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  • public company director searches
  • private company board and 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.

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Current Advertised Searches

Focus Equities - Controller

Focus Equities is a privately-held company established by a highly successful entrepreneur and visionary developer of large complex real estate projects. Focus Equities, and its associated companies, have developed, purchased, or sold more than 15 million square feet of real estate, and more than 10,000 residential/condo units throughout North America. Focus Equities is seeking a Controller based in Victoria, BC who will support the senior management and provide oversight and guidance to a small accounting team. If you possess a CPA designation, experience in real estate development, a good understanding of project accounting, and at least 3 years’ experience managing a team, then we would like to hear from you.

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

 

 

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West Coast Seeds - Controller

West Coast Seeds Ltd. (WCS) was founded in 1983 and since 2014 has been owned by a family-owned investment company. WCS has experienced significant growth over the last few years and is seeking a Controller to manage all aspects of its accounting and finance including the development of KPI’s and enhanced financial and operational reports. If you possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, a CPA designation, strong knowledge of inventory and costing, and a minimum five years’ related experience in senior accounting roles, ideally in a sales and distribution environment, then we would like to hear from you.

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

 

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REVL Investments - Controller

REVL Investments Ltd. (REVL) is a family investment office that was established upon the sale of the family’s operating company and related assets. REVL has a wide variety of investments and business activities, both active and passive, including real estate, energy, private equity, and financial services. The long-term goal is to become a multi-billion-dollar investment firm. The company is looking to hire a Controller to bring the accounting in-house and provide back-office support. Responsibilities will include financial reporting and monitoring; bookkeeping; payroll; A/P, A/R, and bank account management; maintaining accounting principles, practices, and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statement; monitoring third party investment advisors and strategies; and assisting the Executive Vice President, Investments with the analysis of investment opportunities. If you possess a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business, have a minimum five years of progressive finance experience, a CPA designation, experience in and a strong understanding of tax, tax structures involving multiple entities, and the accounting associated with these structures, advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel (specifically pivot tables and VLOOKUP), a good understanding of ASPE as it relates to accounting and payroll, and are prepared to deliver results in a growth-oriented family investment business, then we would like to hear from you.

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

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Confidential Company - Chief Executive Officer

Our client was founded approximately 20 years ago and has been a pioneer in solar energy. Today, the company is a leading distributor and value-added service provider of solar energy products and systems for residential, commercial, and industrial markets throughout Canada sold through a national network of 5,000 dealers. In July 2019, our client was acquired by a highly supportive and engaged private equity firm with a long-term vision of building a great company and in turn, creating significant value. The private equity firm has been quite active in the business over the past year and is now ready to hire a full-time CEO based in Victoria who can lead the company to its next level of success. Reporting to the owners, the CEO will ensure bottom-line profitability and will develop and lead a very successful growth strategy.  If you possess a successful track record of significantly growing a B2B business, we would like to hear from you.

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

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)- Vice President Research

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. CAMH is seeking a Vice President, Research who will bring a track record of international research excellence, a reputation as a collaborative and creative leader, and desire to be part of a team dedicated to revolutionizing mental health for Canada and the world. The role of Vice President, Research, combines ambitious strategic and operational responsibilities and is a central position amongst a strong leadership team committed to ambitious objectives for CAMH. If you possess a MD or PhD degree in medicine, medical science, psychology and experience demonstrating clinical and human subject translational work, then we would like to hear from you.

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

 

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Montrose Property Holdings - Vice President, Real Estate

Montrose Property Holdings Ltd. (Montrose) is a privately held family business that holds 474 acres of land in Richmond, 319-acres of which comprises a landfill that operates as Ecowaste Industries Ltd. As the landfill is approaching full capacity, a strategic decision was made to re-develop the industrial zoned land and build commercial built-to-suit warehouses. Once completed, it will be one of the largest privately-owned logistics warehousing developments in the Lower Mainland. Montrose is seeking an inaugural Vice President, Real Estate (VP) to lead the successful development and navigate the evolution of the company into a real estate development/property management company. The VP will report to the President and CEO and be primarily focused on leading the successful development of the land with profit and loss responsibility and clear external visibility as the owners’ representative. If you possess in-depth knowledge of commercial real estate in the Vancouver market, experience in the full development cycle for industrial projects, including land use planning and permitting, experience with asset management of commercial/industrial buildings, and previous profit and loss responsibility, then we would like to hear from you.

