Kurt Heinrich – Senior Director, Media Relations for The University of British Columbia (UBC)

PFM Executive Search welcomes Kurt Heinrich to the position of Senior Director, Media Relations at the University of British Columbia. UBC with over 65,000 students is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranks among the 40 best universities in the world.Recognized for creating an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world, UBC is a premier international post-secondary institution.

PFM Executive Search was engaged to conduct a national search for this senior communications role with UBC and recruited Kurt into the position. Kurt is a seasoned communicator with extensive media relations, issues management and crisis communications experience. He joins UBC from Simon Fraser University, consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities, where he held the role of Director, University Communications, for the past three years.

Prior to this, Kurt was the Public Relations Manager of the Vancouver School Board, one of the largest public school districts in the country. He is a past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society and currently sits as a Trustee on the Vancouver Public Library Board.

PFM Executive search is known for its ability to recruit senior leaders to positions in major post-secondary institutions and works closely with the Global Higher Education Practice Group of Panorama Search Partner offices around the world. Our firm is well established in working collegially and collaboratively with diverse selection committees and creating a proactive, open and transparent search process for universities and colleges.

David Long & Cynthia Kinsella – Chief Operating Officer & Chief Development Officer – Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

PFM is helping build The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society’s (GVFBS) Executive Team with two recent placements:

We are excited to announce that David Long will be joining GVFBS to the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer. David will be a key member of the executive team, guiding strategy and operations to ensure assistance is provided to over 27,000 people weekly through multiple distribution locations, community kitchens, training workshops and partnerships throughout the 80 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver.

Northern Ireland born, David is a chef by background, with a passion for food and people. He spent many years working in the hospitality industry with roles such as Executive Chef at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club, preparing 20,000+ meals a month to then being promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the Club followed by his move to the North Shore Winter Club as their General Manager from 2012 – 2016.

David has transitioned out of his most current role as Vice President, Operations, for Securiguard, where he has been responsible for company wide operations, leadership and executive oversight of key contracts. An experienced operations leader, with a passion for food and the community, we’re very much looking forward to David’s contribution to an ever-important organization in our local community.

Joining David at the executive table is Cynthia Kinsella, to the newly created role of Chief Development Officer. Cynthia will lead the strategy and operationalization of the Society’s revenue development, communications, outreach and donor stewardship activities. This inaugural role will allow the GVFBS to more deeply and effectively connect with the community the Society serves, and further the organization’s vision, mission, values, brand and food philosophy.

Cynthia has had a 28-year career in business development, operations and leadership, working with some of Canada’s most respected organizations. Most recently, Cynthia was Vice President, Employee Support Solutions for Morneau Shepell’s western region, where she was successful in growing market share and increasing customer satisfaction while leading, mentoring and engaging a team of professionals across the west. Prior to her role with Morneau Shepell, Cynthia held senior leadership positions with Optum Canada, TELUS and Accenture Business Services.

With Cynthia’s proven success of mentoring effective teams and implementing process improvements throughout her career, she will be a valued member of GVFBS’s executive team.

PFM would like to congratulate both David and Cynthia and wish them both every success!

Tom Phipps – Director, Risk & Insurance for BC Ferries

PFM Executive Search was pleased to be engaged in the national recruitment of the Director, Risk & Insurance for BC Ferries,  one of the largest ferry operators in the world. The company provides year-round vehicle and passenger service on 25 routes on west coast coastal waters to 47-different terminals with a fleet of 35 vessels. It is an essential transportation link that connects coastal communities and facilitates the movement of people, goods and services on the west Coast of Canada.

The national search has led to the appointment of Tom Phipps. Tom holds CPA, CA and CIA designations and joins BC Ferries with several years of leadership experience having recently led the Internal Audit teams for both the University of Victoria and the Vancouver Airport Authority. Prior to this, he held the position of Manager, Corporate Treasury for Canadian Forest Products which included the company’s insurance program.

In this position, Tom will report directly to the Treasurer of BC Ferries and will work across the organization on a variety of corporate initiatives.

PFM Executive Search has been engaged on a variety of senior leadership roles at BC Ferries over the years including working directly with the Board of Directors on the selection of the Chief Executive Officer.  We are proud of being a BC owned and operated company working with other British Columbia companies.

Board Directors 2018 – CPABC

PFM is excited to announce the new Directors who have been elected to the Board of CPABC.

Joining the continuing Board members and government appointed public representatives are:

Lisa Ethans, FCPA, FCA, Director (Vancouver)
Karen Horcher, FCPA, FCGA, Director (Vancouver)
John Mackenzie, CPA, CA, Director (Vancouver)
Martha Thomas, CPA, CA, Director (Victoria)


Wendy Strugnell – Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Human Resources Officer for WorkSafeBC

PFM Executive Search is very pleased to announce that Wendy Strugnell will be joining WorkSafeBC’s executive team as Vice President, Corporate Services and CHRO in August 2016. In this role, Wendy will provide senior leadership for the human resources; government, community and media relations; review division, learning and development and facilities management functions at WorkSafeBC.

Wendy brings significant leadership and senior human resources experience to this role. With over twenty years of human resources experience in private and public sector environments, Wendy is currently Vice President, People and Organizational Development with the Fraser Health Authority. Fraser Health Authority oversees 12 acute care hospitals and hundreds of community services across the region and has over 24,000 employees and 2,500 physicians. In this role, Wendy led a team of over 350 staff and was responsible for delivering human resources strategies, programs and services that align with the organization’s goals. As a senior leader, she has been involved with strategic planning, major change initiatives, government and stakeholder relations, issues management and has provided support to the Board of Governance and HR Committee.

Wendy brings strong leadership skills, broad human resources and business expertise and significant executive experience in working in a large, complex organization. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.

PFM Executive Search wishes Wendy every success in her 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.