PFM Executive Search in Northern Canada

PFM Executive Search is pleased to have successfully concluded two nation-wide searches on behalf of the Government of Northwest Territories. PFM is proud to play a part in supporting northern Canadian communities in their drive to attract and develop world class talent, and act as trusted advisor to the north’s governments and industries.

Dr. Joe Dragon

Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

PFM Executive Search congratulates Dr. Joe Dragon on his appointment to Government of Northwest Territories as Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. Dr. Dragon was born in Fort Smith and is a member of the Smith’s Landing First Nation. He returns to the NWT after holding several senior management positions with federal government. Currently the Director General, Workforce Development with the Department of National Defense, Dr. Dragon holds a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Alberta. Dr. Dragon’s appointment will take effect March 1, 2017.

Joe Dragon

Mr. Tom Jensen

Deputy Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Mr. Tom Jensen joined GNWT in summer of 2016 as Deputy Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. Previous to this, Mr. Jensen was an Executive with the Government of British Columbia for the past 23 years, most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister of Timber Operations, Pricing and First Nations Relations, with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Over the past 12 years, Mr. Jensen has been an Assistant Deputy Minister in a range of Ministries, including Community and Rural Development; Attorney General; and, Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services. His pursuit of post-secondary education and career experience has provided opportunities to live in the provinces of Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Mr. Jensen has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Manitoba and Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) from Concordia University in Montreal.

DM Tom Jensen Headshot

PFM Executive Search wishes Dr. Dragon and Mr. Jensen every success in their respective roles within Government of Northwest Territories.

Based in Vancouver, PFM Executive Search, along with our Panorama Global Search Partners, provide 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.

Bernice Scholten – Chief Executive Officer for the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centre’s

PFM Executive Search is delighted to announce the appointment of Bernice Scholten to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centre’s (VSOCC), effective February 20, 2017.

Bernice brings outstanding credentials and an excellent track record of success working in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, having held senior leadership positions at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Western Canada), Variety – The Children’s Charity, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (BC & Yukon), Best Buy and the Royal Bank of Canada. She is a respected, influential leader with a proven ability to work closely with staff and key stakeholders in achieving organizational goals.

In addition to her career accomplishments, Bernice is a proud wife and mother of three children who keep her busy on the soccer field and on the snowy slopes of our local mountains.

“The VSOCC Board is delighted to have Bernice join the organization as CEO. Bernice’s passion for supporting children and families combined with her significant and varied experience in senior leadership positions in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors make her an ideal fit. We believe that VSOCC will advance into this next phase of growth under her leadership with energy and continued adherence to our vision and values. We feel fortunate to have such a proven and caring leader join the incredible team at VSOCC,” said David Gibbons, Chair of the Board of Directors.

“It’s a privilege and an honour to be named as the CEO of this remarkable organization. I look forward to meeting and working with the many dedicated employees, supporters and community partners who share our commitment to providing outstanding services to children and families in Vancouver,” said Bernice Scholten, CEO of VSOCC.

PFM Executive Search wishes Bernice great success at VSOCC.

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.

Dave Eberwein – Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer for Saanich School District 63

PFM Executive Search is excited to announce that, following a nation-wide search, Mr. Dave Eberwein has been selected as the incoming Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer of Saanich School District 63. Mr. Eberwein will replace Dr. Keven Elder who is retiring in July.

Mr. Eberwein has been part of the executive team at School District 45 (West Vancouver) since 2011, and currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Previously Mr. Eberwein had worked in School District 41 (Burnaby) as a teacher, principal and district administrator. During his time in education leadership, Mr. Eberwein has come to be widely known as an educator who consistently inspires system improvement using goal-setting, effective communication and collaboration.

Board Chair Victoria Martin said, “The Board is excited by the opportunity to work with Mr. Eberwein as he assumes this important leadership role for public education in Saanich and the broader community, following a distinguished line of superintendents in our district.”

Mr. Eberwein has a Master of Arts (Educational Administration) degree from Simon Fraser University and Bachelors of Science and Education from the University of Calgary.

The Board looks forward to welcoming Mr. Eberwein to the district and community in the coming months and to having him assume his leadership duties in July.

PFM Executive Search wishes Mr. Eberwein every success in his 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 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.

 

Simi Heer – Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Police Department

PFM Executive Search Welcomes New Director of Public Affairs to the Vancouver Police Department.

One of the more interesting recent projects undertaken by PFM Executive was the recruitment of a new Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Police Department, Canada’s highly recognized, innovative law enforcement police service

The role of Director of Public Affairs reports directly to the VPD Chief, Adam Palmer.  Through an extensive national competition led by PFM Executive Search, Simi Heer has been appointed to the post.

Simi is a strategic communications leader, with extensive experience in crisis communication, issues management, and corporate communications. As the Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Police Department, Simi will lead the communications strategy for the department, and provide oversight for all communications and public affairs functions of the organization.

Simi has joined the VPD after spending more than a decade at BC Hydro – Canada’s third largest electrical utility – in progressively senior communications and public affairs roles.  Most recently at BC Hydro, Simi was the manager of Media Relations and Issues Management and the lead spokesperson for the company. Simi and her team developed and implemented the media and issues strategy and dealt with news media from all regions of the province. She led communications for a variety of issues and corporate initiatives, ranging from power outages and electricity rate increases, to promoting conservation programs and highlighting billion-dollar capital projects. One of Simi’s career highlights at BC Hydro was dealing with the aftermath of the 2015 windstorm – the worst storm in the company’s history.

In 2008, Simi won an IABC Gold Quill merit award as the editor of BC Hydro’s employee magazine. Simi studied communications at Simon Fraser University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree.

PFM Executive Search has worked with the VPD on several executive search projects over the years and is recognized as a leader in its work with law enforcement and emergency services organizations here in Canada.

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.

Renee Murdoch – Director, Human Resources for Hardwoods Distribution Inc.

PFM Executive Search is pleased to announce that on December 1st, Renee Murdoch will be joining Hardwoods Distribution Inc. as the company’s new Director, Human Resources. Renee will report to the CEO, Rob Brown,  and will be based in the corporate office in Langley, BC. Renee is an experienced HR professional, most recently leading the HR function at Britco Structures. She brings a track record of success in a number of industrial and retail businesses. Her responsibility will be to build upon Hardwoods’ existing people practices as well as developing long term human resource strategies and best practises for the company.

Hardwoods Distribution has been in operation since 1926. Following its most recent acquisition of Rugby Architectural Building Products in the US, the organization is North America’s largest distributor of hardwood lumber, panel and interior architectural building materials, with coast-to-coast operations, 60 branches, over 1,000 employees, and approximately C$1.0 Billion sales.

Congratulations Renee!

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.