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Morris L. Reid has been elected chairman of the board at FinCanna Capital Corp., a royalty company for the U.S. licensed cannabis industry. Reid, a partner at Mercury, a leading high-stakes public strategy firm, is based in Washington, D.C., and London and has been a director of FinCanna for the past two years.
Ron Rapp has been appointed interim CEO for a period of six months at Homebuilders Association Vancouver while Bob de Wit is on a medical leave. Rapp was previously vice-president, construction, at Morningstar Homes for 15 years, overseeing the planning, design, delivery and customer service for more than 2,000 homes. Rapp has also been active in the association for the past seven years, including roles as director, board chair and chair of the government relations committee.
Amy Franke has been appointed vice-president, clinical operations, at NervGen Pharma Corp., a regenerative medicine company dedicated to creating innovative solutions for the treatment of nerve damage. Franke is an experienced clinical research professional and joins NervGen from Covance Inc., a global contract research organization that has worked on all of the top 50 bestselling drugs available today, where she was senior director, strategy and planning.
Ceri Chong and Patrick Gill have been appointed director of destination and industry development and director of marketing, respectively, at Tourism Richmond. Chong has been promoted from industry development manager to this newly created role; she has several years of experience in the travel and tourism industry including roles with tour operators and in the accommodations sector. Gill was previously with Destination BC.
Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP has welcomed its newest associate, Eric Lundberg, who has joined the firm’s insurance and motor vehicle practice group.
Rose Keith has joined Harper Grey LLP as associate counsel with its workplace law group. Keith previously had her own practice, Rose Keith Law Corp.; she is also a roster member of Mediate BC, where her extensive workplace law experience is used to mediate workplace disputes.
Karin Binder has joined Richards Buell Sutton LLP as a trademark agent. Binder has an extensive background in all aspects of trademark work including trademark clearance, filing strategies, prosecution, opposition and non-use cancellation proceedings.
Harj Gill, a B.C. and Washington state-qualified lawyer, has joined Segev LLP. Gill delivers legal strategies on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border to startups, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses. He specializes in creating tax-efficient entities and structures, tax and estate planning and negotiating and drafting corporate and commercial agreements.
Cecillia Colbeck has joined the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, B.C.’s health research funding agency, as chief financial officer. Colbeck brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and innovation to the role, having held management positions in operations and finance at companies including McKesson (subsequently Change Healthcare) and SAP.
Stephen Hui has been promoted to senior communications lead at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean-energy think tank. Madi Kennedy has joined the Pembina Institute as an analyst with the buildings and urban solutions program. Previously, Hui was communications lead for B.C. Meanwhile, Kennedy worked at the B.C. Climate Action Secretariat and the BC Utilities Commission.
Victor Chevillon, vice-president, exploration, at Levon Resources Ltd., has been appointed interim CEO at the company. Chevillon is a consulting exploration geologist with more than 48 years of experience, has been a director of the company since 2007 and was appointed vice-president, exploration, in 2009.
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Family-owned and Surrey-based civil and electrical services company Crown Contracting celebrated its 25th anniversary with a $25,000 donation to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. The donation supports the purchase of life-saving cardiac equipment such as the intra-aortic balloon pump, which is used when a patient experiences cardiogenic shock, a condition where the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
Coast Capital Savings donated $5,000 to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver’s youth leadership program, which is offered to youths who are interested in learning more about mentorship, leadership and future development. They take part in workshops, events or group activities with a focus on topics like financial training, resumé writing and community engagement.
For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Langley donated a $1,000 grant to Children of the Street Society to support the delivery of the society’s prevention workshops. These workshops give young people the information and practical tools needed to learn how to keep safe from sexual exploitation.
The Chilliwack Elks Lodge 48 donated $1,000 to Coquitlam-based Children of the Street Society to support the delivery of its prevention workshops in Chilliwack. Over the past five years, the Chilliwack Elks have given $5,500 to help Chilliwack’s young people learn how to keep safe from sexual exploitation. •