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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

Mountain Equipment Co-op - Board Nominations

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.

WHO THEY’RE LOOKING FOR

MEC is looking for candidates who have significant experience in areas relevant to MEC’s business. This needs to be coupled with a deep commitment to MEC’s values and purpose, to inspire and enable all Canadians to enjoy active outdoor lifestyles. Candidates will ideally be able to contribute insight and innovation at the board table, provide diversity of thought and experiences, and demonstrate an understanding of governance norms.

MEC is a complex and growing organization that is committed to improving its diversity and inclusion efforts. Though they recognize diversity encompasses many facets, they are actively working to maintain a gender balance on their Board, as well as increase their cultural diversity.

To be eligible as a candidate, you must meet the minimum eligibility criteria as outlined in MEC’s bylaws. These include being a member of MEC for at least three years and having voted in the 2017 or 2018 MEC Board of Directors elections.

They aim to recommend candidates who:

  • Have experience at a senior governance or executive level of a business of similar or greater complexity to MEC,
  • Have experience leading a large organization undergoing significant growth and change, and/ or
  • Have broad retail or consumer-oriented experience in diverse sectors.

To increase the diversity of skills and perspectives on the Board, they are particularly looking for:

  • Candidates who come from ethnic and cultural groups not currently represented on the Board, and/or
  • Candidates from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

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


Confidential Client - Chief Financial Officer

Established in 1997, our client was founded on the passion of its 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, the company 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, our client 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.


TransLink Subsidiary Boards - Board Directors (2 positions)

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 workforce of over 7000 people, TransLink and its operating subsidiaries (each, a Subsidiary) represent one of the largest organizations in British Columbia.

Coast Mountain Bus Company Ltd. (CMBC) is TransLink’s largest operating Subsidiary and operates a fleet of clean-fuel conventional and community shuttle buses, zero-emission trolley buses, and passenger ferry SeaBuses. British Columbia Rapid Transit Company Ltd. (BCRTC) maintains and operates two of the three Skytrain lines – the Expo Line and the Millennium Line – as well as the West Coast Express commuter rail service. In addition, it also manages the agreement with InTransit BC for the operation and maintenance of the Canada Line.

TransLink is seeking two independent directors, one each for the CMBC Board and the BCRTC Board, who have the skills and experience necessary to effectively monitor the performance of the Subsidiary and its President/General Manager and add value and provide support for management. The following skill sets will form the basis of TransLink’s search: people management, customer service and operations experience (CMBC only); infrastructure, maintenance, heavy industrial and people management (BCRTC only). If you possess these skills then we would like to hear from you.

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


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

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

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

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.


Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia - Board Directors (2 positions)

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

The Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia (VSA) is an independent regulatory agency authorized by the provincial government to administer and enforce the Motor Dealer Act and portions of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, as it relates to the sale of personal-use motor vehicles in British Columbia. Its primary responsibility is to maintain and enhance consumer protection and public confidence in the motor vehicle sales industry. A not-for-profit organization, VSA is also responsible for all aspects of the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund (MDCCF), the purpose of which is to reimburse consumers for eligible financial losses.

VSA is seeking one individual to join the VSA Board and one individual to join the MDCCF Board. Attributes required of all members on both boards include commitment, character and competency. If you possess board governance expertise, automotive industry and legal experience, and are proficient with technology 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, position has 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 Search

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.


PHANTOM Screens - Chief Sales Officer

Our client, a privately-held company that recently celebrated 25 years in business, is recognized as the leading brand of retractable screens in North America. It has a solid distributor network through North America, as well as in Mexico, Australia and the UK, and is poised to achieve significant growth through existing and new business lines. The company is seeking a high-energy, entrepreneurial Chief Sales Officer to strengthen and expand its US Distributor network and to explore new ways to grow the business. If you possess experience developing sales strategies for multiple channels and verticals, a broad understanding of the manufacturing process, and can demonstrate that you have 10+ years of sales experience, with at least 5 years in a senior management position, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Fraser Valley Real Estate Board - Chief Executive Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Established in 1921, our client is a not-for-profit member-based organization that represents over 3,500 real estate professionals. Boasting a voice that’s respected both provincially and nationally within its sector, FVREB is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization in reimagining the content and delivery of its programs and services to strengthen the organization’s identity and competitive advantage, and to support members in their pursuit of professional excellence. The Chief Executive Officer will be politically savvy, have excellent communication skills, and be a progressive leader who thrives on coaching and mentoring others while executing the broad objectives of the organization. If you possess 10+ years of experience as the leader of a similarly sized organization, senior-level experience working with a board of directors and a strong understanding of governance we would like to hear from you

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


PHANTOM Screens - Chief Financial Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client, a privately-held company that recently celebrated 25 years in business, is recognized as the leading brand of retractable screens in North America. It has a solid distributor network through North America, as well as in Mexico, Australia and the UK, and is poised to achieve significant growth through existing and new business lines. The company is seeking a high-energy, entrepreneurial Chief Financial Officer to elevate the finance function and support its goal to grow profitably and dominate the installed retractable screen market in North America. If you possess an accounting designation plus a solid understanding of costing and LEAN manufacturing, along with 10+ years of progressively senior experience, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Ames Tile & Stone - Chief Financial Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

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 5+ 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.


