For the record, July 23, 2019

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Tami Pierce has been appointed associate director of Indigenous initiatives and partnerships at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Pierce joins BCIT with more than 25 years of experience advancing Indigenous education. In her new role, she will work with BCIT to implement the framework for action and accountability outlined in the institute’s Indigenous vision.

Naomi Krogman has been appointed dean of the faculty of environment at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Krogman joins SFU from the University of Alberta, where she was most recently associate dean in the university’s faculty of graduate studies. She also served as director of sustainability scholarship and education in the office of the provost. Her appointment is for five years.

Dr. Saul Klein, dean of the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, has been named to the board of the Brussels-based European Foundation for Management Development. Klein is the only board member to represent a North American institution.


Melanie Campbell, Oksana Horsman, Alvin Madar, Edward Matley and Len Wadsworth have joined PwC Canada’s Vancouver office as new partners. Aynslie Price has also joined the office as a partner, along with Gary Hunter, who has transferred from the firm’s Toronto office.

Twelve managers have been promoted across Smythe LLP offices in Vancouver, Langley and Nanaimo. Those appointed include: Kristine Del Rosario, William Tam, Shannon Beers, Edwina Cai, Lesley France, Jeremy Heppenstall, Bryan Hong, Michelle Leung, Alanna Mann, Mitesh Parekh, Mitchell Peterson and Natalia Zakrjevskaia.

Petra Kuret has been named senior vice-president, business transformation, at Vancouver City Savings Credit Union. Kuret joined Vancity in 2018 as senior vice-president, enterprise intelligence and performance. Her responsibilities will continue to focus on strategic planning, innovation, change management and operational excellence. Len Posyniak has been promoted to chief human resources officer. Posyniak joined Vancity in January 2019 as interim vice-president, human resources.

Lesley Maddison has been elected chair of the Insurance Council of British Columbia for 2019-20. Maddison is vice-president and general manager of Insurance for Coastal Community Insurance Services (2007) Ltd. She was appointed to the council in 2016 and has previously chaired the council’s governance and financial audit committees.


Jeff Van Wyk has been appointed director of administration at Richards Buell Sutton LLP, where he will oversee the firm’s strategic, financial and business operations. Van Wyk is a chartered professional accountant with more than a decade of experience in leadership roles at various professional services firms.

Mark von Marksfeld has joined DLA Piper (Canada) LLP as a partner in the firm’s Vancouver office. Van Marksfeld primarily practises in the areas of banking and secured lending, commercial real estate, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, he was a partner at a full-service firm in Vancouver for a number of years.

Lawyers Alexandra Madden, Emily Raven, Erin Barnes and Scott McLeod have joined Clark Wilson LLP as associates. Madden will work in general business law and private company mergers and acquisitions. Raven will work in estates, trusts and family law. Barnes will focus on business litigation, insurance and infrastructure, construction and procurement. McLeod will contribute to work in technology transactions, capital markets, securities, and mergers and acquisitions.


Joy Ren Kindler has joined Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP as an associate in the firm’s real estate group. Filza Tariq has joined Gowling WLG’s intellectual property group as an associate, along with Edith Penty Geraets, an associate and patent agent.


Tom Corsie, vice-president of real estate at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, has been appointed chair of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) for 2019-20. Cameron Belsher, Catherine Ruby and Jennifer Podmore Russell have been appointed vice-chair, treasurer and secretary, respectively. Board directors include RCHF president and CEO Jeff Norris, Dr. Sukh Brar, Frank Butzelaar, Meldy Harris, Farid Rohani, Dr. William Siu, Emily Taylor, Norm Taylor, Rana Vig and Fred Withers. Doug Eveneshen and Steve Osachoff will serve as directors after serving as chair and treasurer, respectively. Previous board secretary Colin Galinski is no longer on the board. 

Dave Mitchell of Dave Mitchell & Associates has been appointed chair of the board of the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation. He succeeds Bernie Magnan, who held the position for the past five years. Blair Fryer of the City of New Westminster and Daniel Whittle of Sealord Capital Corp. will serve as vice-chair and secretary, respectively. Gurpal Siekham of Westminster Savings Credit Union will continue to serve the board as treasurer. Louise Nagy of LifeLabs and Kathy Wunder of the Vancouver Police Department join board incumbents Curtis Campbell of RBC Royal Bank, John Tallon of BC Emergency Health Services and Magnan of Bernard Magnan and Associates Ltd. as directors.


Keith Piggott has retired as chairman, president and CEO of Goldgroup Mining Inc. Piggott will continue to serve as a director of the company while pursuing other interests. Anthony Balic, Goldgroup CFO, will serve as interim CEO.


Judy Cavanagh and Ivan Limpright have been appointed to Technical Safety BC’s board of directors for three-year terms. Cavanagh is currently a consultant with the Cavanagh Group. Previously, she was the executive director for operations and strategic initiatives with the Office of the Premier. Limpright is the former president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union. He has previously served as a director for BC Forum and Concert Properties Ltd.


New in town

Ecofish Research Ltd. has opened a new office in Terrace in response to increased demand for environmental services in northern B.C. The company also recently launched a new office in Nanaimo to better serve clients in the region.

Hats Off

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In memory of Marilyn Codyre, the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society donated $100,000 over 10 years to the PALS Autism Society school program. The funds will support tuition bursaries and scholarships.

The BC Cancer Agency has unveiled the Carol and Leigh Pan PET/CT Room. Leigh and Carol, who has faced Stage 4 melanoma for more than a decade, donated $1 million to replace an old positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanner at BC Cancer’s Vancouver location.

Hockey Helps the Homeless donated $58,000 to the Salvation Army.

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) donated $100,000 to Langara College. The funds will support the delivery of a new Indigenous upgrading program, developed in partnership with the Musqueam Indian Band. It will provide an upgrading curriculum that facilitates the transition to post-secondary studies, while incorporating Musqueam knowledge and learning and teaching methods.

The Greater Victoria technology sector and the Victoria Foundation have contributed funds to support local food security. Some $200,000 was raised at a Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council event, and $100,000 was committed by the foundation. The funds will be put toward the next phase of the  Food Security Distribution Centre’s development in Esquimalt.

Manmohan and Kusum Vij, parents of chef Vikram Vij, have donated $100,000 toward three new colonoscopes for colon cancer screening at Richmond Hospital.