For the record, February 13, 2018

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Alteri Insurance has announced its board of directors: Colin Brown (chair), founder, Canadian Direct Insurance; Cody Green, founder and CEO, Canada Drives; Joel Abramson, CEO, Fully Managed; and Jay Garnett, CEO, New District, Icon Fine Wine & Spirits and Whitefish Group. Green, Abramson and Garnett have been on Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40 in previous years.

Peleg Bartfeld has been appointed chief financial and risk officer at Merchant Advance Capital. Bartfeld has more than 10 years of experience in the investment industry. He was most recently at RBC Global Asset Management, where he was a senior member of the PH&N Canadian equity team.

Cherry Ho has been welcomed as a partner at DMCL Chartered Professional Accountants. Ho has more than 12 years of experience providing accounting and assurance services to both public and private companies and non-profit organizations. Ho specializes in mining, technology and medical industries and has extensive experience working with clients with worldwide operations. She also provides transactional services to companies in Canada and the U.S. in relation to initial public offerings, acquisitions and prospectus filings.  She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


Dorothy Easton has been appointed to the new position of policy analyst at Go2HR, B.C.’s tourism industry human resource association. Easton has extensive policy analysis experience, including five years in a similar position with the Industry Training Authority. Prior to that, Easton worked with the federal government on the operational Aboriginal policy team of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Penny Wilson, chief marketing officer (CMO) at Hootsuite, has been appointed to Destination BC’s board of directors. Wilson has more than 30 years of experience in senior marketing and executive roles in the technology industry; previous roles include CMO at Juniper Networks and CMO and senior vice-president at Macromedia.


Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP has recently welcomed the following lawyers: Jasmine Ostad, corporate commercial and securities; Brendan Piovesan, commercial real estate; Aliza Premji, corporate commercial; and Sharon Wishnowsky, commercial real estate.

Silvana Facchin, Greta Reiten and Nick Safarik have become partners of Richards Buell Sutton LLP. Facchin is a member of the business law and wealth preservation groups, and manages the firm’s corporate services department. Reiten is the leader of the family law practice, and also has years of experience in general litigation and municipal legal matters. Safarik’s practice focuses on wills and estates litigation, insurance defence and general commercial litigation.

Mahdi Shams has been accepted into the partnership at MLT Aikins LLP. Shams practises in a broad number of areas including corporate finance and securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and emerging growth companies. Shams is fluent in French and Farsi, with intermediate knowledge of Spanish.

Serene Chow has become a shareholder at Boughton Law. Chow’s practice is focused on commercial real estate transactions, commercial leasing, acquisitions and sales, financing and property development.


Sharon Butler joins the Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation as senior director, corporate partnerships and philanthropy.  Butler has 20 years of experience in sales and marketing and was most recently with the Vancouver Aquarium, where she developed its sponsorship program and led its fundraising events. She has held senior positions with Grey Cup 2011 and the Vancouver Canucks.


Michael McClelland and Jacqueline Allison have been named chief financial officer and vice-president, investor relations and strategic analysis, respectively, at Titan Mining Corp. McClelland is a chartered professional accountant and is currently chief financial officer of Bisha Mining Share Co., an operating subsidiary of Nevsun Resources Ltd.; he will start in March. Allison will start immediately. Prior to joining Titan, Allison was vice-president, investor relations, for Dominion Diamond Corp., and director, investor relations, for Hudbay Minerals.

Hats Off

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The team of Russ Bougie, Kevin Kassautzki and Cally Zering of Avison Young donated $7,500 to Foundry, a network of youth centres supporting at-risk youth in B.C. 

The 1988 Foundation donated $5,000 to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help the organization match vulnerable girls with supportive mentors.

G&F Financial Group Foundation donated $5,000 to Children of the Street Society. The funds will be used to help replace the society’s aging technology and to cover the cost of printing hundreds of parent support manuals, which will be given free to each school and community group the society visits when presenting its prevention workshops.

Kelowna-based builder Mission Group donated $22,000 to the Balance Point Racing Junior Development program, a local non-profit organization. The donation will help fund new racing jerseys for Mission Group Junior Development Team, a group of 10 elite cyclists and triathletes from around Kelowna under the age of 21, and also subsidize training, performance testing and facility rentals. •