For the record: January 7, 2020

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People on the Move

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Rebecca Holt has joined HCMA Architecture + Design as director of sustainability to lead the impact team.


Sarah Kuchka has joined Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP as director, marketing and business development. 

Aimée Ares has joined Westcoast Wills and Estates Law Corp. as an associate. Her practice focuses primarily on estate planning and probate law.


Marni Wieshofer has been appointed to the board of directors of Thunderbird Entertainment Group.


Ray Crossley has been elected as the new chair of the board of directors at the Canada West Foundation along with seven directors, Suzanne Anton, Riel Bellegarde, Blair Lekstrom, Jack Mintz, Mariette Mulaire, Ron Wallace and James Wilson.

Oryssia Lennie has concluded her term as the former chair. Theresa Arsenault, Charles Jago, Susan Lewis and Pat Youzwa have also concluded their terms as members of the board.


Adriane Carr, Jen McCutcheon and Linda Buchanan have been appointed as chairs of the climate action committee, electoral area committee and finance and intergovernment committee, respectively, of the 2020 Metro Vancouver Board.

Mike Hurley, Mary-Ann Booth and George Harvie have been appointed as chairs of the housing committee, Indigenous relations committee and liquid waste committee, respectively.

Kennedy Stewart and Sav Dhaliwal have been appointed as chairs of the mayors committee and performance and audit committee, respectively.

Brenda Locke, John McEwen and Jonathan Coté have been appointed as chairs of the regional culture committee, regional parks committee, and regional planning committee respectively.

Malcolm Brodie and Jack Froese have been appointed as chairs of the water committee and zero waste committee, respectively.


Salil Dhaumya has been appointed as CFO of Sonoro Metals Corp. Dhaumya will continue to serve as CEO at both Warrior Gold Inc. and Canada Rare Earth Corp. Scott Kelly will resign as CFO and director of the company.

Jorge Sanguin has been appointed as chief operating officer of Patagonia Gold Corp. He was appointed as operations director of the company. Leon Hardy will step down from the role of chief operating officer and join the board of directors of the company.


Jess Verheyden has joined Munro Thompson Communications Inc. as account manager. She was previously a senior account executive at Peak Communicators Ltd.


Alan Baratz has been appointed as CEO of D-Wave Systems Inc. Baratz currently serves as chief product officer and executive vice-president of research and development at the company. Vern Brownell will retire from the role of CEO.

Tom Peregoodoff has been appointed as CEO at TF Massif Technologies. He is the former president and CEO of Peregrine Diamonds, acquired by De Beers Group in 2018. Judith Stewart will step down from the role of CEO but remain as president of the company.

Companies on the move

Name change

Squire Mining Ltd. has changed its name to Taal Distributed Information Technologies Inc. effective December 11, 2019. The company will begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange on a post-consolidated basis under the new stock symbol “TAAL,” effective December 16, 2019.

New in town

Harness Investment Management Inc. opened its new office in Vancouver, B.C. VELA Wealth Management will be its first strategic partner in B.C.

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.

Sustainabiliteens received the 2019 Renate Shearer human rights award from the Community Legal Assistance Society, BC Human Rights Clinic and United Nations Association, Vancouver branch. Sustainabiliteens is a network of youth leaders advocating climate justice in the community.

Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) donated $10,800 and winter clothes to Surrey Christmas Bureau to cover food costs for families over the holiday season. Funds and in-kind donations were raised through HAVAN’s 24th annual Coats for Kids campaign. 

RBC donated $1,000 to PLEA Community Services and volunteered for the Holiday Hamper program of PLEA’s KidStart mentoring program to support families in need with food, snacks and toys.

Sprott Shaw College donated toys and also volunteered for the Holiday Hamper program.

The Roofing Contractors Association of BC and Face the World Foundation donated $4,830 and $5,000, respectively, to KidStart.

Peter Chung donated $1 million to the Surrey Hospital Foundation Children’s Health Centre campaign.

Diamond Foundation, UPS Foundation and Amir and Yasmin Virani Family Foundation donated $15,000, $45,000 and $10,000, respectively, to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s Go Girls! program to help the organization match at-risk girls with supportive mentors.

The Surrey Board of Trade donated $2,300 to the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society in support of over 80 different community-based programs and charitable partners that benefit Surrey’s community. Funds were raised through the Surrey Board of Trade’s annual Christmas Seasonal Sizzle Business Reception.

PCL Construction donated $250,000 to British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Inspire campaign to help create new flexible programs and learning spaces for students, educators, researchers and industry partners.