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Ron practises general business and corporate law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, banking and financing transactions, regulation of financial institutions, public private partnerships and corporate restructurings. He has practiced for more than 35 years. Ron also advises on lending and compliance matters including syndications, derivatives, securitizations and letters of credit. Ron’s expertise in project finance is in the transportation, real estate, mining, forestry, aeronautics and distribution sectors. Ron is also active in advising insurance companies and captive insurance companies. Ron is recognized by LexPert as one of Canada’s repeatedly recommended lawyer in the field of corporate and commercial law, and in 2010, he was recognized as The Best Lawyers in Canada in the specialty of Banking Law (one of 13 in British Columbia).
Andrew Parkinson is the Chief Operating Officer of Contessa Capital Canada Corporation. Previously he was the President and Portfolio Manager of a local asset management firm in Vancouver; the President and Compliance Officer of a Vancouver based asset management firm with offices in Canada, USA and Bermuda and a Policy Advisor for the BC Securities Commission. He has also worked internationally in banking and finance across Australia and England. Andrew has a Master’s of Business Administration from Cass Business School in London, England and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He has recently received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada. He is currently the Chair of AdvantageBC’s Governance Committee and previously served on the board of the Portfolio Managers Association of Canada and the Canadian Capital Markets Association.
Anne Meyer is Senior Vice President and CFO of Raymond James and is responsible for overseeing a full service brokerage finance and accounting operation, providing leadership and direction at the corporate level. Anne is responsible for providing financial and management reporting, operational planning and analysis, as well as formulating and implementing tactical and strategic initiatives. Anne brings extensive experience in the financial services sector to her role. Before joining Raymond James in 2003 she was a Senior Manager with Grant Thornton where she specialized in the financial services sector. In addition to receiving her chartered accounting (CA) designation, Anne completed the in depth tax course offered by the CICA and the certified investments and derivatives auditor (CIDA) designation. Anne currently acts as Treasurer for the Raymond James Canada Foundation and Chair of the Audit Committee with AdvantageBC.
Brad Sakich is a Tax Partner in the PwC Vancouver office and the BC Region leader of PwC’s Private Company Services. Since joining Coopers & Lybrand (predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers) in 1981, Brad has advised both public and private clients with businesses in Canada and globally. Brad has experience working with companies in technology, resource, consumer markets, real estate and industrial sectors. Brad has spoken, lectured and written for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (including its Advanced International Tax Course), the Canadian Tax Foundation and other organizations for many years. He is also actively involved in the development of the “Tax CA” program under the CA profession’s expanded experience opportunity program.
Brad Shantz is Chief Executive Officer of the Vertical Insurance Group, and President of Shaw Sabey & Associates Ltd., Plus Underwriting Managers Ltd., and Metrix Professional Insurance Brokers Inc. Prior to establishing the Vertical Insurance Group, Brad spent 3 years in the UK as Executive Vice President and Company Director for a London based specialty MGA. Previous to his work in London, Brad served as Senior Director, Group Risk Management and Insurance for a multinational telecom company with operations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in design and implementation of conventional insurance and Alternative Risk Transfer (ART) strategies, including risk mitigation strategies and risk financing structures. Brad graduated with a BA (Honours) from the University of British Columbia, has a Diploma in Risk Management (CRM), and is both a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) and a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP).
Bruce Flexman is the Immediate Past President of AdvantageBC and a former Chair of KPMG’s Board of Directors and Managing Partner of its tax practice, responsible for overseeing 900 professionals. He is past Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Tax Policy Committee, which includes the tax managing partners of the six largest accounting firms in Canada. Bruce is Treasurer and Board member for Vancouver Economic Commission, an agency of the City of Vancouver to strengthen the city’s economic future. Bruce obtained a degree in Engineering Mathematics from Queen’s University and an MBA with Distinction from Cornell University. Bruce was awarded his FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia) for his service to the CA profession and community and currently serves on its Member Recognition Committee. He is a past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the BC Business Council. Bruce supports the Arts Club Theatre Company as a member of its Board and Foundation.
Chris has a B.Sc. from University College, University of London and an MBA from Simon Fraser University, as well as many years of banking experience, including Corporate, Trade and International Banking. Previously he worked in Europe, the US and Canada, with two Canadian Banks, two US Banks and two European banks, one of which he was the VP of Western North America. Currently Chris is the Vice President Trade Canada for Global Transaction Solutions at RBC, facilitating international and domestic trade finance requirements on behalf of clients.
