Two Ledcor-built mixed-use Canadian real estate development projects recently won the Urban Land Institute’s 2017-18 Global Award for Excellence. PCI Developments Corp. and designer Perkins + Will were selected for the Marine Gateway project in Vancouver, while the West Don Lands project in Toronto was also declared a winner. Before 2017, only five Canadian projects had been selected in the last 15 years.
Randy Munro has been welcomed as tax partner to Smythe LLP’s Langley office. Munro has 33 years of experience providing professional tax advice across a variety of industries. Munro has extensive experience with owner-managed businesses, including corporate reorganizations, succession and estate planning. He also has a focus working with First Nation businesses on a variety of specialized services, including structuring of limited partnerships, establishment of settlement trusts and advising on the tax components of treaties.
Robert C. Hill has been appointed chief financial officer at Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc., while Cheryl L. Evans, previously the controller at the company, has been promoted to vice-president, finance. The company is authorized to produce and sell dried medical cannabis flower and medical cannabis oil. Hill has more than 20 years of accounting, finance and senior leadership experience. Prior to joining Emerald, Hill was CFO of Tokyo-based Minkabu. Before that, he held financial leadership positions at Haywood Securities in Vancouver, and Vignette Corp. and Trilogy Software in Austin, Texas. Evans has almost 20 years of management experience in the accounting, finance and treasury functions of publicly listed and highly regulated private companies. Prior to Emerald, she held various roles including director, regulatory compliance, and director, finance, at AscendantFX Capital Inc., an international foreign currency payments provider, and vice-president, financial operations, at Partners Real Estate Investment Trust.
Bella Coola Heli Sports was recently named the “World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator” at the 2017 World Ski Awards in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The award was presented as part of the fifth World Ski Awards, recognizing, rewarding and celebrating excellence in ski tourism organizations across the globe. Bella Coola Heli Sports offers small group heli-skiing – groups of four people only – in the world’s largest contiguous heli-ski tenure in the Coast Mountains.
Harper Grey associate Una Radoja has been named a Lexpert 2017 Rising Star and recognized as a leading lawyer under 40 in the area of commercial litigation.
Kristy James has been appointed chief executive officer at Burnaby Hospital Foundation. Prior to this appointment, James served as chief executive officer at Variety – the Children’s Charity, and as executive director with Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Dave Earle has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the BC Trucking Association (BCTA), effective January 8, 2018. Founded in 1913, BCTA is a non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association formed to advance the interest of B.C. motor carriers. Earle most recently provided service to B.C.’s building trade signatory contractors as vice-president, government relations and HR services, for the Construction Labour Relations Association of BC. Prior to that, he worked as an adviser, manager and executive director with the provincial Ministry of Labour’s Employers’ Advisers Office.
Chris Hopkins and Peter Lightfoot have been appointed chief geologist and chief financial officer, respectively, at North American Nickel Inc. Hopkins has more than 25 years of financial management experience in the resources industry. He has spent most of his career in senior roles with public mining companies, including U.S. Silver, Rio Algom, BHP Billiton, Suncor and several Canadian and international junior mining companies. Lightfoot has worked as a geologist with Inco and Vale, as well as with the Ontario Geological Survey. In 2016, Lightfoot published the first comprehensive textbook on the ore deposits of the Sudbury Igneous Complex.
Nigel Stoodley has been appointed chief customer officer at Visier. Stoodley joins the company from Tableau Software, where he was senior vice-president of customer solutions, involved in growing a Seattle-based team of 29 to a global team of more than 800. Stoodley has also worked at Crystal Decisions, Business Objects and SAP and as a naval officer in the Canadian Navy.
TB Vets Charitable Foundation donated $40,000 to Burnaby Hospital Foundation. The funds will be used to help purchase a negative pressure room, which allows air to flow into, but not escape from, an isolation room, thereby preventing contaminated air from escaping the room.
The Real Estate Institute of BC donated $36,156.37 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon. The funds were proceeds from the institute’s 24th annual charity golf tournament, held at the Richmond Golf and Country Club.
First West Foundation’s Envision Financial Community Endowment donated a $25,000 grant to Reach Child and Youth Development Society. The funds are in support of the society’s Building for Children Together capital campaign. The campaign is funding the 20,000-square-foot Reach children’s centre currently under construction in Ladner, which will allow for the society to provide more programs for children with special needs and increase the number of children served.
Nat and Flora Bosa, owners, Bosa Development and jewelry store Palladio, donated $5 million to Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. The funds will help build a new medical and surgical centre at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. •