On January 25, 2018, The Scottish-Canadian Business Association of BC (“ScotCanBC”) teamed up with the Pan Pacific Hotel and the British Canadian Business Association to host our first annual Rabbie Burns Supper. The event was a huge success with over $12,000 raised for the Prostate Cancer’s Plaid for Dad campaign.

Around 100 guests enjoyed a reception and dinner that included MacSween’s haggis imported directly from Scotland by our friends at Fresh Concept Canada. The occasion marked one of the first Burns Suppers in almost 50 years to serve Scottish haggis, following the lifting of the import ban in Canada. The menu also featured venison, smoked salmon and other culinary delights from the world-class Pan Pacific team. Guests were also able to celebrate the bard’s birthday with Scottish whisky tastings from Compass Box, Benromach, Glenglassaugh and Glendronach.

Gareth Withers, ScotCanBC – President, gave the welcoming speech and, Ross McDonald, ScotCanBC – Board Director, gave the addressed the haggis with gusto.

Following dinner, a live auction was held with auction prizes including a business-class trip to Scotland, Heli-Jet tickets for the Vancouver fireworks, rugby tickets and a bottle of whisky. Between the live auction, donations from the ticket price and donations received on the night, we are proud to say that over $12,000 was raised for Prostate Cancer Canada’s Plaid for Dad campaign. Thanks to sponsors British Airways, Helijet, Rugby Canada, Apex Hotels, Virgin and Authentic Wines and Spirits for their donation of the prizes.

Stephen Peters, Pan Pacific – General Manager, gave the Toast to the Lassies and the spirited Reply to the Lassies was given by Kerris Hougardy, British Canadian Business Association – President.

Shot Of Scotch Highland Dancers were there to add in the entertainment.

Great thanks to Fred Lee for MCing the event.

And here’s some of our ScotCanBC Board Members all enjoying what we expect to be an annual event!

L to R: Malcolm Wallace, Ross McDonald, Tricia Barker, Ian Davidson, Iain Ball, Gareth Withers



Slàinte mhath from all of us at ScotCanBC!