Kent Meston – Director, Technology Services – Infrastructure & Enterprise Applications for Vancouver Airport Authority

PFM would like to congratulate Kent Meston on his new role as Director, Technology Services with YVR. Kent brings over 18 years of leadership experience, most recently as a Director of the Business Technology division at the BC Lottery Corporation. Kent is a genuine people person and has a successful track record of leading significant technology initiatives in large complex organizations. He also has excellent business acumen. When he’s not at work, Kent enjoys running, road cycling and golf. He is a musician and is active in his community in White Rock. Kent’s start date with YVR is February 5th, 2018.

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.

Winnie Shi – Chief Financial Officer for InTransit BC

PFM Executive Search is delighted to announce the appointment of Winnie Shi to the role of Chief Financial Officer with InTransitBC, owner of Vancouver’s rapid transit train line, the Canada Line.

Winnie joins InTransitBC from KPMG, where she spent more than twenty years in the Global Infrastructure Advisory practice, including seven years as a Partner. Winnie’s experience in Public-Private-Partnerships in Canada and internationally, along with her expertise in accounting, project finance and audit, procurement, and strategic planning, made her the natural choice for this coveted position.

In addition to her career with KPMG, Winnie is a founding member of the BC Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN) and she regularly volunteers in the community with organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity of Greater Vancouver.

PFM is thrilled to have been selected to lead this search in partnership with InTransitBC and we wish Winnie continued success in her career. PFM Executive Search is known for its ability to work effectively with Boards and Selection Committees in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and for its skill in recruiting talented senior leaders to executive positions.

The University of British Columbia Appoints New Vice President, Human Resources

The University of British Columbia, a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world and the second largest university in Canada, has appointed Barbara Meens Thistle to the critically important position of Vice President, Human Resources.

With more than 62,000 students from 160 countries on two major campuses and 15,000 faculty and staff plus 300,000 alumni, UBC has an annual operating budget of $2.5 billion with more than $580 million in annual research income making it one of the top global post-secondary institutions.

Barbara Meens Thistle brings a quarter century of senior leadership experience—including at some of B.C.’s largest public sector organizations—to UBC as the new Vice President, Human Resources.

“Barbara will be a valuable addition to our executive team and I have full confidence she will be able to build on the excellent progress made by Lisa Castle, former vice-president of human resources, to make UBC a rewarding and fulfilling place to work,” said UBC President Santa J. Ono.

Meens Thistle currently holds the position of Vice President, Central Services at the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) where she has responsibility for a diverse portfolio including all aspects of Human Resources. She also has extensive experience as a senior leader in the energy sector, including at Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power, and Westcoast Energy. Together with past roles at B.C. public sector organizations including ICBC, the Provincial Health Services Authority, Powerex, and BC Hydro, Meens Thistle brings a wealth of experience in the areas of strategic planning, change management, operational excellence, procurement, health and wellness, and safety.

“I’m thrilled to accept this new challenge to lead human resources programs and services at UBC, one of the province’s top employers,” said Barbara Meens Thistle. “UBC has one of the largest workforces in British Columbia and I look forward to continuing efforts to making the university an inspiring place to work that also supports faculty and staff wellbeing, resilience and commitment.”

Meens Thistle is a long-time champion of equity, diversity and inclusion. Throughout her career, she has worked collaboratively with senior leaders and employees to create and implement relevant, aspirational and comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategies.

In 2016, Meens Thistle was voted HR Professional of the Year by the BC and Yukon chapter of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and a Fellow in the Canadian Board Diversity Council. Meens Thistle is also an active volunteer in her community as a board director with OceanWise (Vancouver Aquarium) and with Big Sisters of BC, Lower Mainland.

UBC has consistently been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers, as well as one of Canada’s greenest employers, best diversity employers, and top employers for young people. Additionally, people in Metro Vancouver have named the university a Dream Employer for several consecutive years.

PFM Executive Search led an international recruitment process with UBC President, Santa Ono as the Chair of the Search Committee. Our firm is a recognized leader in working within the post-secondary sector, identifying and recruiting top leaders who enhance the stature of institutions. PFM is know for facilitating inclusive search processes for client groups in the higher education sector.

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.