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Ralph Berzins and Rod Terry have been named chief financial officer and chief revenue officer, respectively, at Abbotsford-based Phantom Screens, a retractable-screen maker. Berzins previously held positions as vice-president, finance, at Serta Simmons Bedding Canada and vice-president, financial integration, at Chicago-based OfficeMax. Terry’s previous experience includes positions as president, Creekside Customer Foods, and president and chief executive officer at Larosa Fine Foods Inc.
Michael Currie has been appointed associate dean, building design and construction technology, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) School of Construction and the Environment. Previously, Currie was program head of the architectural and building technology diploma program at the school. Currie has more than 20 years of architectural industry experience and over 15 years of teaching and academic administrative experience.
Darren Plested has been appointed Hong Kong alumni ambassador for BCIT after the BCIT Alumni Association celebrated its 40th anniversary this year by launching a Hong Kong alumni chapter. The new chapter aims to connect and support BCIT’s international activities in the region, including in countries like China and Vietnam. Plested is a 1994 graduate of BCIT’s engineering technology program and heads business development and innovation at Infiniti’s global head office.
Brett Gagnon has joined GroupHealth as vice-president, information technology (IT). Prior to joining GroupHealth, Gagnon – an 18-year veteran in the IT field – held a consulting role and facilitated the migration of four independent companies into one advanced technology environment within the mining industry. GroupHealth, which insures more than 4,500 client groups across Canada, has offices in Vancouver and Surrey locally.
Mia McCannel has joined Vancouver-based human resources outsourcing firm Pivot HR Services as a human resources consultant. McCannel’s experience in human resources includes specific interest in workplace health and wellness. She has previous experience in international business and tourism from appointments at Marriott International and Accor Hotels.
Scott Marcinkow and Joel Morris have joined the partnership of Harper Grey LLP. Marcinkow is one of the Harper Grey in-house authorities on human rights law and also represents professionals in a broad range of regulatory investigations. Morris focuses on professional liability, commercial litigation and administrative law, and is among the youngest lawyers to be named partner at Harper Grey.
Sam Lupton has joined Digby Leigh & Co. in the corporate/commercial group. Lupton’s practice is focused on a wide range of business clients including individuals, trusts, partnerships and corporations on various matters.
Craig Garries, owner, PostNet West Kelowna, has been named president of the board of directors for West Kelowna’s Greater Westside Board of Trade. Joining Garries on the board is Calvin Barr, owner, Ever-Clear Window Cleaning and Luxury Lake Tours (vice-president); Debbie Dupasquier, outside sales, Bluestar Coachlines (second vice-president); Sarah Sabo, owner, Aries Accounting (treasurer); Ray Kandola, owner, City Furniture (secretary); and Bobby Gidda, president, Volcanic Hills Winery (past president).
Michael Janczak and Dan Fergusson have been appointed vice-presidents of sales and business development at Rival Technologies, a consumer-engagement firm that uses social media and messaging platforms like Snapchat and Instagram to gather feedback on brands. Both Janczak and Fergusson have previous experience at Vision Critical, which was founded by Rival CEO Andrew Reid. Janczak will focus on health-care, utilities, finance and automotive sectors, while Fergusson will work in media, sports, entertainment, retail and telecom sectors.
Adrian Percy has been named chair of the science and technology advisory council by Terramera, a clean-food technology company. Percy formerly served as the global head of research and development for the crop science division of Bayer and has over 25 years of experience in the global agriculture industry.
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Modern Niagara Vancouver (MNV)donated $5,000 to North Shore Rescue towards the replacement of helmets in use at the rescue service. The donation was made after MNV learned about the head injury involving one of the volunteer members at North Shore Rescue.
Richards Buell Sutton donated $25,000 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank as part of Food Bank Friday.
Westcoast Wills & Estates donated 3% of revenue to Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Harvest Project and Doctors without Borders.
Avison Young’s Vancouver office donated more than $10,900 to support Children of the Street Society’s work to stop the sexual exploitation of young people in B.C. Employee donations were topped up with a $4,000 corporate donation during the firm’s December charity fundraising campaign. •