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Vancouver investment house suspends advisor charged with assault outside Kits pizza joint


Bob Mackin

One of the two men charged with assault at a pizza take-out in Kitsilano is suspended from his job.

Brenton Thomas Woyat is an investment advisor at Canaccord Genuity in Vancouver. He has shut down his business website and LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.

Canaccord Genuity’s Brent Woyat (LinkedIn)

“We are incredibly disappointed to learn of a shameful incident of inexcusable behaviour involving one of our employees,” said a statement from the company to CTV News Vancouver reporter Allison Hurst. 

 “We take these matters very seriously. Immediately upon becoming aware of the incident, the employee was suspended without pay while we launch a thorough investigation of this matter. Canaccord Genuity rejects the disgraceful behaviours, opinions and actions of the individuals involved. They are in no way representative of our firm’s values.” 

Woyat did not respond to request for comment.

Woyat and James Henry Davidson were charged Feb. 20 with assault. A video obtained by CTV shows a male customer at the Pizza Pizza on Cornwall in Vancouver disputing staff requests to wear masks, as per the provincial health order.

“You guys are complete morons, COVID is a joke. You are completely brainwashed,” said the man, yelling as he wore a mask under his chin.

The same man claimed he was worth $50 million and told the employee that he was worth nothing.

(CTV News Vancouver)

Later in the video, the same two men were seen pushing and shoving a teenage male on the sidewalk of the strip mall.

Davidson appeared March 1 at Vancouver Provincial Court and his next date is April 9. Woyat’s first appearance is set for March 17. has been unable to confirm where James Henry Davidson works.

A man with the same name is the defendant in a B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit over a December 2017 two-vehicle crash in Hope.

The defence statement says the plaintiff was driving a BMW X3 and the defendant, identified as James Henry Davidson, was driving a Dodge Caravan that he owned. The lawyer for the Davidson in that case declined to comment.

A man with the same name was also sued in New Westminster Family Court on Valentine’s Day in 2019.

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