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

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Eminence Organic Skin Care - Director, People & Culture

Eminence Organic Skin Care (Eminence) is the leading name in the field of organic skin care. Led by two brothers, the company provides premium products and unparalleled service to leading salons, spas and beauty professionals. Eminence currently has over 300 team members worldwide including 185 employees in Vancouver, plus contract sales representatives, training specialists, and international trainers servicing distribution channels in more than 60 countries. The company’s continued growth has created the need to expand its human resource function and Eminence is seeking a Director, People & Culture who has a strong understanding of operations and a complex business model. If you possess 10+ years of progressive experience as an HR generalist, with at least 4 years’ experience leading an HR team, strong business acumen, a keen interest in operations, advanced proficiency in MS Office, experience facilitating and conducting training, and the ability to thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced, and entrepreneurial environment, then we would like to hear from you.

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

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Ames Tile & Stone - Chief Financial Officer

Ames Tile & Stone (Ames) 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 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 who will be a key business partner to the CEO and help consolidate and position the company for greater growth and sustainable profitability in a fast-evolving market. If you possess a bachelor’s degree, a designation in accounting, five or more years of related experience in a distribution or retail environment, and have held increasingly progressive responsibility in the management of departments then we would like to hear from you.

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

 

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Shape Properties - General Manager

Shape Properties (SHAPE) is the fully integrated real estate investment, management and development company behind some of the largest and most exciting projects in North America. SHAPE is seeking a General Manager for The City of Lougheed, the redevelopment of Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby. Known as Canada’s largest new master planned community, this is SHAPE’s biggest and most ambitious project to date. The General Manager will be responsible for the optimal financial performance, maintenance and administration of the property, as well as overseeing tenant relationships, guest experience, and developing and implementing innovative marketing initiatives and event programming to create a vibrant community gathering place. If you possess between five and ten years of operations and guest relations, strong attention to detail, and are high-energy, action-oriented, and an excellent communicator and relationship builder, then we would like to hear from you.

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

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Purdys Chocolatier - President

Founded in 1907, Purdys has grown to become Canada’s leading premium chocolate retailer with over 900 employees and 81 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. Purdys is seeking a 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, 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.

 

 

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Pacifica Housing - Director of Community Real Estate

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Pacifica Housing Advisory Association (Pacifica Housing) has been providing safe and affordable housing for almost 35 years and is one of the largest non-profit housing providers on Vancouver Island. Pacifica Housing is seeking a Director of Community Real Estate who will work to ensure Pacifica Housing’s long-term stability and financial viability while addressing the urgent need for affordable housing. If you possess a post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum five years’ experience in real estate development, then we would like to hear from you.

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

 

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Hammerberg Lawyers - Chief Operating Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Hammerberg Lawyers was established in 1999 and is a mid-sized firm with seven Partners and approximately 43 staff. The Firm constantly strives for innovation to set them apart from traditional law firms and is recruiting a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will take the lead in bringing the Firm’s ideas to life and building a solid internal infrastructure to support the Firm’s growth. The COO will focus on the Firm’s long-term strategic objectives and manage the day-to-day administrative matters, which include accounting, human resources, office services, facilities management, IT, marketing and communications, and risk management. The successful candidate will be a strategic and big-picture thinker who takes an interest in best practices and current trends in law firm management. They will be tech-savvy, have experience implementing systems that have enhanced efficiency, and have a natural affinity to marketing and business development; having an understanding of a professional services firm would be an asset but is not essential.

If you possess a post-secondary degree and a minimum of five years of relevant experience in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities, then we would like to hear from you.

