Concert is proud to announce that its co-founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, David Podmore was appointed to the Order of British Columbia last month. Known as the Province’s most prestigious accolade, this award is bestowed only upon a select few who have contributed to the Province in extraordinary ways.
David’s numerous contributions to the Province of British Columbia have spanned four decades. In the 1980’s he was instrumental in the original development of BC Place as Vice-President of Planning, Design and Engineering, where he also developed the comprehensive master plan for Vancouver’s Expo 86 lands. In addition to his work with Concert, he served as Chair of the BC Pavilion Corporation from 2007 to 2012, ensuring completion of the Vancouver Convention Centre expansion in preparation for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as well as refurbishment and upgrading of BC Place Stadium. David also chaired the successful 2003 “Vote Yes” plebiscite campaign which urged Vancouver voters to support the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games bid. Furthermore, David has been keenly involved with supporting trades training, having spearheaded Concert’s corporate fundraising efforts which have been successful in raising in excess of $1.8 million since 1995.
David has served on numerous business and community initiatives and currently serves as Chair of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
This most recent accolade builds on his previous honours which include having been recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Real Estate Institute of BC’s Award of Excellence and an Honorary Doctor of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Recipients of the Order of British Columbia are selected by an independent advisory committee from public nominations. This year’s Order of British Columbia investiture ceremony was held for recipients and invited guests at Government House in Victoria on July 22. Since the Order was first introduced in 1989, 370 people have been appointed.