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Looking for a Chief Risk Officer - Central 1 Credit Union

Mar 28, 2014

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with Central 1 Credit Union to find their next Chief Risk Officer. If you are a strategic and analytical thinker with 10-12 years of progressive experience in a risk related field, and have a university degree in a related business discipline (combined with a financial designation or risk certification), we want to hear from you!

For information and details on how to apply, click here. 

Looking for a Vice President, Information and Communications - Tides Canada

Mar 26, 2014

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with Tides Canada to find their first Vice President, Information and Communications. If you are an expert communicator with demonstrated knowledge of communications, marketing, information and business systems through your relevant Master's level degree and 15+ years of experience, we want to hear from you!

For information and details on how to apply, click here. 

Looking for a Board Director - Pacific Parkinsons Research Institute

Mar 24, 2014

UPDATE: This position has been filled. 

Pacific Parkinsons Research Institute is looking for a Board Director. If you are a strong, multigenerational relationship builder, have previous not-for-profit leadership experience at the board level and have worked with government, healthcare and/or universities, they want to hear from you!

For more information and details on how to apply, click here

Celebrating International Women's Day!

Mar 10, 2014

“Women are leaders everywhere you look - from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” - Nancy Pelosi

Saturday was International Women's Day. We celebrate and honour women leaders who have inspired, paved the way and given hope to so many of us. We salute you for your perseverance and the profound impact you have had on our lives!

 

Looking for a Chief Executive Officer - WesternOne Inc.

Jan 30, 2014

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with WesternOne Inc. to find their next Chief Executive Officer. If you are an executive that has provided effective strategic leadership (preferably in a growth organization with an entrepreurial culture), have strong instincts about mergers & acquisitions and have established credibility within the investor community, we want to hear from you!

For information and details on how to apply, click here

Looking for an Executive Director of Finance - BC Immigrant Investment Fund (BCIIF)

Jan 29, 2014

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

 We are working with the BC Immigrant Investment Fund (BCIIF) to find their next Executive Director of Finance. If you are a Vancouver-based CMA with 5+ years of experience in a senior financial position (in a Crown corporation, government or public sector investment management corporation), and have demonstrated leadership abilities in a challenging business environment directing a wide range of financial activities, we want to hear from you!

For more information and details on how to apply, click here.

Looking for a President & Chief Executive Officer - Yukon Energy Corporation

Jan 21, 2014

UPDATE: This position has been filled. 

We are working with Yukon Energy Corporation to find their next President & Chief Executive Officer. If you have 10-15 years of experience at the senior management level, a strong track record in business, leadership, project management and people management, and the opportunity to live, work and contribute to the community in Yukon excites you, we want to hear from you! 

For more information and details on how to apply, click here.

 

Looking for an Unrelated Director (Board Position) - Encorp Pacific (Canada) Inc.

Jan 3, 2014

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with Encorp Pacific (Canada) Inc. to find an Unrelated Director for their Board. If you have previous experience at the CEO (or senior management) level and a combination of experience in the areas of governance, policy, finance, corporate law, human resources and advocacy, we want to hear from you!

For more information and details on how to apply, click here

 

Happy Holidays from the Team at WATSON!

Dec 20, 2013

 

Please note that the WATSON offices will be closed from December 24th at 1:00 pm until January 2nd, 2014. We look forward to working with you again in the new year!

Don Prior Weighs In On The Challenges Of Headhunting

Dec 19, 2013

Today's Business section of The Vancouver Sun discussed the challenges of headhunting in today's environment. Don Prior, with over 25 years of experience in recruitment, weighed in on some important topic areas.

 

The Changing Face of Networks

In the old days, a small personal network "from people's days at UBC or the Council of Forest Industries or relationships that went back as far as St. Georges (private school)" were invaluable, Vancouver search consultant Don Prior of Watson Advisors said, but in today's board environment of process and transparency, the power of those networks has eroded.

Homegrown companies such as MacMillan Bloedel, Westcoast Energy, Loewen Group, Dairyland, Canadian Pacific Air Lines and Phillips, Hager & North are either gone or no longer based in Vancouver. Vancouver's largest organizations are now taxpayer-funded health authorities, Crown corporations, school districts, universities and municipalities.

 

Candidate Identification vs. Candidate Placement

With LinkedIn and Google, everyone's identifiable, Prior said.

Every headhunting firm in B.C., large or small, would have known Lululemon's newly named CEO, Laurent Potdevin, as a potential candidate, for example. "The identification isn't the challenge. It's the evaluation and fit. The ability to close."

 

Interdisciplinary Hires/Focus on Local Candidates

While Vancouver doesn't have as many head offices, it has many "really interesting" positions in the not-for-profit world, Prior said.

"There's a lot of talent here. If people look at interdisciplinary hires, they'll find that's as valid a solution as spending a lot of money on someone from somewhere else. There's tremendous talent in places like government, but it takes people with an open mind, such as Jimmy Pattison when he recruited Glen Clark, and Vancity, Tamara Vrooman."

"If you look at the world economy over the last few years, the best bankers in the world aren't from the U.K. or the U.S. but are Canadian," Prior said, naming TD Bank Group's Ed Clark and Royal Bank's Gord Nixon.

 

To read the full article in context, click here.