For the record: December 10, 2019

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People on the Move

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Mike Starkey has joined the British Columbia Institute of Technology as the associate dean in the School of Computing and Academic Studies.


Keri Fraser has joined Westland Insurance Group Ltd. as chief people officer. She was the vice-president of human resources, North America, at Colliers International.


Paul Brennan has been appointed president and CEO at NervGen Pharma Corp. Ernest Wong has resigned from the position and will continue to support the company as a consultant. Lloyd Mackenzie has been appointed chief operating officer of the company.


Jorin McSween has joined Renaissance Hotels as a sales executive. He previously served as a catering sales executive at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and Douglas hotels.


Serin Remedios has joined Miller Titerle + Co. as a lawyer in its Indigenous and litigation practice groups.


Andree St. Germain, Jody Shimkus, Kevin O’Callaghan, Martin Turenne, Thomas Mumford and Wendell Zerb have been appointed to the board of directors at the Association for Mineral Exploration.

Darryl Anderson has been appointed managing director at Mercy Ships Canada. Previously, he served as the interim national director and special adviser at the company.


Sherri Bell has been appointed the board chair of BC Colleges. She is currently the president of Camosun College.

Real Estate

Bob Cabral has been appointed chief operating officer of PC Urban Properties. Prior to his new role at PC Urban, Cabral was executive vice-present at Anthem Properties, a principal at Fiore Properties and the chief operating officer at Amacon Group of Cos.


Bryan Kooistra has been appointed chief financial officer at Best Buy Canada. Phil Arrata has resigned from the CFO position.


Corvus Energy received the Cluster Partner of the Year 2019 award from NCE Maritime CleanTech and Sparebanken Vest.


David McNamar has been appointed director of maintenance at Helijet International. He served as the director of maintenance at Skyline Helicopters.

Companies on the Move

Name Change

Ultra Lithium has changed its name to Ultra Resources.

New in Town

Kaede Construction Ltd. has merged with BigRockBuilt.

Hats Off

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Richards Buell Sutton LLP donated $20,000 to Covenant House Vancouver in support of providing nourishing meals, clean clothing and medical attention to homeless youth. 

A Rocha Canada received the 2019 Surrey Agriculture Leadership Award from the Surrey Board of Trade

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development received the 15th Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Award for Evidence-Based Design from the B.C. Ministry of Finance.

Caleigh West received the Emerging Leader Award.

Linda Herman received the Leadership Award.

The Environmental Assessment Office received the Organizational Excellence Award.

The Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Agriculture and Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development ministries received the Partnership Award.

Dave Wilford, Yvonne Foxhall and Dirk Nyland received the Legacy Award. 

The Evening Optimist Club of Coquitlam donated $1,000 to support PLEA’s Children of the Street program’s free prevention workshops for children and youth living in Tri-Cities communities.

King’s Auto Lease donated $70,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation in support of building a new Acute Care Tower for Richmond Hospital.
Simon Fraser University received the 2019 Vancouver User Experience Award by Students.

Logic and Form received the UX for Good and People’s Choice awards.

Ready received the UX for Products Award.

MEC received the UX for E-Commerce Award.

Engine Digital received the UX for Marketing Award.

Microsoft received the UX for Emerging Experiences and Best UX Awards.