Angela De Smit – Chief Operating Officer

PFM Executive Search congratulates Angela De Smit as the new Chief Operating Officer for BC’s Northern Health Authority’s Northeast Region following a national search and selection process. Angela, who is Registered Nurse and is currently completing her Masters in Leadership at Royal Roads, has a broad background in healthcare administration with a strong operational understanding. Most recently Angela was the Health Services Administrator for the North Peace Region here in BC and in her new COO role, based in Fort St John, she will bring her award winning healthcare experience to this critically important position within Northern Health Authority.

We know Angela will add immediate value to her new role as well as to the community she will serve. One of the key strengths Angela brings to the COO role in the Northeast Region is her ability to create strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders plus her clinical expertise within a changing healthcare landscape.

Dr. Sandra Allison, CMHO

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We have had the honor of working with the team from the Northern Health Authority to recruit their new Chief Medical Health Officer. After an exhaustive search, we found Dr. Sandra Allison.

Sandra holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Calgary, a Medical Degree and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Manitoba. She completed a residency in Family Medicine and is a certificant of the College of Family Physicians. Sandra also completed a residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

Sandra comes to Northern Health from Prairie Mountain Health based in Brandon, Manitoba where she has practiced as a Medical Health Officer for the health region over the past two years. Sandra also actively practices as a family physician in medical clinics in Brandon, Churchill, and Winnipeg. Sandra is an Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine as well as a Faculty Advisor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Brandon University. Through these roles, Sandra has gained a wealth of experience that will contribute significantly to Northern Health’s leadership team.

Ken Derpak – Managing Director

VIA Silver Star Media:

Silver Star Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ken Derpak as its new Managing Director. Derpak will lead the Silver Star team after serving as President and CEO at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, overseeing hotel and resort operations, golf, skiing, and all aspects of its daily operations.

Commenting on his appointment, Derpak said “I am truly excited to be able to call Silver Star, ‘My Mountain’. I have enjoyed the resort as a guest – in both winter and summer – and now I am excited to join this great team with its rich resort history and diverse array of offerings in winter and summer. I look forward to living in the village as it will allow me to truly experience the resort’s amenities and the vibrancy that makes it a four season destination resort.”

Derpak has an extensive background in the ski industry and resort business. He has served as Director of Finance for both the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and Whistler Blackcomb. He also held several key positions at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort in Banff, including Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Planning, Development, Regulatory and Government Affairs.

Silver Star’s Owner and President Jane Cann stated, “We are delighted to add someone with Ken’s experience to the resort’s leadership team. We look forward to his guidance and expertise as the resort continues to develop and grow in the coming years – it’s an exciting time.”

Derpak will commence his new role in mid-July and will be instrumental in leading Silver Star Mountain Resort into the next phases of its continued growth and success.

Owen Davies – CFO

We are delighted to have been part of the recruitment bringing Owen Davies to PRT Growing Servies Ltd. as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Owen has over 16 years of experience in public accounting, Corporate Finance, and industry, which included building, leading and advising corporations on business improvement, financial planning, expansion and capital market transactions. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting in 1998, and received his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 2000.

PRT is North America’s largest producer of container-grown forest seedlings. They have capacity to custom grow more than 180 million seedlings at 13 nurseries located in Canada and the United States.

PRT has established a leadership position in their industry by working closely with their customers and by providing reliable reforestation products and silviculture services at competitive prices. PRT’s silviculture services includes seed processing and specialized seed treatments, forest seedling and non-forestry plant propagation, seedling propagation from somatic embryos, quality testing, cold storage, shipping and tree planting, and field-performance assessment and enhancement.

PRT is more than a forest seedling company. They also grow hybrid starter plants for food crops such as cranberries, raspberries, and energy crops for heat, power and wastewater treatment projects.

Peter Nunoda – President

VIA VCC Media (Kate Chandler):

Vancouver Community College’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Peter Nunoda as the college’s new President, effective August 18, 2014.

Dr. Nunoda brings over 27 years of experience in higher education to the role, most recently serving as the Vice President Academic and Research with Northern Lights College. Previously, he served as Dean, Faculty of Health with the University College of the North; Director of Access Programs at the University of Manitoba; and Program Director, Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Nunoda led the development and implementation of a 5-year Academic Plan for Northern Lights College, as well as the development of a Strategic Enrolment Management Plan which resulted in direct domestic enrolment growth of 3 per cent and International enrolment growth of 75 per cent. Dr. Nunoda was instrumental in the development of Northern Lights’ Centre of Excellence in Training for Oil and Gas.

“It is an honour to have this opportunity to lead a college so well known for its strong roots in the community and its diverse range of access and career programs,” said Dr. Nunoda. “As a community college, VCC plays a unique role in post-secondary education, providing accessible pathways for many students looking to get into the job market, or to further their education. I look forward to strengthening and guiding the college during this time of renewal and opportunity.”

Originally from London, Ontario, Dr. Nunoda earned his B.A. in Honors History from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds an M.A. in History from the University of Windsor, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Manitoba. He has authored a number of publications as well as conference papers on topics ranging from Best Practices in Professional Health Education Programs for Aboriginal People to Recruiting and Retaining Aboriginal Students in Post-Secondary Education.

“On behalf of the VCC Board of Governors, I am so pleased to welcome Peter to the VCC leadership team,” says Eugene Hodgson, chair, VCC Board of Governors. “His broad range of experience and commitment to student success, accessibility, and quality make Peter the right individual to lead VCC at this critical time. We are confident that under Peter’s leadership, VCC will continue to build on its achievements and move forward with renewed focus.”