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Roseanna Gentry has joined Lindsay Kenney LLP’s Langley office as an associate in the firm’s general litigation group. Gentry’s practice will focus on personal injury law.
Jill Dunn, Jessica Ma and Maya Stano have joined Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office as associates. Dunn has joined the securities group; her practice is focused on corporate finance for public and private companies. Ma has joined the firm’s real estate group; her practice is focused on corporate, commercial real estate, commercial lending and commercial leasing. Stano has joined the firm’s environmental and Indigenous law groups; her practice is focused on natural resource, environmental and Indigenous law.
Children of the Street Society recently elected its board of directors. Returning board members are Carol Cahoon (acting president), school trustee, School District 43 Coquitlam; Zachariah Guy (vice-president); Jim Walker (treasurer), Bloom Group; and Matt Burton, auxiliary firefighter. New to the board is Stephanie Clarke, former program manager for Children of the Street Society.
E. Blair Lockhart and Tom Loski have been appointed to four-year terms as full-time commissioners at the BC Utilities Commission. Effective December 31, Dennis Cole and Richard Mason have been reappointed to terms ending on December 31, 2021. Miriam Kresivo, Bernard Magnan and Richard Revel have been reappointed to terms ending on December 31, 2019.
Lockhart has practised law since 1991 and is also a geologist; she was a prosecutor with the attorney general as well as general counsel for several mineral exploration companies. Lockhart volunteers extensively and served as national president for CISV Canada, an international children’s peace education organization.
Loski has 34 years of experience working with energy utilities in B.C. and has spent the majority of his career with the FortisBC group of companies and its predecessors, where he held a variety of senior management and executive roles. This experience included positions in finance, strategic planning, operations, marketing, energy supply, regulatory affairs and customer service, where he served as the vice-president responsible for the successful repatriation of the customer service function after it was outsourced 10 years previously.
Kent Churn has been appointed chief operating officer for LiteLink Labs Inc., a subsidiary of LiteLink. LiteLink provides enterprise-level solutions utilizing artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to solve the logistics industry’s fragmented and outdated technology problem. Churn was a managing partner over a 19-year career at Accenture and has worked as a consultant at Telus and an account partner at Bell Canada.
Roamy Valera has been named CEO, U.S. and Canada, at PayByPhone, a company specializing in mobile parking payments. Valera is the current chair of the International Parking and Mobility Institute’s board of directors and has nearly 30 years of parking industry experience. He began his career as an enforcement officer for the Miami Parking Authority and joins PayByPhone from NewTown Advisors, a parking and mobility consulting firm where he served as CEO.
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TimberWest has donated $25,000 through the Indspire Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program for a five-year period that started this year and is running until 2022. This post-secondary scholarship program is for Indigenous students enrolled in forest management studies. Indspire has received matching funding from the Government of Canada, raising the scholarship to a total of $50,000. The TimberWest Indigenous Forestry Education Award will be awarded on an annual basis to First Nations students representing one of the three major language groups on Vancouver Island: the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth or Kwakwaka’wakw territories. Students must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution studying forest resource management or natural resource management, forest sciences or fisheries, or apprenticeships, skilled trades and technician certificate or diploma programs to be eligible for the annual $5,000 award.
The CKNW Kids’ Fund donated $6,000 to Pals Autism School’s Behaviour Support Bursary Fund, which provides funding for students requiring additional trained support staff and challenging-behaviour expertise. Pals is a non-profit, independent school in Vancouver providing year-round, individualized educational, therapeutic and recreational programs for children and adolescents with autism.
Chris Spencer Foundation and Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundations donated $9,000 and $5,000, respectively, to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s Go Girls! program. These funds will match at-risk girls with supportive group mentoring to promote physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem.
The Wolrige Foundation and Coast Capital Savings also donated $6,000 and $12,000, respectively, to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.
The owners of Marine Hairstyling for Men and its clients have donated $65,001 to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. The funds will be directed to supporting young readers with Down syndrome. This total includes a $25,000 matching donation from longtime foundation supporter Chris Forman.
Guests at the fifth annual Chef’s Charity Dinner, presented by Canadian National Railway at the Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, raised and donated $47,163 to Dan’s Legacy Foundation. The funds will go towards the charity’s counselling and life-skills programs for youth affected by trauma-based mental health and addictions challenges. •