For the record, October 23, 2018

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IBI Group recently promoted several employees: Jeff Christianson, Salim Narayanan, Clement Pun, Bill Quan and Gwyn Vose. Christianson has been with the company for 29 years and has also been promoted to director, senior practice lead. Narayanan has been with the company for 21 years and has been promoted to director, senior practice lead. Pun, who has been promoted to associate director, practice lead, architecture, has been with the firm for 14 years. Quan, promoted to director, senior practice lead, has been with the firm for 20 years. Vose, also promoted to director, senior practice lead, has been with the firm for 18 years.


Emily Gaudette, Mila Mattson and Carleen Thomas have been appointed to Capilano University’s board of governors. Gaudette is a third-year student pursuing an associate of arts degree in global stewardship at the university. Mattson is a divisional supervisor for the faculty of education, health and human development at Capilano University. Thomas is the special projects manager for the treaty, lands and resources department of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.


Steven Chan has resigned from Imagin Medical’s board of directors for personal reasons. Chris Bleck has been appointed as Chan’s successor. Bleck has more than three decades of experience within the global health-care industry; he most recently worked as the chief operating officer for OvaScience, a life science company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for infertility. Imagin Medical is developing new imaging solutions for the detection and visualization of cancer.

Human Resources

Sarita DeVries has joined Strive Recruitment as director of business development. DeVries has more than 12 years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry; she will lead sales and marketing strategies and drive the development of Strive’s newly created corporate administration division.


Sukhminder Virk, associate lawyer in Lindsay Kenney LLP’s Langley office, has been elected chair of the Justice Institute of BC’s board of governors. Virk has served on various committees including external relations, governance, human resources and finance and audit since joining the board in 2013.

Andrea Zappavigna has joined Forte Law – Employment Law Solutions, where she leads the firm’s new office in North Vancouver. Zappavigna has 14 years of legal practice experience, advising businesses, individuals and unions in all matters of labour and employment law.

Gordon Campbell, former B.C. premier, has joined Edelman as a strategic adviser. Campbell will be working out of Edelman’s Ottawa office but will be available to clients across Canada for public affairs counsel. Campbell served as B.C.’s premier from 2001 to 2011 and, prior to that, was Vancouver’s 35th mayor from 1986 to 1993. More recently, he was Canada’s high commissioner to the U.K. from 2011 to 2016.


Stanis Smith, executive vice-president, Stantec, has been appointed chair of the Rick Hansen Foundation accessibility certification advisory committee. Smith has been a member of the committee since early 2017.


R. Bruce Duncan, executive chairman, Canada Carbon, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Canada India Economic Council (CIEC). CIEC’s mission is to be the premier umbrella agency to promote and support the development of economic opportunities in Canada and India to strengthen bilateral trade relations and economic partnerships between the countries.


Titan Mining Corp. has announced the appointment of three new directors to its board of directors – John Boehner, former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives; James Gowans, former CEO, Arizona Mining; and William Mulrow, senior adviser, Blackstone Group, an alternative asset manager.


Julie Averill, executive vice-president and chief technology officer, Lululemon, has been appointed the first independent board member for Indochino. Averill will provide counsel on Indochino’s technology infrastructure and ongoing growth strategy. Averill has more than 25 years of experience leveraging technology to transform retail businesses, enhance customer experiences and build global brands. Before joining Lululemon in May 2017, she held positions at Nordstrom and REI.


Warren Mirko has joined Outsource Marketing as marketing director. Mirko has nine years of experience in public relations, corporate and government affairs. Through his experience in the regulatory sphere, Mirko has overseen communications and policy development on sensitive and high-profile projects regularly in the news and discussed in government.

Victory Square Technologies Inc., a publicly traded accelerator focused on blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, augmented reality and other immersive technologies, has named AI pioneer Fakhri Karray to its advisory board. Karray is the University of Waterloo’s research chair professor in electrical and computer engineering and the co-director of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute. He holds the Loblaw’s research chair in AI, has co-authored two dozen U.S. patents and chaired/co-chaired 14 international conferences in his area of expertise.


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.

Toronto lawyer Rob Collins donated $1 million to support ovarian cancer research at BC Cancer Agency. The donation was made through the Janet D. Cottrelle Foundation – Collins’ wife, Janet Cottrelle, died from cancer in April 2017. BC Cancer Agency’s ovarian cancer research team’s mission is to cut 50% of ovarian cancer cases by 2034. Every 3.5 hours, a Canadian woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

United Way of the Lower Mainland has committed to donate $100,000 to Abbotsford’s gang-prevention program In It Together, helping keep the program open for local youth. The donation will ensure youth at risk of gang involvement, and their families, receive support. In It Together, formally known as the Abbotsford Comprehensive Youth Gang Reduction Program, is a collaborative initiative of the Youth Resource Centre and South Asian Community Resource Office at Abbotsford Community Services, and has the Abbotsford Police Department, John Howard Society and Abbotsford School District as project partners.

RBC Foundation donated $25,000 to the Take a Hike Foundation through RBC Future Launch. Take a Hike empowers vulnerable youth to overcome barriers and graduate through an alternate high school program that combines academics, therapy, adventure-based learning and community involvement. Funding from RBC Foundation will help support 80 students across four classrooms in Vancouver, Burnaby and the West Kootenays, and will help to launch a fifth classroom in Surrey.

The Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation donated $8,000 to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds are part of a three-year pledge to help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors through its one-to-one mentoring program.

Port Moody’s Rock the Block committee donated $4,258.26 to Crossroads Hospice Society. The funds were proceeds from the city-wide reunion block party in mid-July. Festivities included live bands, food trucks, a beer garden and 50/50 draws.

TD Bank Group donated $2,500 to Zajac Ranch for Children’s summer medical camps. From volunteering at the ranch to donations to corporate sponsorships, TD has been a long-time supporter of Zajac Ranch programs.

Universal Coach Line donated $1,000 to Pacific Parklands Foundation, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks. •