Growth at PFM

PFM Executive Search is pleased to announce the continual growth of our team with the recent addition of Tim Dickert, our newest Recruiting Associate. Prior to joining PFM, Tim spent nearly a decade working in Vancouver media with such outlets as CBC Radio One and CKNW Newstalk 980, and has interviewed and worked with many high-level decision makers in British Columbia, from Premiers and politicians to business executives and celebrities. His natural curiosity, solid knowledge of BC’s business and political landscape, and ability to quickly build rapport and connect with a wide range of individuals have made his transition into executive search smooth and successful.

Tim is a born and raised Lower Mainlander, growing up in Langley and getting his Diploma in Radio Broadcasting at BCIT. He is a proud father and husband, and a (self-described) mediocre hockey player. He also has a keen sense of humour and we know you will enjoy meeting Tim along the way.

(Left to right: Tim Dickert, Jennifer Madden and Maggie Ow)

In addition to our newest team member, we have some exciting news about longer-term members of the PFM family.

We are very pleased to promote Jennifer Madden to the role of Associate Partner. Jennifer has been a part of PFM Executive Search for 13 years and a Consultant with the firm since 2011. In that time Jennifer has developed into a trusted, astute advisor for our clients. As Associate Partner she will continue to take the lead on projects within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

We are also delighted to announce Maggie Ow has been promoted to Senior Recruiting Associate, in recognition of outstanding contributions to both our client projects as well as our internal team development. Maggie will continue to support our clients in a wide range of search assignments while providing guidance and mentorship to the Recruitment team at PFM.

Please join us in congratulating Tim, Jennifer and Maggie.

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)

Rod Hunchak – Director, Business Development & Community Relations for the Victoria Airport Authority (YYJ)

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.