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We are a quietly competent boutique search firm that helps our clients with specific searches including:

  • public company director searches
  • private company advisory board searches
  • public sector and not for profit director searches
  • CEO and executive searches
  • corporate secretary and general counsel searches
  • other governance related searches.

Most of our searches are confidential and are not advertised.

Current Advertised Searches

Rossdown Group of Companies - Manager of Human Resources

Our client is a fourth-generation, family-run, fully integrated company consisting of poultry farming operations, processing plants, and a cold storage/warehouse facility. Located in BC’s Fraser Valley, Rossdown Group of Companies is seeking an experienced Manager of Human Resources to strengthen its Human Resources function and support a profitable and values-centered business operation. The successful candidate will have strong leadership and communication skills and display an ability to self-manage and work in a fast-paced environment. If you possess 5+ years of HR generalist experience, preferably in the food processing sector, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Allnorth Consultants Limited - CFO

Originally founded in Prince George by the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO), our client is a multi-disciplinary engineering and technical services consulting firm with strong expertise in the infrastructure, mining, pulp and paper, oil and gas, chemical, and power sectors. The company has been experiencing 10% annual growth and is looking to do some future acquisitions to enable expansion into new lines of business. The current Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will be retiring later this year and Allnorth is looking for a successor based in Kelowna to help lead the organization through the continued growth and expansion of the business. Reporting to a highly entrepreneurial CEO who embraces growth, the new CFO will have a can-do attitude, and excel at financial modelling and developing strategies that will bring the CEO’s ideas to fruition in a fiscally prudent manner. If you have a professional accounting designation or MBA coupled with a technical or business degree, senior finance leadership experience in a high growth professional services environment, and solid knowledge of the banking, investment, and capital resource community, then we would like to hear from you.

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

 


Ames Tile & Stone - Chief Financial Officer

Our client is a family-owned company recognized for its customer service and commitment to its employees, business partners and the communities in which it operates. Founded in 1912, Ames Tile & Stone has grown to become a leader in the tile and stone industry across western Canada, operating as both a wholesale distributor and retailer. The company is seeking a strategically-oriented CFO to be a key business partner to the CEO and to direct, coordinate and facilitate the company’s financial reporting, business planning, forecasting and financial analysis. If you possess an accounting designation and five or more years of progressive financial leadership experience in a distribution or retail environment then we would like to hear from you.

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


Agrifoods International Cooperative - Independent Director (2 Positions)

Our client, Agrifoods International Cooperative (Agrifoods) has been in business for over a century and has grown to be one of Canada’s leading cooperatives with over 2,700 member-owners. Agrifoods’s family of brands – Organic Meadow, Meadowfresh, Earth’s Own, Happy Planet and Rolling Meadow employ over 300 people and have become leaders in the health and wellness industry, producing a wide range of premium, on-trend, wholesome foods and beverages available from coast to coast. Agrifoods also provides food grade tanker transportation services and custom, innovative co-packaging solutions with plants strategically located across Canada. Agrifoods is governed by a nine-member board of directors (Board) comprised of seven member-owners and two Independent Directors. Both of the current Independent Directors will retire and the Board is seeking two new qualified candidates to stand for election. If you are a strong leader with a broad business sense, and have served in a senior finance capacity of a company at least similar in size and complexity to Agrifoods, or have a strong background in marketing consumer packaged goods, then we would like to hear from you. 

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


University of British Columbia - Board Secretary

As a global centre for research and teaching, with two main campuses situated in Vancouver and Kelowna, the University of British Columbia (UBC) encompasses 18 faculties, 12 schools, two colleges, and over 65,000 Canadian and international students. UBC is governed by a 21-person Board of Governors (Board), which operates as part of a bi-cameral governance structure prescribed by the University Act. The Board is supported by the Office of the Board Secretariat. As UBC gets more complex, the Board is seeking a Board Secretary to support the Board and President to ensure world-class university governance, in keeping with UBC’s reputation and aspirations. Equipped with deep governance knowledge, mature judgment, and a pro-active and professional nature, this individual will provide governance leadership at UBC. If you possess a minimum of ten years of Board secretarial or equivalent experience in a large and complex public sector organization, preferably in an academic environment, and a law degree or equivalent experience, then we would like to hear from you.

Experience in one or more of the following areas would be considered an asset: law, policy development; interpretation of statutes, policies and procedures; experience in drafting technical documents and resolutions; experience with university judicial processes; and experience dealing with a wide range of constituencies, including First Nations.

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


SPUD - Chief Financial Officer

Founded in 1997, SPUD.ca (SPUD) has had a mission to create relationships with amazing farmers, ranchers, fishermen/women, bakers, and artisans, to make it easy for its customers to have the freshest ingredients and most amazing products delivered to their home or office. A certified B corporation, SPUD has grown significantly over the past several years both organically and through targeted acquisition and is considering an initial public offering to provide the necessary capital to support new and larger opportunities. In order to meet the needs of the company and the expectations of the public markets, SPUD is seeking a highly qualified and experienced CFO to guide it through the ongoing public process and beyond, into life as a public company. If you possess 10-15 years of senior leadership experience in finance and administration, at least five of which were as a CFO or equivalent (preferably gained within a major company or a division of a large corporation), and have IPO/capital markets experience, we would like to hear from you.

