For the record, September 11, 2018

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Gillian Brennen and Paul Sukava have been promoted to associate and principal, respectively, at MCM. Brennen has been with the firm for five years, managing projects such as the Vancouver Aquarium expansion/revitalization and the heritage renovation project at 155 Water Street, as well as significant involvement with co-ordination of health-care projects. Sukava has been with MCM for seven years as a project architect and LEED project manager, managing large-scale projects such as the late multiple phases of the King George Hub and the ongoing development of 1090 West Pender.


Sheila Vokey has been appointed CFO at Central 1 Credit Union, effective October 9. Prior to her most recent role as CFO at Payments Canada, a secondment from the Bank of Canada, Vokey was chief risk officer and adviser to the governor at Bank of Canada; she also held the role of vice-president of finance and CFO at the Canadian Tourism Commission.

Mara Santiago has joined Shift Financial Insights as a bookkeeper. Prior to Shift, Santiago held bookkeeping and accounting roles with Edsa Mart and AC Income Tax. At Shift, she will be handling all clients’ bookkeeping needs and supporting the lead accountants.


Corry Clark has recently joined Fasken as a partner in its Surrey office. Clark practises in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, especially on commercial, corporate and real estate matters.

Manveer Bisla, previously with Fasken, has joined Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP as an associate in its corporate and securities law practice in Vancouver. Bisla focuses on corporate finance (private placements, debt offerings, etc.), corporate governance, private mergers and acquisitions, share reorganizations and restructuring.


Allan J. Folk and Alec Pismiris have been appointed directors at Pacton Gold Inc. Folk has more than 35 years of experience in Canadian mining finance; he is currently vice-president of Brant Securities Ltd. and is a director of Monarca Minerals Inc. and Bonterra Resources Inc. and is also the chairman of Atlanta Gold Inc. Pismiris is currently Pacton Gold’s interim president and CEO and has more than 30 years of experience in the securities, finance and mining industries and is currently a director of several companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.


James Reyes has been appointed vice-president of global sales and marketing at Aquatic Informatics Inc., a company focused on organizing water data. Reyes will lead the sales, solutions and marketing divisions while helping to evolve the business and unite the AQUARIUS, WaterTrax and Linko brands as part of Aquatic Informatics. Reyes has more than 16 years of experience in the municipal software industry, including working in strategy and corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and general management.

Brent Charleton, previously senior vice-president, business development and sales, has been promoted to president and CEO of EnWave Corp. Tim Durance, previously president and CEO, has had his employment terminated due to differences in corporate strategy and direction. Durance is the co-inventor of EnWave’s radiant energy vacuum (REV) technology and the co-author of the majority of EnWave’s patents; he has been with the company for 20 years. Charleton has been leading the licensing strategy and deployment of REV. John P. A. Budreski will continue as executive chairman. 

Mike Pytlinski has been appointed CEO of EnWave Corp.’s subsidiary, NutraDried Food Company LLC, a U.S.-based manufacturer of premium snack products. Pytlinski has close to 30 years of experience in the U.S. food manufacturing and financial services industries, most recently as vice-president of marketing at Palermo’s Pizza.

Carmen DeArdo has joined Tasktop to head its newly formed value stream management consulting practice. Prior to this appointment, DeArdo was DevOps leader, technology director, at Nationwide Insurance. DevOps is a set of practices that automates the processes between software development and IT teams so that that they can build, test and release software faster and more reliably. Prior to joining Nationwide, DeArdo worked at Bell Labs on systems such as Advanced 800 and messaging, where he received three patents.


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Coast Capital Savings has committed $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. The funds will be directed to immediate as well as long-term recovery needs due to the wildfires in B.C.

The Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) has recognized Social Venture Partners Vancouver with the 2018 Adoption Spirit award. This award is presented to organizations that make a difference in the lives of waiting children and youth, and adoptive families in B.C.

Volunteers from RBC recently spent an afternoon helping to re-paint Crossroads Thrift Store at 2780 Barnet Highway in Coquitlam. The store raises funds for patient care and grief support services in the Tri-Cities. RBC Foundation also donated $1,000 to Crossroads Hospice Society; the volunteer and cash donations were part of RBC’s Days of Service program, which supports employees who volunteer in the community by making a donation to a charity of their choice.

Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation donated $75,000 to Science World British Columbia as a major sponsor of Future Science Leaders, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment program that helps students in grades 10 and 11 to excel in science and technology by applying new knowledge and working with expert mentors.

The McLean Group Employee Endowment donated $10,000 to the Take a Hike Foundation, which empowers vulnerable youth to overcome barriers and complete high school through a program which combines academics with therapy, outdoor adventure-based learning and community involvement. Funds will help to support 80 students in the 2018-19 school year across classrooms in Vancouver, Burnaby and the West Kootenays, and will help to launch a new Take a Hike classroom in Surrey.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) alumnus Barry Macdonald will be recognized on October 4 with the 2018 SFU Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award, for nearly 25 years of contributing his time and financial and leadership acumen to help the university achieve its vision. A fellow chartered professional accountant and recently retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s (PwC) Vancouver office, Macdonald has supported the SFU board of governors, the SFU Foundation, SFU UniverCity Community Trust (chair of the board), SFU campaign cabinet, and the Beedie school of business (chair of the board). Macdonald’s career at PwC spanned 34 years, including seven years as the only North American partner at the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Professional Association of Managing Agents (PAMA) donated a total of $9,510 to CH.I.L.D. Foundation (CHildren with Intestinal and Liver Disorders). The foundation’s mission is to find a cure, in partnership with BC Children’s Hospital, for children who suffer from intestinal and liver disorders. The funds were raised during the 26th annual PAMA golf tournament at Westwood Plateau Golf Course and include a $2,000 donation from BFL Canada, $500 from Brighter Mechanical and $1,010 raised from a 50/50 draw. PAMA is a non-profit organization founded in 1970 to promote professional and ethical residential property management.

RBC Foundation has donated a $50,000 grant to Pacific Parklands Foundation’s Catching the Spirit Youth Society (CTS). CTS offers free youth-led summer camps aimed at developing leadership and social responsibility through environmental stewardship, outdoor recreation and youth ownership. RBC Foundation has donated over $400,000 to CTS since 2002. 

Latitude Agency donated $30,000 in support of a collaborative effort by BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, BC Ministry of Health and the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia to develop an online video learning series about gender-based violence for health sector workers.

White Spot guests across B.C. and Alberta raised a record $116,090 for White Spot’s ninth consecutive Pirate Pak Day fundraiser. White Spot donated $2 from each kids’ and adult Pirate Pak sold to Zajac Ranch, a charity based in Mission that gives campers with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities an unforgettable experience. The funds donated this year will help send more than 75 children and young adults to Zajac Ranch. Since the program’s inception, White Spot has raised a total of $780,776. •