For the record, October 30, 2018

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The Insurance Institute of BC has announced its 2018-19 governing council: Sharon Craver (president), Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (ICBC); Kerry McLaughlin (first vice-president, academic division), Western Financial Group; Kelly Krakonchuk (second vice-president, professional division), RSA; Sarah Tung (secretary-treasurer), AXA XL; Manjit Biring (past president), HUB International Insurance Brokers; Melissa Stedman (Vancouver Island chapter president), Aon Reed Stenhouse; Debra Copeland (chair, marketing and communications), Intact Insurance; Lianne Crawford (chair, seminars), HUB International Insurance Brokers; Angela McIldoon (chair, education), ICBC; Vicki Rowan (chair, events), Intact Insurance; and Carol Ann Slack (chair, Thompson Okanagan), Economical Insurance.


Paul R. Dillman Jr. has been promoted from vice-president of sales and marketing to executive vice-president of global sales and marketing at Emerald Health Therapeutics, a licensed producer and seller of dried cannabis and cannabis oil for medical purposes. Dillman has three decades of experience in global marketing, sales and general management and, prior to Emerald, held senior positions at the Coca-Cola Co., AB InBev, Philip Morris and Kraft Foods.

Human Resources

Jesse Sims has been appointed vice-president of strategic alliances at Visier, a company focused on people analytics and planning. Sims has more than 18 years of experience building and scaling partner networks and strategic alliances for public and private companies. He joins Visier from Vision Critical where, as senior vice-president of business development, he led the global growth of the company’s cloud platform with partners.


Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP has welcomed its newest associate, Emily Unrau, who is joining the firm’s insurance practice group.

Three new associates have recently joined Fasken’s Vancouver office: Jae-Yeon Lim has joined the immigration group, while Cole Rodocker and Daniel Siu have joined the litigation group.


David Hodgson and Lazarus Shigwedha have been appointed as independent directors to the board of Osino Resources Corp. Hodgson was co-director alongside Osino’s founders and officers, Heye Daun and Alan Friedman, on the board of Auryx Gold Corp. He formerly held a series of senior and executive positions over three decades with the Anglo American and De Beers group of companies. Shigwedha is a Namibian-born emerging markets and frontier portfolio manager with Investec Asset Management in Cape Town. He has deployed capital into emerging markets over the last 12 years, particularly into cement, infrastructure and resources and has broad investment experience across several sectors in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. These appointments follow the resignation of David Toyoda as director.

Michael L. MacDonald, senator, has been appointed to Canada Carbon’s board of directors. MacDonald is a Nova Scotia businessman who was appointed to the Senate on January 2, 2009. He is on a number of Senate committees including Transport and Communications and Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (deputy chair). In addition to his parliamentary duties, MacDonald serves as vice-chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group and is counsellor for the Canadian section of ParlAmericas.

Zara Kanji, a founder of Zara Kanji & Associates (established 2004), has been appointed CFO of Quadron Cannatech Corp. Kanji replaces Robert Chisholm as CFO.


Gary Sandberg has resigned, for personal reasons, from his position as senior vice-president, technical services, at EnWave Corp. He has also resigned from the board of directors.


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Michael Roszell, currently working at Burnaby’s Pear Tree Restaurant, has been awarded a $1,600 scholarship from the Chefs’ Table Society of BC. The funds will help to offset Roszell’s travel costs for an internship in Montreal with Marc-André Royal, who operates a multi-unit bakery concept, La Bête à pain, and a bistro, Le St-Urbain. Roszell’s goal is to learn more about larger-scale artisanal baking and pastry work.

RBC donated a $10,000 grant to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help the organization by funding a career camp project to support at-risk girls. RBC also donated $25,000 to Decoda Literacy Foundation in support of the Fostering Literacy program.

Microsoft Canada Inc. donated $10,000 to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. The funds will help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors through its one-to-one mentoring program.

The recent Gold Heart Gala, presented by Cactus Club Cafe, raised $300,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity to benefit children with special needs in B.C.

The Esposito family of Abbotsford recently donated $1,125,000 to the University of the Fraser Valley to support student scholarships and activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship. This is the largest donation received by the university in its 44-year history. Most of the funding ($1 million) will go to support a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship to be named after the Esposito family. $125,000 will be endowed to support annual student awards. The Espositos (Paul Sr. and his sons Paul Jr. and Frank) ran Finnegan’s Pub and Phoenix Ballroom facilities until this past January. •