Dave Earle – Chief Executive Officer for BC Trucking Association

PFM is thrilled to congratulate Dave Earle on his appointment to Chief Executive Officer at the BC Trucking Association.

Dave joins BCTA from the Construction Labour Relations Association of BC where he held the position of Vice President, Government Relations and HR Services. Previous to this, Dave worked within the provincial government in the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Attorney General.

Among his Board and Committee duties, Dave is the Past President of the Employers’ Forum, Employer Caucus Chair for WorkSafeBC’s Policy and Practice Consultation Committee and Secretary of the Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council. He also served as Co-Chair for the BC Construction Industry Substance Testing and Treatment Program, Construction Industry Rehabilitation Program and as a member of the Construction Association Sector Advisory Council for the Industry Training Authority.

As President & CEO of BCTA, Dave will be responsible for the overall management and direction of the association and for promoting the interests and image of its members and the trucking industry to governments, the business community and the public.

Dave brings to BCTA extensive experience in policy advocacy and development with strong, long-standing relationships in government and the broader business community.

Dave holds a BA, Communications and Political Science, from Simon Fraser University and has studied at Camosun College and the Niagara Institute.

PFM Executive Search is a recognized leader in Canada and is know for its ability to facilitate large and complex Selection Committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Over 25-years PFM has recruited senior leaders from all over the world is known for its integrity and professionalism.

PFM Executive Search Recruits Senior UK Leader to CEO Role at Providence Health Care in Vancouver

After a thorough national and international search, Providence Health Care has selected Fiona Dalton as its next President & Chief Executive Officer.

With 23 years’ experience in the health care field, Ms. Dalton has deep experience in leading complex and varied health organizations. From 2013 to present, she has been the Chief Executive Officer of University Hospital Southampton NHS (National Health Service) Foundation Trust in the UK – a renowned academic health sciences centre with 10,000 employees and an annual budget of over £680 million (approx. $1.2 billion Cdn).

In making the formal announcement, Chair of Providence Health Care, Eric Harris said during her tenure Ms. Dalton has led and overseen numerous strategic transformation and improvement initiatives, including:

  • the development and launch of a new values-based organizational vision;
  • being nationally recognized for improving quality and safety;
  • improving hospital performance and patient outcomes;
  • enhancing research performance and leading the successful application with the University of Southampton to become one of the national Biomedical Research Centres and supporting the new Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology (£25 million or about $43 million Cdn);
  • leading successful staff health and well-being strategies;
  • focusing on quality improvement, innovation and digital services (being recognised nationally through the award of the Global Digital Exemplar (£10 million or $17 million Cdn) monies for our informatics programme); and
  • delivering a successful capital program, improving and expanding her organization’s facilities for patient care, research and education, with academic, commercial and charitable partners.

Ms. Dalton has a BA Honours in Human Sciences from Queen’s College, Oxford University, and received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Southampton in July 2017, in recognition of her work in Southampton. Some of Ms. Dalton’s previous roles have included serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO of the Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from 2008 to 2013; Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development, at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2005 to 2008; and Divisional Director, Responsible for Surgery, Cancer, Critical Care, Neurosciences, Theatres & Anaesthetics, at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, 2000 to 2004.

Chair, Eric Harris went on to say “To the executive recruitment firm and certainly to the PHC Board members who had the privilege of meeting Ms. Dalton during the interview phase, it quickly became clear what an outstanding candidate we had the pleasure of considering. Ms. Dalton’s varied experience, sectoral knowledge, strategic acuity, respectful communication style, personable character and clarity of thinking were easily evident. What stood out even more was her emphasis on people, collaboration, organizational culture, personal and organizational values, and a strict commitment to performance excellence, with focus on staff/physician engagement and patient involvement”.

“I want to thank PFM Executive Search for all their hard work in making contact with over 300 people as part of their search and for helping the Board narrow down the candidates’ list” said Harris.

In accepting this important leadership role in Canadian health care, Ms. Dalton stated:

“It’s a great honour to be invited to lead Providence Health Care. I am delighted and excited to join an organisation with such a great reputation for values-driven, compassionate and innovative health care.”

PFM Executive Search is a recognized leader in Canada and is know for its ability to facilitate large and complex Selection Committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Over 25-years PFM has recruited senior leaders from all over the world is known for its integrity and professionalism.

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce – CEO Introductory Breakfast

From left to right, Partner Shaun Carpenter, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Catherine Holt, Partner George Madden

PFM Executive Search recently hosted 30 key Victoria area business and community leaders at a private breakfast to introduce the new CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber). It was held at the newly renovated Fairmont Empress Hotel which was fitting given the historic nature of both the Chamber and the Empress hotel in the city and also with both organizations embarking on new beginnings. Catherine Holt has taken up the CEO role with the Chamber after a national search process conducted by George Madden and Shaun Carpenter from PFM Executive Search.

As the new CEO, Catherine is working with diverse community groups, as well as the Board and the Chamber membership, to ensure a continued focus on issues that impact the vitality of the business community in the Greater Victoria area. The Chamber has been the business voice for the region since 1861 and has always represented a cross-section of viewpoints that have allowed the Victoria area to prosper over the decades. As Victoria is the provincial capital, the Chamber has a front and center opportunity to shape political opinion and help ensure the small business community is the economic driver throughout the entire province of British Columbia.

