For the record, July 30, 2019

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Michael Devereux has been reappointed as a research fellow with the C.D. Howe Institute. Devereux is the Royal Bank professor of international economics at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on international macroeconomics, exchange rates and financial markets.

Max Blouw has been appointed chair of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC). Blouw is relocating to British Columbia from Ontario, where he served as president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University from 2007 to 2017. Prior to that he was a professor at the University of Northern British Columbia. He will begin his term as RUCBC president on October 1, 2019.


Joe Thompson has joined the board of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Thompson is a retired accountant who has worked in the B.C. public service for 35 years. He spent the majority of his career with the Ministry of Advanced Education, where he served as chief financial officer, executive financial officer and assistant deputy minister.Dr. Stephen Gamble has been elected as board chair of the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) board of governors. Gamble is currently fire chief for the Township of Langley. He also serves as president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and the Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia. He joined the JIBC board of governors in December 2017. His appointment as board chair begins August 1.

Gamble succeeds board chair Sukhminder Virk, a barrister and solicitor at Lindsay Kenney LLP in Langley. Virk will be leaving the board after his maximum six years of service ends on July 31.

Maria Preovolos has been elected as JIBC’s vice-chair. She is associate general counsel at Telus Corp. Preovolos has served as a JIBC governor since July 2018. She succeeds Dr. Tina Dion, a lawyer who was required to step down from the board early after being appointed a provincial court judge earlier this year.


Polly Cordwell has been appointed managing broker for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s Victoria office. Cordwell brings 20 years of real estate sector experience to the position.



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Strand Properties donated $14,000 to Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School to upgrade the school’s gym facility. The new facility will include weight equipment, a Smith machine, storage units, yoga equipment, a sound system and TVs.

The Ames Family Foundation donated $10,000 to KidStart, which runs a mentorship program that provides vulnerable children a nurturing relationship and a sense of belonging.

Seaspan ULC underwrote half of a $50,000 grant to the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The funds will support a major salmon habitat restoration project on Lower Mosquito Creek in North Vancouver.

The BC Ferries Media Charity Golf Classic in Victoria raised $50,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and Area. Over the past 14 years, the annual tournament has raised more than $820,000 to support programs for children and families.

Wylie-Crump Ltd. raised more than $17,000 at its annual fundraiser to support Kids Help Phone. The funds support 24-7 phone, live chat, web and text counselling services to Canadian kids and youth.

Strathcona Rotary Youth Leadership raised more than $50,000 to support post-secondary scholarships for East Vancouver students and the Strathcona Community Centre’s basketball program. The funds will also be used to send youth to Rotary Youth Leadership training.

Denny’s Canada’s national Mother’s Day promotion raised $29,000 for the BC Women’s Health Foundation. Denny’s donated one dollar from every meal sold on Mother’s Day to women’s hospitals across Canada. 

The after-grad committee at Heritage Woods Secondary School donated $500 towards PLEA Community Services Society of BC’s enhancement project. The project is an initiative in the Tri-Cities area between PLEA employees, volunteers and School District 43 that provides high school graduates in need with formal attire so that they can attend their graduation festivities with pride. Westview Secondary School also donated $270 to the PLEA initiative.