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

 

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Fraser Valley Steel & Wire - General Manager

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Established in 1974, Fraser Valley Steel & Wire Ltd. (FVSW) is a steel and wire wholesaler with three lines of business – steel, rebar, and agriculture wire and mesh. FVSW was acquired in 2018 by the current owners and the incumbent General Manager (GM), who has a strong background in distribution, has been in the role since the acquisition and is now easing into retirement. The company is seeking to hire a new GM who can take the company to the next level. Reporting to the owners, the GM will develop and implement the annual strategic plan and sales forecast to expand market share with existing customers, capture new business, and increase profitability. If you possess a post-secondary degree or diploma in marketing or another relevant discipline, senior management experience with responsibility for the P&L, a strong track record of increasing sales, and previous success in developing a high performing team, then we would like to hear from you. Experience in and knowledge of the steel/rebar industry as well as wholesale distribution would be a definite asset.

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

 

 

 

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TransLink - Board Director (1 position)

Update: the application period has closed.

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. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, TransLink had a combined workforce of 8,300 people and generated over $2.0 billion in revenues in 2019, making TransLink and its operating subsidiaries 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.TransLink’s independent Screening Panel is seeking one individual to contribute seasoned executive leadership, business acumen, and operational expertise to TransLink’s Board of Directors. If you have experience managing a large and/or complex organization that has undertaken large capital projects; property acquisition and development experience; financial management experience, including accounting, finance, audit and internal controls; community leadership and engagement experience; transportation and goods movement experience; awareness and perspective of the communities TransLink serves; if you are a transit user; have or have had accountability to elected officials or experience in public office; experience in public policy and/or intergovernmental relations; diversity, as broadly defined; and the time and interest needed to meet a demanding level of activity as a Board Director, then we would like to hear from you.

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

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Three Links - Board Directors

Update: Search successfully completed, positions have been filled!

Incorporated in 1979, Three Links Care Society (Three Links) supports the well-being of older persons and younger people with special needs by providing an integrated and holistic range of health, housing and supportive services. The organization provides residential care and independent living services to 175 residents in Vancouver’s Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood and creates job opportunities for more than 100 staff, service providers and contractors. Three Links is seeking to augment its current volunteer Board of Directors (Board) with individuals who possess broad business sense, will contribute on a wide range of issues, provide strategic perspective and financial acumen, and play a role in creating a constructive boardroom style.

If the above describes you, then click here or more information on the role and how to apply.

 

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Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society - Executive Director

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society (KNSHS) was formed in 2016 when the North Vancouver and West Vancouver Kiwanis merged their housing operations. KNSHS provides housing for low to moderate income seniors, and it currently has seven buildings with 634 units and two housing projects underway. The expansion of KNSHS’s housing portfolio presents the ideal time for the Board to transition to a governance board and hire an Executive Director to manage the Society. Reporting to the Board, The Executive Director will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership and overseeing third party management of rental operations and tenant relations. Possessing a minimum of seven years of broad senior leadership experience, ideally in the non-profit sector, the successful candidate will have strong financial and business acumen and preferably have experience in property management, development, social housing, and/or construction. Experience dealing with funders and government stakeholders is also desirable.

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

 

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RecycleSmart Solutions - Chief Executive Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Founded in 2008, RecycleSmart Solutions (RecycleSmart or the Company) is the leading provider of B2B waste and recycling management services in Canada.  During the last five years, growth has been dramatic and the Company has been aggressively investing in people and technology to scale rapidly, earning its spot as the 12th fastest growing company in Canada in 2018. To optimize the next stage of RecycleSmart’s evolution, the three owners of RecycleSmart have created the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) role. The CEO will be a strategist, natural relationship builder, business operator, strong communicator, visionary, and advocate for sustainability in corporate Canada through better waste management techniques. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, possess 10-plus years of executive experience successfully leading a high growth B2B company, a degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent in education and experience, and a passion for the potential of RecycleSmart, then 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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Montrose Property Holdings Ltd. - Chief Financial Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Montrose Property Holdings Ltd. is a privately held family business headquartered in Richmond, B.C. with a wholly owned subsidiary, Ecowaste Industries Ltd. Ecowaste owns 480 acres of land, which includes a landfill,  and is a long-standing leader in the solid waste management field. Over the next ten years, there will be a $450M expansion of the business, which will require very complex financing and cash management. As such, the company wants to hire a fulltime Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who will be responsible for securing financing to support the company’s growth and developing a bullet-proof financial plan that will provide confidence to the shareholders. If you possess a university degree and CPA Designation, and a minimum ten years of experience as a CFO, preferably in a medium to large sized privately-owned business, then we would like to hear from you.

