Tom Phipps – Director, Risk & Insurance for BC Ferries

PFM Executive Search was pleased to be engaged in the national recruitment of the Director, Risk & Insurance for BC Ferries,  one of the largest ferry operators in the world. The company provides year-round vehicle and passenger service on 25 routes on west coast coastal waters to 47-different terminals with a fleet of 35 vessels. It is an essential transportation link that connects coastal communities and facilitates the movement of people, goods and services on the west Coast of Canada.

The national search has led to the appointment of Tom Phipps. Tom holds CPA, CA and CIA designations and joins BC Ferries with several years of leadership experience having recently led the Internal Audit teams for both the University of Victoria and the Vancouver Airport Authority. Prior to this, he held the position of Manager, Corporate Treasury for Canadian Forest Products which included the company’s insurance program.

In this position, Tom will report directly to the Treasurer of BC Ferries and will work across the organization on a variety of corporate initiatives.

PFM Executive Search has been engaged on a variety of senior leadership roles at BC Ferries over the years including working directly with the Board of Directors on the selection of the Chief Executive Officer.  We are proud of being a BC owned and operated company working with other British Columbia companies.

Board Directors 2018 – CPABC

PFM is excited to announce the new Directors who have been elected to the Board of CPABC.

Joining the continuing Board members and government appointed public representatives are:

Lisa Ethans, FCPA, FCA, Director (Vancouver)
Karen Horcher, FCPA, FCGA, Director (Vancouver)
John Mackenzie, CPA, CA, Director (Vancouver)
Martha Thomas, CPA, CA, Director (Victoria)

Rod Hunchak – Director, Business Development & Community Relations for the Victoria Airport Authority (YYJ)

PFM Executive Search was pleased to assist Victoria International Airport (YYJ), one of the fasting growing airports in Canada, to recruit its new Director, Business Development & Community Relations, reporting directly to the CEO.

Rod Hunchak has been appointed to this newly created role where he will have direct responsibility for real estate and land development, community relations and will lead media and public affairs activities.

Rod comes to YYJ from Fort McMurray Airport Authority (YMM) where he was Vice-President, Commercial. Prior to YMM, he spent almost 14 years at Calgary Airport Authority (YYC) in various roles of increasing responsibility, his last role was the General Manager, Development Services, Planning and Engineering. Rod brings a broad range of directly related experience to the role, having had a diverse and well-rounded career in airports going back to 1995, where he started working as an Operations and Maintenance Officer with Yellowknife Airport (YZF).

CEO Geoff Dickson stated “…we are very pleased to have Rod’s knowledge, energy and excitement complement our team here at the Victoria Airport Authority and we know he is excited to be moving to the west coast and joining the team at YYJ”.

PFM Executive Search has worked with a variety of airport and port authorities over its 25-year history in executive search and as such has amassed a substantial knowledge of the sector with key contacts in aviation and the maritime industries from around the world. Our firm has recruited senior leaders to a diverse group of sector clients and has developed expertise in effectively working with Boards and senior leadership at airports and ports which we bring to each and every search project.

Patricia Jelinski – New General Manager for BC Place Stadium

An international search has concluded with the appointment of Patricia Jelinski as the new General Manager of BC Place Stadium, one of North America’s premier stadium venues.

Patricia Jelinski is a 30-year veteran of the live sports and entertainment industry and was selected for the role of General Manager following an extensive recruitment by PFM Executive Search that presented candidates from across North America.

“We are very pleased to have Patricia join our leadership team at this important time for BC Place Stadium,” said Ken Cretney, President & CEO of the BC Pavilion Corporation. “Her extensive experience in the fields of live entertainment, sports and venue management will be a major influence on the ongoing success of B.C.’s iconic stadium.”

For the past 4 years, Jelinski has been the President & CEO of United Way Greater Victoria; the largest non-government funder of social services and a recognized community leader on Vancouver Island. Here she was responsible for developing a new strategic direction for the organization and delivering on the vision through an operational plan, including diversification of revenue streams, business development, and building a culture of philanthropy internally and with the business and stakeholder community.

Previous to her role with the United Way, Jelinski held senior positions within some of the most recognizable organizations across North America, including the Edmonton Oilers, Northlands of Alberta, the New York Rangers and the iconic Madison Square Garden.

PFM was pleased to work on this search with BC Place, one of the largest multipurpose venue of its kind in North America, hosting sport, exhibitions and live entertainment, in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. BC Place is the home of the BC Lions Football Club, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Canada Sevens and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Each year, BC Place welcomes more than one million guests to events ranging from professional football, soccer, and rugby, to amateur and high school sports, consumer shows, cultural gatherings, carnivals, film shoots, special events, and world-class concerts. Events hosted at BC Place generate more than $120 Million per year in economic benefit within the province of British Columbia, while also generating significant cultural and community benefit for the people of B.C.

PFM Executive Search is a recognized leader in senior leadership recruitment and is known for its ability to facilitate large and complex Selection Committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Over the past 25-years, PFM has recruited senior leaders from all over the world.


Theresa McCurry – Chief Executive Officer for Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC

PFM is very pleased to announce the placement of Theresa McCurry as CEO of the Association of Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC. Her science and technology expertise combined with her proven ability to drive strong performance in a non-profit, will ensure continued success during this important juncture in ASTTBC’s history.  Established in 1958 and incorporated under the Applied Science Technologies & Technicians Act in 1985, the role of ASTTBC is to regulate the standards of training and practice of and for its members, and to protect the interests of the public.

In BC, technologists and technicians contribute $6 billion to the economy. These professionals include: engineering technologists and technicians in fields such as civil, electrical, electronic, environmental and mechanical as well as technical specialist areas such as building design, construction safety, fire protection, house inspection and onsite wastewater. ASTTBC is one of BC’s largest self-regulating professional associations and more than 50% of ASTTBC’s members are under 45.

Theresa is looked upon to step into the leadership role by working closely with the governing Council and an organizational team to achieve the goals, priorities and strategic vision of ASTTBC. She is tasked with building upon the professional standing and practice of ASTTBC professionals and delivering meaningful programs that protects the public interest and establishes and maintains beneficial relationships with governments, regulatory bodies, employers, related industry associations and members.

PFM Executive Search is a recognized leader in Canada and is known for its ability to facilitate large and complex Selection Committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Over the past 25-years PFM has recruited senior leaders from all over the world and hallmarks of the firm’s success is integrity and professionalism.