Chris is a Partner with Deloitte’s Corporate Advisory team focused on large multinational corporations. Within Deloitte, he is a leader for global compliance and reporting and sits on the National IFRS Consultation group. He is fully qualified to provide advice on the application of US GAAP. Chris joined Deloitte in 2001 with a focus on the Mining, Financial Institution, and Real Estate sectors. After spending three years working at the Alberta practice, he returned to Vancouver. He brings over 20 years of experience in both public practice and industry where he has continuously dealt with global tax compliance management and reporting. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was the Director of Tax for Intrawest Corporation, a Canadian multinational corporation. As the Director of Tax he was responsible for the management and coordination of the global tax function.
Colin Hansen is the President and Chief Executive Officer with AdvantageBC. In 1996, he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature and served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance from June 2008 to March 2011. He also served for almost four years as Minister of Health and three years as Minister of Economic Development, which included responsibility for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia Pacific Initiative. He serves on several not-for-profit boards including Arthritis Research Canada, the Fraser Basin Council, Canada-Japan Society of BC, Jack Austin School of Asia Pacific Studies at SFU and the China Council at UBC. In addition, he is past chair of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Investment Corporation (a provincial crown corporation). Before politics, he was President and Founding Partner of Image Group, BC’s largest promotional products company, and the Vice-President, Finance and Administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Cris Da Silva is the Vice President Finance and Credit at Mitsubishi Canada Ltd. Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is Japan’s largest general trading company with over 200 bases of operations in approximately 80 countries around the world. Cris joined MCL Vancouver at the Head Office for the Canadian operation in 1978. Prior to that, his experience was in banking and as an accountant. Cris worked his way up at MCL from a member in the finance department in 1978 to his current position as Vice President. Besides extensive Corporate Finance experience, he took on responsibility for Corporate Risk Management in 1996 together with internal audit. He manages Banking relationships with over 15 local and overseas Banks in multi currencies.
Dalbir Rai is a Tax Partner with Ernst & Young’s Vancouver office and has over 30 years of tax experience focused on large public and private corporations with international operations. Dalbir has received a broad exposure to the regimes of taxation in other jurisdictions through international tax planning assignments. He provides innovative and cost-efficient strategies for taxation and business issues faced by Canadian corporations in a global framework and by non-residents carrying on business in Canada.
David Hall has been the President and CEO of RepliCel Life Sciences since 2010. Previously, David was Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals. He also served as Corporate Secretary and Treasurer at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals from 1999 to 2002. David has been Director of GLG Lifetech Corporation since 2010 and served as Director of IWG Technologies since September 1993. He served as Chairman of the Biotech Industry Advisory Committee to the BC Competition Council and was Member of the BC Task Force on PharmaCare. David is a member of the University of British Columbia’s Tech Equity Investment Committee. He received his B.Com in Finance from University of Manitoba and BA in Economics from University of Manitoba.
David Price is the Regional Head of Business Development, Global Trade & Receivables Finance – Western Canada at HSBC. David began his career with HSBC in 2010 after moving to Canada from London, UK. He has spent this time working as a corporate banking relationship manager before moving to head up the Western Canadian trade finance group in late 2016. His primary focus is on international trade finance, commodities and structured working capital solutions. David graduated from the University of Bath with a Bachelors of Science in Biology as well as various finance qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, the London Institute of Banking & Finance and the Canadian Securities Institute.
Don Cromar is a Senior Vice President & Director of PI Financial Corp. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee with specific responsibility for the management, supervision, recruitment and business development of the Private Client Services division. In addition, he is licensed as a Portfolio Manager for securities; derivatives; and carries a life, accident and sickness insurance license through PI Financial Services Corp. Don is a graduate of the University of Toronto, is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). He has previously served as a member of the Pacific District Council of the Investment Dealers Association and the BC Committee of the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC).
Grant Russell is a partner at KPMG Tax Law LLP. Grant brings 15 years experience of advising clients on all matters related to income tax, including private and public corporate tax planning, corporate reorganizations, personal and estate tax planning, domestic trust planning, purchase and sale transactions, mergers and acquisitions, non-profit and charitable organizations, shareholder and partnership issues, negotiations and dispute resolution with the Canada Revenue Agency, and offshore/international tax planning. Grant is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and a board member of the Federated Press International Tax Planning journal. He was admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia in 2002.