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

 

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BC Chicken Growers Association - Association Manager

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

BC Chicken Growers Association (BCCGA or the Association) is funded by producers through an allocation from the BC Chicken Marketing Board (BCCMB). The role of the Association is to represent the interests of growers and provide advice and input to BCCMB who is responsible for advocacy at the national and provincial level, with input from the Association. Over the past few years, the demand on the directors’ time has increased significantly, leading to BCCGA establishing a full-time Association Manager position who will help the Association increase its profile and voice, enhance engagement with producers, and improve the quality of board meetings and decisions. Desired candidates will have strong financial and business acumen and experience reporting to a board. Knowledge of the agriculture industry and supply management is desirable, but not essential. If you have post-secondary education coupled with increasingly responsible management experience, with at least five in a supervisory capacity, then we would like to hear from you.

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

 

 

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Woodtone - Chief Financial Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

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. Woodtone has grown significantly over the past several years. 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.

 

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Mountain Equipment Co-op - 2020 Board Nominations

Update: the deadline for applications has passed. 

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration: a large retail cooperative with over 5.42 million members, $462 million in annual revenue, a global supply chain, more than 2,500 employees, 22 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. In 2020, MEC members will elect three directors to MEC’s Board. MEC is looking for candidates who have significant experience in areas relevant to MEC’s business, coupled with a deep commitment to MEC’s values and purpose. If you want to mix your business acumen with your outdoor obsessions and lead the charge in inspiring good times outside across Canada, then we would like to hear from you.

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

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Pacifica Housing - Executive Director

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Pacifica Housing Advisory Association (Pacifica Housing) has been providing safe and affordable housing for almost 35 years and is one of the largest non-profit housing providers on Vancouver Island. The annual budget is approximately $16M and the total staff complement is around 150 employees who are non-union. Pacifica Housing is seeking a permanent Executive Director who will oversee the operations of Pacifica Housing, act in its best interest at all times, and ensure its long-term stability and financial viability. Reporting to the Board, the Executive Director of Pacifica Housing is responsible for the successful leadership and management of Pacifica Housing, in accordance with the strategic directions set by the Board of Directors. If you possess a post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field; a minimum of eight years of experience in the non-profit sector; strong financial and business acumen; knowledge of property development and property management; and a superior understanding of the impacts of addiction, mental health, homelessness, and poverty, then we would like to hear from you. Previous experience in a non-profit housing organization, or working with government funding programs is highly desirable.

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

 

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Technical Safety BC - Board Directors (1 to 2 positions)

Update: the deadline for applications has passed. 

Technical Safety BC has a bold vision for the future: Safe technical systems. Everywhere. As an independent, self-funded organization that oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment in the province, Technical Safety BC sees genius in diversity; fosters confidence; makes the complex simple; and adapts to meet the safety challenges of a highly-connected world. Technical Safety BC is seeking up to 2 Board Directors to provide strategic advice, and oversee Technical Safety BC’s business performance, financial reporting, and risk.

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

 

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Technical Safety BC - Board Directors (3 positions)

Update: Search successfully completed, positions have been filled!

Technical Safety BC has a bold vision for the future: Safe technical systems. Everywhere. As an independent, self-funded organization that oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment in the province, Technical Safety BC sees genius in diversity; fosters confidence; makes the complex simple; and adapts to meet the safety challenges of a highly-connected world. Technical Safety BC is seeking three Board Directors to provide strategic advice, and oversee Technical Safety BC’s business performance, financial reporting, and risk.

