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.

Caroline Schein – Vice President, Human Resources for Vancity

Canada’s largest credit union and recognized as one of North America’s top employers has selected a new Vice President, Human Resources after a national recruitment process by PFM Executive Search.

Caroline Schein assumes the VP, HR role with Vancity, a values-based financial institution serving the needs of its more than 523,000 member-owners. With $25.6 billion in assets plus assets under administration, Vancity is Canada’s largest community credit union. Vancity uses its assets to help improve the financial well-being of its members while at the same time helping to develop healthy communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Vancity noted Caroline comes to the organization with a strong background in learning, operational strategy and talent development. Most recently Caroline held the role of VP People & Operational Development for Boston Pizza International where she successfully led a team to deliver on designing programs and practices that engaged a workforce consisting of over 380 retail locations.

In welcoming Caroline to the team, Vancity said “…Caroline’s personal mantra is to go in 100% and learn along the way, so she will bring a lot of positive energy…we are confident she will be a great addition to the Vancity leadership team”.

PFM Executive Search worked with the executive of Vancity on this national search process with a strong focus on ensuring candidates considered for the Vice President position would bring both the requisite skills and a alignment to the values of this unique major financial institution. Our firm has been engaged by leading companies to help with their talent needs at the C-suite level for more than 25-years but we never lose sight of the importance of ensuring a process that is open, fair and transparent that brings results to the clients we serve.

Sylvia Ceacero – Chief Executive Officer for BC Seniors Living Association

PFM is pleased to announce Sylvia Ceacero as the new CEO of the BC Seniors Living Association. Sylvia holds an MBA, from HEC Montreal and an MA in Political Science from McGill University. She has over 20 years of executive management experience in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors with a focus on transformational change. Sylvia is well versed in advocacy at the municipal, provincial and federal levels in her current capacity as CEO of SHARE Family and Community Services Society and in her former roles as CEO of the National Association of Federal Retirees and Executive Director of Beechwood Cemetery and Foundation. Sylvia started her new role as CEO of the BC Seniors Living Association on November 1, 2017.

PFM Executive Search is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a firm and is known across Canada for its excellence in executive search.

Ron MacDonald – Chief Civilian Director for the Independent Investigations Office of BC

PFM Executive Search welcomes Ron MacDonald as the new Chief Civilian Director (CCD) at B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office (IIO). His appointment comes after an international search conducted by PFM, which brought forward a slate of qualified candidates for consideration by the Government of British Columbia.

MacDonald comes to B.C. from Nova Scotia where he held a similar role as Director of the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT). He has been a lawyer for more than 30 years and spent much of his career working within the criminal justice system as both a Crown Attorney and Defence Counsel.

“I want to congratulate Ron MacDonald on his appointment, and I know the IIO will be in good hands with his leadership and significant experience,” said Attorney-General, David Eby. “The B.C. government strongly supports the oversight role of the IIO in building confidence in police accountability throughout the province. I extend my thanks to Acting Chief Civilian Director Bert Phipps, who has done an excellent job serving the office over the last 12 months.”

“Police oversight is a fundamental pillar in a democratic society,” said MacDonald. “British Columbia is one of the leading provinces in its commitment to oversight of police and this is a great opportunity for me to provide the leadership and build on the great work that has already been done in this regard.”

This week, the IIO marks its fifth anniversary in operation, carrying out the mandate of conducting thorough and competent investigations of police-involved incidents resulting in death or serious harm.

“British Columbians have trust in police and their commitment to protecting our communities,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth. “The work of the IIO is critical to maintaining that public trust and police accountability through civilian oversight.”

The IIO is under the command and direction of the CCD – a role that is filled by a person who cannot have ever served as a police officer.

In addition to his years as a practising lawyer, MacDonald was a criminal law Policy Advisor at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice prior to his appointment as Director of SIRT, past President of the Nova Scotia Barrister Society and past President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. In 2007, he was awarded the National Heads of Prosecutions Humanitarian Award. MacDonald was also a volunteer coach in softball, and high school and university basketball, and worked at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

PFM Executive Search was pleased to be engaged on this important and unique role within the Government of British Columbia. Our firm is recognized across Canada as a leader in working within the law enforcement and policing community, identifying and recruiting senior leaders from all over the world.

Darrell Reid – Fire Chief for the City of Vancouver

For the first time since the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services was established in 1886, the Department has gone outside the ranks to appoint a new Fire Chief to one of Canada’s largest emergency response organizations.

Darrell Reid has been named Fire Chief and General Manager responsible for VFRS and the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Vancouver. The addition of the Office of Emergency Management to Darrell’s portfolio represents a new alignment for that function within the organization and will take advantage of his training and deep experience in this field.

Darrell’s appointment follows an extensive international recruitment process led by PFM Executive Search. The process was informed by input from many stakeholders, including the leadership of the Vancouver Firefighters Union and over 150 VFRS staff who shared their perspectives on the organization through the facilitated search & selection process led by PFM.

Darrell currently serves as CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. He has a well-established career in Fire and Emergency Management Services including three years as a Deputy Chief with Toronto Fire Services plus 21 years with Strathcona County Emergency Services in Alberta. This included five years as Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management, where he was the incident commander appointed by the Province of Alberta for the 2011 Slave Lake fires and 2013 High River flood.

In addition to his background as a firefighter/paramedic, Darrell is the founder of a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing training and equipment to firefighters in developing countries. He also founded Canada’s largest licensed private training academy for firefighters and paramedics.

Darrell is coming to Vancouver with a mandate to support and build on the department’s 131-years of tradition of excellence in fire and rescue services.

PFM Executive Search is a national leader in working with private, public and not-for-profit organizations to identify, recruit and facilitate the appointment of senior leadership using innovative and highly regarded search methodologies for almost 25-years.