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Robin Dhir, Fasken strategic advisor; Iain Black, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade president and CEO; and Colin Metcalfe, Ridley Terminals VP corporate affairs

Robin Silvester joins Council of Governors

Over 1,000 business leaders and Board of Trade members attended the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Governors' Banquet and Rix Awards on April 23 at the Vancouver Convention Centre to celebrate the contributions of the GVOT past chairs—known collectively as the Governors. This year Robin Silvester,president and CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, was honoured and invested into the prestigious Council of Governors.

The Rix Awards are a special initiative of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in honour of the late Dr. Don Rix, who served as chair from 2008-09. Each year two prestigious awards are presented at the annual black-tie Governors’ Banquet: the Rix award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship, this year given to Beedie Development Group; and the Rix Award for Engaged Community Citizenship, this year given to Gordon and Leslie Diamond.

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Dr. Paula Gordon, Sadie Diamond Breast Program medical director at BC Women’s Hospital; Dr. Larry Goldenberg, award-winning urologic surgeon; and Leslie Diamond, 2018 Rix Award winner for Engaged Community Citizenship along with her husband, Gordon Diamond

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From Pemberton Insurance: Alan Finnie; his wife, Joan Finnie; and son Alan Finnie, Pemberton Insurance Corp. president

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Catherine Fritter, Moffat & Nicol VP; and Clay Nicol, Moffatt & Nicol business development

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Chuck Keeling, Great Canadian Gaming VP; and Raj Mutti, Great Canadian Gaming VP operations

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Winston Szeto, Scotiabank director and group lead real estate banking/commercial banking; and his wife, Sara Szeto, Gregg Drilling QAQC and data management

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Terri Legge, student; Chris Gailus, Global News Hour anchor; and Lisa Kaisers, Vancouver Board of Trade partnership development manager

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Bruce Cohen, former B.C. Supreme Court Justice and Superior Courts communications officer; and Mitchell Gropper, Farris lawyer

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Adam Corniel, UnBuilders Deconstruction CEO; and Tony Pantages, UnBuilders Deconstruction COO

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Iain Black, Vancouver Board of Trade president and CEO; his wife Chris Black; Little Woo, spiritual advisor; and Shane Gibson, sales trainer and international speaker

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Willie McDonald, Noramco Capital Corp. president; and Nelson Skalbania, Vancouver businessman

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Master of ceremonies Chris Gailus, Global News Hour anchor

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The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Governors' Banquet and Rix Awards 2018

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Ryan Beedie, Beedie Development Group president; and his wife, Cindy Beedie. Beedie received the Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship

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The head table at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Governors’ Banquet and Rix Awards 2018

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The head table at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Governors’ Banquet and Rix Awards 2018

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Live music entertained guests at the reception

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The silent wine auction