Rene Appelmans – Director of Finance, Facilities & Information Technology for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

PFM is excited to announce that Rene Appelmans will be joining Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in the role of Director of Finance, Facilities & Information Technology. Rene’s career has been focused on leading large teams and establishing positive change in the public education sector. Rene and his family have recently moved to Greater Vancouver from Winnipeg Manitoba where he was the Secretary Treasurer for the Winnipeg School Division.  Rene’s calm professional demeanor along with his compassionate and people-first approach will be a natural fit for the hospice.

Canuck Place is a caring, innovative children’s hospice and community-based service that fully embraces the life of each child and family. The organization provides leadership in improving pediatric palliative care provincially, nationally and internationally through collaboration, education and research.

PFM Executive Search wishes Rene 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 23-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.

PFM Executive Search Names New Partner

June 21, 2016 – Vancouver, BC. PFM Executive Search is proud to announce the naming of Allison Rzen as Partner. Allison has been with PFM for 16 years, most recently as Associate Partner, and is committed to continuing to build on the firm’s reputation for developing long-term relationships and for delivering high levels of customer service and client satisfaction.

“One of Allison’s many strengths is her ability to get down to the core of what makes people tick and truly understand what clients and candidates are looking for,” said PFM co-founding partner George Madden. “She embodies PFM’s culture and unique approach to helping both our clients and candidates succeed. Having Allison on the management team as an equity partner strengthens our capabilities and positions us for continued success and growth.”

Allison started at PFM in 1999 as a research associate, transitioning after five years to the role of consultant and later senior consultant.  In 2008 she was named Associate Partner. Before joining PFM, Allison coordinated convention services for the Greater Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her blend of business acumen and exceptional interpersonal abilities enable her to quickly identify the specific skills and intangible qualities required by companies to be successful in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

Allison resides on Vancouver’s north shore where she and her husband are raising two young children and where she is fulfilling her passion for community involvement. She currently serves as a commissioner on the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission and as a member of the North Vancouver District Public Library Board. She is also a past board member of the Directorate of Agencies for School Health (DASH-BC), an interagency network that enables students to develop to their fullest potential.

“It’s an honour to be able to continue what has been built at PFM and what has made us so successful in meeting our clients’ ever-evolving challenges,” said Allison. “We have a very strong and positive culture that seems to really resonate with our clients – and I know plays a big part in our team’s drive to adapt to and meet our clients’ business needs.”

About PFM Executive Search

Based in Vancouver, PFM Executive Search is one of Canada’s leading executive search firms who, together with Panorama Global Search Partner offices, provides outstanding executive search services throughout BC – and around the world. For 24 years, the firm’s hallmark of success has been its ability to develop strong working relationships with a diverse group of clients in creating a seamless executive search process that nets proven results.

Capilano University President Retires

Retiring Capilano University President, Dr. Kris Bulcroft (centre) flanked by PFM Executive Search Partners, George Madden (left) and Allison Rzen (right)

Dr. Kris Bulcroft has retired after six years as President of Capilano University, a position she assumed in 2010 following a global search conducted by PFM Executive Search.

At a special retirement function held to honour her term as President of the university, Dr. Bulcroft spoke of the advances made at Capilano University and the positive impacts made over the last several years.  Capilano University is a post-secondary institution that has gone through a considerable evolution from a university college standing to one of BC’s preeminent teaching universities under the guidance of Dr. Bulcroft.

PFM Executive Search was engaged by the Board of Capilano University to recruit an innovative academic leader for the institution and Dr. Bulcroft was hired through a rigorous selection committee process.  She had a distinguished 20-year career at Western Washington University, serving as a professor of sociology as well as vice-provost for undergraduate education – a position she held until 2008 when she joined Franklin College – Switzerland as provost and vice-president for academic affairs before joining Capilano University as only its sixth President and its second Vice-Chancellor.  Dr. Bulcroft is a recipient of several Fulbright Awards for research and teaching in Canada and Slovakia, and has served as a reviewer for Fulbright proposals for Central Europe.

Sunny Leung – Chief Development Officer for the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

PFM Executive Search would like to congratulate Sunny Leung on his recent appointment as the new Chief Development Officer with the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.  Sunny brings extensive experience working with diverse communities, and has developed strategies specifically around major gifts and planned giving.

Sunny enjoyed a successful career as the Director, Philanthropy and Sponsorship for the BC Children’s Hospital, before taking up his new position with S.U.C.C.E.S.S.  He played a strong role in the creation of the Chinese Canadian Planned Giving Committee for the BC Children’s Hospital, and having moved from Hong Kong as an immigrant, understands the nature of the mandate as the new Chief Development Officer with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

PFM Executive Search wishes Sunny every success in his role with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

Our search firm, based in Vancouver, along with our Panorama Global Search Partners, 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 23-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.

Doug LePard – Chief Officer for Transit Police

PFM Executive Search congratulates Doug LePard on his appointment as the new Chief Officer of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police which brings to a conclusion the national search conducted by PFM.

35-year police veteran and senior policing leader Doug LePard will depart as Deputy Chief from the Vancouver Police Department after an exemplary career.  He brings to the Transit Police a wealth of policing experience, knowledge of Metro Vancouver and an intimate understanding of Transit Police through his time earlier in his career as a member of the Transit Police Board.

PFM Executive Search worked closely with the Board of the Transit Police to create an open, fair and transparent search process and Mark Reder, Chair of the Transit Police said “We are confident that Chief Officer LePard will build on the progress Transit Police have achieved in maintaining a safe and secure transit system. In Doug, we have a leader who can run a first class police service and pave the way for new opportunities to ensure that Transit Police demonstrate excellence and the highest level of conduct and performance”.

Doug LePard is delighted to be taking on his role as Chief.   “I am proud of my 35-year career in the VPD, where I leave many valued friends and colleagues…and I feel extremely privileged to have been selected as the new Chief Officer of the Transit Police, and to continue the superb work done by former Chief Officer Dubord and Acting Chief Kross. I am excited about this opportunity to bring all that I have learned about leadership in policing to a young and evolving police agency, and together with Translink provide safety to all those who use the transit system.”

Doug LePard has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1981. He most recently commanded the Investigation Division, where he has worked at four different ranks in multiple assignments, including working in an undercover unit, and as a serious crimes detective and sergeant in several areas. He previously commanded the Operations Division for several years. He holds a B.A. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University and certificates from Queen’s University and Harvard.

 PFM Executive Search has extensive experience in recruiting leaders in law enforcement for the roles of Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs amongst a wide variety of police services.  Our firm is seen as a preeminent executive search firm in Canada working with Police Boards.