For the record, October 24, 2017

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Anar Dossa and Jason Welch have joined Pacific Blue Cross as director of pharmacy services and director of group underwriting, respectively. Dossa has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical field as both a pharmacist and a certified diabetes educator; she has more than 25 years of experience with in-patient and outpatient hospital practice settings. Prior to joining Pacific Blue Cross, Dossa worked with the pharmacy operations team at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Welch has nearly 20 years of financial expertise in the logistics and insurance industries for Canadian-based and international organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Most recently, Welch spent more than seven years at Medavie Blue Cross in the roles of manager, group underwriting, and manager, financial services.


Matthew W. Plummer has joined Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP as an associate in the firm’s strata property practice. As a civil litigator, Plummer’s past experience includes other areas of practice including construction law, civil fraud, personal injury, employment law and commercial litigation. His clients include large multinational corporations, insurers, provincial and municipal authorities, small-business owners and individuals.


Special Olympics BC has announced its board of directors for the 2017-18 term. Randy Smallwood of Wheaton Precious Metals has been re-elected as board chair and Ted Hirst of Canaccord Genuity has been re-elected as vice-chair. Pamela Keith, Dueck Auto Group, is past chair, and Michael Campbell, host, Global NewsMoney Talks, and Colin Yakashiro of Grant Thornton serve as secretary and treasurer, respectively. Returning directors are Brent Bergeron, Michael Coyle, Grenville Finch-Noyes, Peter C. Kalbfleisch, Vincent Li, Richard J. Lucy, Colin MacKinnon, Eamonn Percy, Murray Shapiro and Patty Wheeldon.

Kristy Gill is stepping down as CEO at Variety BC. The charity’s board of directors has named Cally Wesson, director of development, as interim CEO for a period of six months to oversee day-to-day operations while the board develops a permanent strategy.

Gavin C. Dirom has been appointed president and CEO of Geoscience BC. Dirom has more than 25 years of experience in the Canadian mineral exploration and mining industry, with a focus on government policies, First Nations and stakeholder relations as well as environmental management. Dirom served as president and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration from November 2008 to May 2017.

Central City Foundation, a Vancouver charity that has been bringing people together in the inner city since 1907, has welcomed four new directors to its board: Lana Eagle, indigenous relations strategist; Navdeep Gill, Sandpiper Group; Craig McMillan, PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Leslie Varley, British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.


Konstantine Lichtenwald has been appointed to the board of directors at Super Nova Petroleum Corp. Lichtenwald has more than 10 years of finance and accounting experience, including corporate compliance, accounting and financial management.

Greg Johnson, chairman and CEO of Metallic Minerals Corp., and Gregor Hamilton have been appointed to the board of directors at Group Ten Metals Inc. as executive chairman and non-executive director, respectively. Johnson has 30 years of experience in the mining industry; he is one of the founders of NovaGold Resources and also served as president and CEO of South American Silver and Wellgreen Platinum. Hamilton has more than 20 years of mining-sector experience as both an investment banker and an exploration geologist and has worked in South America, Australia, the U.K. and Canada. Garth Kirkham has stepped down from his role as director at Group Ten Metals to concentrate on other endeavours, including his work at Kirkham Geosystems Ltd. Kirkham will remain on Group Ten Metals’ advisory board.


John Donaldson has been appointed chief financial officer at VirtualArmour International Inc., taking over from interim CFO Todd Kannegieter, who will remain as CEO. Donaldson is a Colorado-certified public accountant with more than 35 years of experience serving small and large public companies. He has held senior positions, including that of chief accounting officer, with technologies companies since 1981.

Hats Off

Nature’s Essence Health Products Inc. donated $20,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation to help improve local health care at Richmond Hospital. Established in 1997, Nature’s Essence opened its first location in Richmond and has since expanded throughout the Lower Mainland and into Ontario. 

The City of New Westminster and the Terminal City Club partnered with Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and raised more than $38,000 for the hospital during the Mayor Coté Charity Golf Classic, held at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club on September 25.

The Surrey Cares Community Foundation donated a $1,300 grant to the Dan’s Legacy/Asante Centre Supported Program for Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Leaders with FASD will engage in a mentorship opportunity to help younger peers understand their abilities and discover areas of support, all with the clinical supervision of Dan’s Legacy’s trained therapists. 

The recent Gold Heart Gala, presented by Goldcorp, raised more than $550,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity. Philanthropists Ian Telfer of Goldcorp and Nancy Burke were given Gold Heart awards at the gala held at the Fairmont Pacific Rim