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!


Lori Mathison – President & CEO for CPABC

PFM congratulates Lori Mathison, LLB, FCPA, FCGA, on her recent appointment as President & CEO of CPABC. She will begin her tenure on August 1, 2017.

“We are excited to begin this next evolution of our organization,” said Dave Hallinan, FCPA, FCMA, CPABC’s board chair and chair of the CEO Search Committee. “Lori’s expertise and professional acumen will serve CPABC well into the future as the province continues to navigate through constant disruptive change in technology, business, international accounting standards, and the global political landscape.”

Mathison is in the process of wrapping up her current role as the managing partner of the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP, where she is a partner in Dentons’ Tax Law group. Her background includes providing specialized tax advice on domestic and cross-border transactions. Her practice involved tax planning, negotiating, and documenting complex corporate transactions.

Mathison serves as a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and has written and presented for many organizations, including CPA Canada, CPABC, the Canadian Tax Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, and the University of British Columbia.

She was recognized by her peers with a CPA fellowship designation in 2016, and as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Tax Law by the Best Lawyers in Canada publication in 2017. Mathison is involved with the community and currently serves on the boards of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Vancouver Public Library Foundation, and the CPA Education Foundation. She also sits on the Law Society of B.C.’s Task Force on Law Firm Regulation and on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the UBC Centre for Business Law.

Darrell Reid – Fire Chief for the City of Vancouver

For the first time since the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services was established in 1886, the Department has gone outside the ranks to appoint a new Fire Chief to one of Canada’s largest emergency response organizations.

Darrell Reid has been named Fire Chief and General Manager responsible for VFRS and the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Vancouver. The addition of the Office of Emergency Management to Darrell’s portfolio represents a new alignment for that function within the organization and will take advantage of his training and deep experience in this field.

Darrell’s appointment follows an extensive international recruitment process led by PFM Executive Search. The process was informed by input from many stakeholders, including the leadership of the Vancouver Firefighters Union and over 150 VFRS staff who shared their perspectives on the organization through the facilitated search & selection process led by PFM.

Darrell currently serves as CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. He has a well-established career in Fire and Emergency Management Services including three years as a Deputy Chief with Toronto Fire Services plus 21 years with Strathcona County Emergency Services in Alberta. This included five years as Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management, where he was the incident commander appointed by the Province of Alberta for the 2011 Slave Lake fires and 2013 High River flood.

In addition to his background as a firefighter/paramedic, Darrell is the founder of a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing training and equipment to firefighters in developing countries. He also founded Canada’s largest licensed private training academy for firefighters and paramedics.

Darrell is coming to Vancouver with a mandate to support and build on the department’s 131-years of tradition of excellence in fire and rescue services.

PFM Executive Search is a national leader in working with private, public and not-for-profit organizations to identify, recruit and facilitate the appointment of senior leadership using innovative and highly regarded search methodologies for almost 25-years.

2017 Americas Conference – Panorama Global Search Partners

PFM Executive Search recently led the discussion on a number of key agenda items at the Americas Conference of Panorama Global Search Partners in Atlanta. The annual gathering of offices from North and South America had a focus on trends in executive search, the sharing of best practices and methods to further the already extensive collaboration on search projects to ensure outstanding results for our clients in diverse sectors.

In addition, PFM Executive Search welcomed new Alberta Partner, Pekarsky & Co. ( to Panorama. With offices in Calgary and Edmonton, the addition of Pekarsky & Co. will continue to add breadth and depth to the global practice groups in a wide variety of private, public and not-for-profit sectors and allows PFM in Vancouver to offer ever greater strength in fulfilling senior level leadership executive searches.

Beyond the exchange of ideas and creating a forum for discussions around successful collaboration in search, the Atlanta meetings created a venue for identifying new ways to enhance the client and candidate relationship, the hallmark of success for PFM Executive Search for more than 24-years.IMG_0924 IMG_0917 IMG_0933