For the record, January 15, 2019

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Philip Steenkamp has been appointed president and vice-chancellor at Royal Roads University. From 2015 to 2018, he served as vice-president, external relations, at University of British Columbia. Previous roles include vice-president, external relations, at Simon Fraser University and president and chief executive officer of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat. He also held senior leadership positions in multiple provincial ministries over a 17-year career in the provincial public service in B.C. and Ontario. Steenkamp succeeds Allan Cahoon, who led Royal Roads University as president and vice-chancellor for 11 years.


David Spratley has been welcomed to the partnership at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. Spratley first joined the firm’s Vancouver office as an articling student in 2001. Since then, he has built a practice focused on intellectual property, information technology and privacy and e-commerce issues.

Ilan Burkes, Robyn Jarvis and David Woolias have joined the partnership at Harris & Co. LLP, one of Western Canada’s largest workplace law and advocacy firms. Burkes’ practice focuses on labour, employment and human rights. Jarvis is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group and has also developed a practice acting for employers in employment and human rights matters. Woolias acts for both public- and private-sector clients in relation to all aspects of employment, labour relations and human rights law.

Laura Duke and Toby Kruger have joined the partnership at Lawson Lundell LLP. Duke and Kruger are part of the litigation and dispute resolution group in the firm’s Vancouver office and Yellowknife office, respectively.

Sunny Dharni has joined Richards Buell Sutton as an associate with the estate and wealth advisory group. His practice focuses on personal estate and incapacity planning, and advising businesses on corporate transactions and succession planning.

Maggie Campbell and Mike Hamata have been welcomed as new partners at Roper Greyell LLP. Campbell and Hamata joined the employment and labour firm in 2017 as associate counsel and associate, respectively. Campbell represents employers on all aspects of employment relations and has represented clients before the B.C. courts, the human rights tribunal and the employment standards tribunal. Hamata practises in all areas of employment and labour law, working primarily as a litigation lawyer and regularly appearing at all levels of court in B.C. and before administrative tribunals.

Ben Capps has joined the partnership at Smythe LLP. Capps started at Smythe in 2011 as a manager and was promoted to senior manager in 2015. His primary focus at the firm is providing accounting and advisory services for private companies, local governments and not-for-profit organizations.


James Pratt has been appointed CEO of Farafena, a company that grows and produces sustainably farmed African food while improving the lives of female farmers and their communities in Africa. Prior to joining Farafena, Pratt was president and director at Mazza Innovation, a botanical extract company, and co-owner of Prosnack Natural Foods, a manufacturer of healthy snack foods. Pratt has served as a director of the Food Innovation Centre of BC, Food Processors of Canada, Canadian Food Innovators and Timia Capital Corp. He has also served as chairman of the Functional Foods Alberta Centre of Excellence and the BC Food Processors Association.


Troy Salt has been promoted to senior vice-president of sales and business development at AG Hair. Salt began his career at AG in 1997 as a sales consultant in the local Vancouver market, expanding his territory, evolving his role and increasing his responsibilities. Over the past 22 years, Salt has held positions such as key account manager, corporate sales manager, Canadian sales manager, director of sales and, most recently, vice-president, sales.

Carmen Sevrens has been named vice-president of sales, West, at PayByPhone, a company specializing in mobile parking payments. Sevrens is a veteran parking technology sales professional with more than 10 years of experience, and was most recently a regional sales manager with T2 Systems. In her new position she will oversee business development throughout the West Coast of the U.S. and Western Canada.

Nicole Lougheed has been appointed senior marketing manager at Roper Greyell LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Lougheed was director of marketing for FocalPoint Coaching, and she has held various marketing roles with Bell Canada, AutoTrader and Constellation Brands.


Robert Dawson has resigned as president and CEO of Blok Technologies Inc. to pursue other business interests. James Hyland, director, will be serving as interim president as the company searches for a permanent president and CEO.


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.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland recently received these donations: Provincial Employee Community Services Fund donated more than $7,900, Parkland Fuel Corp. donated $10,000 and UPS Foundation donated more than $27,000. These donations will help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors and fund activities.

The Gene Haas Foundation donated US$40,000 to the British Columbia Institute of Technology School of Energy’s machinery program.

McKesson Foundation donated over $10,000 in support of Zajac Ranch for Children. The ranch welcomes children and young adults with chronic, debilitating or life-threatening medical conditions, and provides the opportunity to experience summer camp.

The North Shore Community Foundation recently distributed grant awards to organizations providing services and programs to support children, families and seniors living on the North Shore. A total of $65,498 was given to 14 organizations.

Pure Maple Water donated $10,000 to the Milton K. Wong Legacy Project. The project, administered by Dragon Boat BC, focuses on removing barriers, whether physical, social or financial, to participation in paddling sports.

The Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation donated $1,000 towards the Down Syndrome Research Foundation’s programs for individuals with Down syndrome.

Vancouver Firefighter Charities donated $8,000 – over 227 donated holiday gifts from families’ holiday wish lists – for families in Vancouver accessing YWCA Metro Vancouver. Firefighters representing the charity organization dropped by YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Crabtree Corner with the special delivery of toys and surprises for single moms and their children. The YWCA organizes Presents of Peace – holiday hampers for single moms – and other community initiatives like holiday parties during the holiday season, offering safe and inclusive spaces for these women and families to celebrate with each other.

T&T Supermarkets and its customers donated more than $78,000 to help improve local health care at Richmond Hospital. The funds were raised through an in-store fundraising drive at the supermarket’s three Richmond locations in October. T&T Supermarkets matched the donations, making it the single largest funding initiative in the 25-year history of the company. These funds will help fund a new mini C-arm, a mobile diagnostic imaging tool for orthopedics that uses X-rays to help physicians and surgeons examine injuries on the spot and provide care for broken or injured limbs and joints. •