The breakfast offered an opportunity for Catherine to outline her plans for the future as CEO and how important it is for the Chamber to have a sharp focus on initiatives which will enhance the quality of life for residents in the region, as well as spur new business opportunities on Southern Vancouver Island.

PFM Executive Search regularly hosts events for key community leaders, allowing the chance for attendees to network and hear innovative thoughts and ideas around new initiatives. Our firm has recruited dozens of senior leaders to a variety of organizations in the Victoria area over the years and is recognized as a leading executive search firm in Canada.

Catherine Holt – Chief Executive Officer with the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Al Hasham, Chair of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, has announced the Board of Directors has selected Catherine Holt as its incoming CEO. Catherine was hired after a thorough and rigorous selection process led by PFM Executive Search which included careful consideration of more than 70 candidates coast to coast by the CEO Search & Selection Committee of the Board.

Catherine succeeds Bruce Carter as head of the Greater Victoria Chamber.

In making the formal announcement in Victoria, Al Hasham as Chair said “ We are delighted to have a person of Catherine’s calibre at the helm of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. The Board of Directors is confident in Catherine’s ability to lead The Chamber.”

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the members of The Chamber and to providing them with great service,” said Catherine Holt. “Member involvement is essential and it allows the Chamber to do its part to make Victoria a great place to live and do business.”

“I take great pride in the Chamber and our members and all that we have accomplished in the community” said Bruce Carter. “I look forward to working with Catherine during the turnover and beyond.”

Quick Chamber Facts:

• More than 1,400 members, representing private, non-profit and public organizations throughout Greater Victoria, from Sooke to Sidney.
• Board of Directors comprises of 17 people.
• Second largest chamber of commerce in B.C.
• Largest business association in Greater Victoria.
• 57 events in 2015, attended by more than 4,500 people.
• The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has been in operation since 1863.

The Chamber is funded by businesses to support business. It works to strengthen the region’s business community by acting as the voice of business through networking events, mentorship opportunities, professional development activities and other unique programming.

Catherine Holt Biography

Catherine has a diverse background spanning more than three decades. She has worked at the executive level and has a proven history of providing leadership on complex and difficult issues using sound judgment, discretion and creative strategies. She has worked with private sector clients, such as Spectra Energy, IBM, and SNC-Lavalin, providing strategic advice on public policy and government decision-making processes that affect their interests.

Catherine has worked extensively with not-for-profits, including the BC Safety Authority, and the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC, focusing on improving stakeholder relations, designing and recruiting boards of directors, strategic planning, evaluating new lines of business and organizational design.

While Catherine’s clients have been mainly B.C.-based organizations, she have also worked for national organizations and for clients in Alberta and the Yukon, as well as on public service improvement projects in the Middle East and South Africa.

Catherine has an interest in public policy and the improvement and transformation of public services. Most recently, she was the Strategic Business Advisor to the CEO of TransLink, and has done extensive work with BC Transit, BC Assessment Authority, and other public entities and First Nations organizations.

Catherine has a Master of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.

Work History
• President and Principal Consultant, Sage Group Management Consultants (1998-2016)
• Associate Faculty, Masters of Business Administration Program, Royal Roads University (2003-present)
• Assistant Deputy Minister, Government of B.C. (1992-1997)
• Cabinet Communications Adviser, Government of Yukon (1989–1992)
• Producer, CBC/Radio-Canada, Toronto and Whitehorse (1983 –1997)
• Treasury Board Analyst and Legislative Intern, Government of B.C. (1981–1983)

Community Service
• Chair, Finance Committee, Victoria Police Board
• Board Member, BC Gaming Commission
• Founding Chair, Vancouver Island School of Art
• Founding Board Member, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.
• Founding Board Member, Victoria Cycling Adventures

To learn more about this appointment, please click here.

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Michael Marchbank – CEO, Fraser Health Authority

PFM Executive Search is pleased to have been engaged by the Board of Fraser Health Authority in the search and selection process for the organization’s new President & CEO, Michael Marchbank.

Fraser Health Authority, serving more than 1.6-million people in the region through its 12-acute care hospitals and a range of other programs and facilities, is one of the largest healthcare providers in Canada.  It has an annual operating budget of $3.3-billion and employs 22,000 staff, 2,500 physicians and 6,500 volunteers.

Board Chair, Karen Matty said of Michael Marchbank’s appointment as President & CEO “…I am gratified with the number of candidates the Board reviewed and the interest many people have to work at FHA.  Michael comes to Fraser Health with extensive healthcare experience throughout British Columbia…I am very excited to welcome such a highly respected and qualified candidate to Fraser Health…Michael is known as a skilled collaborator”.   Prior to his newly appointed role, Michael was the President & CEO of Health Employers Association of BC and prior to that was the Chief Operating Officer of Provincial Health Services Authority.

PFM Executive Search is experienced in working within the healthcare sector and is recognized for its ability to facilitate large and complex selection committees and recruiting the best and brightest leaders to organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.