Simi Heer – Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Police Department

PFM Executive Search Welcomes New Director of Public Affairs to the Vancouver Police Department.

One of the more interesting recent projects undertaken by PFM Executive was the recruitment of a new Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Police Department, Canada’s highly recognized, innovative law enforcement police service

The role of Director of Public Affairs reports directly to the VPD Chief, Adam Palmer.  Through an extensive national competition led by PFM Executive Search, Simi Heer has been appointed to the post.

Simi is a strategic communications leader, with extensive experience in crisis communication, issues management, and corporate communications. As the Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Police Department, Simi will lead the communications strategy for the department, and provide oversight for all communications and public affairs functions of the organization.

Simi has joined the VPD after spending more than a decade at BC Hydro – Canada’s third largest electrical utility – in progressively senior communications and public affairs roles.  Most recently at BC Hydro, Simi was the manager of Media Relations and Issues Management and the lead spokesperson for the company. Simi and her team developed and implemented the media and issues strategy and dealt with news media from all regions of the province. She led communications for a variety of issues and corporate initiatives, ranging from power outages and electricity rate increases, to promoting conservation programs and highlighting billion-dollar capital projects. One of Simi’s career highlights at BC Hydro was dealing with the aftermath of the 2015 windstorm – the worst storm in the company’s history.

In 2008, Simi won an IABC Gold Quill merit award as the editor of BC Hydro’s employee magazine. Simi studied communications at Simon Fraser University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree.

PFM Executive Search has worked with the VPD on several executive search projects over the years and is recognized as a leader in its work with law enforcement and emergency services organizations here in Canada.

Our search firm provides outstanding facilitation of large and diverse Search & Selection Committees in our work with private, public and not-for-profit organizations. The hallmark of success for PFM Executive Search over the last 24-years has been our ability to develop a strong working relationship with Boards and Selection Committees in creating a seamless process that nets proven results for our clients.

Renee Murdoch – Director, Human Resources for Hardwoods Distribution Inc.

PFM Executive Search is pleased to announce that on December 1st, Renee Murdoch will be joining Hardwoods Distribution Inc. as the company’s new Director, Human Resources. Renee will report to the CEO, Rob Brown,  and will be based in the corporate office in Langley, BC. Renee is an experienced HR professional, most recently leading the HR function at Britco Structures. She brings a track record of success in a number of industrial and retail businesses. Her responsibility will be to build upon Hardwoods’ existing people practices as well as developing long term human resource strategies and best practises for the company.

Hardwoods Distribution has been in operation since 1926. Following its most recent acquisition of Rugby Architectural Building Products in the US, the organization is North America’s largest distributor of hardwood lumber, panel and interior architectural building materials, with coast-to-coast operations, 60 branches, over 1,000 employees, and approximately C$1.0 Billion sales.

Congratulations Renee!

Our search firm provides outstanding facilitation of large and diverse Search & Selection Committees in our work with private, public and not-for-profit organizations. The hallmark of success for PFM Executive Search over the last 24-years has been our ability to develop a strong working relationship with Boards and Selection Committees in creating a seamless process that nets proven results for our clients.

David Shepheard – Vancouver Film Commissioner for Vancouver Economic Commission

PFM Executive Search is thrilled to congratulate David Shepheard on his appointment with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) as the first Vancouver Film Commissioner. With over 16 years of experience around the world in film David is extremely well-qualified to position Vancouver as the premier place for film and TV production, talent and investment.

David joins the VEC and the Vancouver Film & Media Centre from Film London, where he was a Film Commissioner with one of the world’s largest film, television and digital production hubs. Prior to joining Film London, David was the inaugural Film Commissioner for the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, opening that market up to foreign production for the first time, and securing the filming of Disney’s Star Wars in the UAE. In addition, David was Chair of the UK Screen Commission Network and Director with the Association of Film Commissioners International. David is recognized for his ability to work with traditional and non-traditional partners to create significant economic opportunities for a region.

As the Vancouver Film Commissioner, David will market Vancouver and its $2 billion-plus creative industries to strengthen its position as North America’s third-largest production centre, assume an advocacy role for the film and TV industry with all levels of government to keep growing the business, and help bring in future investment.

PFM Executive Search wishes David every success in his new role.

