For the record, June 11, 2019

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Cannabis

Veterinarian Dr. Conny Mosley has joined True Leaf Medicine International Ltd.’s veterinary advisory board. Mosley is a director and vice-president of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine and brings more than 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine to True Leaf. She currently leads the integrative pain management service at the VCA Canada 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario.

Sean Rathbone has been appointed chief operating officer at Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. Prior to this appointment, Rathbone served as vice-president, manufacturing, Western Canada, Agropur; manager, manufacturing research and development, BDO Canada LLP; operations area manager, Amazon Canada Fulfillment Service Ltd.; and director, world-class manufacturing, Molson Coors. He started his career at Unilever in South Africa.

Michael Tan has been appointed chief marketing officer at Salvation Botanicals, a Nanaimo-based private company. Tan is the former founding executive director of the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch’s (BCLDB) cannabis division; he led the creation and launch of the province’s digital, retail and wholesale cannabis operations. Prior to BCLDB, Tan worked for retail banners such as Hudson’s Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Indigo/Chapters where he drove large-scale transformations and acquisition integrations.

Finance

MNP recently welcomed several new partners to its Vancouver office: Blake Allan is a partner with the firm’s international tax group; he works with Canadian and foreign multinationals, high-net-worth Canadian individuals with foreign assets and high-net-worth non-resident individuals with Canadian assets.

Jacqueline Fehr is a partner with the tax services team. Experienced in tax dispute resolution and controversy, Fehr helps her clients understand complex tax problems and procedures and more easily navigate what could otherwise be a stressful and difficult process.

Susan Mowbray is a partner and economist in the firm’s economics and research group. Mowbray works with government and private-sector clients throughout Canada on a diverse range of projects including preparing regional economic outlooks, evaluating policies and documenting economic contributions.

Jenn Schofield is a partner and business adviser with the Indigenous services group in B.C. Schofield is the Centre of Excellence leader for MNP’s EASE Services, overseeing remote accounting solutions to Indigenous communities and their businesses across Canada.

Kerry Smith is a partner with the professional services team. With a strong focus on incorporated professionals, Smith assists clients in many aspects of their professional career such as cash flow management, debt repayment, retirement and strategic tax and estate planning.

Roy Tong is a partner with MNP’s enterprise risk services group. Tong has over 17 years’ experience working with publicly listed, privately held, individual and government clients across B.C. and Canada; he delivers a full suite of internal audit, risk management, IT audit and third-party verification services.

Terry Trotic is a partner with MNP’s scientific research and experimental development taxation practice. Drawing on more than two decades of experience, Trotic develops long-term working relationships with clients in the technology and manufacturing sectors to better support them throughout their research and development and investment life cycle.

Victor Wong is a partner and member of MNP’s valuations and litigation support team, delivering business valuation solutions for a wide range of purposes. Wong is also a member of MNP’s China services niche team.

Kevin Yu is a partner and business adviser with MNP’s tax services group. With more than a decade of experience, Yu works with clients in the private enterprise sector to deliver innovative and practical tax solutions allowing business owners to achieve their personal and business goals.

COMPANIES ON THE MOVE

Name change

The West Coast outdoor apparel company Sitka has changed its name to ecologyst to better reflect its business practices and also to reduce confusion as its rapid growth has caused some confusion with Sitka Gear, the U.S. hunting company. 

Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP has changed its name to Farris LLP and has completed the rebrand with a new logo and website. See the new look at farris.com.

HATS OFF

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.

G&F Financial Group donated $5,581.24 to purchase a bili-therapy spot type for Royal Columbian Hospital’s Variety Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The equipment uses light to eliminate excess bilirubin in the blood, which causes jaundice. The bili-therapy spot type allows for very focused treatments. 

Members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon – Tau Beta fraternity chapter at Simon Fraser University donated $6,715 to Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser. Funds were raised through the inaugural Nick Healey Hike for Mental Health, and will be used to support children and youth living with mental health issues through recreation-based programming. The hike is dedicated to a Tau Beta founding father who took his own life on March 25, 2014.

Shoppers Drug Mart donated $180,000 to BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation. The funds were raised through Shoppers Love.You. Run for Women and will directly support women’s mental health programs.

Scotiabank donated $2 million to St. Paul’s Foundation in support of youth transition programs at St. Paul’s Hospital. The Scotiabank Youth Transition Program aids young people with serious health issues who are transitioning from pediatric to adult care. •