Uniserve Communications names Jeffery CEO

Uniserve Communications Corporation has hired Nicholas Jeffery as its CEO. A former Director of the Data Centre Solutions group at CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, Jeffery makes the move from London, England, to Vancouver. His wife and young family will join him in the spring.

At CBRE, Jeffery was responsible for client strategy, advising data centre owners and multinational corporations on data centre acquisitions, new product developments, cloud deployments and new geography strategies. Jeffery is also considered an authority on cognitive connected buildings and Smart City solutions, and led that portfolio for CBRE in Europe.

With more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications, media and technology experience, Jeffery was previously the European managing director of PSINet Europe.

“I am really excited to be able to combine the telecommunications and technology capabilities with smart building and smart city strategies in such a forward- thinking city like Vancouver,” says Jeffery. “Uniserve is perfectly placed to bring these capabilities together to take advantage of the IOT revolution throughout BC and Alberta.”

“From a solid base, Uniserve intends to complete the build out of a portfolio of products and services in the B2C and B2B markets and further invest in core data-centre infrastructure. I also see excellent opportunities for growth in the Enterprise IT solutions sector, and we intend to strengthen the existing team to support clients’ data security, sovereignty, storage and hybrid cloud requirements.”

Grey Group’s creative to boast Pak mentality

Grey Group Canada has appointed Helen Pak as chief creative officer. Pak will lead creative across the group’s Canadian agencies, which include Grey offices in Toronto

and Vancouver and Tank in Montreal, which was acquired by Grey Group in December. Pak was most recently CCO and CEO of Havas Worldwide Canada. Prior to that, Pak was the Canadian lead for Facebook’s Creative Shop, which she joined after more than six years leading creative at Saatchi & Saatchi Canada.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Pak says about joining Grey. “They have a great roster of clients, a fantastic executive team and strong strategy and creative talent. But the work Grey has done over the years is amazing, and it’s truly world-class and competes on the global stage. Then with the addition of Tank in Montreal, they’re set up to continue to do great global work.”

Ritchie appointed managing partner at Loopstra Nixon

Loopstra Nixon LLP has named Allan Ritchie as the firm’s managing partner and head of the executive committee. Ritchie assumes the role from Ian Scarlett, who served in the position since 2009.

During Scarlett’s tenure, the firm underwent significant expansion, growing from 16 lawyers to its current 41-lawyer team. Scarlett will return to full-time private practice with a continued focus on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law and will serve as a member of the firm’s governing executive committee.

Said founding partner Chuck Loopstra: “Ian has been a steady hand at the wheel during a period of rapid growth and expansion for the firm. The positive impact of his leadership will be felt for years to come.”

Ritchie, 35, originally joined Loopstra Nixon in 2003. From 2007-2010, he worked in the Toronto office of a global law firm before returning to Loopstra Nixon as a partner in 2010. Ritchie will continue to lead the firm’s cross-border business law practice.

Moreau pegged as president at Agropur Cooperative

Agropur Cooperative has announced that René Moreau is its new president. Moreau succeeds Serge Riendeau, who is retiring after heading Agropur’s board for the past 15 years and serving as a director for 26 years.

Moreau is a dairy farmer from Warwick, Que., who has been a member of Agropur’s board since 1998, representing the Nicolet- Bois-Francs region.

“I am gratified by the trust my colleagues have placed in me and excited about continuing Mr. Riendeau’s work,” said Moreau. “He has left us a co-operative that is in excellent shape. Agropur has seen remarkable growth in recent years and is strongly positioned to continue its development. I am honoured to be able to build on the legacy of our predecessors and I look to the co-operative’s future with tremendous optimism.