James Maynard is President and CEO at Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre, Canada’s National Centre of Excellence for Wireless Commercialization and Research. He is actively engaged with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development as an Investment Champion and as a member of several advisory panels dealing with international trade agreements and Foreign Investment Strategy. In 2013, James was awarded the IEEE R. H. Tanner Industry Leadership award for his contributions and accomplishments in engaging government and industry in Canada’s wireless ecosystem. James provides leadership on a number of boards including the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, where he chairs the Trade Member council. James also holds Board positions at GRAND Network Centre of Excellence and DigiBC. He is past Vice Chair of the Okanagan Research Innovation Council (ORIC) and has held board roles with a number of high growth private companies. James holds a Bachelor of Administration with Distinction from the University of Regina, completed the Executive Marketing program at Queen’s University and recently received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Jennifer Guo (Guo Lihua) is currently the Senior Branch Manager of Bank of China (Canada) Vancouver Branch. Jennifer was internally transferred to Vancouver Branch from the Bank of China Group Head Office in Beijing in Nov. 2015. She was the Head of Correspondent Banking Relationship in Bank of China Beijing Head Quarter where she was in charge of developing and exploring the extensive business cooperation between the Bank and the financial institutions in Europe and Americas. Before that, Jennifer was the Senior Manager in the Olympic Affairs Dept. of Bank of China H.O., mainly in charge of the Olympic Marketing business since the Bank was the official banking partner of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Jennifer received the Master Degree on English Language and Literature in Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute and the Bachelor Degree in Economics in Wuhan University in Central China.
John R. Henderson is the past Mayor of the District of Sechelt and the Founder and Managing Director of The Pacific Rim Group. A Fellow Chartered Accountant, businessman and entrepreneur, John lived and worked in Hong Kong for 20 years before choosing to move to Sechelt. He served the community of Sechelt as the volunteer Chair of the Sechelt Sewage Facilities Commission and Chair of the Board and President of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. He previously served as a director of the B.C. Ferries, is an executive-in-residence to the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and a member of the Board of the Islands Coastal Economic Trust. John holds a B. Comm from the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Certified Public Accountants.
Dr. Melanie Clarance is CEO of Contessa Capital Canada Corporation, an Exempt Market Dealer, licensed by the BC Securities Commission. Melanie holds a degree in Science and Veterinary Medicine and was a practicing veterinarian for many years. She also ran the Vancouver office of Pictet, a prestigious Swiss Private Bank for many years. Melanie holds the Certified investment Manager and the Fellow of the Securities Institute designations. She currently specializes in venture capital financing for commercialized, highly competitive and patented “impact investment” companies. Melanie blends her love of science and medicine by specializing in financing promising companies in the medical devices, life sciences or clean tech companies’ space.
With over 20 years of experience in creative industries including film, TV, media, communications and digital technology, Prem Gill is a passionate leader with a proven track record of fiscal responsibility, strategic thinking, and inspired employees. Prem’s commitment to the creative economy in BC can be seen through her work as Director of Production & Original Programming with TELUS and previous experience in the broadcast industry with CityTV and CHUM. Prem is Vice-Chair of the board of directors for the National Screen Institute, holds a board of director position with the Vancouver International Film Festival and an advisory position with Women in View.
With many accolades to her name, Prem was named one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. Prem believes whole-heartedly in the advocacy and advancement of the BC creative industries to position BC as a global leader in innovation and creativity.
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Rodger Hutchinson is currently Vice President, Corporate Controller at West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. Prior to 2003, he held the position of Corporate Controller and prior to 1999, he held the position of Manager of Financial Reporting and Tax. He is responsible for the direct supervision of the following departments: Financial reporting, Corporate tax, Insurance services and Credit and Information Technology. He also provides advice and assistance in preparation for Bill 198 certification requirements through participation in the Bill 198 steering committee. He is also a senior sponsor of the I.F.R.S. steering committee. Rodger has extensive experience with acquisitions and divestitures; since 1995, West Fraser has made eight significant acquisitions and three divestitures.
Steve Bow was born in Australia and received his Engineering degree from the University of Sydney, and his MBA from the University of Alberta. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer (Ret.) and a Certified General Accountant. Steve worked extensively in Australia and Canada in both the Engineering and Finance fields. More recently Steve worked as the Finance Manager of a multi-national engineering firm in Sydney, the Director of Financial Planning for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the AVP Finance at Royal Roads University. Steve joined Northstar Trade Finance in September 2005 as the Executive Vice President, Operations. Steve is also actively involved in community youth sports, focusing on soccer, field hockey and rugby.
Tracey is a VP & Director of Global Transaction Banking with TD Securities. A visionary global trade finance leader with expertise in structured trade, export credit & agency finance, letters of credit/guarantee, commodity finance, global payments and credit risk mitigation. Prior to TD, Tracey worked with two multinational banks and Export Development Canada (EDC). A director of TD Pacific Mortgage Corporation, past director/chair of the British Columbia (BC) Chapter Advisory Board of the Canada China Business Council (2002-2015); past co-chair the International Financial Sector Steering Committee for the Province of British Columbia. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). She has completed University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Sustainability Institute and Stanford Graduate School of Business Directors’ Consortium (2013).