A Loss for Our Community

The Renewal team was deeply troubled to learn about the unfortunate death of Ben Banky, CEO of Tallgrass Distribution. Ben was a frequent participant at our annual Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock and he will be deeply missed by many. We extend our condolences to Ben's family and colleagues during this challenging time. TallGrass has asked us to issue the following statement on their behalf:


December 13, 2008 Vancouver - TallGrass Distribution Ltd. is deeply saddened by the tragic death of our President and CEO, Ben Banky.

Ben was a compassionate and dedicated leader who will be sadly missed. The company that he cofounded 12 years ago has become a successful business and the team he leaves behind will carry on to continue to fulfill the dream he began.

TallGrass requests that the media respect the privacy of our employees in their time of grief. The company will have no further comment while the police investigation continues. We will be providing our employees with grief counseling services to help them cope with this tragic and senseless loss.

TallGrass wishes to reassure all our customers that we will be resuming business in the days ahead, but in the meantime, we ask for your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult time.

Please contact the Vancouver Police Department with any further inquiries regarding this matter.


TallGrass media spokesperson:
John Paul Fraser, NATIONAL Public Relations 604-619-1980 cell
604-691-7398 office