VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 31, 2015) - The Aquilini Investment Group (AIG) announced today that former Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Chief Constable Jim Chu would be joining their team as Vice President of Special Projects and Partnerships.
After 36 years of service with the VPD, Mr. Chu will now turn his leadership experience to managing key AIG investments, by providing regulatory oversight and building partnerships.
"We're proud to welcome Jim to the team," said David Negrin, President of Aquilini Development and Construction Inc. "He is a highly-effective leader that has demonstrated a tremendous capacity for consensus building through his work in the community."
In his new role, Mr. Chu will employ his leadership and consensus-building skills to ensure that safety standards are upheld and meaningful partnerships are developed with First Nations across B.C. in relation to various AIG ventures, including agricultural, energy and development projects.
As the first non-white Chief Constable of Vancouver, Mr. Chu was lauded as an innovative and progressive leader. During his tenure, he tackled problems such as gang violence, support for those suffering from mental-health issues, and reducing cost overruns. Mr. Chu served as President of the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs, and was awarded the Order of Merit of Police Forces by the Governor General in 2007.
During his time with the VPD, Mr. Chu also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
"His proven leadership experience, prominence in the community, and business acumen make him an ideal candidate for the job," said David Negrin.
About Aquilini Investment Group and Family History
The Aquilini Investment Group is a diversified family business founded more than 50 years ago by Mr. Luigi Aquilini. The group is now run by his three sons, Mr. Francesco Aquilini, Mr. Roberto Aquilini and Mr. Paolo Aquilini. The Vancouver-based organization owns and manages a global conglomerate portfolio that includes commercial, industrial and residential construction and developments, as well properties, food and beverage, hospitality and entertainment enterprises, diverse agribusiness operations and sustainable aquaculture and renewable energy ventures.
The Aquilini Investment Group is dedicated to supporting the community through the Vancouver Canucks' charitable organization, the Canucks for Kids Fund and its core beneficiaries: Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children's Hospice, and the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, including the Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories.