Sylvia Ceacero – Chief Executive Officer for BC Seniors Living Association

PFM is pleased to announce Sylvia Ceacero as the new CEO of the BC Seniors Living Association. Sylvia holds an MBA, from HEC Montreal and an MA in Political Science from McGill University. She has over 20 years of executive management experience in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors with a focus on transformational change. Sylvia is well versed in advocacy at the municipal, provincial and federal levels in her current capacity as CEO of SHARE Family and Community Services Society and in her former roles as CEO of the National Association of Federal Retirees and Executive Director of Beechwood Cemetery and Foundation. Sylvia started her new role as CEO of the BC Seniors Living Association on November 1, 2017.

PFM Executive Search is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a firm and is known across Canada for its excellence in executive search.

Ron MacDonald – Chief Civilian Director for the Independent Investigations Office of BC

PFM Executive Search welcomes Ron MacDonald as the new Chief Civilian Director (CCD) at B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office (IIO). His appointment comes after an international search conducted by PFM, which brought forward a slate of qualified candidates for consideration by the Government of British Columbia.

MacDonald comes to B.C. from Nova Scotia where he held a similar role as Director of the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT). He has been a lawyer for more than 30 years and spent much of his career working within the criminal justice system as both a Crown Attorney and Defence Counsel.

“I want to congratulate Ron MacDonald on his appointment, and I know the IIO will be in good hands with his leadership and significant experience,” said Attorney-General, David Eby. “The B.C. government strongly supports the oversight role of the IIO in building confidence in police accountability throughout the province. I extend my thanks to Acting Chief Civilian Director Bert Phipps, who has done an excellent job serving the office over the last 12 months.”

“Police oversight is a fundamental pillar in a democratic society,” said MacDonald. “British Columbia is one of the leading provinces in its commitment to oversight of police and this is a great opportunity for me to provide the leadership and build on the great work that has already been done in this regard.”

This week, the IIO marks its fifth anniversary in operation, carrying out the mandate of conducting thorough and competent investigations of police-involved incidents resulting in death or serious harm.

“British Columbians have trust in police and their commitment to protecting our communities,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth. “The work of the IIO is critical to maintaining that public trust and police accountability through civilian oversight.”

The IIO is under the command and direction of the CCD – a role that is filled by a person who cannot have ever served as a police officer.

In addition to his years as a practising lawyer, MacDonald was a criminal law Policy Advisor at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice prior to his appointment as Director of SIRT, past President of the Nova Scotia Barrister Society and past President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. In 2007, he was awarded the National Heads of Prosecutions Humanitarian Award. MacDonald was also a volunteer coach in softball, and high school and university basketball, and worked at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

PFM Executive Search was pleased to be engaged on this important and unique role within the Government of British Columbia. Our firm is recognized across Canada as a leader in working within the law enforcement and policing community, identifying and recruiting senior leaders from all over the world.

Ewan Moir – President & Chief Executive Officer for the Nanaimo Port Authority

PFM Executive search was delighted to work with the Board of Directors of the Nanaimo Port Authority in the recruitment and appointment of a new President & CEO for this progressive west coast Federal port.

Ewan Moir is the new CEO, a position held for over 8 years by Bernie Dumas until his recent retirement. PFM Executive Search worked with the Board on Bernie’s appointment 8 years ago and was pleased to be asked most recently to conduct the national search for his successor, a demonstration of solid working relationships with client groups.

In making the formal announcement, Nanaimo Port Authority Chair, Moira Jenkins noted Ewan Moir’s extensive career in related marine industry areas around the world in senior management positions in Norway, United Kingdom, Singapore, Holland and India.

“The board conducted an extensive search and met with many highly-qualified applicants. Ewan’s worldwide leadership and management experience really stood out and we were unanimous in our decision. His people-focused leadership style, vast industry expertise and exceptional business development skills will serve to build on the excellent foundation already established at NPA”, Jenkins said.

Ewan Moir has 20 years of senior corporate business experience contributing to strategy and operational performance and is known as an analytical thinker with a strong record of initiating and implementing business strategies to develop sustainable and profitable growth. He labels himself a team builder and coach in skills development, with extensive experience in managing a union environment. He has a graduate degree – MBA from Queen’s University, and is a Certified Professional Accountant. He also has an HND in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University College, U.K.

PFM Executive Search worked closely with the Board of Directors of the Port of Nanaimo and engaged key stakeholders and partner groups at the outset of the process. In creating a search process based on the current and future needs of the port, PFM Executive Search was able to facilitate a proactive search process that met the needs of the Board seeking an open, fair and transparent competition.

For over 25 years PFM Executive has been a leader in Canadian executive search, and is known for its ability to work effectively with diverse selection committees and boards in both the private and public sectors.


Melanie Kerr – Director, Financial Services for the City of Vancouver

PFM Executive search is pleased to announce that Melanie Kerr has joined the City of Vancouver as of September 14, 2017 in the role of Director, Financial Services. Melanie’s initial scope and focus will be on the City’s Accounting Operations & Reporting areas and will transition to encompass Revenue Services, including implementation of the Empty Homes Tax and Business Unit Accounting over the next number of months.

Melanie was previously Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer of CHC Helicopter. Melanie led a large global accounting team and was responsible for financial reporting, accounting, controls and accounting operations. She has also worked with the Accounting Standards Board in the UK and at KPMG here in Vancouver, Australia and New Zealand. Melanie is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and has her CPA, CA designation.

PFM Executive Search is known for its broad connections within finance sector and ability to recruit the best and brightest talent for its clients in all functional areas and sectors. PFM Executive Search is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a firm and is known across Canada for its excellence in executive search.

Dave Cunningham – Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications for Coast Capital Savings

PFM Executive Search congratulates Dave Cunningham on his appointment to the role of Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications with Coast Capital Savings, Canada’s largest credit union by membership with over 50 branches serving 532,000 members.

PFM Executive Search conducted a national search for the role with Coast Capital. Dave is a veteran public affairs and communications professional, bringing more than 25 years of experience, including working as a business journalist with a focus on investing and banking that took him to Australia early in his career.

Dave is perhaps best known in the professional communications sector for the high-profile roles he held in the Office of Premier for British Columbia, including Communications Manager, Director of Communications, and then Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. After five years working for the Premier of BC, Dave moved to Telus as Vice-President, Government Relations where he was responsible for the organization’s relationships with provincial governments across Canada, and supporting the federal government relations team, all with a focus on public affairs and business development.

Most recently Dave was the Chief Communications Officer with the Provincial Health Services Authority where he led a team of 25 overseeing the communications, social media and branding for a number of health agencies including BC Children’s Hospital, BC Cancer Agency and BC Ambulance.

Dave is a strong addition to a great senior leadership team at one of Canada’s most highly respected financial institutions. Coast Capital Savings was named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2017 and has received the Canada’s Best Managed Companies mark of excellence for the 16th year in a row and has been named a Platinum Club member for the last nine years.

PFM Executive Search is known for its connections within the corporate communications sector and ability to recruit the best and brightest talent for its clients in all functional areas and sectors. PFM Executive Search is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as firm and is known across Canada for its excellence in executive search.