For the record, November 6, 2018

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Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia has elected a new council for the 2018-19 term. The executive is Katherine Tarnai-Lokhorst (president), Harlan Kelly (vice-president) and Caroline Andrews (past president). Councillors elected for a two-year term: Antigone Dixon-Warren, Susan MacDougall, Brock Nanson, Larry Spence and Kevin Turner. Continuing councillors are Doug Barry, Catherine Hickson, Lianna Mah, Nimal Rajapakse, Jeremy Vincent and Tim Watson. Government appointees are Suky Cheema, Ken Laloge, David Wells and John Turner. 


John Catliff has joined Agrima Botanicals, a licensed cannabis producer, as operations manager. Catliff previously worked as general manager at Helly Hansen and president of Sims Snowboards. He is also the second-highest goal scorer of all time for the Canadian national soccer team, with 18 goals between 1984 and 1994.

Meena Ballantyne has been appointed to BlissCo Cannabis Corp.’s board of directors. Ballantyne has held a number of senior positions in the federal Public Service of Canada including deputy minister, Status of Women Canada. As assistant deputy minister of the Health Products and Food Branch at Health Canada, she led the regulatory branch dealing with prescription drugs, biologics, medical devices and natural health products. Ballantyne has served on a number of boards and holds a director designation in corporate governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors. 


Three new associates have recently joined Fasken’s Vancouver office: Glen Nesbitt and Niall Rand have joined the litigation group, while Kristen Woo has joined the labour and employment group.

Kimberly Brown has joined Lawson Lundell LLP as a partner in the firm’s tax group. Recent additions to the firm’s Vancouver office include Lisa Frey, real estate group; Yumeng Zhu, real estate group; Mona Ying, banking and debt financing group; Kevin Hill, litigation and dispute resolution group; Stephanie Wong, real estate group; Joel Schachter, litigation and dispute resolution group; and Catherine Whitehead, research and opinions group.

Michelle Casey, Jason Harman, Aman Sara and Rachelle Wong have all recently completed their articles with the firm and have joined as associates in the Vancouver office.

Thomas Spraggs of Coquitlam’s Spraggs & Co. Law Corp. has been named board chair of the British Columbia Law Institute, a non-profit that seeks to lead in law reform by conducting scholarly research, as well as informing and educating members of law reform. Spraggs has been a member of the board of directors since his 2012 appointment by the attorney general. Spraggs & Co. Law Corp., a family-owned business that Spraggs took over in 2005 as sole owner and operator, has been serving the Tri-Cities for over 40 years. Spraggs has served as the vice-chair of Douglas College and currently co-chairs the civil litigation Tri-Cities/New Westminster section of the Canadian Bar Association.


Jennifer Archibald has been appointed CFO at BlissCo Cannabis Corp. Archibald has more than two decades of experience in complex, multinational public and private companies across a broad range of industries including, most recently, the pharmaceutical industry. Archibald served as CFO and chief business operations officer at Correvio Pharma Corp. Prior to joining Correvio, Archibald managed the accounting operations at the corporate office of the Jim Pattison Group.

Real estate

Graham Held of Kamloops has been re-elected president of the British Columbia Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada for a one-year term. Held began his career in BC Assessment’s Nanaimo office in 1993 and gained experience working in several BC Assessment offices including Pitt Meadows and Burnaby. In 2004 he became deputy assessor for the Surrey office and transferred to the Kamloops office as deputy assessor in 2007.


Robert Grey has been appointed vice-president, corporate communications, at Rugby Mining Ltd. Grey has more than 15 years of experience in the resource industry and recently held senior communication positions with Extorre Gold Mines Ltd. and Exeter Resource Corp.


In recent months, Citizen Relations has welcomed François Vaqué as vice-president, corporate and public affairs, at Citoyen Optimum in Montreal, Stephen Smart as vice-president in Vancouver and Michael MacMillan as vice-president in Toronto. Smart is a former journalist and has nearly 20 years of communications and media experience, including serving as press secretary to the premier of B.C.


Dominic Barton has joined Terramera, a company focused on technology for clean, or organic, food, as chair of its strategic advisory board. Terramera’s mission is to increase global yields while decreasing synthetic chemical loads, to grow affordable, “clean” food for everyone. Barton is a senior partner of McKinsey & Co. and served as global managing partner of the firm from 2009 to 2018. He is chair of the board of directors of Teck Resources, chancellor of the University of Waterloo, chair of the Canadian minister of finance’s advisory council on economic growth and chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council.

Reliq Health Technologies Inc., a technology company that develops mobile health and telemedicine solutions for the community-based health-care market, has announced its chief visionary officer, Giancarlo De Lio, is no longer employed by the company.


Name change

The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, founded in 2011, has changed its name as it transitions into the new regulatory framework for cannabis in Canada. It is now the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers and will be working with its existing members, as well as new and aspiring retailers, to navigate compliance with provincial and municipal licensing regulations.


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.

BC Women’s Hospital Foundation’s annual Glow gala, presented by Telus, raised $2.4 million for women-centred care. The event featured Michael Bublé and guests enjoyed a four-course dinner donated by the Pan Pacific Hotel. The event was dedicated to the expansion of BC Women’s Hospital’s birthing suites.

RBC Foundation donated $10,000 to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. The Jacob and Sandra Silberberg Family Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation, has donated $1,000. Both donations are in support of educational programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome.

RBC also donated $50,000 to Burnaby Hospital. The funds will go toward mental health care.

As Hard Rock Casino Vancouver’s Proud Charity of Choice, Crossroads Hospice Society benefits from various special events held throughout 2018-19. The annual Ultimate Car Show in July typically kicks off fundraising efforts for the casino, but due to labour disputes, the show was cancelled. The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union donated $2,000 to the hospice society to make up for the funds that would have been raised at the show.

Arts Umbrella’s 36th annual Splash art auction and gala raised $560,000 for the youth-oriented non-profit arts organization. About 630 people attended the fundraiser, held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.•