Our search firm provides outstanding facilitation of large and diverse Search & Selection Committees in our work with private, public and not-for-profit organizations. The hallmark of success for PFM Executive Search over the last 24-years has been our ability to develop a strong working relationship with Boards and Selection Committees in creating a seamless process that nets proven results for our clients.

Cameron Brine – Vice President, People & Organization Development of Fraser Health Authority

PFM Executive Search is pleased to welcome Cameron Brine as the new Vice President, People & Organization Development for Fraser Health Authority (FHA), one of the largest health care organizations in Canada.

Reporting directly to the CEO of FHA, Michael Marchbank, Cameron brings specific experience in developing and implementing strategies to enhance leadership capacity in large organizations and creating a culture of performance with an emphasis on learning and continuous improvements.

Cameron comes to FHA following a national search conducted by PFM Executive Search from his role as Executive Director, People & Culture at Vancouver Coastal Health. Over the last five years in that role Cameron developed and implemented the BC Physician Leadership Program in partnership with the health authorities, led the development of an HR metrics dashboard in support of workforce optimization, implemented a new performance planning process and system and developed new competencies and built a full suite of talent management programs to support those competencies at Vancouver Coastal.

Cameron has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Business Administration. He has spent 10 years in Crown corporations plus the private sector supporting strategic human resources in areas such as disability management, learning & development and diversity.

PFM Executive Search wishes Cameron great success at Fraser Health Authority. Our executive search firm is a recognized leader in Canadian health care recruitment for senior leadership talent.

PFM Executive Search provides outstanding facilitation of large and diverse Search & Selection Committees in our work with private, public and not-for-profit organizations. The hallmark of success for PFM Executive Search over the last 24-years has been our ability to develop a strong working relationship with clients in creating a seamless process that nets proven results.

PFM Economic Outlook Breakfast – Vancouver 2016

Allison Rzen, Partner and Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President at Business Council of British Columbia

PFM Executive Search had the pleasure of hosting over 160 senior executives at the Fairmont Pacific Rim for our annual PFM Economic Outlook Breakfast. Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President of the Business Council of British Columbia, was the guest speaker and he provided tremendous insight and perspective to those in attendance. A key point of positivity within Jock’s economic forecast was the fact British Columbia is the bright spot in Canada with economic growth continuing to outpace the rest of Canada and therefore the province will see healthy employment growth. As Jock noted, BC should finish 2016 at a GDP growth rate of 2.7% and 2017 should be around 2.6% while the Canadian economy will be less than 2% at best.

With a focus on provincial, national and international economic indicators, Jock’s presentations provide valuable takeaways for our senior executive attendees. PFM Executive Search was thrilled, as always, with a tremendously successful event that connects senior leaders within an informative environment.

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Left to right: Glen Clark, President at The Jim Pattison Group, George Madden, Partner

Left to right: George Madden, Partner, Della Smith, Casey Forrest, Partner

Left to right: George Madden, Partner, Della Smith, Principal at Q Workshops, Casey Forrest, Partner

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Left to right: Seema Kanwal, Director of Research, Trish Janik, Managing Director, Allison Rzen, Partner, Gordon Andersen, Consultant, Debbie Loewen, Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Madden, Senior Consultant

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Left to right: Allison Rzen, Partner, Andrea Shaw, Founder & Managing Partner at Twentyten Group, Robert Pratt, President at ONE Hospitality

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Left to right: Paul Larocque, President & CEO at Arts Umbrella, Shelina Esmail, Partner

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Left to right: Casey Forrest, Partner, Michael Lee, Vice President at Jim Pattison Developments

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Left to right: Jill Price, Vice President, Development & Corporate Affairs at Asia Pacific Foundation, Shelina Esmail, Partner

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Left to right: Gordon Andersen, Consultant, Nicole Liddell, Senior Director, Talent at Ledcor Group of Companies, Shaun Carpenter, Partner, Tim Chapman, Board Member at Port of Vancouver

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Left to right: Shaun Carpenter, Partner, Joel DeYoung, Director of Technology at Hothead Games, Shelina Esmail, Partner

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Left to right: Casey Forrest, Partner, Marsha Walden, President & CEO at Destination BC

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Left to right: Tracey Vopni, Senior Consultant, Brian Radburn, Vice President Corporate Operations & CFO at Science World British Columbia