CAN Pro-Am raises $575,000 for BC families with autism



After months of tireless fundraising for Canucks Autism Network (CAN), 16 rec and corporate teams laced up for the inaugural CAN Pro-Am Hockey Tournament, presented by Modern Green Canada. Featuring 19 NHL Alumni, including the surprise addition of Vancouver Canucks legend Daniel Sedin, it was truly a weekend to remember.

Each team’s journey began with a pledge to raise at least $20,000 for CAN. By the time the dressing rooms at Rogers Arena were cleared, the CAN Pro-Am had raised an incredible $575,000 to support programs for individuals and families living with autism across BC.

Pre-tournament festivities

The weekend festivities kicked off Friday afternoon in the Rogers Arena Captains Room with the Hotstove Luncheon, sponsored by Zerto. VIP guests were treated to decadent family-style fare while listening to unheard stories from Canucks Alumni spanning all three of the team’s Stanley Cup Final runs (1982, 1994, and 2011).

Brought in to moderate the panels was Sportsnet 650 personality Scott Rintoul. In addition to hosting the exclusive Q&A, Sportsnet 650 was live on location broadcasting for the duration of the weekend.

That evening, business attire was swapped for jeans and jerseys, as players and sponsors headed to the Imperial Vancouver for Draft Night, sponsored by Odlum Brown. Having raised a tournament-leading $75,667, the Odlum Brown Bulls lifted the inaugural “CANley Cup” and earned the right to select first overall. With the top pick, they selected former Canucks winger Raffi Torres.

The Odlum Brown Bulls lift the CANley Cup as the Top Fundraisers

In true NHL style, the showstopper on Draft Night was a surprise trade. Comprised of five CAN parents, the Healthy Scratches swapped their second overall pick to the tenth-ranked fundraising team in exchange for a $5,000 donation to CAN.

NHL Alumni hit the ice

With each team boasting a former NHL star on their roster, the stage was set to hit the ice on Saturday morning. Over the next two days, CAN Pro-Am players lived out their wildest hockey fantasies, competing alongside the likes of Daniel Sedin, Josh Gorges, Kirk McLean and more.

While there were many close games on Saturday, the action at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre was highlighted by a thrilling shootout win from Dave Babych and the Healthy Scratches. Featuring a CAN parent in goal, Lee McCormick went head to head against former Canucks 30-goal scorer Mikael Samuelsson and came out on top.

Mikael Samulesson (left) during the CAN Pro-Am All-Star Game

For CAN parents like Lee and John Carinha, the tournament experience was especially impactful:

“The CAN Pro-Am has brought together a group of strangers with NHL greats for a common goal and it has nothing to do with the score of the game. We’re all here to highlight the opportunities that CAN offers the autism community. And most importantly, to fundraise for them to continue growing their reach.”

John Carinha
CAN Pro-Am participant and CAN parent

With games transitioning to Rogers Arena on Sunday, the tournament culminated in a highly-anticipated All-Star Game that showcased the top 22 individual fundraisers and eight NHL Alumni. Despite names like Daniel Sedin, Brendan Morrison, and Cliff Ronning on the ice, players and spectators were reminded of the real stars of the weekend during the pre-game ceremony.

Top fundraiser Bob Shanks was joined by 10-year-old CAN participant Noah Zanatta and Carleen Pauliuk from Presenting Sponsor Modern Green Canada to drop the ceremonial puck between Kirk McLean, and Daniel Sedin. Then, with a number of CAN hockey participants lined up at centre ice, Daniel shook the hand of each of the aspiring youth athletes.

Daniel Sedin greets members of the CAN hockey program.

Like every pre-game ceremony at Rogers Arena, players were invited to remove their helmets for the singing of the national anthem. Taking the mic was 9-year-old Jayden Weiss, a member of the CAN/Sarah McLachlan School of Music program. Incredibly, Jayden sang ‘O Canada’ by heart, just four years after being unable to speak

Needless to say, the CAN Pro-Am was full of inspiring moments that are sure to bring rec and corporate teams back year after year. In an interview with Sportsnet 650 after the tournament, former Canucks star Brendan Morrison reflected on the impact that the CAN Pro-Am had on everyone involved.

