Roch Ripley is new Coquitlam Foundation Chair

Friday, July 6, 2018

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is proud to announce that lawyer Roch Ripley is the new Chair of its board of directors.

Ripley replaces Colleen Talbot, who had been serving as interim chair since February following the resignation and move to Toronto of Jason Leo Carvalho.

“We certainly must thank Colleen for the great work she did over the past half year,” Ripley said. “With her at the helm, we adopted a new strategic plan, staged a successful fundraiser, and celebrated another wonderful Awards Night. Her leadership has been invaluable.”

Ripley and his wife have lived in Coquitlam since 2011 and have two young children. He is a partner in the law firm of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, where he practises intellectual property law and is head of the Vancouver intellectual property department.

Roch is a co-author of Video Game Law, 2nd edition, published by LexisNexis. He is also a past chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and the Information, Technology and Communications committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

“As someone who has made a long-term commitment to Coquitlam with his family, I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to help continue the Foundation’s legacy of making our community a better place,” Ripley said. “The Foundation has developed an aggressive strategic plan to do this, which will increase the Foundation’s engagement with the community.”

Meantime, applications to take a seat on the Foundation’s board close July 15. For all the details, please click here.

The Coquitlam Foundation manages $3.2 million in 30 foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. The foundation always welcomes donations to any of these funds, which can be made by clicking the “Donate Now” button at the bottom of this webpage.

As well, the foundation invites interested individuals or organizations to consider establishing a fund with the foundation. Individuals and families are also encouraged to think of the foundation when planning legacy and estate donations.