PFM Executive Search Seeking CEO for Parkinson Society British Columbia

January 10, 2024 – PFM Executive Search has been retained by Parkinson Society British Columbia to lead in its search for a new CEO. Partners Shaun Carpenter and Jennifer Madden are leading the assignment. This executive is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s operations including fundraising, program development, marketing and communications, financial management and staff leadership. Reporting to the board of directors, they will ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission and serving the community effectively.

A strong advocate for the organization, PFM explains that the CEO will promote awareness of programs and goals and will also be responsible for cultivating and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with key external partners including donors, healthcare partners, ally organizations and community leaders. “The CEO will work closely and collaboratively with the board to guide strategy for the organization and effectively lead a small team by empowering them to achieve their best work,” the search firm said.

The ideal candidate will bring proven strength in revenue growth as evidenced by success in achieving targets and outstanding relationship-building skills, according to PFM. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills combined with an ability to work collaboratively with a variety of people at all levels will enhance the CEO’s capacity to heighten the recognition of Parkinson Society of BC and the services it provides to the broader community.

In addition, they must bring an understanding of BC’s healthcare system and are known as a strong collaborator, community builder and administrator. Ideally, the CEO will have run all aspects of an organization and worked closely with boards of directors to guide strategy development and set priorities.

Established in 1969, Parkinson Society British Columbia is a not-for-profit charitable organization that exists to address the personal and social consequences of Parkinson’s disease through education, community outreach, scientific research, advocacy and public awareness. Parkinson Society British Columbia, governed by a voluntary board of directors, does not receive government funding and is supported entirely by donations from individuals, members, corporations, foundations and the dedicated efforts of volunteers.

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Founded in 1992, Vancouver, B.C.-based PFM Executive Search serves a wide range of industries, working with private, public, and not-for-profit organizations to fill senior-level executive positions. Some of the roles that the firm has placed in the last year include: director of people and culture for Smythe LLP, vice president of global marketing for Destination Vancouver, and chief human resources officer for BC Securities Commission.

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Mr. Carpenter has been part of the PFM team since 1998. The firm said that he is known for his “aptitude in candidate development and client relations, his thorough, insightful approach gives clients confidence that their needs are being met in a professional, timely manner.” Having previously served as a human resources manager with a leading Canadian health insurance provider, he also has a strong understanding of the receiving side of search services.

Ms. Madden joined PFM in 2005 as manager of communications and business development. She has also served as a research associate, consultant and senior consultant for the firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia.

PFM recently placed Quinn Mathiesen Newcomb as the new CEO of the British Columbia Dental Association. Mr. Mathiesen Newcomb’s selection follows a rigorous process led by the board of directors and the dedicated efforts of the selection committee. “We are delighted to welcome Quinn to the British Columbia Dental Association family,” said David Lim, board president. “His impressive track record of building strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and his strategic vision align perfectly with our organization’s goals. We are confident that under Quinn’s leadership, the British Columbia Dental Association will continue to flourish and serve our members with unwavering commitment.”

Mr. Mathiesen Newcomb brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having demonstrated exceptional leadership in government and stakeholder relations, as well as strategy management functions. He most recently served as a senior executive at Genome BC, where he played a pivotal role in driving successful initiatives and fostering collaborative partnerships.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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