For the record, April 17, 2018

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Paul Sukava and Jiang Mu have been appointed senior associate and associate, respectively, at MCM. Sukava joined MCM in 2011 and has taken on a variety of roles and responsibilities ranging from management of LEED design and certification to project delivery of major office, mixed-use, residential and retail projects. Mu joined MCM in 2004 and has more than 25 years of experience in commercial, residential and institutional projects.


Derek Desrosiers, director of pharmacy practice support, BC Pharmacy Association (BCphA) will retire from his position at the end of May. Replacing Desrosiers is Linda Gutenberg, who will take on the title of deputy CEO and director of pharmacy practice support on May 7. Desrosiers has been a frontline pharmacist and pharmacy manager, has worked in the wholesale and banner parts of the pharmacy business and has served as the president of the BCPhA six times. Gutenberg has been director of pharmacy for Forewest Holdings in Langley for the past 13 years and has been a pharmacist for more than 30 years; she has worked for both corporate and independent pharmacies, especially in rural communities outside of the Lower Mainland. She was president of the BC Pharmacy Association in 2002 and was a director on the board for six years before her most recent term, which started in 2016.


Patricia Jelinski has been appointed general manager of BC Place stadium, effective May 22. Jelinski is a 30-year veteran of the live sports and entertainment industry; she has spent the past four years as president and CEO of United Way Greater Victoria. Previous to her role with the United Way, Jelinski held senior positions with organizations such as the Edmonton Oilers, Northlands of Alberta, the New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Hockey.


Jessica Sullivan has joined DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Vancouver office as an associate in the wills, estates and trusts group. Sullivan has a personal wealth management practice with a focus on wills, estates and trust law, which includes assisting clients with personal estate and incapacity planning, including the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and representation agreements. She joins DLA Piper after working at a prominent B.C. firm in the area of estates and wealth preservation and completing her articles at an Alberta firm.


Shane Lander and Kieran Forristal have been appointed president, Soma Labs Scientific Inc., and vice-president, finance, Quadron Cannatech Corp., respectively. Soma Labs Scientific is a subsidiary of Quadron. Lander, CEO, Odorchem Manufacturing Corp., has more than 30 years of business experience. Forristal was previously president of Soma Labs Scientific Inc. and Greenmantle Products Ltd., and has more than 20 years of capital market experience in Asia, working on the capital market trading floors in international investment banks.


David M. Alexander has been appointed CFO at Stamper Oil & Gas Corp., replacing Omair Choudhry. Alexander is also CFO at Blok Technologies Corp. and Veritas Pharma Inc., and has more than 30 years of experience managing the rapid growth of several early stage and startup companies that had exits in excess of $1 billion.


Eilish Kennedy has been promoted to the newly developed role of director of talent and culture, at Powershifter, a digital design agency. Kennedy was previously with Blast Radius for six years in talent management and joined Powershifter in 2016.


John Logiudice, a telecom senior executive with more than 20 years of experience with Ericsson and Sprint-Nextel, has been retained to head Tower One Wireless Corp.’s tower services division.

Paul Vaillant, a Vancouver Island resident, has been appointed chief technology officer at Edmonton-based Testfire Labs, the developer of an artificial intelligence software platform that helps enterprises make meetings more effective. Vaillant comes to Testfire Labs from Distributel, the national independent telecommunications provider, where he was principal architect for more than five years.


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RBC Foundation donated $10,000 to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF). The funds will be directed to the DSRF’s one-to-one employability skills program, Include Me.

BC Furnace and Air Conditioning Ltd., owned by Bayne Vardy, donated $10,000 to Children’s Wish Foundation, B.C. and Yukon chapter. The funds were used to grant a child’s wish to travel to New York City with her family during the holidays.  

Pacific Blue Cross donated $100,000 to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. The funds will be directed toward Royal Columbian Hospital’s new mental health and substance use wellness centre, currently under construction as part of redevelopment of the hospital.

Susan Tomaine, chair, board of directors, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, helped to raise $15,200 at the Big Law for Big Sisters fundraising event, hosted at Shangri-La Hotel. Tomaine began serving as a director on the Big Sisters board in 2010 and was a Study Buddy mentor for six years. Tomaine was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40 recipients in 2016. •