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.

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.

PFM Executive Search Congratulates Gilles Lepine as the New Senior Athletics Director for the University of British Columbia

Photo Caption: Left to Right, Shelina Esmail, Partner, PFM Executive Search; Gilles Lepine, Senior Athletics Director, UBC; Louise Cowin, Vice President, Students, UBC.

Today UBC Athletics announced Gilles Lepine will take the helm as the Senior Athletics Director for the UBC Thunderbirds. Lepine, the former Director of Excellence for Laval University’s Department of Athletics, will lead the Thunderbirds Athletics program and build upon its position as the most successful university sports program in Canada. Gilles Lepine will join UBC Athletics on July 11th,  2016.

To learn more about this appointment, please click here.

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

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.

Erik Kalacis – Director, Sales & Marketing for SilverStar Mountain Resort

PFM Executive Search is pleased to have facilitated the appointment of Erik Kalacis as Director, Sales & Marketing for SilverStar Mountain Resort.  From humble beginnings as a local ski hill back in the 1960’s, SilverStar Mountain Resort has evolved into a world-class winter holiday destination, with over 3282 acres of skiable terrain and 131 runs spread over 3 mountain faces.

Erik is a versatile, creative and entrepreneurial business professional with over 10 years’ experience as a leader in the hospitality, tourism and ski resort sector.  Erik’s strength and passion is rooted in consumer/B2B sales and marketing strategy, sports and experiential marketing, brand management and operations.

Leading a team of dedicated employees, Erik will be heading up all resort sales and marketing initiatives at SilverStar Mountain Resort, together with identifying opportunities to build winter and summer visitation, directing SilverStar’s reservations call centre and providing art direction and content creation to drive the brand forward.

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

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.