Theresa McCurry – Chief Executive Officer for Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC

PFM is very pleased to announce the placement of Theresa McCurry as CEO of the Association of Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC. Her science and technology expertise combined with her proven ability to drive strong performance in a non-profit, will ensure continued success during this important juncture in ASTTBC’s history.  Established in 1958 and incorporated under the Applied Science Technologies & Technicians Act in 1985, the role of ASTTBC is to regulate the standards of training and practice of and for its members, and to protect the interests of the public.

In BC, technologists and technicians contribute $6 billion to the economy. These professionals include: engineering technologists and technicians in fields such as civil, electrical, electronic, environmental and mechanical as well as technical specialist areas such as building design, construction safety, fire protection, house inspection and onsite wastewater. ASTTBC is one of BC’s largest self-regulating professional associations and more than 50% of ASTTBC’s members are under 45.

Theresa is looked upon to step into the leadership role by working closely with the governing Council and an organizational team to achieve the goals, priorities and strategic vision of ASTTBC. She is tasked with building upon the professional standing and practice of ASTTBC professionals and delivering meaningful programs that protects the public interest and establishes and maintains beneficial relationships with governments, regulatory bodies, employers, related industry associations and members.

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

Mark Collins’ Leadership Breakfast

Last week on May 8th, PFM Executive Search hosted a special breakfast with the new CEO of BC Ferries, Mark Collins. Held on the North Shore, Mark presented to community and business leaders with a view to discussing the operation aspects of BC Ferries and the outline of plans for the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver. Mark addressed a variety of items, including the focus by BC Ferries to be a future-oriented enterprise that is trusted and valued by communities and customers alike. Under Mark’s leadership, BC Ferries is working to connect communities and customers to the people and places that are important in their lives.

For over 25 years PFM Executive has been a leader in Canadian executive search, and is known for its ability to work effectively with diverse selection committees and boards in both the private and public sectors.

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.