategies for clients; one of his current projects is offering broadcast leadership to Vancouver’s first Aboriginal radio station, CJNY 1063, launching in autumn 2018.
Daniel Cugnet has been appointed to the board of directors at Tinkerine Studios Ltd., the designer and manufacturer of 3D printers and software. Desmond Liew has resigned as chair and board member of the company. Cugnet is a Saskatchewan-based businessman and entrepreneur, and is the chair of Valleyview Petroleums Ltd., a privately owned oil and gas producer.
The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) has announced its 2017-18 board of directors: Jim Balcom, Redlen Technologies Inc.; Robert Bowness (chair, finance committee), BC Pension Corp.; Robert Cooper, PlusROI Online Marketing Inc.; Scott Dewis, RaceRocks 3D Inc.; Colin How, How Creative; Bobbi Leach (vice-chair), RevenueWire Inc.; Mark Longo (chair, foundation committee), Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Justin Love, Limbic Media; Owen Matthews, Wesley Clover; Masoud Nassaji, DoubleJump; Rasool Rayani (chair), Heart Pharmacy; Christina Seargeant, Workday; Nicole Smith, Flytographer; and Brianna Wettlaufer (chair, governance committee), Stocksy United.
Last month, the YWCA Metro Vancouver hosted the Inclusive Workplace Appreciation Event as part of its initiatives to promote and celebrate BC Disability Employment Month. This year’s event took place at Dark Table restaurant, and honoured three local employers who are dedicated to building a more inclusive workforce: White Spot – Dunsmuir, K-Bro Linen and Dark Table. After the award ceremony, participants had lunch in complete darkness, served and guided by a blind server. More than half a million British Columbians self-identify as having a disability, but only one in four members of this demographic is employed.
The 2017 Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament raised more than $318,000 to support Special Olympics BC’s year-round sport programs, competitions and opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
SurreyCares Community Foundation donated $3,000 to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation to purchase occupational therapy equipment for its new Surrey office.
Coastal Community Credit Union donated $5,500, through its Building Healthier Communities Fund, to Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA). A trailer was purchased with the funds and will be transformed into a new mobile used tack store, which will expand the CTRA’s economic potential to provide therapeutic riding and equine-based wellness services for people with special needs. •