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


Woodtone - Chief Financial Officer

Family-owned and operated for the last 40 years, Woodtone manufactures prefinished building products for inside and outside the home with an unsurpassed level of quality. As the business has become more complex, the need for accurate and timely financial and operational reporting has become even more essential to making informed decisions that drive the business, creating the new role of CFO. If you possess 10-15 years of senior leadership experience in finance and administration, at least five of which were as a CFO or equivalent (preferably gained within a high-growth, global, entrepreneurial environment), hold a CPA designation, can demonstrate a proven strength in operational accounting in a manufacturing environment, are comfortable negotiating with financial institutions and working with debt instruments, and have cross-border tax, forex and import duties experience, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Scotia Investments - Chief Executive Officer

Founded in the early 20th century, Scotia Investments Limited (SIL) is a Nova Scotia-based, family-owned, private holding company diversely invested in the manufacturing, environmental and innovative health sectors. The current CEO, who has been with the organization for approximately 30 years and served as its CEO since 2010, will be retiring in 2019. As such, SIL is seeking a highly collaborative and compelling CEO who is willing to commit to a longer-term role in leading the company as it increases in size and complexity. If you possess a university degree, have experience in industrial manufacturing and sales – preferably in packaging and/or manufacturing a high volume/low margin product, understand complex organizational structures and tax plans, are capable of developing solutions to multi-faceted business problems, and have a proven track record of introducing innovation as well as a strong interest in sustainability and environmental stewardship, then we would like to hear from you.

There is a strong preference for the CEO to be based in the Halifax area, but other alternatives will be considered for the right candidate.

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


viaSport BC - Chief Executive Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Created in 2011 as a legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, our client is a not-for-profit organization mandated to increase awareness, opportunity and participation in sport across the province of B.C. – at every stage of life and in every community. Due to the current CEO offering her resignation following an effective three-year stint in the role, viaSport BC is seeking a new CEO to lead the next stage of the organization’s evolution by developing the strategic direction and providing leadership and vision to viaSport BC’s staff as well as to the sector as a whole. If you possess ten years of senior leadership experience providing mission-based advocacy, policy development and implementation, organizational management, and financial management and control, and hold a degree in a relevant discipline or the equivalent in education and experience, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC - Chief Executive Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Currently operating seven neighbourhood houses and an outdoor camp in Metro Vancouver, and with an eighth neighbourhood house slated to open in the Marpole area in early 2019, our client is part of the global neighbourhood and settlement house movement that is credited with, among other things, establishing public recreation programs and the profession of social service. Due to its previous CEO assuming a new position outside of the organization, the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC) is seeking a new CEO to lead and manage its operations and to ensure the sustainability of the organization. If you have proven relevant executive leadership experience, ideally within a community social service setting, and a track record of growing dynamic, complex organizations then we would like to hear from you.

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


Remcan - Leader, Human Resources

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client is a full-service contractor for the railway industry providing maintenance and construction services to key clients nationwide including CN Rail, CP Rail and Via. Established in 2007, Remcan has grown to become the leading Class I service provider in its industry. The company employs approximately 600 non-union employees across Canada and, due to its growth, this new role is being created. Remcan is seeking a strategic and tactical Leader, Human Resources to build and sustain a human resources function with best-in-class systems that attract, develop and retain employees and support managers. If you possess 10+ years of human resources generalist experience in a work environment similar to Remcan and can demonstrate a track record of establishing and maintaining a high functioning HR department then we would like to hear from you.

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


Vancity - Corporate Secretary

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Founded in 1946, our client is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 525,000 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw territories. With $26.4 billion in assets plus assets under administration, Vancity is Canada’s largest community credit union, employs more than 2,600 people, and operates 59 branches across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay. With its long-standing Corporate Secretary retiring in early 2019, Vancity is seeking a new Corporate Secretary to provide strategic and corporate governance support to its democratically elected Board in order to ensure it fulfills its oversight duties. If you possess a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, 8-10 years of relevant, senior executive experience in a dynamic, complex environment, values that align with those of Vancity and high emotional intelligence, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Mountain Equipment Co-op - 2019 Board Nominations

Update: The 2019 nominations period has closed.

MEC is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration: a large retail cooperative with over 5 million members in Canada, $455 million in annual revenue, a global supply chain, 2,666 employees, 23 stores across Canada, and a gear-packed website.

As a retail co-op, MEC is owned by its members and is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors elected by the membership. Their goal is strong and balanced leadership, and their nominations process helps them get there.

For more information on the nomination process and how to apply, click here to be redirected to MEC’s website.


