Rod Hunchak – Director, Business Development & Community Relations

PFM Executive Search was pleased to assist Victoria International Airport (YYJ), one of the fasting growing airports in Canada, to recruit its new Director, Business Development & Community Relations, reporting directly to the CEO.

Rod Hunchak has been appointed to this newly created role where he will have direct responsibility for real estate and land development, community relations and will lead media and public affairs activities.

Rod comes to YYJ from Fort McMurray Airport Authority (YMM) where he was Vice-President, Commercial. Prior to YMM, he spent almost 14 years at Calgary Airport Authority (YYC) in various roles of increasing responsibility, his last role was the General Manager, Development Services, Planning and Engineering. Rod brings a broad range of directly related experience to the role, having had a diverse and well-rounded career in airports going back to 1995, where he started working as an Operations and Maintenance Officer with Yellowknife Airport (YZF).

CEO Geoff Dickson stated “…we are very pleased to have Rod’s knowledge, energy and excitement complement our team here at the Victoria Airport Authority and we know he is excited to be moving to the west coast and joining the team at YYJ”.

PFM Executive Search has worked with a variety of airport and port authorities over its 25-year history in executive search and as such has amassed a substantial knowledge of the sector with key contacts in aviation and the maritime industries from around the world. Our firm has recruited senior leaders to a diverse group of sector clients and has developed expertise in effectively working with Boards and senior leadership at airports and ports which we bring to each and every search project.

Patricia Jelinski – New General Manager for BC Place Stadium

An international search has concluded with the appointment of Patricia Jelinski as the new General Manager of BC Place Stadium, one of North America’s premier stadium venues.

Patricia Jelinski is a 30-year veteran of the live sports and entertainment industry and was selected for the role of General Manager following an extensive recruitment by PFM Executive Search that presented candidates from across North America.

“We are very pleased to have Patricia join our leadership team at this important time for BC Place Stadium,” said Ken Cretney, President & CEO of the BC Pavilion Corporation. “Her extensive experience in the fields of live entertainment, sports and venue management will be a major influence on the ongoing success of B.C.’s iconic stadium.”

For the past 4 years, Jelinski has been the President & CEO of United Way Greater Victoria; the largest non-government funder of social services and a recognized community leader on Vancouver Island. Here she was responsible for developing a new strategic direction for the organization and delivering on the vision through an operational plan, including diversification of revenue streams, business development, and building a culture of philanthropy internally and with the business and stakeholder community.

Previous to her role with the United Way, Jelinski held senior positions within some of the most recognizable organizations across North America, including the Edmonton Oilers, Northlands of Alberta, the New York Rangers and the iconic Madison Square Garden.

PFM was pleased to work on this search with BC Place, one of the largest multipurpose venue of its kind in North America, hosting sport, exhibitions and live entertainment, in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. BC Place is the home of the BC Lions Football Club, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Canada Sevens and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Each year, BC Place welcomes more than one million guests to events ranging from professional football, soccer, and rugby, to amateur and high school sports, consumer shows, cultural gatherings, carnivals, film shoots, special events, and world-class concerts. Events hosted at BC Place generate more than $120 Million per year in economic benefit within the province of British Columbia, while also generating significant cultural and community benefit for the people of B.C.

PFM Executive Search is a recognized leader in senior leadership recruitment and is known for its ability to facilitate large and complex Selection Committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Over the past 25-years, PFM has recruited senior leaders from all over the world.


Theresa McCurry – Chief Executive Officer for Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC

PFM is very pleased to announce the placement of Theresa McCurry as CEO of the Association of Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC. Her science and technology expertise combined with her proven ability to drive strong performance in a non-profit, will ensure continued success during this important juncture in ASTTBC’s history.  Established in 1958 and incorporated under the Applied Science Technologies & Technicians Act in 1985, the role of ASTTBC is to regulate the standards of training and practice of and for its members, and to protect the interests of the public.

In BC, technologists and technicians contribute $6 billion to the economy. These professionals include: engineering technologists and technicians in fields such as civil, electrical, electronic, environmental and mechanical as well as technical specialist areas such as building design, construction safety, fire protection, house inspection and onsite wastewater. ASTTBC is one of BC’s largest self-regulating professional associations and more than 50% of ASTTBC’s members are under 45.

Theresa is looked upon to step into the leadership role by working closely with the governing Council and an organizational team to achieve the goals, priorities and strategic vision of ASTTBC. She is tasked with building upon the professional standing and practice of ASTTBC professionals and delivering meaningful programs that protects the public interest and establishes and maintains beneficial relationships with governments, regulatory bodies, employers, related industry associations and members.

PFM Executive Search is a recognized leader in Canada and is known for its ability to facilitate large and complex Selection Committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Over the past 25-years PFM has recruited senior leaders from all over the world and hallmarks of the firm’s success is integrity and professionalism.

The University of British Columbia Appoints New Vice President, Human Resources

The University of British Columbia, a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world and the second largest university in Canada, has appointed Barbara Meens Thistle to the critically important position of Vice President, Human Resources.

With more than 62,000 students from 160 countries on two major campuses and 15,000 faculty and staff plus 300,000 alumni, UBC has an annual operating budget of $2.5 billion with more than $580 million in annual research income making it one of the top global post-secondary institutions.

