It was a legal who’s who last week as the good folks at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms, celebrated their 100 year anniversary. Cocktails and conversation were only the start as guests enjoyed five-star service at the Vancouver Convention Centre complete with entertainment by North Shore singing ensemble Aliqua and a live tugboat water ballet by Washington Marine group. Dignitaries and guests were also treated to a cake cutting ceremony and a display of memorabilia that traced the company’s impressive history. Also last week, the Luxury Supercar event weekend rolled into town and kicked things into high speed with a week long gear-up that included the launch of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, a high society lounge party in the park to celebrate Mercedes-Benz’s 125 year anniversary and a weekend of luxury cars and stars for the public to come see and dream about. Never before seen automobiles, including the electric Tesla supercar and a stunning burnt orange gull-winged McLaren, were on show along with Ferrari, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and more. The show stopper however had to be the Bugatti Veyron – yours for a mere $2.2 million dollars.
01 – Supreme Court of BC Chief Justice Robert (Bob) Bauman and Court of Appeal Chief Justice Lance Finch are among the VIPs in attendance at the Borden Ladner Gervais 100 years celebration.
02 – Regional managing partner Don Bird, who also hails from the North Shore, gives an elegant and heartfelt speech at the Borden Ladner Gervais celebration highlighting some of the more interesting points of being a 100 year old law firm.
03 – Former West Vancouver School Board chairman Clive Bird, who is also Borden Ladner Gervais bankruptcy lawyer, poses with daughter Sarah Jane who performed this night as a member of the fabulous singing ensemble Aliqua.
04 – West Vancouver’s Paul Zalesky, of AllWest Insurance fame, and Lamborghini luxury car dealer Asgar Virji stand guard over Luxury Supercar’s superstar – the $2.2 million Bugatti Veyron.
05 – Looking extra glam in the VIP Luxury Supercar lounge is the stunning West Vancouver mother/daughter team of Monica and Alyssa Virani.
06 – Airsprint director and North Vancouverite Martino Ciambrelli, left, helps man his jet company’s display booth at Luxury Supercars with help from Chantelle Tourand and Virani Real Estate principal and event sponsor Karim Virani.
07 – North Vancouver businessmen Adam Wickstead, left, and Eli Gershkovitch get ready to ride in Eli’s classic collectable 1955 gull-wing SL300 Mercedes-Benz.
By Catherine Barr – Sep 08 & 11, 2011
Also as seen in print in the North Shore Outlook Newspaper on Sep 15, 2011