Peter Kuran, CEO

PFM Executive Search is pleased to announce Peter Kuran as the new CEO of External Properties for the University of Victoria.

PFM’s Shaun Carpenter exceeds fundraising goals during Triple Crown for Heart cycling event

Shaun Carpenter, along with his wife Tracey, are involved in volunteer work and fundraising initiatives for the BC Children’s Hospital Heart Unit, and the Children’s Heart Network (

Shaun is proud to have been the largest fundraiser for two straight years in the Triple Crown for Heart charity ride ( The annual ride is a unique cycling challenge to conquer all three North Shore mountains in a single day (Seymour Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain). The ultimate goal is raising funds for the acute medical and cardiac unit at BC Children’s Hospital in order to provide expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, including newborns and adolescents.

Nancy Taylor, Executive Director

Nancy TaylorNancy has worked within all levels of government – municipal, provincial, federal and international – and therefore brings to the Local Government Management Association (LGMA) and its members a truly unique and broad perspective of the issues facing its members. Most recently, Nancy held the position of Director of International Marketing for the Government of British Columbia where she was instrumental in building and executing the province’s International Marketing Strategy. She has held diverse portfolios ranging from homelessness, mental health and addictions on a local level to international development in developing countries. Nancy started her career as an International Fisheries Manager with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans and parlayed that experience into progressively more senior roles with the UN, various intergovernmental agencies, and the City of Victoria.

The LGMA provides mentoring, education, professional development, networking and team building to leaders in local government across British Columbia, thereby supporting the development of strong, innovative and highly livable municipalities in the province.

David Allen, CAO

PFM Executive Search is honored to announce the appointment of David Allen as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Courtenay.

David has held progressive administrative leadership roles within local government for the last 13 years. Most recently he served as CAO for the Town of Golden, one of two resort municipalities in British Columbia. In Golden, he had been instrumental in leading a number of strategic initiatives that has enhanced the performance of the city and serving the citizens of Golden. Before joining Golden, he was the CAO of the District of Logan Lake where he directly oversaw the administration of the policy development, planning, environment, protective services, public works, community services, tourism and marketing. David began his career in the private sector where he was the Principal of Genesis Environmental Consulting. The company’s focus was on environmental management. His clients were diverse which included municipalities, regional districts and NGOs.  After a successful career in the private sector, he decided to pursue the work of a civil servant within local government. He began with the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District as Manager, Utilities and Community Services and continued to enhance his career by becoming the Director, Development Services for Village of Pemberton.

The City of Courtenay is a culturally diverse, scenic city of approximately 24,000 people. Courtenay is on the east coast of Vancouver Island and located within the traditional lands of the K’ómoks First Nation.

The Corporation of the City of Courtenay was established in 1915 to deliver municipal government services to the community. The City of Courtenay is the urban and cultural hub of the larger community, the Comox Valley. Courtenay is an innovative, vibrant City that works together to provide opportunities and excellent services making the community a great place to live, work and do business.