For the record, May 29, 2019

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Kevin Cole has been appointed president of True Leaf Pet Inc., succeeding Darcy Bomford, who has resigned but will continue as director and CEO of True Leaf Pet. Cole has more than 20 years of experience in consumer-packaged goods and in accelerating businesses and brands in the pet industry. Prior to joining True Leaf, he served as vice-president, marketing, for Mars Petcare Canada, a leading food manufacturer and the world’s largest pet food company, owning top pet brands such as Pedigree, Iams and Royal Canin. Previously, he was a marketing executive with GlaxoSmithKline.


David Chard has assumed the role of executive director and founder of Chard Development. Byron Chard, formerly the company’s chief financial officer, has taken on the position of president and CEO. Established in 1994 and celebrating its 25th year in business, Chard Development specializes in urban real estate development projects in Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria.


Raman Atwal has joined Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office as an associate in the litigation group. Atwal’s practice focuses on commercial and construction litigation where he frequently acts as counsel for developers, builders, contractors, subcontractors and project managers. He also handles breaches of real estate contracts and debtor-creditor, shareholder and joint venture disputes.

Navnit Duhra has joined Miller Titerle + Co.’s business law and transactions group. Duhra practises in the areas of banking, real estate and corporate commercial law.

Steven Meng and Alizeh Virani have joined MLT Aikins’ Vancouver office as associate lawyers. Meng joins the firm’s corporate finance and securities group; his practice focuses on securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions. Virani maintains a general employment and civil litigation practice; her experience extends to advising organizations on cannabis regulatory matters, including licensing.


Amanda Wilson, co-owner of Spark Strategic Group, has been appointed chair of the BC Cancer Foundation’s Jingle Mingle committee. Since its inception 12 years ago, Jingle Mingle has raised nearly $8 million to support patient programs and research on Vancouver Island. Wilson’s career encompasses public relations, communications and marketing, working for arts organizations and businesses on Vancouver Island and in Toronto. She currently serves on the BC Cancer Foundation’s regional advisory council.


More than 500 delegates to the Canadian Union of Public Employees  British Columbia’s (CUPE BC) annual convention (May 1-4) re-elected president Paul Faoro and secretary-treasurer Trevor Davies. Representing more than 97,000 workers delivering public services in nearly every community, CUPE BC is the province’s largest union.


Janelle Shiplett has been appointed vice-president, digital, at Saje Natural Wellness. Shiplett was most recently at Aritzia, where she was senior director, digital. Prior to that, she worked with WestJet in both the strategic experience and creative digital space.

Matt Coyne has been appointed president at Cantrav Services Inc., a destination management company for corporate incentive travel and event production. Coyne succeeds George Bartel, who will remain with the company in an advisory capacity after 16 years with the company. Coyne has been on Cantrav’s leadership team for the past three and a half years; he has more than 19 years of destination marketing and management experience after previously serving as Take a Hike Youth Foundation’s CEO and as executive director of Tourism Burnaby.


Eric Bin has been appointed vice-president, product, at Procurify, a company that helps growing companies to be proactive about managing their spending. Bin has more than 15 years of product management experience in the software industry. Prior to Procurify, he held the position of director of product management at Clio, a legal practice management software company. Before Clio, Bin led product management teams at AbeBooks, which was acquired by Amazon.


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Crossroads Hospice Society has been chosen as the Charity of Choice by the Freemasons of BC and Yukon District 28 (five lodges in Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge). To officially kick off its pledge of support, $2,500 was donated to the society, and the Freemasons will also be participating in and fundraising for the annual Hike for Hospice.

The Vancouver Artopia Youth Society held its second Art Works charity art exhibition with more than 90 students donating their time and creations to raise and donate $12,800 for Richmond Hospital Foundation.

Coast Capital Savings donated $100,000 to Streetohome Foundation in support of youth at risk of homelessness. The funds are designated towards two Vancouver youth recovery homes run by Pacific Community Resources Society, Sequoia House and Alder House. The new homes aim to help prevent homelessness and to provide support. •