For the record, January 1, 2019

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Edmonton-based Scott Hennig has been appointed president and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), Canada’s leading non-partisan citizens’ advocacy group fighting for lower taxes, less waste and accountable government. Founded in 1990, the CTF has more than 141,000 supporters and seven offices across Canada. The CTF is funded by free-will, non-tax-receiptable contributions. Hennig first joined the CTF in 2005 and most recently held the position of vice-president, communications, from 2012 until now. Outgoing president and CEO Troy Lanigan has left CTF after 26 years to take on new challenges.

Jeffrey Reeves will be joining the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada as vice-president, research, effective January 7. Formerly director of Asian studies at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Reeves’ extensive career as a researcher, analyst, instructor and senior strategist has largely focused on statecraft and traditional and non-traditional security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Reeves has more than 15 years of experience living and working in Asia, including as an associate professor with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in the U.S., as a research fellow with Griffith University in Australia and as an instructor at Peking University in China.

Paulina Cameron has been appointed CEO at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. In 2008, she co-founded Young Women in Business, which she led until 2015 and is now a national non-profit organization that provides personal and professional development for young female leaders. Most recently, Cameron was regional director for Western Canada at Futurpreneur Canada, overseeing the leadership and development of Western Canada operations and strategic partnerships. She gained her business expertise working at KPMG in audit and management consulting.


Chand Jagpal has been appointed director of Quadron Cannatech Corp., which provides equipment, products and service solutions for the authorized cannabis industry, and Scott Ackerman has resigned as a director. Jagpal has more than 20 years’ experience in public company management including accounting/financial disclosure and compliance responsibilities in the medical cannabis, agriculture, biotech, nutraceuticals, real estate development and business software systems industries. 

Daniel Vass has resigned as president of Natural Health Services Ltd. (NHS), a subsidiary of Sunniva Inc., a North American provider of cannabis products and services. Vass also resigned as director of the company. Mark Kimmins, medical director, will take over day-to-day management of NHS until a suitable replacement for Vass is found.

Paul Chu has been appointed president and CEO at Weekend Unlimited Inc., a company that aims to become the world’s leading recreational cannabis lifestyle brand. Chu has more than 25 years of experience across a variety of industries, and has co-founded and held leadership positions at companies in the cannabidiol cannabis industry, including Hey Mary and Canna Candys. Chu replaces founding president and CEO Cody Corrubia.


Catherine Stewart has been appointed chef de cuisine at Tableau Bar Bistro in Coal Harbour. Stewart has worked at Michelin-star restaurants La Pyramide in Vienne, France, and La Cuisine de Joël Robuchon in London, England, as well as the kitchens of Château La Lagune. Stewart co-owned Pâtisserie d’Autrefois in La Brède, France, and also worked as a private chef and consultant before returning to Vancouver in 2018.


Bryan Hicks has joined Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office as a partner in the litigation group. Hicks practises in corporate/commercial litigation with a focus on complex commercial matters, including contractual and tort disputes, project-based disputes, commercial leasing and construction matters.

Daniel L.R. Yaverbaum has joined Harper Grey LLP as an associate with its commercial litigation group. Yaverbaum has several years of experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation in various practice areas and sectors, including product liability, corporate litigation, real estate and energy. He was most recently with Dentons’ Vancouver office.


Teck Resources Ltd. has appointed Greg Brouwer to vice-president, technology and innovation; he joined Teck in 1998 and was previously general manager, technology and innovation.

Amparo Cornejo has been appointed vice-president, Chile sustainability and corporate affairs; she joined Teck in 2014 and was previously director, social responsibility and corporate affairs. Chris Dechert has been appointed vice-president, South America; he joined Teck in 2009 and was previously vice-president, copper operations, Chile.

Sepanta Dorri has been appointed vice-president, corporate development; she joins Teck from Teranga Gold Corp., where she was vice-president, corporate and stakeholder development, Canada.

Karla Mills has been appointed vice-president, project development; she joined Teck in 2013 and was previously acting vice-president, project development.

Crystal Prystai has been promoted from director, finance, reporting and compliance, to vice-president and corporate controller; she joined Teck in 2008.

Keith Stein has been appointed vice-president, major projects; he joined Teck in 2012 as vice-president, project development, and was most recently acting project director for Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 in Chile.


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.

Toys “R” Us Canada donated more than 700,000 toys to Canadian toy drives this holiday season. More than 600,000 unwrapped toys were distributed to Salvation Army community centres across Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. More than 100,000 toys were donated to Toronto’s Bay Street Fore a Cause, in support of various children’s charities including Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto, Grant Thornton Foundation and Good Shepherd.

RBC Foundation donated more than $250,000 to the United Way of the Lower Mainland, in direct support of the United Way Future Leaders program. The program will help youth aged 15 to 29 gain leadership skills and practical work experience, setting them up for future success in securing long-term employment. The Future Leaders program is one local application of RBC Future Launch, a 10-year, $500 million initiative investing in helping young people gain access and opportunity to the skills, job experience and career networks needed for the future world of work.

Coast Capital Savings donated $71,035 worth of computer-related equipment to BC Technology for Learning Society (BCTLS). The donation consisted of more than 750 computers and 150 monitors and was facilitated by Sudden Technologies. BCTLS collects donated computers, trains and hires youth to refurbish them and then distributes the computers to schools, non-profits, libraries and First Nations communities.

The Corporation of the District of North Vancouver and the Corporation of the District of West Vancouver donated $3,400 and more than $2,000, respectively, to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors.

IA Financial Group donated $150,000 to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice to provide medical care, respite and counselling to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Last year more than 728 children and families benefited from free, specialized pediatric palliative care.

The recent Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation’s Be the One Gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, raised more than $115,000 to support student awards and learning. Presented by Rocky Mountaineer, the event celebrated the Justice Institute’s 40th anniversary.

The 2018 VIATEC Foundation (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council) Food Bank Challenge raised and donated $45,224.40 in cash and 3,246 pounds of food to Victoria’s Mustard Seed Street Church and Food Bank. The weight in food is a new record, more than doubling last year’s weight, and is equal to $6,492 ($2 per pound). This brought the total 2018 value to $51,716.40.

Ono Vancouver, a culinary consultancy organization, and Silver Chef, a hospitality financier, donated $10,000 to Dan’s Legacy Foundation. The funds will go directly to the Dan’s Warehouse project, a work-skills training program for youth in care, or who are aging out of care, who often face barriers to employment.•