Craig Fitzsimmons – Director, Government, Community & Media Relations for WorkSafeBC

PFM Executive Search welcomes Craig Fitzsimmons to his new position of Director, Government, Community & Media Relations at WorkSafeBC. Craig was the successful candidate in the national executive search for the most senior communications role at the organization.

In making the announcement, WorkSafeBC Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Human Resources Officer, Wendy Strugnell noted Craig will provide leadership and direction in the development, execution and monitoring of WorkSafeBC’s comprehensive media, social media, government and community relations strategies that support the organization’s corporate goals and objectives.

In welcoming Craig to WorkSafeBC, VP, Strugnell said, “Craig comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in corporate communications and public affairs. He has a successful track record in both public and private sector, including consulting with Canada’s largest public relations agency and overseeing communication and issues management for B.C.’s largest infrastructure project. Craig is currently Manager, Communications and Issues Management at BC Hydro for the Site C Energy Project. In this role Craig manages strategic communications planning, writes media materials and prepares messages for media. He also liaises with the B.C. government and develops briefing material as needed and is responsible for the issues management program.

Craig is a skilled business communicator with demonstrated knowledge of strategic communications planning, government relations, media relations, stakeholder relations and issues management. I look forward to Craig joining our WorkSafeBC team.”

PFM Executive Search was delighted to have worked with the team at WorkSafeBC which has been a client of our executive search firm for almost two decades. PFM Executive Search will soon celebrate its 25th Anniversary and is recognized as one of Canada’s most respected and admired companies in the sector.

Sheila Biggers – President & CEO for Junior Achievement BC

PFM congratulates Sheila Biggers on her appointment as President & CEO of Junior Achievement BC. She will begin her tenure on August 1st, 2017.

Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2016, over 38,000 BC students benefited from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring their real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

JABC is proud to announce the appointment of Sheila Biggers, the next President & CEO of JABC.  Sheila brings over 25 years of experience working in the not for profit and public sectors. Sheila’s most recent role was Associate Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement for the UBC Sauder School of Business, leading a team of 22 advancement professionals. During her tenure with UBC Sauder, the school raised $120M, and significantly increased engagement of alumni, as part of UBC’s Start an Evolution campaign. The efforts of Sheila and her team resulted in the expansion and upgrade of the School’s facilities, enhancement of the student experience, and support for professorships and research.

Sheila has also demonstrated her passion for education and youth through her dedication to the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation, an organization that runs an alternative education program combining academics, therapy and adventure based learning to help at-risk youth to change their lives. Sheila has been a long-standing board member and is a past Chair of the Foundation, which is focusing on expanding to support more youth throughout BC.

Sheila has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Consumers Studies from the University of Guelph and is a Master in Public Administration candidate at the University of Victoria. Originally from Ontario, Sheila has fully adapted to the British Columbia lifestyle, enjoying hiking, biking, skiing as often as she can, ideally with her family and her dog.

Christian Codrington – Director, Human Resources for the Industry Training Authority

PFM congratulates Christian Codrington on his appointment as Director, Human Resources with the Industry Training Authority.

Christian brings over 20 years of extensive HR experience implementing various innovative solutions to challenges of organizations in non-profit, publically traded, health care and federal government work settings. He has led HR teams in different organizations and oversaw a variety of HR projects. Christian is adept at HR strategies and various HR disciplines including employee and labour relations, performance management, recruitment and selection, compensation and so forth.

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services officially welcomes Darrell Reid in Change of Command Ceremony

PFM Senior Recruiting Associate, Brittany Stanfield (left), VFRS Fire Chief and General Manager, Darrell Reid (centre) and PFM Project Coordinator, Donna Cantrill (right)

PFM Team Members Allison Rzen, Brittany Stansfield and Donna Cantrill were pleased to attend the Change of Command Ceremony, welcoming Darrell Reid as Vancouver’s next Fire Chief. This was a historic event, with Darrell being the only Chief in Vancouver Fire and Rescue’s 131 year history to come from outside the department. In his remarks, Darrell acknowledged this milestone, and also laid out his vision for the VFRS moving forward. We were thrilled to be part of the process of bringing Darrell to Vancouver and we know he will make a significant mark in this city.

It was also an honour to pay tribute to outgoing Chief John McKearney, who leaves the VFRS after 37 years of service, including eight as Chief. John saw the department through the planning and execution of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games; ensured the safety and protection of some of our most vulnerable citizens through the oversight of encampments and improved conditions in social housing; and recently has led his team through the most difficult drug crisis in this country’s history. Thank you John for all you have done for our community!

Outgoing Chief John McKearney (right) with incoming Chief, Darrell Reid (left)

Outgoing Chief John McKearney (right) with incoming Chief, Darrell Reid (left)

PFM Executive Search Attends 2017 BC Health Care Awards

Allison Rzen and Jennifer Madden were very pleased to take part in gala luncheon honouring the BC Health Care Awards recipients, presented by the Health Employers Association of BC. Details on the awards and recipients can be found here. Surrounded by a room full of clinicians, subject area experts and administrators who have all made a positive impact on our health care system, Allison and Jennifer walked away feeling buoyed and confident about the direction of health in BC.

Allison was honoured to have been part of the judging panel in April – a very difficult task given all of the fantastic work being done around the province.

Congratulations to all of the nominees, the Award of Merit recipients and the Golden Apple recipients. We applaud you for the work you do!