PFM Executive Search Taps New Leader for Junior Achievement British Columbia

August 4, 2017 – PFM Executive Search has placed Sheila Biggers as the president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement British Columbia. Partner Shelina Esmail led the search along with senior consultant Jennifer Madden.

Ms. Biggers brings over 25 years of experience working in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Her most recent role was associate dean, development and alumni engagement, for the UBC Sauder School of Business, leading a team of 22 advancement professionals. During her tenure with UBC Sauder, the school raised $120 million, and significantly increased engagement of alumni, as part of UBC’s ‘Start an Evolution’ campaign. Ms. Biggers and her team’s efforts resulted in the expansion and upgrade of the school’s facilities, an enhanced student experience and support for professorships and research.

Junior Achievement also looked favorably upon Ms. Biggers’ role as a long-standing board member and past chair of the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation. The organization runs an alternative education program combining academics, therapy and adventure based learning to help at-risk youth to change their lives. It is focusing on expanding to support more youth throughout BC.


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Junior Achievement British Columbia is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1955, JA has been involved with British Columbia schools in an effort to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy.

Based in Vancouver, PFM serves a wide range of industries, working with private, public and not-for-profit organizations to fill senior-level executive roles. The firm has recruited a number of leaders for non-profits, including the CEO for Creative BC, the executive director of Integrated Health Services, the CEO for Fraser Health Authority, the chief medical health officer for Northern Health Authority, the chief financial officer at Capital Regional District and the CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

PFM is led by co-founder and partner George Madden, a 20-year veteran of the executive search industry. His professional accomplishments in communications, public affairs and management have made him a well-known figure in Canadian business.

Canadian Searches

A number of organizations in Canada have turned to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here’s a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Nova Scotia-headquartered executive search firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette has assisted Ryerson University with the appointment of Carol Shepstone as its new chief librarian. Anna Stuart, managing partner and leader of the firm’s academic search practice, led the search. Ms. Shepstone has been working in academic libraries for more than 18 years.

 Waterhouse Executive Search placed Jerome Quenneville as vice president and chief financial officer of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in Ontario. Waterhouse Executive Search provides executive search services to a wide array of business sectors across Canada and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 Toronto-based Lighthouse Search recruited former WTA executive Laurence Applebaum as CEO of Golf Canada. Founded in 2010, Lighthouse Search works with Canadian owned and run businesses along with global Fortune 500 companies operating offices in the Canadian market.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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