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Vivek Taneja, chemical engineer, has been appointed to Yield Growth Corp.’s development team to develop plans for commercial hemp root oil production and to assist with the company’s planned cannabis extraction and product processing facility. Taneja has more than 24 years of project management experience, including expertise in pilot plant and scale-up studies, production management and technical project leadership. Prior to this appointment, Taneja was the project manager on over $50 million of engineering design and construction projects for global companies including Coca-Cola in Australia, Indonesia and India, Nestlé Waters and Minute Maid.
Anita Leonoff has been promoted to office lead at IBI Group. Leonoff has been with the firm for more than 30 years, managing projects including Holt Renfrew, Hotel Vancouver and Lord Kitchener Elementary School.
Ash Amlani, R. Paul Dhillon and Patricia Heintzman have been appointed to Capilano University’s board of governors and will serve until July 31, 2020. Amlani is an engagement specialist and most recently served as the West Coast policy adviser to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. Dhillon is a journalist, screenwriter, producer and director who has made several short and feature-length films, including Sweet Amerika, The Bhangra Generation and Moe Sihota: Feared and Desired. Heintzman has been involved in many aspects of local government, including four years as mayor of Squamish and three terms as a councillor there.
Smythe LLP has promoted two managers at its downtown Vancouver office. Dora Reid is now senior manager, while Gagandeep Ahluwalia is manager. Reid joined Smythe in 2008 and is primarily focused on providing accounting, assurance and advisory services to private companies in various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, hospitality and retail. Ahluwalia joined Smythe’s advisory practice in 2017 and has worked on a number of buy and sell-side merger and acquisition advisory engagements, as well as business valuations in the contexts of management buyouts, succession planning and matrimonial disputes. Prior to joining Smythe Advisory, Ahluwalia spent four years with Smythe’s accounting practice, providing assurance and tax services to private companies across a broad range of industries.
Andrew Cribb has been appointed senior vice-president and regional head, Pacific region, branch banking, at TD Bank Group, succeeding Mauro Manzi, who served as senior vice-president, Pacific region, for more than five years and has decided to pursue other opportunities outside the organization. Cribb began his career at Capital One Canada, where he was head of product and marketing strategy and held various roles with increasingly more responsibility over 12 years in both the U.K. and Canada. Most recently at TD, Cribb was vice-president, North American phone channel.
Dmitrii Terpylo has joined the general litigation group as an associate in the Langley office of Lindsay Kenney LLP. Terpylo’s practice will focus on family law.
David M. Johnson has been appointed CEO at Westport Fuel Systems and will also join the firm’s board of directors. Johnson succeeds Nancy S. Gougarty, who is retiring and also stepping down from the board of directors. Prior to this appointment, Johnson served 10 years as president and CEO of Achates Power. Prior to his most recent role, Johnson served in a variety of roles with some of the world’s leading automotive companies, including senior roles at Navistar, Ford and General Motors.
Trevali Mining Corp. has announced that Mark Cruise plans to step down as president and CEO and Mike Hoffman plans to step down as chair of the company’s board of directors. Both Cruise and Hoffman will continue in their current roles until their successors are appointed. During the interim period, the board has formed a transition oversight committee to oversee the search process and ensure an efficient transition, and to provide additional oversight and support.
Jana Madill has been appointed general manager of TTG Partnerships. Prior to this appointment, Madill was director of sponsorship sales and client service with the firm. Before joining TTG Partnerships in 2015, Madill ran her own consulting firm, Digg Marketing, where she developed and implemented a variety of integrated marketing and communications programs for a diverse roster of corporate entities. During her career, Madill has worked with recognizable brands such as Coca-Cola, Molson Canadian and Seventh Generation.
Christin Wiedemann has been appointed president at Radical I/O Technology, a technology consultancy and lab that specializes in enterprise software development, working with smart cities, government, social-impact enterprises and education groups. Previously, Wiedemann was executive vice-president and chief scientist at PQA Testing. Wiedemann also serves as the B.C. chapter co-chair of Women in Communications and Technology and is the past president of Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology.
Ian Marr and Mike Davidson have been appointed chief executive officer and chief operating officer, respectively, at the Port of Nanaimo. Marr had shared the co-CEO title with Davidson for the past several months. Marr, a certified general accountant and chartered professional accountant, had served the previous five years as senior vice-president of finance and administration. Originally from Scotland, Marr started working for the Nanaimo Harbour Commission, as it was then called, in 1987, in property leasing. Nanaimo-raised Davidson joined the port in 1985 and has been managing port properties since 1992.
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Vancity donated a $5,000 Go Paperless grant to Kids Up Front Foundation, a non-profit that provides tickets for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go to sporting events, concerts and other events. The grant was given as part of the Vancity Community Partnership program and will help the foundation to go paperless and to invest in a new ticketing system update.
The Arthur J.E. Child Foundation donated a $10,000 grant to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation in support of educational programs for students with Down syndrome. •