PFM Executive Search Tapped by Canucks Autism Network to Find CEO

May 2, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has been selected by Canucks Autism Network (CAN) to lead in its search for a new CEO. PFM partners George Madden and Shelina Esmail are leading the assignment.

“As the new CEO of the Canucks Autism Network you literally will change people’s lives for the better through leadership focused on programs, training and awareness,” the search firm said. “You will lead a dedicated staff team and work with a highly engaged volunteer board, donors and key partner groups to deliver on the mission of the ‘I CAN’ philosophy of believing in every individual’s ability and to encourage the development of self-confidence, self-esteem and a sense of purpose in play, work and life.”

A key partner group is the NHL Vancouver Canucks and the ownership group of the team, where the CEO is able to leverage connections to support the goals of CAN throughout British Columbia, said the firm.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and passionate leader who understands the not-for-profit world and who will take CAN to the next level through its continued growth and program delivery. The autism network wants an individual who brings specific expertise in growing an organization through an empowering plus collaborative work style. He or she should also have a broad vision and delivers on strategic objectives. The right candidate would be someone who can serve as the professional face of CAN, who is comfortable working with a wide cross-section of stakeholders and potential funders, who also has a demonstrated passion for the work being done by looking at unique and big picture ideas to further improve the organization, the search firm said.

“This is truly an exceptional opportunity for a senior not-for-profit leader who is ready to make the next step and bring to the role a proven track record of success which aligns to the strategic plan of CAN and who is known for their dedication, enthusiasm and ability to deliver,” said PFM Executive Search.


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Canucks Autism Network was founded in 2008 by Vancouver Canucks co-owners, Paolo and Clara Aquilini, whose son has autism. The organization is dedicated to providing year-round sports and recreation programs for children, teens, young adults and families living with autism, while increasing autism awareness and providing training in communities across British Columbia.

Canadian Search Firm

PFM serves a wide range of industries, working with private, public and not-for-profit organizations to fill senior-level executive positions. Among the roles the firm has recently filled include: director of technology services, infrastructure and enterprise applications for Vancouver Airport Authority, chief executive officer for the BC Trucking Association and chief financial officer for InTransit BC.

A longtime veteran of the executive search industry, Mr. Madden’s professional accomplishments in communications, public affairs and management have made him a well-known figure in the Canadian business landscape. He turns an incisive understanding of business affairs and a natural affinity for distilling complex client objectives into measurable goals and results, according to clients.

Ms. Esmail joined PFM 20 years ago as research director and became an associate partner in 2008. Before joining PFM, she was a senior research and marketing analyst for Colliers International in Vancouver and California. Her professional experience and depth of business knowledge provides a rich foundation for leading senior executives to some of Canada’s top organizations.

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

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