For the record, May 15, 2018

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Laureen Styles has been appointed vice-president, academic, and provost at Capilano University, effective June 18. Styles has been working at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, most recently teaching in the bachelor of science in nursing program. She has held previous leadership roles in post-secondary including dean of the faculty of health and human services at VIU and vice-president, academic, at Justice Institute of British Columbia with responsibilities for senior-level academic leadership and administration. Capilano University launches its 50th academic year in September 2018.

Six new board members have been appointed to the Industry Training Authority: Bob Davis, president, Kwantlen Faculty Association, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Cynthia Oliver, former president, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC; Laird Cronk, international representative for the B.C. and Yukon region to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) – First District (Canada); Lisa Langevin, assistant business manager, Local 213 branch, IBEW; Peter Baker, development and employment partnership negotiator, Squamish Nation Trades Centre; and Thomas Nyce, Indigenous affairs representative for Ledcor Industries Inc. Other board members are Roberta Ellis (chair), former senior vice-president, corporate services and human resources, WorkSafeBC; Andries Calitz, CEO, LNG Canada; and Jonathan Whitworth, former CEO, Seaspan.


Thomas R. Zengage has been appointed to DLTA 21 Blockchain Corp.’s board of directors. Zengage replaces Ford Nicholson, who has resigned from the board due to increasing demands of other professional commitments; however, Nicholson will remain an adviser to the company.


Advanced Proteome Therapeutics Corp., a company developing a proprietary technology to directly target cancerous tumours and avoid destroying normal cells, has appointed two new members to its scientific advisory board. Dr. Aditya Bardia, a board-certified medical oncologist, is an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and Dr. Greg Thurber is a member of the faculty of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan.


Mark Southern has been appointed senior vice-president and chief operations officer at Rocky Mountaineer. Southern has 30 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, and has a history at Rocky Mountaineer; from 2005 to 2008, Southern held the position of vice-president of guest experience for the luxury train.


Charnjit (Johnny) Singh Jagpal has been appointed to Cameo Resources Corp.’s board of directors. Jagpal has more than 20 years of accounting experience from various industries and has extensive corporate tax and audit experience.

Real estate

James Palanio has been elected as the BC Real Estate Association’s (BCREA) 2018-19 president. Licensed since 2002, Palanio is an associate broker with Royal LePage Locations West Realty in Penticton. He has served as a director at BCREA for six years and at the South Okanagan Real Estate Board for six years, as well as serving on numerous committees. Joining Palanio as officers of the association are president-elect Michael Trites of Royal LePage Northstar Realty in South Surrey and White Rock, past president Jim Stewart of 460 Realty in Nanaimo and CEO Darlene Hyde. BCREA also welcomes new directors Anthony Bastiaanssen (Kelowna), Dan Morrison (North Vancouver) and Katherine Rutherford (Kamloops), as well as new public director Kam Raman. Returning directors include Ray Harris (Port Coquitlam), Kyle Hislop (Chilliwack) and Cory Raven (Vancouver). Mark Sakai, public director, is also returning.


Daniel A. Gillett has been appointed chairman of the board at Select Sands Corp., an industrial silica product company developing its silica sands project in Arkansas. Gillett has more than 30 years of experience as a director, investment banker, consultant and senior executive, with the majority of those efforts being across all sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Lutfur Rahman Khan has resigned as a director and as chairman of the board of Stamper Oil & Gas Corp.


Brady Carthy has been appointed executive vice-president at Paladin Technologies. Carthy joined the Action BMS and M6 Group of Companies in 2003. After its merger with Paladin in 2015, he focused on spearheading major projects and organizational reach in B.C. Paladin’s group of companies serve clients through 26 offices across Canada, as well as growing the business through its U.S. group, PalAmerican.

Mark Healy, executive director, Ivey Academy at Ivey Business School in London and Toronto, has been appointed to GAR Ltd. dba Netcoins’ board of directors. Healy has joined Netcoins to assist with international market expansion, branding and strategic growth initiatives. Netcoins is developing software to better facilitate the purchase and sale of Bitcoin for end users.



Abakhan & Associates, a licensed insolvency trustee firm, has joined Grant Thornton Ltd. With a presence on Vancouver Island following Hayes McNeill and Partners joining Grant Thornton’s consumer insolvency business in 2016, the addition of the Abakhan & Associates practice will allow Grant Thornton to provide its debt solution services throughout B.C.


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The Ames Family Foundation donated $10,000 to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation in support of educational programs for children with Down syndrome. 

The Government of British Columbia and BC Recreation and Parks Association donated a $4,500 grant to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s Go Girls! program. These funds will help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors.

Construction Cares, founded by Joe Geluch, president, Naikoon Contracting Ltd., donated $24,000, proceeds from its inaugural indoor fair, to the Isaac Foundation’s MPS II Research Fund. MPS II, also known as Hunter syndrome, is a rare and degenerative enzyme disorder that primarily affects males. Construction Cares aims to raise $2 million, the lowest possible cost to send a potential cure for MPS II to human clinical trials.

Patrons at the Arms Pub in Port Coquitlam have donated $2,500 in support of end-of-life care at Crossroads Hospice Society. In addition to the annual football pool, the pub also hosts 50/50 draws. •