For the record, September 25, 2018

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Devon Skinner, architect, has joined Wensley Architecture Ltd.’s Victoria office. Skinner has eight years of architectural experience in a variety of sectors: multi-family, residential, mixed use, retail, commercial, corporate interiors, hospitality and industrial.


Daniel Weeks has been appointed to serve a second five-year term as president at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Student numbers have grown over the past two years and the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign is expected to surpass its original $15 million goal. UNBC is now home to new undergraduate engineering programs – for the first time, students will be able to complete a civil or environmental engineering degree in northern B.C. Prior to joining UNBC in 2014, Weeks was vice-president, research, at the University of Lethbridge. 


Welbert Choi, chef de cuisine at Forage, has been promoted to executive chef of Forage, Timber and Forage Catering. Margo Baloro, restaurant operations manager, has also been promoted to the new role of general manager, food and beverage front of house. Choi joined Forage as pastry chef in 2012 and was promoted to chef de cuisine in 2014. Baloro has held several restaurant management roles before joining Forage as opening manager in 2012. In 2015 she was promoted to restaurant operations manager and helped open Timber, the company’s second West End restaurant. She then took on the marketing, communications and media relations for both restaurants.

Sam Jonnery, sommelier, has been appointed assistant general manager at Gotham Steakhouse & Bar. After five years leading the wine programs at Il Divino and Le Crocodile, Jonnery joined Gotham Steakhouse in 2015 and curates a cellar that regularly includes up to 500 labels. Gotham will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019.

Ned Bell has been appointed executive director of culinary at the Vancouver Club. In addition to his continued role as ambassador and executive chef for Ocean Wise, Bell is the founder of Chefs for Oceans, established to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable seafood. Bell recently served as chef ambassador for Westcoast Sightseeing’s Dinner in the Sky Canada and executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW Seafood + Bar and had a seven-season run on Food Network Canada’s Cook Like a Chef TV series.


Stephanie Hollingshead has been appointed CEO at HR Tech Group, an association of human resources professionals employed in B.C. tech companies. Allison Rutherford, who founded HR Tech Group more than 25 years ago and was the firm’s executive director, has retired. Rutherford will remain as a member of the board of directors. Prior to this appointment, Hollingshead was vice-president of human resources at Sierra Systems; she previously served as chair of HR Tech Group’s steering committee from 2007 to 2009 and has worked on various committees and conferences for the association.


Daniel C. Lee has joined Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP as an associate in its corporate/commercial, immigration and labour and employment practice groups.


John Crawford has been appointed president and CEO at Pacific Blue Cross, following a nine-month tenure as interim president and CEO. Crawford joined Pacific Blue Cross three decades ago. Prior to being named interim president and CEO, he was CFO. In recognition of his philanthropy and professional career, he was given a BC CFO Awards lifetime achievement award from Business in Vancouver this year.

Deb Bryant has been appointed CEO of YWCA Metro Vancouver, effective October 29, replacing Michelle Sing, who served as interim CEO. Bryant has been CEO of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC since 2014. Prior to that, she served as director of community investment and impact with United Way of the Lower Mainland.


Tanis Sullivan has joined Angell Hasman & Associates Realty, a luxury real estate agency. Sullivan has 20 years of public relations experience. As the owner of the boutique public relations consultancy Tanis Sullivan Communications, she has marketed luxury brands including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Bentley, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz and has worked with several Vancouver real estate developers, including Naikoon Contracting, Lanstone Homes, DMRC Properties and Concord Pacific Group.


Mathew Lee and Alicia Milne have been appointed CFO and corporate secretary, respectively, at both Metallic Minerals Corp. and Group Ten Metals Inc. Lee is a chartered accountant with experience in both public and private company operations across various sectors, including mineral resources and financial services. Milne has more than 20 years’ experience providing corporate secretary, securities compliance and corporate paralegal services to publicly listed companies. Lee and Milne replace Tim Thiessen, who has stepped down from his roles as CFO and corporate secretary for Group Ten and Metallic Minerals to concentrate on his responsibilities at Foran Mining on a full-time basis.


Paul Adam Rubenstein has been promoted from vice-president of advisory services at Visier to chief people officer. Rubenstein has more than 25 years of experience consulting and working in HR. Prior to Visier, Rubenstein was a partner at Aon Hewitt, where he advised large enterprise HR leaders on talent and HR function strategy, and was the general manager of the leadership and assessment businesses. Rubenstein’s experience includes global consulting at Mercer and working in the HR functions of Home Box Office, Scholastic and Hyatt Hotels.



McDermott & Bull, an executive search firm and adviser to corporations and private equity groups, is opening an office in Vancouver. Paul Gibbons, a 20-year search and talent acquisition executive, joins the firm as managing partner and will lead the firm’s expansion throughout Canada.


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.

Pizza Hut restaurants across B.C. raised and donated $100,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through the annual Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes. The Grandview Highway store raised the most money out of the 48 Pizza Hut restaurants that participated: $7,234. All together, Pizza Hut locations within Vancouver raised $12,137.

RBC Foundation donated $25,000 to support Vancouver Community College’s transportation trades sampler program. The new program was developed in partnership with the B.C. Industry Training Authority, the Vancouver School Board and Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre to offer high school students exposure to trades programs such as automotive collision repair, automotive refinishing, automotive service and heavy mechanical trades.•