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Tracy London, Donna Vuchinich and Vince Wong have recently joined Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) advancement and alumni engagement team. London has been appointed executive director, university campaigns, and has 30 years of campaign experience in fundraising at SFU and University of British Columbia, as well as in national and international social justice movements. Vuchinich, a fundraiser with more than three decades of experience, has been appointed executive director, university development. Vuchinich was president and CEO of the University of Hawai’i Foundation for the past 14 years, and also spent 11 years in leadership positions at Oregon State University Foundation. Wong has been appointed senior director, advancement services, and has 28 years of progressive leadership experience in team building, financial management, organizational effectiveness, business technology, human resources and developing best practices for both the private and public sectors in B.C.
Anita Nielsen has been appointed executive director, advancement and alumni relations, at the University of the Fraser Valley. Nielsen takes over from Maureen Berlin, who held the position of director of advancement on an interim basis and who has now taken on the new role of director of events and community relations. Nielsen was most recently a senior search and philanthropy consultant at KCI Ketchum Canada. Prior to that role, Nielsen held increasingly senior positions with the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, culminating as associate vice-president, annual and planned giving. Nielsen has also served as director of development for the National Ballet of Canada; manager, corporate giving, for the SickKids Foundation; and development officer for the Royal Ontario Museum board of governors.
Matt Christopherson has joined ICC International Cannabis Corp.’s advisory board. The board was established in November, with the aim of bringing top-tier cannabis-sector talent to help the company. Christopherson is co-founder, president and CEO of Higharchy Cannabis Group, a consortium of companies focused on consumer brands and retail experiences in the cannabis sector. Higharchy provides capital and support to help its partners accelerate growth and maximize value.
Lynsey Gaudin and Saravan Veylan have joined the partnership at MLT Aikins LLP. Gaudin is a lawyer in the firm’s labour and employment group, representing public- and private-sector employers. She also practises in the area of professional regulation and administrative law. Veylan practises in real estate, financial services and corporate/commercial law. He has worked on several high-profile commercial and industrial property transactions and developments; private company mergers, acquisitions and combinations; multi-jurisdictional structured sale transactions; and corporate restructuring transactions and proceedings.
Michael Kennedy has joined Harper Grey LLP as associate counsel in its business law group. Kennedy has more than 30 years of experience providing general corporate and corporate governance advice to a variety of public and private companies. His practice focuses on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions, where he represents issuers and underwriters in the resource, technology, biotechnology and industrial sectors.
Sav Dhaliwal, councillor, City of Burnaby, has been appointed chair of Metro Vancouver’s board of directors. Linda Buchanan, mayor, City of North Vancouver, has been appointed vice-chair. The positions are for a one-year term. The 40-person Metro Vancouver board comprises elected officials representing 21 municipalities, one treaty First Nation and one electoral area. Directors are appointed by their respective councils, except for Electoral Area A, where the director is elected. The number of directors from each municipality reflects its population – with one vote for every 20,000 people, up to a maximum of five votes.
William Jung has been appointed to Luckystrike Resources Ltd.’s board of directors, replacing Reimar Koch, who has retired. Jung is a former chartered accountant and has more than 35 years of experience in finance and business. He is currently a director and chief financial officer of Columbia Crest Gold Corp., a director and corporate secretary of Juggernaut Exploration Ltd. and a director of Goldstrike Resources Ltd., all of which are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
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Patrons at the Arms Pub in Port Coquitlam raised and donated $15,000 for Crossroads Hospice Society through the pub’s fifth annual football pool. Over the past five years, the football pool has raised $50,500 for end-of-life care.
Members of 100 Women Who Care Vancouver donated $12,500 to L’Arche Greater Vancouver, a charity dedicated to creating homes and day programs in which people with and without developmental disabilities live, work and discover faith together. Through its Neighbours Helping Neighbours program, L’Arche Greater Vancouver reaches out to the elderly and others with physical disabilities in Burnaby, South Vancouver and New Westminster to assist with basic gardening and light repair chores.
The Evening Optimist Club of Coquitlam donated $1,000 to support Children of the Street Society’s school-based prevention program for children and youth living in Tri-Cities communities.
The Dr. Pavlou Foundation donated $10,000 to BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. The donation will be directed to survivor support services, which provide hospital and survivor support and recovery programs for burn survivors and their families. The Dr. Pavlou Foundation was established in December 2018 by Dr. Christopher Pavlou, founder of Skin Technique Medical Aesthetics.
The Ames Family Foundation donated $5,000 to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF), in direct support of the development of its forthcoming reading assessment tool. The CKNW Kids’ Fund donated $3,019 to the DSRF’s speech language therapy services. •