There have been several changes in recent months at Turner Construction Co.’s Vancouver business unit. Amit Patel, previously business manager, has been promoted to vice-president and general manager. Doug Gearman, previously senior project manager, was appointed operations manager in August. Joe Ogilvie and Chris Rasmussen joined Turner in August as national director, high performance buildings, for the company’s Canadian presence, and project director, respectively.Patel joined Turner Seattle in 2005 as an engineer in the special projects division, was transferred to the Bellevue office in 2010 as a senior project manager and relocated to Vancouver in 2011 to start the new business unit. Gearman has 20 years of construction experience, and has spent the last 16 years with Turner, completing multiple large, complex projects throughout the Pacific Northwest (including Oregon), Arizona and California. Ogilvie has 15 years of professional experience and previously served as manager of development services and manager of sustainable construction with PCL Constructors Canada. Rasmussen has 29 years of experience and was previously a senior project manager with PCL Constructors Canada for 18 years.
The BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association has announced its 2018 board of directors: Todd Strynadka, technical services manager, Terus Construction (chair); Steve Drummond, Capilano Highway Services (past-chair); Kevin Higgins, YRB Group of Companies (vice-chair/maintenance director); Scott Griffin, Renaissance Group Chartered Accountants (secretary/treasurer); Ross Gilmour, Peter Kiewit Sons (construction chair); Paul Simpson, Jacob Bros. Construction (construction director); Glen Barker, NorLand Group, (construction director); Collin Blonarowitz, Emil Anderson Construction (paving director); Dan Beaulac, Nechako Group of Companies (maintenance chair); Sandi Paulson, Argo Group of Companies (maintenance director); Nikki Keith, Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services (service and supply chair); Stan Weismiller, Winvan Paving (municipal relations representative); and Joe Wrobel, JPW Road & Bridge (construction safety representative).
Mike Wallberg has been appointed vice-president, marketing and communications, at Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. This is a return to the industry for Wallberg, who previously spent 13 years as an investment banker, equity analyst and institutional portfolio manager before working in journalism and marketing over the past six years.
Sarah Nelligan has joined Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office as an associate in the firm’s litigation group. Nelligan practises in the area of insolvency, restructuring, banking litigation and commercial litigation.
Regina Marklund, business development manager with Turner Construction Co.’s Vancouver business unit, has been appointed president of Crew Vancouver, the commercial real estate industry’s network for women. Marklund has been an active member of the non-profit association since 2012 when she sat on the communications and events committees for Crew Philadelphia. Since 2015 she has been chair of the events committee in Vancouver. The Vancouver arm of the organization has grown by more than 120% since 2005, and reflects a membership of more than 24 different disciplines.
Darlene K. Hyde has been appointed CEO at the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA), effective January 22. Hyde most recently served as executive director of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association of Metro Vancouver (NAIOP Vancouver), a post she held for eight years. She also served as executive vice-president for the New Car Dealers Association and has previously held senior positions in the energy, insurance, automotive retail and telecommunications sectors across Canada.
Anthony (Tony) de Werth has joined the advisory board at Reliq Health Technologies Inc., a technology company focused on developing innovative mobile health solutions for community-based health care. De Werth’s career in the Canadian investment industry spans several decades and includes progressively senior roles with Merrill Lynch Canada as well as serving as chairman and CEO of CIBC Wood Gundy Private Client Investments Inc.
100 Men Who Care Vancouver donated $10,000 to Dan’s Legacy. The funds will go towards the charity’s counselling and life-skills programs for youth affected by trauma-based mental health and addictions challenges.
The ninth annual Saccomaniacs Agriculture for Autism tournament raised $70,000 for Pacific Autism Family Network. Steve and Antoinette Saccomano of Chilliwack and their family started a family-and-friends golf tournament in 2008 to create awareness of autism spectrum disorder, and to raise funds for autism programs. The 10th tournament is planned for August 13, 2018.
Koinonia Evangelical Church donated $25,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation. The church collected donations from its 600-member congregation throughout the year to benefit patient care in the growing community of Richmond.
RBC Foundation donated $10,000 to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The funds will help to support the academy’s orchestral training program.
Attendees of the 11th annual Summer Sunday concerts at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody donated $5,000 to Crossroads Hospice Society. The blues, soul, funk, R&B and reggae concerts are held each Sunday in July and August and sponsored by Pacific Coast Terminals, K+S Potash, TD Canada Trust, Open Road Toyota, Phoenix Truck & Crane, Flavelle Oceanfront Development and Tri-City News, and also with the support of the City of Port Moody. •