For the record, June 5, 2018

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Doug Nordan has joined Spire Development Corp. as director of assets and development. Nordan was previously vice-president, asset management, with Beedie Development Group.


Joe Chirkoff, Ryan Gorder, Kali Meyer and Blair Traxler have recently been appointed to the MNP partnership. Chirkoff is an assurance partner in the Vancouver office, taking the lead on audits for public and private companies. Gorder is based in MNP’s Port Moody office and works with a wide range of small to mid-sized owner-managed businesses across the Lower Mainland, with a focus on the automotive industry. Meyer is a business adviser with MNP’s Aboriginal services group in Nanaimo and works with First Nation communities and Aboriginal-owned businesses across Vancouver Island and northern B.C. Traxler is a member of MNP’s forestry and forest products team and serves Prince George and Vanderhoof, delivering a diverse range of services to support the needs of the forest industry, as well as First Nations, professionals and private enterprises.


Dr. Amin Janmohamed has been appointed qualified person in charge for Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd.’s application to become a licensed dealer, and has also been appointed to the company’s advisory board. Janmohamed is a researcher, clinical program developer and drug formulator in the area of severe opioid use disorder.  He is currently a researcher at Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences affiliated with Providence Health Care Research Institute and University of British Columbia’s faculty of medicine, and is CEO of Bixa Therapeutics Inc., Bixa Research Inc. and Bixa S.A. (Colombia).


Stephen Drover has been appointed associate artistic director at the Arts Club Theatre Company. Since 2012, Drover has been the artistic director of Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre. He sits on Studio 58’s program advisory committee, has directed new play development processes with Playwrights Theatre Centre and is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. He is an adjunct professor at University of British Columbia, where he teaches Shakespeare text analysis and performance. Drover has been a regular teacher and adjudicator for Theatre BC, the project co-ordinator for Electric Company Theatre and an artist-in-residence at Neworld Theatre.

Real estate

PC Urban Properties Inc. has added four new key positions to its growing team. Shawn Smith has been appointed CFO; he was previously CFO at Pacific Capital Real Estate Corp. and had a number of senior roles at Bentall. Brian Kozak has been appointed development associate; he previously held the position of executive vice-president at First Capital Realty. Chris Karu has been appointed assistant development manager; he was previously the development co-ordinator at Boffo Properties. Matt Sawchyn has joined the company as assistant development manager and was previously with Ledcor.


Robert (Bob) Shields has been appointed to Hudson Resources Inc.’s board of directors. Flemming Knudsen has been appointed chairman of the board, succeeding John Hick. Shields has more than 30 years of significant operational experience across a number of industries and was most recently president of Island Tug & Barge Ltd., prior to its recent sale. Through his family’s holding company, Coal Island Ltd., Shields owns operations in commercial real estate, forest products manufacturing and, until recently, marine transportation services. Knudsen, former CEO of Royal Greenland A/S, one of Europe’s largest seafood companies, has been on the board since 2010 and has been instrumental in guiding the company’s efforts in Greenland and Denmark. Knudsen has also worked as CEO of Air Greenland and CFO of Ecco shoes. His mining experience stems from 1974, when he served for nine years as finance and accounting manager, then vice-president, finance, of Cominco’s Black Angel lead/zinc/silver mine in Greenland.

Grenville Thomas has been appointed chairman of the board at Westhaven Ventures Inc.; he is the largest shareholder of Westhaven. Gareth Thomas, Westhaven’s founder and director, will assume the roles of president and CEO. Hannah McDonald has joined Westhaven’s board as an independent director.


Nichole Kapalungan has joined Elettra Communications as an account executive. She has five years of experience in marketing and communications within the retail and arts and culture sector.


Name change

Crowe Horwath International, the eighth-largest global accounting network, has announced that the network and its more than 220 member firms will rebrand as Crowe Global.


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. High-resolution images are also welcome.

The Shewan Foundation donated $35,000 to YWCA Metro Vancouver. The funds will go directly to YWCA Fraser Gardens housing, helping single-mother-led families in Langley access support and resources. 

Phoenix Truck & Crane donated $36,190 to Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation in support of life-saving equipment for the emergency department. The donation completes the campaign goal of $90,940 for a new portable ultrasound machine for the hospital.

Chao’s Generation Inc., the franchise owner of four Richmond-based McDonald’s restaurants, donated $2,875 to Richmond Hospital Foundation. The funds were raised through McHappy Day – for every hot drink, burger and Happy Meal that was purchased, $1 was given to charity. Bill and Yolanda Chao have owned McDonald’s franchises in Richmond since 2014; Yolanda Chao is a former nurse at Richmond Hospital. Chao’s Generation Inc. has committed to making a gift in support of the new tower from proceeds of McHappy Days over five years.

The Burnaby Lougheed Lions Club donated $1,000 to Children of the Street Society. •