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Summer Nights on May 13th will be an engaging evening as community members, business leaders, and philanthropists come together in support of the Zajac Ranch for Children. Guests will experience inspiring stories, bid on silent auction items, and have the opportunity to experience cocktails or decadent dinner that is delivered right to your door.

Virtually, join emcees Irfaan Gaffar and Howard Blank and special guests for our 7th annual charity event.




VIEW THE LIVE AUCTION TO BID AND PURCHASE YOUR AIR CANADA RAFFLE TICKET! You could win 2 Economy Return tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in North America including Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean!


Ryan Beetie | We are proud to announce Ryan Beedie as the 2021 recipient of the Raising the Bar Award, in recognition of his philanthropic leadership. Ryan Beetie | We are proud to announce Ryan Beedie as the 2021 recipient of the Raising the Bar Award, in recognition of his philanthropic leadership.

Born and raised in Burnaby, B.C., Ryan has always been committed to his community and giving back. Ryan’s philanthropic contributions, in both a professional and personal capacity, have had a profound impact and changed the lives of many. As President of Beedie, Ryan oversees one of the most successful industrial and residential property development companies in Western Canada. Ryan’s values and approach around giving are reflected in his company, whose philosophy “Built for Good” speaks not only to the company’s dedication to quality and customer service, but also to its goals of helping others and working for and within the community. In addition to supporting Zajac Ranch for Children, Ryan chairs the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign and sits on the Canadian board of the ONE Campaign.

Ryan and his wife Cindy, who is also heavily involved in philanthropic work, contribute to several other organizations including BC Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, the YWCA, and the Vancouver Police Foundation. Ryan has also made significant contributions to support post-secondary education. In 2011, Ryan and his father, Keith, donated $22 million to create Beedie School of Business at SFU. In 2018, on Ryan’s 50th birthday he launched Beedie Luminaries. Personally committing over $50 million, Ryan created a social-profit enterprise that offers scholarships for higher education to promising students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. We thank Ryan for his support for the Zajac Ranch for Children and for his continuing generosity in the broader community.


The Zajac Nights committee is a collective of young business professionals each with a deep respect for the importance of supporting the community we all share. Each member volunteers their time, knowledge, skillset, and business acumen to help promote, support, plan, and manage Zajac Nights.

Jeffery Uppal


Jeff was one of the original co-founders of Zajac Nights. Following, a successful first year he joined the board of directors for the Zajac Foundation. He is currently working at Sandstorm Gold Royalties as an associate, Business Development.


Alexandria Lee


This is Alex's first year with the Zajac Foundation and her second year as Co-Chair of the Zajac Nights Committee. Her involvement with the Zajac Foundation stems from her passion to ensure that all members of our community have equal opportunities. She believes that the Zajac Ranch for Children is a special place that allows children the chance to experience camp without limitations. Alex is currently a General Manager for Cactus Club Cafe.

CO-CHAIR | 2018

Trevor Cook


Trevor has spent his career as an Art Director and Designer developing a diverse portfolio of work while managing and producing brands in a number of industries. Since 2015, Trevor has volunteered his skillset to brand each year’s event and create all event marketing collateral including the website, promotional materials, print & digital ads, and at-event displays.


Darcy Zajac


Darcy has been on the Zajac Nights Committee since 2018. Darcy is a peak performance coach who helps individuals unlock their potential. He spends a lot of his time working with young athletes.


Our Sponsors

This U40 initiative group is comprised of young, urban professionals determined to make an impact in the community. Zajac Nights features young professionals from all industries alongside established leaders and executives. The annual event is a key opportunity for attendees to have a great time while raising money for a great cause.

Collin Zwickel

RBC Dominion Securities

Trevor Cook


Brandan Price

Rennie & Associates


The Zajac Foundation | 604-739-0444

For additional information please contact our event planners Sharon Liew & Laura Takasaki of Imagine That Events:

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