For the record, May 14, 2019

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Lauren Magda and Jonathan Beland have been appointed chief of staff and vice-president, corporate development, at ICC International Cannabis Corp. In her previous role with the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), Magda spearheaded the launch of the OCS’ e-commerce infrastructure and platform, wholesale operations and private store rollout, as well as the design and development of the OCS’ future road map. Previously, Beland was with Tidal Royalty Corp., where he helped to develop its asset portfolio prior to Tidal’s eventual sale to U.S. multi-state-operator Red, White and Bloom. Prior to joining Tidal, Beland spent several years in sell-side investment banking roles at BMO, Deloitte and other firms. Beland has been providing corporate advisory services to a portfolio of marquee cannabis-sector companies since 2016.


Safwan Abu Risheh has returned to Rosewood Hotel Georgia as managing director. Abu Risheh was a member of the hotel’s opening leadership team in 2011, when he held the position of director of finance. He returns to the hotel with more than nine years of strategic leadership for the Rosewood brand, and more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry overall. Most recently, he acted as corporate director of finance for Rosewood Hotel Group, and he previously served as area director of finance for Rosewood’s West Coast properties. In years prior, Abu Risheh served as director of finance in Vancouver, Beirut and Amman during a seven-year career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Before joining the Four Seasons team in 2004, Abu Risheh started his hotel career within Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Albert Tran, previously with Sonora Resort, has been appointed chef de cuisine at Edible Canada. Tran’s experience spans from modern Japanese in Ottawa and Spanish influences in Montreal to contemporary French and regional seafood-inspired cuisine at the Marina in Victoria.


Mackenzie Clugston, a professor at Kwansei Gakuin University and a board member of several major Japanese corporations, has been appointed as an adviser at Irving Resources Inc. to provide independent and strategic counsel to the company and its subsidiary in Japan. Clugston retired from the Canadian foreign service in May 2016 after a 34-year career that included serving three times at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, including as minister and head of chancery. He also served as Canadian consul general in Osaka, Japan, from 2000 to 2003, Canadian ambassador to Indonesia from 2009 to 2012 and ambassador of Canada to Japan from 2012 to 2016.

Augusto Baertl of Lima, Peru, has been appointed chairman at Panoro Minerals Ltd., a Peru-focused copper exploration and development company. Baertl, an experienced mining executive with over 50 years of experience in the Peruvian and international mining sectors, has been a director of the company since 2017.


Christine Skorberg and John Lalonde have joined Image Group as sales solutions manager and manager of marketing and vendor relations, respectively. Skorberg has more than 25 years of program management and sales experience in the promotional products industry, most recently managing compliance for global purchasing at Brand Alliance Canada. Lalonde has worked in sales in the promotional products industry for more than 20 years.


Nigel Hunton has been appointed president, CEO and a member of the board of directors at Photon Control Inc., a developer and supplier of optical measurement technologies to the global semiconductor industry. Hunton has 30 years of executive management experience and most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Ferrotec USA, a supplier of materials and components to the semiconductor industry and, prior to that, was  CEO of MBA Polymers, a clean-tech recycler of high-value plastics.

Mike Shackle has been named vice-president and creative director at Edelman Public Relations. Shackle has more than two decades of global experience and was most recently at Grey as chief creative officer for the Middle East and North Africa, working with clients such as BMW, Samsung, Subway, Duracell and Shell, before setting up his own brand practice, Ronin.


Name change

ACL has rebranded as Galvanize. Galvanize builds security, risk management, compliance and audit software to drive change in some of the world’s largest organizations.

Cameo Cobalt Corp. has changed its name to Cameo Industries Corp. and has continued trading under the symbol CRU.

The Down Syndrome Research Foundation has rebranded to Down Syndrome Resource Foundation.


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.

Craftsman Collision donated $42,000 to the Salvation Army. The funds were used to help purchase a new refrigerator truck, which allows the Salvation Army to feed more than 1,000 every week in the Lower Mainland.

The Guzzo family, a McDonald’s restaurant franchisee family in New Westminster, has donated $23,596.23 in support of Royal Columbian Hospital’s smallest patients. The funds will be used to purchase a transcutaneous carbon dioxide monitor for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. The device measures CO2 without the need for a blood sample and is vital technology for premature babies who need to be ventilated until they are able to breathe on their own.

The 2019 IWANTtoBE fundraiser raised $530,000 for One Girl Can, a Vancouver-based charity focused on creating gender equality through education for girls living in extreme poverty in Africa. All of the proceeds raised will go towards renovating and expanding three dormitories and adjoining washrooms for Magomano Girls School in Kenya, providing 600 bed spaces as well as university scholarships for 50 new students. •