Laura Wessman – Health Services Administrator, Prince George for Northern Health Authority

PFM Executive Search welcomes Laura Wessman to Northern Health Authority (NHA), one of Canada’s most innovative health care organizations, as the new Prince George Health Service Administrator, a senior leadership position with NHA where she will build both local and regional operational capacity through interprofessional/cross functional team development and the delivery of quality health services.

Laura is returning to BC from an extended term in Manitoba where, as Chief Operating Officer of the Churchill Health Centre Division of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, she was responsible for Manitoba’s most northern hospital and integrated health services. Prior to that, Laura was the Senior Vice President Operations at Forbes Medi-Tech, a Vancouver based biotech company with a focus on cardiovascular disease, international research and development, production and distribution.

Laura holds undergraduate degrees in Science (biochemistry) and Applied Science (chemical engineering) from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh.

PFM Executive Search has a long working relationship with Northern Health and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading executive search firms. The company recently celebrated its 26th year and is known for its ability to work with a wide variety of private, public and not-for-profit organizations in identifying and recruiting senior leaders. 

Its Health Care Practice is substantial, working with Boards and Selection Committees where diverse slates of qualified candidates are brought through an open, fair and transparent proactive search process. PFM Executive Search also collaborates with its Panorama Search Partner offices and Co-Chairs the Global Health Care Practice Group.

Cedric Savineau – Site General Manager for Avcorp Industries

PFM Executive Search is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Cedric Savineau as the Site General Manager for Avcorp’s Delta, BC facility. Cedric brings over 20 years of international experience in the transport sector, heading up major programs, product development, and manufacturing organizations. He is passionate about driving innovation, transformation and performance, by creating an inclusive work environment with the teams, and collaborative partnerships with suppliers and customers. Cedric has worked with industry leaders including Westport Innovations in Vancouver and SABCA and Volvo in Europe. Congratulations Cedric!

Rafael Villarreal – General Manager, Engineering & Regional Utilities for City of Abbotsford

PFM Executive Search is pleased to announce that Rafael Villarreal will be joining the City of Abbotsford as the new General Manager of Engineering & Regional Utilities starting November 5, 2018. Rafael holds a Bachelor and Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Los Andes Colombia; a Masters in Information Science from the University of Lund Sweden; a Master of Urban Planning from McGill; and a Master of Liberal Arts in Management from Harvard. He is a Professional Engineer, a Registered Professional Planner, and a Project Management Professional.

Rafael is joining the City of Abbotsford from the City of Kelowna where he most recently held the role of Manager of Integrated Transportation. Within this portfolio, he was also the Administrator of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan and was responsible for leading the successful Imagine Kelowna project – the long-range strategic vision for Kelowna. Rafael’s background includes working with the City of Edmonton, the City of St. Albert and the City of Bogota in Colombia. Congratulations Rafael!

Leading international executive search and leadership advisory partnerships, Panorama and TGCL, agree to merge

Panorama and TGCL consolidate their international networks in one, offering executive search and leadership advisory services across 5 continents.

  • Panorama is a global partnership of 21 firms, all of which are leading companies in their operating markets. It has over 40 offices in 20 countries across America, Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa.
  • TGCL (The Global Community for Leaders) is an international network of executive search and leadership advisory partner firms, with 12 offices located in 8 countries in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
  • Both networks are full members of the profession’s leading association, AESC, and have active roles in regional and global leadership.
  • The merged organisation, which will trade under the Panorama name, represents an exceptional community of 24 partner firms with 170 consultants offering executive search and leadership advisory services in over 50 offices across the globe.

October 29, 2018.   Leading international executive search and leadership advisory partnerships, Panorama and TGCL, join forces to consolidate their presence across 5 continents.  The merger aligns synergetic geographic footprints, with TGCL bringing critical mass in Europe and Latin America to Panorama’s strength in America, Asia, and Oceania. The resulting organisation has a truly global reach, with an established presence in the world’s major economic centers.

