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Gala co-chairs Bert Hick, Rising Tide Consultants founder; and Tina Rowntree, long-time gala committee member

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Claire Li, Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise account rep; and Tania Leon, Ocean Wise co-ordinator

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Reta Rea; and Gordon Allan, ACM Advisors Ltd. co-chair

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Steve Massar, Vancouver Aquarium manager mechanical systems; and Paul Shipton, HollisWealth portfolio manager

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Clint Wright, Vancouver Aquarium senior VP; and Celia Cabuiot, Avanaqua president

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A savoury macaron with smoked scallop mousse, northern divine caviar and yuzu macaron created by chef Takayuki Omi at the Rawbar, Fairmont Pacific Rim

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Stuart Hood, Integral Group managing principal; and Heather Hood, Refresh Home Organization owner

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Cynthia Shore, Progressive Group partner; and Peter Armstrong, Rocky Mountaineer founder

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Hein Poulus, Stikeman Elliott LLP senior counsel; and Herb Menten, retired

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Florence Yen; and her husband Brad Yen, Impark SVP finance

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Colin Hansen, AdvantageBC president & CEO and former MLA; his wife, Laura Hansen, Image Group president; and Chris Duggan, RBC VP

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Maxine Davis, Dr. Peter Centre executive director; and Chris Duggan, RBC VP

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The RCMP ‘E’ Division Pipe Band

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Christina McIntyre, Pacific Salmon Foundation events co-ordinator; and Emily Angus, Chloe Angus Design associate.

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Guests enjoying dinner in the aquarium

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The chefs who prepared the six-course dinner

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Kelsey Klassen, Vitamin Daily editor-in-chief; and Deana Lancaster, Vancouver Aquarium communications advisor

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Curb Ivanic, SportMedBC strength and conditioning specialist; and his wife, Samantha Legge, Canada Wide Media president

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James Coleridge, Bella Gelateria owner, and his staff serve gelato to guests after dinner

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Fred Lee, auctioneer, works the crowd during the live auction

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The live auction with host Fred Lee

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Jacqueline Gijssen, City of Vancouver cultural planner; and her husband, John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium president and CEO

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Rebecca Legge, Canada Wide Media VP sales; and her husband, Jason Teahen, Colliers associate VP

Night at the Aquarium Gala 2016
Vancouver Aquarium
June 23

More than 450 guests attended the Vancouver Aquarium’s annual Night at the Aquarium Gala, raising over $460,000 to support ocean conservation. The presenting sponsor was PCL Construction Group.

The evening began with a cocktail reception in the outdoor courtyard with wine from Whitehaven Winery, beer courtesy of Red Truck Beer Company and Ocean Wise caesars created by the head bartender at the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge. Silent auction items were available for viewing before the six-course dinner set among the marine life in the aquarium. After dinner, Fred Lee hosted a live auction. 

The evening concluded with an address by John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium president and CEO, before a live band took the stage and guests picked up their auction items.

Night at the Aquarium brought together long-time supporters, community members, Ocean Wise chef ambassadors and passionate conservationists to celebrate 60 years of ocean conservation.