Dave Cunningham – Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications for Coast Capital Savings

PFM Executive Search congratulates Dave Cunningham on his appointment to the role of Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications with Coast Capital Savings, Canada’s largest credit union by membership with over 50 branches serving 532,000 members.

PFM Executive Search conducted a national search for the role with Coast Capital. Dave is a veteran public affairs and communications professional, bringing more than 25 years of experience, including working as a business journalist with a focus on investing and banking that took him to Australia early in his career.

Dave is perhaps best known in the professional communications sector for the high-profile roles he held in the Office of Premier for British Columbia, including Communications Manager, Director of Communications, and then Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. After five years working for the Premier of BC, Dave moved to Telus as Vice-President, Government Relations where he was responsible for the organization’s relationships with provincial governments across Canada, and supporting the federal government relations team, all with a focus on public affairs and business development.

Most recently Dave was the Chief Communications Officer with the Provincial Health Services Authority where he led a team of 25 overseeing the communications, social media and branding for a number of health agencies including BC Children’s Hospital, BC Cancer Agency and BC Ambulance.

Dave is a strong addition to a great senior leadership team at one of Canada’s most highly respected financial institutions. Coast Capital Savings was named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2017 and has received the Canada’s Best Managed Companies mark of excellence for the 16th year in a row and has been named a Platinum Club member for the last nine years.

PFM Executive Search is known for its connections within the corporate communications sector and ability to recruit the best and brightest talent for its clients in all functional areas and sectors. PFM Executive Search is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as firm and is known across Canada for its excellence in executive search.


Larry Harder – Director, Capital Project Team for Surrey School District

PFM Executive Search congratulates Larry Harder on his appointment to the Surrey School District as Director, Capital Project Team. Working with the School District, Ministry of Education and Partnerships BC, Larry will establish and lead the Capital Project Office in the construction of multiple new schools to accommodate Surrey’s rapidly growing student population.

Larry brings with him a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors, leading large and complex capital projects, and he holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba.

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.

Craig Fitzsimmons – Director, Government, Community & Media Relations for WorkSafeBC

PFM Executive Search welcomes Craig Fitzsimmons to his new position of Director, Government, Community & Media Relations at WorkSafeBC. Craig was the successful candidate in the national executive search for the most senior communications role at the organization.

In making the announcement, WorkSafeBC Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Human Resources Officer, Wendy Strugnell noted Craig will provide leadership and direction in the development, execution and monitoring of WorkSafeBC’s comprehensive media, social media, government and community relations strategies that support the organization’s corporate goals and objectives.

In welcoming Craig to WorkSafeBC, VP, Strugnell said, “Craig comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in corporate communications and public affairs. He has a successful track record in both public and private sector, including consulting with Canada’s largest public relations agency and overseeing communication and issues management for B.C.’s largest infrastructure project. Craig is currently Manager, Communications and Issues Management at BC Hydro for the Site C Energy Project. In this role Craig manages strategic communications planning, writes media materials and prepares messages for media. He also liaises with the B.C. government and develops briefing material as needed and is responsible for the issues management program.

Craig is a skilled business communicator with demonstrated knowledge of strategic communications planning, government relations, media relations, stakeholder relations and issues management. I look forward to Craig joining our WorkSafeBC team.”

PFM Executive Search was delighted to have worked with the team at WorkSafeBC which has been a client of our executive search firm for almost two decades. PFM Executive Search will soon celebrate its 25th Anniversary and is recognized as one of Canada’s most respected and admired companies in the sector.

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.

George Niktaris – Chief Financial Officer for COWI North America

PFM Executive Search was pleased to undertake an international CFO search for COWI North America, a Vancouver based leader in bridge, tunnel and marine engineering disciplines. The company provides clients with innovative and sustainable solutions to the most complex engineering challenges worldwide from its 11-offices across North America.

The breadth and depth of its experience in design, inspection and construction engineering enables it to contribute to the creation and operation of the world’s most challenging bridge, tunnel and marine infrastructure. Parent company, COWI International is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and has more than 80 years of history, a permanent staff of over 6,200 employees worldwide and project offices in 35 countries.

New to COWI North America is Chief Financial Officer, George Niktaris, who comes from his previous role of Deputy General Manager & Vice President, Finance at Cegertec (formerly Cegertec Worleyparsons) in Montreal. George brings over 16 years of senior accounting and finance experience, including time spent in the UAE as Finance Manager for SNC-Lavalin. An accomplished strategic financial leader, George will work closely with the COWI offices throughout North America and with the COWI International office in Denmark.

Facilitating the needs of clients located in North America as well as Denmark, our executive search firm created a diverse slate of candidates who possessed the technical skills and the organizational fit for a unique organization.

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 24-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