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

 

 

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Carlson Construction Group - Independent Board Director (2 Positions)

Update: Search successfully completed, positions have been filled!
Since 1971, the Carlson Construction Group (Carlson) brings together eight unique entities that provide a breadth and depth of experience unrivalled as a specialist partner, trusted by its clients to build and maintain their most challenging heavy civil, marine and industrial projects. They are proud to be Canadian wholly-owned and operated by the Carlson Family, consisting of a founder and his children.  The Carlson Family is seeking two external Independent Directors to serve on the Advisory Board of Directors. If you are a leader with broad business sense and executive leadership experience who is able to contribute on a wide range of business issues, bring a strategic perspective, as well as play a role in creating a constructive boardroom style, then 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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Gerry Enns Contracting - Development & Construction Manager

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Gerry Enns Contracting Ltd. (GEC) is an Industrial, Commercial and Residential builder in the Fraser Valley that has been in business for more than 25 years. GEC is now part of the Emil Anderson Group of Companies and is looking for a Development & Construction Manager to assist with transition and growth of the business. The Development & Construction Manager will provide input and be responsible for the full range of activities in the development process, including but not limited to acquisition of land, land use plans, approvals, design development, construction of internal projects, bidding external construction work, and community/political outreach. It is imperative that the successful candidate is a self-starter who is genuinely passionate about improving and driving the business. If you possess a bachelor’s degree in business, planning or engineering, and/or have a minimum of five years’ experience with a developer, general contractor, planner, consultant, or a related field, then we would like to hear from you. Proven construction experience is important. An ability to think strategically and to manage, inspire, and motivate people are crucial.

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

 

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North Shore Disability Resource Centre - Executive Director

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Established in 1976, the North Shore Disability Resource Centre provides services and programs to support over 4,000 infants, children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities. The organization is seeking a new Executive Director (ED) that will help raise its profile, expand its presence and programs within all communities it serves, and make decisions guided by the organization’s current strategic priorities. As a highly strategic and innovative thinker, the new ED will update processes, create efficiencies, and improve data collection and analysis through the use of technology. The ideal candidate will possess 7+ years of broad senior leadership experience, an understanding of modern governance practices, and will have a successful track record of developing and implementing a strategy that led to diversified funding and long-term financial sustainability. There is a preference for candidates who have served as an ED and who have experience developing a housing strategy and structuring deals. Knowledge of community living or other social service agency would be an asset.

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

 

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The Houssian Foundation - Executive Director

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

The Houssian Foundation was established approximately 15 years ago and has evolved from its initial focus on community based initiatives to include climate and environmental protection, gender equality and human rights as key areas of impact. With expansion of the Foundation’s reach to these global issues, the Board of Directors has set a goal of tripling its investment portfolio and evolving from a family run foundation to a professionally managed organization, with a fully mission-aligned investment strategy and a grant-making process deeply rooted in the Foundation’s key values. The Foundation is looking for an inaugural Executive Director who will lead the development and implementation of a strategy that will shape the future of the Foundation and set the organization on a path to reach its long term vision. With a genuine passion for philanthropy and a keen interest in gender equality, human rights, environmental issues, and/or community, the successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial mindset coupled with a successful track record in business or non-profit leadership.

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

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Food-X - Chief Financial Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Food-X Technologies (Food-X) is the best-in-class eCommerce grocery delivery solution. Developed as a proprietary technology by its parent company, SPUD.ca, Food-X  is a purpose-built, white-label solution providing retailers with a plug and play online grocery fulfillment and delivery platform that seamlessly integrates with existing websites to ensure better, faster, and more efficient grocery delivery. In order to meet the current and future needs of the company and, ultimately, the expectations of the public capital markets, Food-X is seeking a highly qualified and experienced CFO to guide the organization through its next rapid growth phase, an initial public offering of shares (IPO), and to help shape the growing technology organization over time. 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.

 

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VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation - Chief Executive Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic engine for health care innovation and transformation in British Columbia. With a staff of over 70 employees, average annual revenue of $100 million, and assets of more than $325 million, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is one of the largest health care foundations in Canada. At the request of the current Chief Executive Officer, the Board has activated the Foundation’s CEO Succession Policy and is seeking qualified candidates as part of an orderly succession plan. If you possess 10-15 years of relevant and progressively increasing levels of executive leadership experience within a non-profit or industry setting; a track record of effectively working with diverse stakeholders; demonstrated experience as a spokesperson with a wide range of audiences including the media, donors, government, and broad community; success in generating revenue and employing multiple strategies while managing the operating budget in a cost-constrained environment; strong financial management experience; demonstrated ability to think strategically regarding future trends and their long-term effect, while at the same time focusing on day-to-day operational issues; and demonstrated success in positively affecting organization dynamics through energetic leadership, strategic thinking, practical business acumen, and analytical skills, then we would like to hear from you. Candidates are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree, and an advanced degree will be considered an asset.

