For the record, March 5, 2019

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Mabel Law has joined Peter Rose Architecture + Interiors Inc. as controller/office manager. Law has 30 years of accounting experience in the forestry, construction and home automation industries.


Working Opportunity Fund (EVCC) Ltd. has announced that, in connection with the transition of the fund’s manager to PenderFund Capital Management Ltd., Maria Pacella has been appointed president, CEO and a director of the fund, while Gina Jones has been appointed chief financial officer of the fund. Pacella is senior vice-president, private equity, and portfolio manager with Pender. Pacella has been investing in emerging growth companies with a focus on technology businesses since 2001. Pacella is currently a director on the boards of Clarius Mobile Health and BasicGov Systems and an observer on the board of Tantalus Systems; she is also on Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business advisory board. Jones joined Pender as chief operating officer and chief compliance officer in June 2017. In June 2018, she became Pender’s CFO. Previously, Jones was chief operating officer and CFO of an independent brokerage firm in Vancouver, as well as the CFO of its U.S. parent. Prior to that, Jones was CFO at two Vancouver investment dealers. 


Cheryl Bosley has been appointed director, advancement, at Simon Fraser University’s faculty of science. Bosley has nearly 20 years of experience in the development and fundraising sectors, holding senior positions at the University of British Columbia, Burnaby Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Red Cross. Bosley was most recently with the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation as director, fund development.


Phil Edgell has been appointed president of Vantage, WhiteWater’s guest engagement platform designed to elevate venue operations and visitor experiences. Edgell most recently led Hootsuite’s sales operations as its global vice-president. Prior to joining Hootsuite, he was executive vice-president of operations at Long View Systems, an information technology services and solutions company, where he was organizationally responsible for business performance in both North America and Europe.


Miller Titerle + Co. has welcomed Brent Ellwyn as a principal in its business law group. Ellwyn’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, trusts, commercial real estate, commercial law and commercial lending.

The Government of British Columbia has appointed Clarke Burnett as a provincial court judge, filling a vacancy at the Kelowna provincial court. Burnett joined Kelowna firm Pushor Mitchell as an associate in 1992, with a practice focused on civil and personal injury litigation. In 1995, he expanded his practice to include both criminal defence and prosecution work as an agent for the federal Department of Justice, now called the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC). The majority of his current practice is criminal defence and prosecution work for the PPSC. For more information on the judicial appointment process, go to


Andrea Cordero-Sapien has been appointed executive director at the Talitha Koum Society, succeeding Sharon DeLalla. The society’s mission is to empower women with addictions to lead healthy and fulfilling lives by providing a home, community, 12-step programming and life-skills training. The society operates two recovery homes in Coquitlam, in which the society can house and serve 18 women and their children. Cordero-Sapien was most recently correctional supervisor at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver.


Name change

The Vancouver-based, artisan flour miller and farmer-direct dry goods supplier formerly known as Grain has rebranded as Flourist and will open a 2,800-square foot bakery and café at 3433 Commercial Street in East Vancouver later this spring. The new bakery and café will feature fresh flour stone-milled on site, sourdough bread baked daily and other baked goods, coffee and a retail market offering tools and ingredients for home baking and cooking. Established under the Grain brand, Flourist has earned a reputation and community following for promoting Canadian farmers, supplying traceable, farm-direct Canadian grains and beans for restaurants and retailers, and operating Vancouver’s only artisan flour mill.


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.

SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation has started a new venture called SOS Liquidation Services. Its mission is to provide estate, movie set and retail/warehouse liquidation services and home contents removal to clients, with proceeds supporting the charitable work of SOS Children’s Village BC. SOS Liquidation Services helps people with downsizing, and every client supports foster kids by using the service. A minimum donation of $500 is required to secure services and any low-value items or clothing will be donated directly to the foundation through sales at the Steveston and Kerrisdale thrift store locations. This is also a green works initiative as all items salvaged are sold back into the community or properly recycled.

Canadian Royal Purple Society Port Coquitlam Lodge No. 10 donated $1,000 to Children of the Street Society.

RBC Royal Bank of Canada donated $50,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation to support BC Cancer’s student programs. The donation will support two key initiatives that will help to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists and science entrepreneurs.

Biba, a Vancouver startup focused on digital and physical play, is the only Canadian company to be named by Fast Company as one of the top 10 most innovative gaming companies. Biba is working to foster healthy communities worldwide through a suite of family-oriented games and mobile apps that use imaginative prompts, scenarios and iconic family entertainment brands, including Hotel Transylvania and Teletubbies, to guide families through a series of active playground adventures. •