For the record, March 13, 2018

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Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd. has appointed the following to principals in the firm: Mark Huberman, board co-chair; Peter Joyce, board co-chair and past president; Glen Pardoe, president; Ezekiel Dada, manager of finance; Jane Farquharson, regional manager, B.C.; Mike Furuya, regional manager, southern Alberta and Saskatchewan; and Catherine Oberg, regional manager, northern Alberta. Newly appointed associates are Christephen Cheng, Jason Dunn, Daniel Fung, Yulia Liem, Kristen Myers, Jason Potter, Tyler Thomson, Amrit Uppal, Heidi Weihs, Janelle Willis and Sean Willis.


Stacy Michelle has been appointed head of accounting operations at Shift Financial, an outsourced accounting and financial insights company. Michelle has nearly 20 years of experience within the financial services industry, and for the past six years, she has been a mergers and acquisitions consultant to C-suite executives executing multimillion-dollar transactions.

Human Resources

Natalya Brodie has joined Alexander Whitehead Executive Search as a senior associate to lead the public sector division. Brodie has a decade of experience in executive recruitment, and she was most recently director of the board resourcing and development office with the Province of British Columbia.


Wally Oppal, B.C.’s former attorney general, has been appointed to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Roster of Arbitrators for Chapter 19 (Trade Remedies) by the Government of Canada. Chapter 19 of NAFTA, the trilateral free-trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the U.S., oversees complaints from state parties regarding anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by other parties on goods crossing the borders between the three countries. Oppal is the only lawyer from B.C. named to the roster, which has 67 other panellists from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Oppal currently practises with Boughton Law, focusing on alternative and traditional dispute resolution, and recently served as the commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.


Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO, Vancity, has been appointed chair of the board of directors of the Rick Hansen Foundation. Vrooman has been a board director with the foundation since 2016 and succeeds George Gaffney and Lyall Knott, who served as co-chairs together since 2013.

Real Estate

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) recently elected its 2018-19 board of directors. John Barbisan is now board president, following outgoing president Gopal Sahota’s term in the role. Barbisan is a licensed realtor of more than 30 years and a representative of Sutton Premier Realty in Surrey. The incoming president-elect is Darin Germyn of Macdonald Realty, Surrey, and the vice-president is Sandra Benz, Re/Max Performance Realty, Delta.

Directors of the FVREB are Kevin Anstey, KA & Associates Real Estate Ltd., Surrey; Larry Anderson, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey; Leah Bach, Re/Max Performance Realty, Delta; Karen Conyers, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Canada, Surrey; Linda Sue Peaker, Macdonald Realty, Delta; Darcy Reddicopp, Landmark Realty Corp., Abbotsford; Dharbinder Singh, Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd., Surrey; and Ray Werger, Royal LePage West Real Estate Services, Surrey. Ray Yenkana of Re/Max Little Oak, Abbotsford, was awarded as 2018 John Armeneau Professional of the Year for his contributions to real estate in the Fraser Valley.


New in town

Cozen O’Connor, a law firm founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has recently opened its second Canadian office and 28th office overall at 1500 – 885 West Georgia Street. The Vancouver office will be headed by litigator Lisa J. Myers, who will focus on matters involving subrogation, recovery and commercial litigation. Myers, most recently with the firm’s Seattle office, has substantial experience in handling major property damage subrogation claims involving a wide range of complex loss scenarios throughout the U.S. and Canada; she also served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.


Business in Vancouver welcomes submissions from local small businesses and large corporations alike that demonstrate examples of corporate philanthropy and community involvement in the Vancouver area.

The North Shore Community Foundation donated $6,000 to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors through its one-to-one mentoring program.

RBC Foundation donated $15,000 to Richmond Gateway Theatre Society in support of its emerging artists programs, which provide young artists with unique mentorship and performing opportunities with professional working artists.

The BC Hospitality Foundation’s (BCHF) recent Farm Friends fundraiser held at Edible Canada, where B.C. wines were paired with Alberta beef, bison and more, raised $6,000 for the BCHF’s scholarship program. The event was organized in response to the now-rescinded recent boycott on importing B.C. wine to Alberta. Participating wineries included 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Culmina Family Estate Winery, Dames Wine, Liquidity Wines, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, Painted Rock Estate Winery, Poplar Grove Winery and Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Shoppers Drug Mart donated $51,503 to BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation. The funds were raised through Shoppers’ recent Growing Women’s Health campaign. •