David Shepheard – Vancouver Film Commissioner for Vancouver Economic Commission

PFM Executive Search is thrilled to congratulate David Shepheard on his appointment with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) as the first Vancouver Film Commissioner. With over 16 years of experience around the world in film David is extremely well-qualified to position Vancouver as the premier place for film and TV production, talent and investment.

David joins the VEC and the Vancouver Film & Media Centre from Film London, where he was a Film Commissioner with one of the world’s largest film, television and digital production hubs. Prior to joining Film London, David was the inaugural Film Commissioner for the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, opening that market up to foreign production for the first time, and securing the filming of Disney’s Star Wars in the UAE. In addition, David was Chair of the UK Screen Commission Network and Director with the Association of Film Commissioners International. David is recognized for his ability to work with traditional and non-traditional partners to create significant economic opportunities for a region.

As the Vancouver Film Commissioner, David will market Vancouver and its $2 billion-plus creative industries to strengthen its position as North America’s third-largest production centre, assume an advocacy role for the film and TV industry with all levels of government to keep growing the business, and help bring in future investment.

PFM Executive Search wishes David 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.

Cameron Brine – Vice President, People & Organization Development of Fraser Health Authority

PFM Executive Search is pleased to welcome Cameron Brine as the new Vice President, People & Organization Development for Fraser Health Authority (FHA), one of the largest health care organizations in Canada.

Reporting directly to the CEO of FHA, Michael Marchbank, Cameron brings specific experience in developing and implementing strategies to enhance leadership capacity in large organizations and creating a culture of performance with an emphasis on learning and continuous improvements.

Cameron comes to FHA following a national search conducted by PFM Executive Search from his role as Executive Director, People & Culture at Vancouver Coastal Health. Over the last five years in that role Cameron developed and implemented the BC Physician Leadership Program in partnership with the health authorities, led the development of an HR metrics dashboard in support of workforce optimization, implemented a new performance planning process and system and developed new competencies and built a full suite of talent management programs to support those competencies at Vancouver Coastal.

Cameron has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Business Administration. He has spent 10 years in Crown corporations plus the private sector supporting strategic human resources in areas such as disability management, learning & development and diversity.

PFM Executive Search wishes Cameron great success at Fraser Health Authority. Our executive search firm is a recognized leader in Canadian health care recruitment for senior leadership talent.

PFM Executive Search 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 clients in creating a seamless process that nets proven results.

Rene Appelmans – Director of Finance, Facilities & Information Technology for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

PFM is excited to announce that Rene Appelmans will be joining Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in the role of Director of Finance, Facilities & Information Technology. Rene’s career has been focused on leading large teams and establishing positive change in the public education sector. Rene and his family have recently moved to Greater Vancouver from Winnipeg Manitoba where he was the Secretary Treasurer for the Winnipeg School Division.  Rene’s calm professional demeanor along with his compassionate and people-first approach will be a natural fit for the hospice.

Canuck Place is a caring, innovative children’s hospice and community-based service that fully embraces the life of each child and family. The organization provides leadership in improving pediatric palliative care provincially, nationally and internationally through collaboration, education and research.

PFM Executive Search wishes Rene every success in his new role.

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Wendy Strugnell – Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Human Resources Officer for WorkSafeBC

PFM Executive Search is very pleased to announce that Wendy Strugnell will be joining WorkSafeBC’s executive team as Vice President, Corporate Services and CHRO in August 2016. In this role, Wendy will provide senior leadership for the human resources; government, community and media relations; review division, learning and development and facilities management functions at WorkSafeBC.

Wendy brings significant leadership and senior human resources experience to this role. With over twenty years of human resources experience in private and public sector environments, Wendy is currently Vice President, People and Organizational Development with the Fraser Health Authority. Fraser Health Authority oversees 12 acute care hospitals and hundreds of community services across the region and has over 24,000 employees and 2,500 physicians. In this role, Wendy led a team of over 350 staff and was responsible for delivering human resources strategies, programs and services that align with the organization’s goals. As a senior leader, she has been involved with strategic planning, major change initiatives, government and stakeholder relations, issues management and has provided support to the Board of Governance and HR Committee.

Wendy brings strong leadership skills, broad human resources and business expertise and significant executive experience in working in a large, complex organization. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.

PFM Executive Search wishes Wendy every success in her 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 23-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.

Trish Pekeles – Director, Financial Operations for the University of British Columbia

PFM Executive Search is pleased to announce that Trish Pekeles has joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) as the Director, Financial Operations.

Trish brings over 20 years of strategic leadership in finance, both in the public and private sectors, coupled with experience across all core business functions and operations, including financial management and reporting, strategic planning, procurement, and contract negotiation. Trish joins UBC after working at BC Hydro for a number of years, where she held several financial leadership roles, ranging from Director Finance Generation, Technology, Power Smart and Partnerships; Executive Director Procurement; and Chief Strategy Officer. Previously, Trish was the Vice President of Finance and Administration with Vancouver Community College.

PFM Executive Search wishes Trish every success in her 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 23-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.