For the record, July 31, 2018

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Peter Smailes, a chartered professional accountant and certified management accountant with more than 20 years of experience, has been appointed vice-president, finance and operations, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Smailes joined UBC in 1992 as a finance temporary employee, gradually moving through a variety of positions until 1998 when he formed a private consulting business. Smailes returned to UBC in 2001 as associate treasurer. In 2005 he was named interim treasurer, then appointed  treasurer in 2007; he has served as interim vice-president since January.

Jeremy Tiffin, president and managing partner, Horizon Recruitment, has been appointed first vice-president of the American Association of Finance and Accounting (AAFA). Tiffin also serves as chair of AAFA’s education committee.


Karl Pringle has been appointed CEO at GenXys Health Care Systems, which specializes in prescribing software. Pringle has assumed the role from Dr. Martin Dawes, now GenXys’ chief scientific officer. Prior to joining GenXys, Pringle launched a number of early-stage software companies across diverse industries in the U.S. and globally.

Sylvain Toutant, former CEO and president of David’s Tea, has been appointed to True Leaf Medicine International Ltd.’s board of directors as an independent member. He joins chair Mike Harcourt and director of corporate communications, Kevin Bottomley, on the company’s board of directors.


Michal Jaworski, Don MacKinnon, Michael Wilson, Angela Cousins, Stephen Rukavina, Jeannette Aucoin and David Bowden have joined Clark Wilson LLP. Jaworski joins the higher learning practice group as partner and co-chair. MacKinnon and Wilson are new additions to the commercial real estate team as associates, with Wilson also working for the private company mergers and acquisitions group. Rukavina has joined the tax group, Aucoin joins the family law team and Bowden has joined the property and technology groups.

Fasken recently welcomed three new associates to its Vancouver office: Gagan Khosa (specialty litigation and dispute resolution), Hiva Parandian (wills and estates) and Thomas Posyniak (commercial litigation).

Toronto-based Patrick Duffy and Vancouver-based Jamie Templeton have been appointed co-heads of Stikeman Elliott’s project development and finance group and will lead team members across all Canadian offices. The group’s co-founder and current head, Jim Harbell, is retiring after almost 30 years with the firm. Duffy’s project development practice includes environmental permitting and litigation, energy regulation and aboriginal engagement. Templeton practises in the areas of project finance, public-private partnerships (PPP) and banking. Prior to moving to Canada, Templeton was a lawyer in Scotland and Australia and advised on PPP transactions in the U.K., Europe, Australia and Canada.


Gisèle Yasmeen has been reappointed to the board of Crossroads International for a two-year term. Crossroads International was founded 60 years ago to foster international voluntary co-operation; it pilots innovative programs to prevent violence and abuse, create sustainable incomes for women and youth and empowers women to become leaders in their communities. Yasmeen is a senior fellow at the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research, as well as an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University’s School of Environment and Sustainability.


Krishnan Iyer has been appointed president and CEO at Creative Energy, which owns and operates one of the largest thermal energy networks in Canada. Iyer was most recently executive vice-president, lending, and CFO at Infrastructure Ontario.

Jason Riley has been appointed to Troymet Exploration Corp.’s board of directors. Riley is president and CEO of ExGen Resources Inc.; founder, CEO and shareholder of EVOS Media Inc., a private Vancouver-based media development and production company; CEO, a director and shareholder of a private, corporate training and human resources consulting company; and a director of Phoenix Global Mining Ltd.

Companies on the move

New Network Partnership

Facet Advisors has joined HLB International, a worldwide network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers with member firms in 150 countries. It has 25,000 partners and staff in 700 offices worldwide. Vancouver- and Langley-based Facet supports local, national and international businesses and individuals with services in audit, business consulting, succession planning, corporate tax planning, U.S. tax services and personal taxation.

Hats Off

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.

Coast Capital Savings donated $50,000 to University of the Fraser Valley’s (UFV) Coast Capital Peer Resource and Leadership Centre (PRLC), which opened in 2016 and provides peer-to-peer support and mentorship. More than 1,000 students visited the PRLC this past academic year. In 2018-19, the PRLC plans to expand its services to the UFV Chilliwack campus, explore food insecurity solutions for students and offer sex-positive programming as well as specialized support for trans students. Since 2008, Coast Capital Savings has contributed more than $425,000 to leadership, peer mentoring and career and personal development initiatives at UFV.

The Hamber Foundation donated $1,000 to support the Down Syndrome Research Foundation’s One to One Reading and Reading and Communications Plus programs.

Royal Bank of Canada donated $30,000 to help fund Coast Mental Health’s Hear To Help Youth Program, which helps youth take the first steps on the road to recovery. •