“There was such positive energy all weekend. Guys were talking about how they can’t wait until next year and how it’s going to grow and get bigger, which is huge for CAN.”

Brendan Morrison
NHL Alumni

The collective fundraising effort of each team was bolstered by support from community sponsors, most notably the tournament’s presenting sponsor, Modern Green Canada.

Daniel Sedin returning to Rogers Arena for a cause!

“This weekend was truly every hockey fan’s dream! All the NHL Alumni were phenomenal and every player was smiling from ear to ear all weekend long. As a real estate developer and the Presenting Sponsor, we are honoured to partner with Canucks Autism Network to showcase our shared commitment to our community. Thank you to everyone involved for making this inaugural event such a success.

Raymond K. Li
President, Modern Green Canada

With $575,000 raised, CAN Pro-Am players and supporters can take pride that their participation has helped ensure that individuals with autism will also have the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of sports province-wide.

CAN Pro-Am Hockey Tournament presented by Modern Green Canada will bring “Best of BC” NHL Alumni to Vancouver



The inaugural Canucks Autism Network (CAN) Pro-Am Hockey Tournament, presented by Modern Green Canada, is set to take place from January 25 to January 27, 2019, at the UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre and Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks. In partnership with the NHL Alumni Association and Vancouver Canucks Alumni Association, the tournament will bring together former NHL greats with amateur players in support of CAN and families living with autism in British Columbia.

Themed as the “Best of BC”, the tournament will feature a uniquely local spin on the classic pro-am format, as each team will include a member of the NHL Alumni who was either born in BC or has competed for the Vancouver Canucks.

To participate, teams must raise a minimum of $25,000. With draft night taking place at The Imperial in Vancouver, teams will have the opportunity to select NHL Alumni in the order of their fundraising ranking.

The following NHL Alumni will be draft-eligible, with additional NHL Alumni to be announced soon.

  • Greg Adams
  • Dave Babych
  • Garth Butcher
  • Geoff Courtnall
  • Thomas Gradin
  • Chris Higgins
  • Jyrki Lumme
  • Kirk McLean
  • Dana Murzyn
  • Cliff Ronning
  • Kyle Wellwood

“We are very proud to announce the upcoming CAN Pro-Am. We know there is strong community support in Vancouver and we look forward to making this an annual success.”

Glenn Healy
Executive Director of the NHL Alumni Association

The weekend will also feature a Hot Stove Lounge and Luncheon at Rogers Arena, open to the public, where attendees will gain a unique insight about life in the NHL from hockey legends. As 2019 also celebrates the 100-year anniversary of hockey in BC, the CAN Pro-Am is of particular significance to the province’s historic hockey community.

“The Vancouver Canucks Alumni Association is proud to be part of this wonderful fundraising initiative that supports one of our key beneficiaries. Having a Pro-Am with NHL Alumni in Vancouver is a huge plus for the game of hockey and to the families who benefit from Canucks Autism Network programs throughout BC.”

Bob Murray
President of the Vancouver Canucks Alumni Association

Funds raised from the 2019 CAN Pro-Am Hockey Tournament will support the delivery of CAN’s sports and recreation programs for children, youth and young adults with autism. An estimated 1 in 66 Canadian children is diagnosed with autism and over 16,000 are impacted in BC alone.

“The CAN Pro-Am Hockey Tournament represents a unique and valuable opportunity. While tournament participants spend the weekend making lifelong memories, funds raised will help ensure that individuals with autism province-wide will also have the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of sports.”

Paolo Aquilini
Vancouver Canucks Co-owner and Canucks Autism Network Co-founder

For more information, or to register your hockey team, please visit

TransLink finalizes sale of Oakridge Transit Centre lands for $440 million


The transit authority announced Wednesday that the sale of the site on West 41st Avenue, east of Oak Street, had been finalized.

Operations at the Oakridge site had previously been moved over to the Hamilton and Burnaby Transit Centres in September, allowing the lot to be declared surplus land and put up for sale.

A total of $150 million from the Oakridge sale will go towards funding the pre-construction work for the Broadway Millennium Line extension and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford light rail projects. The remaining proceeds of the sale will fund other rapid transit projects outlined in the 10-Year Vision approved by the Mayors’ Council and TransLink’s board of directors earlier this year.