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

 

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Mainland Group of Companies - Chief Financial Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Mainland Group of Companies (Mainland), is a recognized and respected privately-held firm that provides excavation, shotcrete shoring, landfill management, aggregates, and civil construction services. The company experienced 50% annual growth last year. To continue this growth, Mainland created the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role and is seeking a high-energy and proactive CFO who will create a solid financial foundation to support the business and serve as a true business partner to the CEO. The ideal candidate will have experience within a high growth, entrepreneurial environment, preferably within the construction sector. They will be a proven leader with an inherent ability to lead and inspire others, excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, sharp business acumen, and an ability to coach, mentor, and develop team members for current and future success. If you possess 10+ years of senior leadership experience in finance and administration, with at least five of these years as a CFO, and have experience implementing an ERP system, interpreting financial statements, presenting logical plain language conclusions geared to respective audiences, and developing and rolling out an Employee Share Ownership Plan, then we would like to hear from you. Preference will be given to those with a professional accounting designation or an MBA coupled with relevant experience.

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

 

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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 workforce of 7,800 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 executive leadership, business acumen, and operational expertise to TransLink’s Board. If you have procurement and/or construction experience with large infrastructure projects; awareness and perspective of the communities TransLink serves; property acquisition and development experience; strong board governance skills; goods movement experience; legal training; and financial literacy, then we would like to hear from you. Consideration will also be given to candidates who demonstrate: community leadership; transit use; accountability to elected officials or experience in public office; experience in public policy and/or intergovernmental relations; diversity, as broadly defined; and the time and interest needed to meet a demanding level of activity as a Board Director.

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

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Confidential Company - Chief Supply Chain 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 product lines. A key initiative in our client’s current strategic plan is a Focus on Profitability, so the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer has been created with the expectation that it will have a significant impact on financial outcomes. If you possess 10+ years of experience in a make-to-order manufacturing and/or assembly environment, at least five years in a decision-making role focused on operations/quality management/supply chain management, and strong knowledge of supply chain data and ERP systems, then we would like to hear from you. Lean and/or Six Sigma certifications are highly desirable.

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

 

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Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board - Chief Executive Officer

Update: Search successfully completed, position has been filled!

Our client is a not-for-profit member-based organization representing approximately 1,300 REALTORS© that serve clients from Peachland to Revelstoke. Governed by a ten-member Board of Directors and employing 12 staff, OMREB is seeking a new CEO who can maintain the organization’s current momentum, implement key priorities, and drive it to its next level of excellence. Reporting to the President and responsible to OMREB’s Board of Directors, the CEO will be a highly strategic and innovative thinker who is collaborative and thrives in rapidly changing environments. If you possess 7+ years of broad senior leadership experience, preferably gained within a non-profit member-based organization, senior-level experience working with a board of directors, and a strong understanding of governance, we would like to hear from you. Knowledge of the real estate profession and organized real estate in BC will be considered an asset.

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

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Scotia Investments - Chief Executive Officer

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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.

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Rossdown Group of Companies - Manager of Human Resources

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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.

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Agrifoods International Cooperative - Independent Director (2 Positions)

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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.

 

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University of British Columbia - Board Secretary

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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.

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viaSport BC - Chief Executive Officer

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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.

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Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC - Chief Executive Officer

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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.

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Remcan - Leader, Human Resources

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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.

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Vancity - Corporate Secretary

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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.

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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.

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Epicure - Chief Financial Officer

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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.

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

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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.

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Interior Heavy Equipment Operator School - General Manager

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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.

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TransLink - Board Directors (3 positions)

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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.

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Association for Corporate Growth BC - Executive Director

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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.

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YWCA Metro Vancouver - Chief Executive Officer

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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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