Remcan - VP, Operations & Finance

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, it has grown to become the leading Class I service provider in its industry. Remcan is seeking a strategically-focused and hands-on Vice President, Operations & Finance to help it define and achieve its overall growth strategy and provide leadership within a purposefully lean environment. If you possess 7+ years of progressively senior leadership experience gained within an industrial environment and can demonstrate strong exposure to operations and finance then we would like to hear from you.

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


SunSelect Produce Inc. - Vice President, Finance

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client is a second-generation family-owned and operated business that has grown to become one of North America’s largest producers of greenhouse bell peppers. With expanding operations in Delta, Aldergrove and California, and having recently begun to diversify its crops, SunSelect Produce Inc. is seeking a strategically-oriented and entrepreneurially-minded Vice President, Finance to help it define its overall growth strategy and act as a trusted advisor to the CEO. If you possess a designation in accounting and 7+ years of progressive financial leadership experience, preferably in the food processing, distribution or manufacturing sectors, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Technical Safety BC - Board Directors (3 positions)

Update: Search successfully completed, positions have been filled!

Technical Safety BC (the new operating name for BC Safety Authority) is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across the province. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research. If you feel you have the necessary competencies and experience to help Technical Safety BC inspire safety excellence then we would like to hear from you.

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


British Columbia Real Estate Association - CEO

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client is a not-for-profit member-based organization that represents 11 real estate boards across BC and their more than 21,000 REALTORS, collectively known as Organized Real Estate in BC. With its core purpose being to ensure the continued value of REALTORS in BC, BCREA is seeking to recruit a CEO on contract who can manage the organization through a period of significant change and facilitate discussions that will lead to a consensus on the future direction of the Association. If you possess 10+ years of experience leading an organization, ideally within an association or not-for-profit context, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Rossdown Group of Companies - Director of Human Resources

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

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 and strategic Director of Human Resources to strengthen its Human Resources function and support a profitable and values-centered business operation. If you possess 10+ years of human resource generalist experience, ideally with 5+ years at the senior leadership level, then we would like to hear from you.

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


Vibrant Health Products - Vice President, Marketing

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client focuses on inspiring healthier living through healthier choices. Specializing in healthy, sprouted, gluten-free and organic products, this family-owned and operated company manufactures and markets three brands: Silver Hills Bakery, One Degree Organic Foods, and Little Northern Bakehouse. Currently experiencing rapid expansion across all channels in Canada and the US, Vibrant Health Products is seeking a Vice President, Marketing to join its growing team. If you possess senior-level CPG marketing experience, preferably within the natural and/or organic food sector, then we would like to hear from you.

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


University Neighbourhoods Association - Executive Director

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client approximates a municipal council for UBC’s residential neighbourhoods. With a mandate to provide municipal-like services to local neighbourhoods around UBC’s campus and to support the growth and sustainability of the community, UNA is seeking to recruit an Executive Director to lead it through its next phase of growth which will see it grow from 5 neighbourhoods and 12,000 residents to 7 neighbourhoods and 24,000 residents by 2041. If you possess strong governance knowledge and display sound financial acumen and administrative skills then we would like to hear from you.

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


Trial Lawyers Association of BC - Executive Director

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client is a non-profit society and service organization for trial lawyers in BC. With a mission to support and promote the rights of individuals in British Columbia, it boasts over 1400 voluntary members and possesses a strong advocacy voice that ensures individuals have a fair chance of receiving justice through the legal system. With its current Executive Director on leave and possibly not returning, TLABC is seeking to recruit an Executive Director on contract with a real possibility that the appointment will lead to a permanent role. If you have senior-level experience working within the field of member association management then we would like to hear from you.

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


Houle Electric - President & CEO

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client is an award-winning, industry-leading, employee-owned electrical contractor and systems integrator with offices located all throughout B.C. Poised for significant growth, they are seeking a leader who can design a growth strategy that will take advantage of Houle’s position as the only electrical contractor in B.C. that can also act as an integrator. If you have experience leading a large company or division within construction or a similar sector then we would like to hear from you.

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


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