The Oakridge site, located at 949 West 41st Avenue, was the topic of community consultations before it was listed for sale. In late 2015, Vancouver City Council approved a policy statement that allows for the lot to be redeveloped as a primarily residential community. According to TransLink’s statement issued Wednesday, the city’s approval for residential redevelopment helped boost the land value of the lot.

Modern Green Canada donates $300,000 for vital medical equipment at Richmond Hospital


Seconds count when a patient is experiencing catastrophic blood loss, quickly turning the situation into a matter of life or death. A brand new rapid infuser purchased for Richmond Hospital’s operating rooms quickly and safely pumps life-saving blood into a patient’s body to ensure survival.

A new anaesthetic machine also purchased for the surgical suites has vastly improved patient safety and made a huge impact on how patients feel and recover after surgery. Incorporating a ventilator and patient-monitoring functions to view blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs, this new innovative, state-of-the-art surgical equipment will ensure the highest quality of care.

Early colon cancer screening has become a provincial priority for British Columbia, especially for the needs of our residents over age 50. The purchase of two colonoscopes has increased Richmond Hospital’s patient capacity and efficiency to provide colon cancer screening services, which often detect non-cancerous polyps and colorectal cancer at an early stage, making a huge difference to help save the lives of many people.

Modern Green Canada and UBC partner to advance green building research with $3.5-million contribution


The contribution, which results from discussions that occurred around the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will support UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) – expected to be the greenest building in North America when it opens in fall 2011 – and establish a research partnership between UBC and Modern Green Canada.

“Over the next 20 years, the world’s urban population is projected to increase by two billion people, so it is crucial that we dramatically improve the sustainability of the buildings we work and live in. This partnership helps place UBC and Modern Green at the forefront of these efforts, accelerating the development of sustainable urban infrastructure and green building practices.”

Stephen Toope
UBC President

With the partnership, UBC and Modern Green Canada will conduct applied research in sustainability policies and processes. The partnership also provides UBC a partner to help test and deploy advanced sustainable building technologies in an effort to provide market-based solutions to global sustainability challenges. Collaborations will take place at CIRS and Modern Green Canada sites worldwide, including its first North American development – a mixed-use green residential development planned in Wesbrook Village on UBC’s south campus that will include a sustainability research and development demonstration centre. Construction is planned to begin this summer.

“Modern Green, a leader in creating highly comfortable and energy-saving housing solutions, is looking forward to working with UBC researchers. The partnership will include opportunities for knowledge transfer, personnel and student exchanges and experiential learning and research. In collaboration with CIRS, Modern Green’s mixed-use residential building and demonstration centre at UBC will be a precedent-setting sustainable development for comfort and energy performance.”

Lei Zhang
Chairman, Modern Green Canada

By hosting investment programs during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Shanghai World Expo, the City of Vancouver leveraged its relationships with businesses, including Modern Green Canada, to advance investments in the green economy and strengthen Vancouver’s status as a leader in green enterprise.

“Bringing companies like Modern Green to Vancouver during the 2010 Games and showing them what we have to offer, was something we felt would pay off in the long run,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “By attracting one of China’s leading green developers to Vancouver, the City has further strengthened its position as a global hub for the green economy. Modern Green’s investments will help stimulate the local economy and job growth, as they continue to engage a number of local firms and build expertise by implementing new greener building technologies.”

Gregor Robertson
Mayor, City of Vancouver

CIRS and the Modern Green Canada partnership are part of UBC’s ongoing transformation into a living laboratory for sustainability research and action. UBC’s Vancouver campus has set aggressive carbon reduction targets, including the elimination of institutional greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Related projects include the UBC Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Project, which will produce clean energy through biomass gasification; and the UBC Sustainability Initiative, which integrates sustainability teaching, learning, research and operations.

“CIRS will be more than simply the greenest building in North America when it opens. It will be an important hub for sustainability research and action, where scholars and partners work to find innovative solutions to the challenges of urban development faster and more effectively than ever before.”

John Robinson
Executive Director, UBC Sustainability Initiative, and Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

The Centre for the Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is at the cutting edge of sustainable building design and operations, sustainability-focused partnerships and the development of interactive community engagement processes. No other centre in the world is combining all three activities under one umbrella, making this $37-million centre a true leader in sustainability. For more information, visit: