(July 15, 2:29 p.m.) City officials and family members of the late David Oppenheimer, the second mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, and the founder of The Oppenheimer Group, spoke July 12 at a ceremony on “David Oppenheimer Day.”

Oppenheimer founded the Vancouver-based produce marketing company, which is recognized by the Vancouver Historical Society as the oldest continuously operating company in British Columbia, according to the company now known as The Oppenheimer Group.

The company celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

John Anderson, chairman, president and chief executive officer, joined the celebration in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, referring to David Oppenheimer as “The Father of Vancouver.”

In addition to founding the company, David Oppenheimer also established the B.C. Fruit Growers Association, Kelowna, British Columbia, the same year.

Vancouver celebrates ‘David Oppenheimer Day’
Janet Hammond (from left) and Marti Oppenheimer, the great-great grandnieces of Vancouver, British Columbia's second mayor, David Oppenheimer, join Oppenheimer chairman, president and CEO John Anderson and Vancouver Park Board Chair Korina Houghton at the statue of Mayor Oppenheimer at the entrance to Stanley Park. Anderson holds the official "David Oppenheimer Day" proclamation. Mayor Oppenheimer opened Stanley Park on Sept. 17, 1888. Thirty years earlier, with his three brothers, he founded the company which would become The Oppenheimer Group.

Courtesy The Oppenheimer Group