Barbara Meens Thistle brings a quarter century of senior leadership experience—including at some of B.C.’s largest public sector organizations—to UBC as the new Vice President, Human Resources.

“Barbara will be a valuable addition to our executive team and I have full confidence she will be able to build on the excellent progress made by Lisa Castle, former vice-president of human resources, to make UBC a rewarding and fulfilling place to work,” said UBC President Santa J. Ono.

Meens Thistle currently holds the position of Vice President, Central Services at the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) where she has responsibility for a diverse portfolio including all aspects of Human Resources. She also has extensive experience as a senior leader in the energy sector, including at Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power, and Westcoast Energy. Together with past roles at B.C. public sector organizations including ICBC, the Provincial Health Services Authority, Powerex, and BC Hydro, Meens Thistle brings a wealth of experience in the areas of strategic planning, change management, operational excellence, procurement, health and wellness, and safety.

“I’m thrilled to accept this new challenge to lead human resources programs and services at UBC, one of the province’s top employers,” said Barbara Meens Thistle. “UBC has one of the largest workforces in British Columbia and I look forward to continuing efforts to making the university an inspiring place to work that also supports faculty and staff wellbeing, resilience and commitment.”

Meens Thistle is a long-time champion of equity, diversity and inclusion. Throughout her career, she has worked collaboratively with senior leaders and employees to create and implement relevant, aspirational and comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategies.

In 2016, Meens Thistle was voted HR Professional of the Year by the BC and Yukon chapter of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and a Fellow in the Canadian Board Diversity Council. Meens Thistle is also an active volunteer in her community as a board director with OceanWise (Vancouver Aquarium) and with Big Sisters of BC, Lower Mainland.

UBC has consistently been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers, as well as one of Canada’s greenest employers, best diversity employers, and top employers for young people. Additionally, people in Metro Vancouver have named the university a Dream Employer for several consecutive years.

PFM Executive Search led an international recruitment process with UBC President, Santa Ono as the Chair of the Search Committee. Our firm is a recognized leader in working within the post-secondary sector, identifying and recruiting top leaders who enhance the stature of institutions. PFM is know for facilitating inclusive search processes for client groups in the higher education sector.

PFM Executive Search Recruits Senior UK Leader to CEO Role at Providence Health Care in Vancouver

After a thorough national and international search, Providence Health Care has selected Fiona Dalton as its next President & Chief Executive Officer.

With 23 years’ experience in the health care field, Ms. Dalton has deep experience in leading complex and varied health organizations. From 2013 to present, she has been the Chief Executive Officer of University Hospital Southampton NHS (National Health Service) Foundation Trust in the UK – a renowned academic health sciences centre with 10,000 employees and an annual budget of over £680 million (approx. $1.2 billion Cdn).

In making the formal announcement, Chair of Providence Health Care, Eric Harris said during her tenure Ms. Dalton has led and overseen numerous strategic transformation and improvement initiatives, including:

  • the development and launch of a new values-based organizational vision;
  • being nationally recognized for improving quality and safety;
  • improving hospital performance and patient outcomes;
  • enhancing research performance and leading the successful application with the University of Southampton to become one of the national Biomedical Research Centres and supporting the new Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology (£25 million or about $43 million Cdn);
  • leading successful staff health and well-being strategies;
  • focusing on quality improvement, innovation and digital services (being recognised nationally through the award of the Global Digital Exemplar (£10 million or $17 million Cdn) monies for our informatics programme); and
  • delivering a successful capital program, improving and expanding her organization’s facilities for patient care, research and education, with academic, commercial and charitable partners.

Ms. Dalton has a BA Honours in Human Sciences from Queen’s College, Oxford University, and received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Southampton in July 2017, in recognition of her work in Southampton. Some of Ms. Dalton’s previous roles have included serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO of the Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from 2008 to 2013; Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development, at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2005 to 2008; and Divisional Director, Responsible for Surgery, Cancer, Critical Care, Neurosciences, Theatres & Anaesthetics, at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, 2000 to 2004.

Chair, Eric Harris went on to say “To the executive recruitment firm and certainly to the PHC Board members who had the privilege of meeting Ms. Dalton during the interview phase, it quickly became clear what an outstanding candidate we had the pleasure of considering. Ms. Dalton’s varied experience, sectoral knowledge, strategic acuity, respectful communication style, personable character and clarity of thinking were easily evident. What stood out even more was her emphasis on people, collaboration, organizational culture, personal and organizational values, and a strict commitment to performance excellence, with focus on staff/physician engagement and patient involvement”.

“I want to thank PFM Executive Search for all their hard work in making contact with over 300 people as part of their search and for helping the Board narrow down the candidates’ list” said Harris.

In accepting this important leadership role in Canadian health care, Ms. Dalton stated:

“It’s a great honour to be invited to lead Providence Health Care. I am delighted and excited to join an organisation with such a great reputation for values-driven, compassionate and innovative health care.”

PFM Executive Search is a recognized leader in Canada and is know for its ability to facilitate large and complex Selection Committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Over 25-years PFM has recruited senior leaders from all over the world is known for its integrity and professionalism.