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.

Anthony Everett – President & Chief Executive Officer for Tourism Vancouver Island

Following a national recruitment conducted by PFM Executive Search, the Board of Tourism Vancouver Island (TVI) has selected Anthony Everett as its new CEO, succeeding Dave Petryk, who has retired after 17 years of leading the regional tourism association.

Anthony is a passionate and long-term tourism advocate and professional, and has been involved in the tourism sector in British Columbia for the majority of his working career, starting in Victoria at Butchart Gardens in Visitor Services and then establishing Butchart Gardens’ Media Relations department. In 1999, he was recruited to Tourism Victoria to manage the Media Relations Department until 2003 when he joined the team at Tartan Public Relations as an Account Director. In 2006, Anthony moved away from Vancouver Island to lead the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association through 2015. In addition he was Chair the Board of Directors for the 2015 Prince George Canada Winter Games Host Society.

“After a robust executive search which produced great candidates, we’re excited to have Anthony join our organization,” said Ian MacPhee, Chair of Tourism Vancouver Island.  “With his collaborative relationship building, visionary leadership style, and experience in building innovative strategies, we anticipate a very smooth transition following Dave’s retirement.”

Anthony has earned significant achievements through his career and is the recipient of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) Prestige Award 2016, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the 2015 Prince George Citizen of the Year.

“I am humbled and excited to join the fabulous team at Tourism Vancouver Island and build on my friend, Dave’s legacy,” said Everett. “I am thrilled to return to Vancouver Island where I began my career and collaborate with communities, businesses, and residents to bring world-wide recognition to our unique travel destination.”

Vancouver Island continues to be recognized as a premier vacation destination. In 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Vancouver Island as Number 1 Island in Canada, and has been among the top three islands since 2001. In 2016, Conde Nast Traveler magazine readers voted Vancouver Island as #6 Island in the World up from #7 in 2015.  From 2000-2008, Vancouver Island was rated as the Best Island in North America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. From 2011 to 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice awarded Vancouver Island as #1 Island in Canada, and continues to be ranked among the top three. This prestigious travel magazine has been conducting a Readers’ Choice award program since 1988.

PFM Executive Search was delighted to work with one of Canada’s most recognized regional tourism organization that is innovative in its approach to tourism and hospitality. Our firm has worked extensively in the tourism and destination marketing sector over the 25-year history of the firm. 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.