Epicure - Chief Financial Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Established in 1997, our client was founded on the passion of its President and Founder to share the clean eating solutions that she’d developed for her family. Today, through its mix of ingredients, meal kits, cookware, super foods and guides, Epicure inspires its community to eat healthier, share good food and live better. The company has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past several years by employing a direct selling model and, with its Canadian operations firmly established, is now embarking on an expansion program into the United States. Based on Vancouver Island, Epicure is seeking a CFO to join its strong executive team and contribute bullet-proof technical competency in the finance function and be a strategic business partner to the CEO and other Executive Leadership Team members. If you possess a CPA designation and 10-15 years of leadership experience in finance and administration, preferably within a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment, plus proven strength in operational accounting in a retail and/or manufacturing environment, then we would like to hear from you.

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


British Columbia Real Estate Association - VP, Government Relations & Stakeholder Engagement

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Established in 1976, our client is a not-for-profit member-based organization that represents 11 real estate boards across BC and their more than 23,000 REALTORS. With its core purpose being to ensure the continued value of REALTORS in BC, BCREA is seeking to recruit a Vice President, Government Relations & Stakeholder Engagement to proactively identify and assess industry issues and work closely with the CEO in strategizing and developing responses to critical matters affecting real estate and REALTORS in BC. If you’re a strategic and innovative thinker, possess 7 to 10 years of relevant government relations experience and thrive in a rapidly changing environment, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Purdys Chocolatier - President

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Founded in 1907, Purdys has grown to become Canada’s leading premium chocolate retailer with over 900 employees and 75 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, plus an eCommerce presence. A household name, the company is led and owned by its CEO, Karen Flavelle, whose father purchased the business in 1963. With its current President leaving the organization at the end of this year, Purdys is seeking a new President who will build upon the company’s strength in the marketplace and lead it through its next evolution of growth. If you possess a university degree and an entrepreneurial mindset,10+ years of senior management experience leading a company or division that’s similar in size to Purdys and national in scope, have led a company to its next level of growth organically, and are experienced in brand management and/or CPG, we would like to hear from you.

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


Interior Heavy Equipment Operator School - General Manager

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client, Interior Heavy Equipment Operator School (IHE), is Western Canada’s largest heavy equipment training school. Privately owned by Headwater Equity Partners, and with locations in BC and Alberta, it operates four sites on a total of 57 acres and owns more than 70 pieces of full-size equipment. In a competitive industry, IHE differentiates itself through its commitment to making sure its graduates move quickly and seamlessly into job placements. An opportunity exists for an effective leader to join IHE as its new General Manager (GM) and work alongside the President. A newly created role, the GM’s goal will be to develop a strategic and defined path for revenue growth. In due course, there is an intent that the GM will transition to the role of President. If you’re a proven leader with strong business acumen, the ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial and remote environment, and possess experience developing and implementing strategies that support growth in multiple channels such as heavy equipment, construction and student recruitment then we would like to hear from you.

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


TransLink - Board Directors (3 positions)

Update: Search successfully completed, positions have been filled!

TransLink is the regional authority responsible for the planning, building and operating of an integrated transportation system for the movement of goods and people in Metro Vancouver. With a combined work force of over 7,000 people, TransLink and its operating subsidiaries represent one of the largest organizations in British Columbia.

TransLink’s Board of Directors (Board) is responsible for supervising the management of TransLink’s affairs and for acting in the best interests of the broader organization while upholding the highest levels of integrity and professionalism. The Board’s Screening Panel is seeking three individuals to contribute seasoned leadership, community, business, and operational perspectives to TransLink’s Board. Successful candidates will have significant community awareness and connection to the community, governance and goods movement experience, and be customer-service focused. If you possess previous experience in a complex organization, are financially literate, and have the time and interest needed to actively participate on the Board, we would like to hear from you.

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


Association for Corporate Growth BC - Executive Director

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Established in 1996, our client is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors and is the leading organization for mid-market M&A professionals focused on facilitating relationships, educating deal makers on current trends and best practices, and promoting awareness of BC’s vibrant deal making community. ACGBC is seeking to hire its first Executive Director who will be expected to lead the Association to even greater heights by enhancing the value it provides to its members, strengthening the organization’s voice and credibility within the M&A community, and building strategic partnerships. If you possess a university degree or diploma in a relevant field; senior leadership experience; strong financial acumen and administrative skills; exceptional networking, business development and marketing skills; and have a proven track record of securing event sponsors or increasing revenues through other means, we would like to hear from you.

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


YWCA Metro Vancouver - Chief Executive Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Established in 1897, our client is appropriately described as an entrepreneurial non-profit that serves over 45,000 clients annually, with 45 programs and services being offered across 58 locations. Motivated by its vision to achieve women’s equality, YWCA’s mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities. With the appointment of its previous Chief Executive Officer as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, YWCA is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to build upon the organization’s existing strengths and ensure the organization continues to anticipate and respond effectively and efficiently to the diverse needs of women and families in a rapidly changing environment. If you possess 15+ years of relevant leadership experience within a non-profit or industry setting, a track record of effectively working with diverse stakeholders, and previous success in generating revenue by employing multiple strategies, we would like to hear from you.

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


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