For the record, June 4, 2019

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MNP has had several appointments to its partnership effective June 1. Most of the following are based out of MNP’s Surrey office; Vancouver office appointments will be in next week’s issue:

Paul De Jaegher is a partner with MNP’s private enterprise services group and, with more than 10 years of industry experience, delivers assurance, advisory and taxation solutions to help clients achieve their business and personal goals.

Evert Helms is a partner with MNP’s assurance and accounting team, delivering a diverse range of services to support the needs of the cannabis, technology, manufacturing and private enterprise sectors.

Shaun Howe is a partner on MNP’s private enterprise team in Surrey and works primarily with health-care professionals. With more than eight years of experience, Howe assists clients on a variety of matters, including tax planning, acquiring or selling practices, financial performance, general business matters and tax compliance.

Kathryn MacAulay is a partner and Canadian tax specialist with MNP’s tax services team and has more than a decade of experience with the firm. MacAulay develops innovative tax strategies for private business and individuals  and is also recognized for her extensive experience on tax controversy matters.

Ricky Nijjar is a partner with a focus on real estate, construction and professional service clients; he provides solutions to his clients involved in buying and selling real estate, mergers and acquisitions and optimizing after-tax income.

Melissa Riechel is a partner with the MNP private enterprise team and serves as the Lower Mainland leader of Indigenous services. Riechel serves a wide range of clients including those in real estate and construction, manufacturing, First Nations and Indigenous-owned businesses across B.C.

Jeannine Walsh is a partner at MNP’s Chilliwack office. Walsh provides accounting, tax, and business consulting services to a broad range of industries, specializing in serving professionals and owner-managed businesses.


Vita Dos Santos and David Overall have joined Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office as associates in the business law group.


William Azaroff has been appointed CEO at Brightside Community Homes Foundation, effective June 17. Brightside provides safe and secure affordable homes for those struggling to meet the demands of market housing – specifically seniors, families and people with different abilities. Azaroff was previously vice-president of community business and investment at Vancity, and succeeds Jan Robinson, who served as executive director for Brightside for nearly four years and who recently announced her retirement. Azaroff is also the chair of the board of directors of the Vancity Community Foundation and a board member and former chair of Modo Co-operative.


Kai Hoffmann, CEO, Soar Financial Group, has been appointed to Labrador Gold Corp.’s board of directors. 


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.

Port of Nanaimo has donated a total of $40,000 to 11 community services for 2019, including the final $10,000 instalment of a five-year $50,000 donation to the Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank, which has helped enable the organization to purchase a much needed distribution warehouse. Loaves & Fishes serves between 3,000 and 3,500 people each month and has grown from distributing $800,000 worth of food five years ago to $4.1 million in 2018.

Other community donations were Vancouver Island University Foundation, $5,000 (scholarships); Vancouver Island University Foundation, $10,000 (year two of five for the Imagine VIU 2018 campaign); Nanaimo Arts Council, $2,000 (Festival of Banners); Nanaimo Child Development Centre, $2,000 (Silly Boat Regatta); Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival Society, $2,000 (Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival); Nanaimo District Museum, $2,500 (Bastion Summer Program); Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association, $1,000; Literacy Central Vancouver Island, $500 (Vancouver Island Children’s Bookfest); Cowichan Wood Boat Society, $2,500 (pier reconstruction); and Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, $2,500 (accessibility ramp upgrade).

The recent Preston GM One Night in the Valley Gala presented by the Joseph Richard Group raised $155,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity to benefit children with special needs in B.C.

Phoenix Truck & Crane donated $23,920 to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. The funds will support the ongoing use of a music therapist for children who are admitted to the hospital. The benefits of a music therapist include elevating mood, encouraging communication and reducing anxiety.

Burnaby Elks Lodge No. 497 donated $2,500 to Children of the Street Society. Over the past four years, the Burnaby Elks have donated $8,000 to the society.

Children of the Street Society recently gave an award to the City of Vancouver at the society’s annual Celebration of Success event. Over the past 10 years, the city has given the society more than $131,000 in support of prevention workshops designed to educate young people on how to keep safe from all forms of sexual exploitation. •