Panorama currently has 21 partner firms, all of which are leading players in their respective operating markets. Through its partners, Panorama brings together a vast experience across all industries: private, public as well as third-sector organizations. Panorama has over 40 offices and over 170 consultants throughout America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.  In response to the global market, Panorama’s partner network addresses client needs and requirements from an international perspective, combining local sensitivity and in-depth knowledge regarding each market. In 2017, it was named one of the 25 Top Global executive search firms by Hunt Scanlon Media.

The Global Community for Leaders, TGCL, includes the most innovative independent executive search and leadership consultancy firms in their markets, united with cutting-edge know-how and global reach.  Working from 12 offices based in 8 different countries in Europe, Africa and Latin America, the network offers executive search, talent and culture diagnostics, leadership development, and board and strategy services to discerning clients across a broad range of sectors. TGCL member firms are multicultural sector experts, highly international in their reach, and proactive supporters of diversity in leadership.

Krista Walochik, Chair of TGCL said:

“The fit between Panorama and TGCL is exceptional, in terms of culture and values, sector knowledge, and geographic coverage. We are delighted now to be able to offer our clients a truly global response to their leadership challenges, knowing that our partners around the world share our commitment to excellence, quality of service, in-depth sector expertise, and the ethics embodied by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC)”,

“In addition to offering exceptional executive search services, we look forward to expanding the network’s advisory offering in the areas of analytics, leadership development, and boards.”

Craig Buffkin, Chair of Panorama said:

“We are excited to welcome the TGCL Network into the Panorama global family.  TGCL is a perfect fit culturally, professionally and geographically.  The firms within TGCL add depth in executive search and leadership advisory services, as well as, geographic coverage in both Europe and LATAM.  We know our clients will share our enthusiasm about our new partners as we share the same values in excellence, services and professionalism.  With the merger, the Panorama partnership now has 21 firms and over 40 office locations, covering 5 continents.”

About Panorama

Operating across the world’s major time zones, Panorama is an international group of 21 independent firms who are leading players in their respective markets. While representing a diverse range of local markets and areas of expertise, Panorama members share a strategic commitment to excellence along with similar values and ethics. Through its global reach, Panorama offers clients an ever-expanding global executive search and leadership advisory force with a wide variety of sector expertise.


Victoria Lee – President & Chief Executive Officer for Fraser Health Authority

Dr. Victoria Lee has been appointed the new President & CEO of Fraser Health Authority, one of the largest and most complex health care leadership roles in Canada following a national competition. As a leader, experienced administrator, physician and researcher, Dr. Lee brings with her a deep understanding of the health care system and the needs of the people within it – both those receiving care and those providing it.

Dr.  Lee most recently served as Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice-President, Population Health at Fraser Health. Prior to joining Fraser Health, Dr. Lee worked in consultative roles with national and international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in the areas of comparative health systems, health policy, health financing and ecohealth. She also worked as a travel physician in rural communities in Chile and Brazil.

PFM Executive Search was engaged by the Board of Fraser Health Authority to create a fair, open and transparent proactive search process identifying potential CEO candidates from across Canada who would be well qualified to take on this major leadership role. Through the competition for the position Dr. Lee demonstrated being an advocate for wellness, a supporter of healthy workplaces and a well-versed authority on the social determinants of health.

As Fraser Health Board Chair, Jim Sinclair stated “Those of you who know Dr. Lee have likely experienced her warmth and also her sharp visionary outlook. She is both a natural innovator and a champion of health-equity. The Board has every confidence that Victoria will use her experience and knowledge to provide the highest level of leadership and continue to move Fraser Health forward in delivering the highest quality care services in a patient centered manner”.

PFM Executive Search worked closely with the CEO Selection Committee and with the Board of Directors in facilitating the selection of Dr. Lee who replaces retiring President & CEO, Michael Marchbank. PFM Executive Search has been engaged by Fraser Health on a number of senior leadership searches including two President & CEO search projects over many years.

The extensive health care leadership recruitment conducted by PFM Executive Search over 26-years makes our firm a preeminent firm in Western Canada for finding senior leaders in this sector. Our reputation for creating a collaborative process with Board Selection Committees has allowed PFM Executive Search the opportunity to work with most British Columbia health authorities in identifying and recruiting senior leaders in provincial healthcare authorities, agencies and related organizations.