For the record, May 7, 2019


David Shpilt has been appointed chief executive officer at ICC International Cannabis Corp. Shpilt, an early mover in the cannabis space, has pioneered innovative solutions across various strata – from seed to sale to patient care. He founded more than 12 patient clinics across Canada; built several contract manufacturing facilities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe; created genetics libraries; and applied for and was granted multiple commercial licences under Health Canada’s federal framework for licensed productions.


Dana Taylor, executive vice-president of Mechanical Contractors Association of British Columbia (MCABC), is retiring after 29 years with the association. Taylor is the longest-serving executive vice-president in MCABC’s history. Kim Barbero has been appointed CEO and will be working with Taylor until his retirement on June 30. Barbero has leadership experience in the corporate, consulting and not-for-profit sectors, including serving as executive director of Boating BC (formerly BC Marine Trades Association). For the past 10 years, Barbero has worked as a consultant, leading local and global teams and facilitating numerous strategic stakeholder initiatives for corporate and association clients. Prior to forming her consulting business, Barbero led the global corporate communications and brand management function at Teekay Corp.

Colin Craig has joined the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC (CHBA BC) as educational technology lead. Craig brings significant experience to the position that will help CHBA BC continue to grow its builder education programs in B.C. The association advocates on behalf of its 2,100 member firms and is an approved provider of continuing professional development points as required by BC Housing Licensing and Consumer Services.


David Adams joins Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP as senior counsel. Adams’ practice focuses on commercial real estate development including land use and municipal law, acquisitions, financing, leasing and conveyancing.

Silvana M. Facchin has been appointed practice group leader of the business transactions and business services practice groups at Richards Buell Sutton LLP. Facchin has more than 25 years of business law experience advising on incorporations, partnerships, reorganizations, acquisitions, mergers, shareholder agreements and business succession across many industry sectors.


Alexander Chassels has been appointed vice-president of operations at Dorigo Systems, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading contract manufacturers of printed circuit board assemblies. Chassels has more than 20 years of experience growing technology product companies through strategic design, modernization and cultural transformation. Since moving to B.C. 15 years ago, Chassels has been an active member of the technology community, working for Creo, Kodak and more recently for Alpha Technologies, where he served as vice-president of operations.


John R. Kerr has joined GSP Resource Corp. as the first member of a technical advisory board to assist the management team in exploration of the company’s Olivine Mountain project. Kerr is an exploration geologist with 55 years of mining industry experience and has served as a technical adviser and director of numerous public companies. He is currently a director of Quaterra Resources and other TSX Venture Exchange-listed issuers.


Michelle Cunningham has been appointed sales director in MightyHive’s Vancouver office to oversee the company’s western sales operations in the programmatic market. Cunningham brings more than 10 years of digital experience to her new role. She started her career as the first employee at; the company was eventually acquired by CBS Interactive. After the acquisition, Cunningham transitioned into a sales executive in the tech, games and lifestyle division at CBS. Most recently, Cunningham was a senior manager of client development at Mediative, a performance marketing agency.


Wendy Hurlburt has been appointed president and CEO of LifeSciences BC. Hurlburt, a senior executive with more than 20 years of global finance, operations and compliance leadership experience in health care and technology sectors, has held leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Lexmark International. She serves on the board of directors of the Centre for Drug Research and Development and also chairs its finance and audit committee.

Simon Stanlake, former chief technology officer, Hootsuite, has joined Procurify as senior vice-president, engineering. During Stanlake’s four years at Hootsuite as CTO, Hootsuite grew from 14 to over 500 team members, and grew its revenue from $0 to $500 million.


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.

The Shoppers Drug Mart fundraising campaign Growing Women’s Health raised more than $23,000 in support of women’s health at Richmond Hospital, thanks to the dedication, leadership and generosity of all eight Richmond location store teams and their customers. Since 2008, Richmond’s Shoppers Drug Mart locations have collectively raised more than $200,000 with this campaign to champion women’s health at Richmond Hospital.

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment donated $50,000 to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. The funds will go toward creating a brighter future in mental health care.

Envision Financial donated a $6,924 grant to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s Go Girls! program. These funds will help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors through its Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds group mentoring program. •