• Richard Bélanger
    Richard Bélanger
    Partner
  • Philippe Burton
    Philippe Burton
    Partner
  • Brock Higgins
    Brock Higgins
    Partner
  • Richard Joly
    Richard Joly
    Partner
  • Tony Kirschner
    Tony Kirschner
    Partner
  • Ardyce Kouri
    Ardyce Kouri
    Partner
  • Cynthia Labonté
    Cynthia Labonté
    Partner
  • Brenda LaRose
    Brenda LaRose
    Partner
  • Greg Longster
    Greg Longster
    Partner
  • Allan Nelson
    Allan Nelson
    Partner
  • Yanouk Poirier
    Yanouk Poirier
    Partner
  • Anurag Shourie
    Anurag Shourie
    Partner
  • Shalini Bhatty
    Shalini Bhatty
    Senior Consultant
  • Sonny Kapoor
    Sonny Kapoor
    Senior Consultant
  • Leo McPeak
    Leo McPeak
    Senior Consultant
  • Andrew Philip
    Andrew Philip
    Senior Consultant
  • Laura Youngberg
    Laura Youngberg
    Senior Consultant
  • Samantha Chiu
    Samantha Chiu
    Consultant
  • Nicholas Lay
    Nicholas Lay
    Consultant
  • Heather Fookes
    Heather Fookes
    Director of Research
  • Julian Manchon
    Julian Manchon
    Director of Research
  • Robin Noftall
    Robin Noftall
    Senior Search Associate
  • Caleb Herrick
    Caleb Herrick
    Search Associate
  • Sandra McIsaac
    Sandra McIsaac
    Search Associate
  • Aleksandra Nowacka
    Aleksandra Nowacka
    Search Associate
  • James Laing
    James Laing
    Researcher
  • Diana Keto-Lambert
    Diana Keto-Lambert
    Search Assistant
  • Cecilia Oteiza Ayres
    Cecilia Oteiza Ayres
    Search Assistant
  • Evan Wynter
    Evan Wynter
    Editor / Search Assistant
  • Kathy Chandra
    Kathy Chandra
    Office Manager
  • Kate Ralston
    Kate Ralston
    Project Manager
Richard Bélanger
Partner

Richard Bélanger, B.Admin.richard-belanger

Richard Bélanger is a seasoned business advisor with extensive management experience and over 20 years of experience in executive recruitment.

Before joining Leaders International, he founded RBA (Richard Bélanger & Associates) in 1999 in Toronto and opened an office in Montreal in 2001. He also led another executive search firm based in Toronto. He carried out more than 350 mandates, both for SMEs and multinational corporations, particularly in the areas of sales, marketing, communications, investments, public relations and government affairs.

Previously, he was President of a subsidiary of an important retailer and distributor generating $100 million in revenues with over 800 employees. He also held important roles as a member of the management team of this Canadian leader in consumer products. Throughout his career, he has been involved in all aspects of sales, marketing, promotion and public relations.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management.

rba@leadersinternational.com

Philippe Burton
Partner

Philippe Burton, M.I.R.Philippe-Burton

Philippe Burton is an Executive in Human Resources with over 25 years of experience in industry sectors such as aerospace, energy & renewable energy sources and loyalty programs. He worked for world-renowned companies such as Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier, GE and Aimia.

Before joining Leaders International, Mr. Burton was Vice-President, Human Resources for a large firm with global operations where he successfully led a talented team and implemented innovative strategies. His experience working for medium and large corporations have allowed him to develop and exercise an influential leadership and implement a strategic and operational vision of human resources related to issues and business objectives of organizations in which he was involved.

Throughout his career he has developed extensive knowledge of several professional fields such as Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain, IT services, to name a few, as well as an expertise in governance, for having been involved in Human Resources committees of several Boards.Known for his pragmatic approach, his ability to listen, to engage team members and coaching skills, Mr. Burton now aims to leverage his expertise to a more global network.

Mr. Burton holds a Master of Industrial Relations from the Université de Montréal and a Master Certificate in Operations Management from York University in Toronto. He currently serves on the Board of the Héma-Québec Foundation and is Vice-President on the Board of Formetal. He has served on the Board of the Association for Quebec Blinds and CAMAQ (Sectoral Committee of Labor in Aerospace in Quebec).

philippe@leadersinternational.com

Brock Higgins
Partner

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Mr. Brock Higgins has focused on executive recruitment throughout his career with a successful track record for executive level placements across every region in Canada. He possesses more than twelve years’ experience in executive search including extensive experience managing high-profile and highly sensitive search initiatives.

Mr. Higgins has led numerous senior executive search assignments for Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Presidents, Executive Directors, Academic Faculty, and Executives as well as Boards of Directors for start-ups and medium to large sized organizations in both the public and private sectors. He brings strong knowledge of business strategies, governance, and innovative executive recruitment practices.

Mr. Higgins holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a major in Human Resources from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business at Cape Breton University. He is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and is French/English bilingual. In 2017, Mr. Higgins was named a recipient of the 40 Under 40 award by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal.

brock@leadersinternational.com

Richard Joly
Partner

Richard Joly, MBARichard-Joly

Richard Joly leads a brilliant career in upper management recruiting. An expert in strategic business management, he has vast expertise in consulting for Boards of Directors and CEOs, and is well versed in the assessment of Board effectiveness and in the search for executive talent.

Mr. Joly possesses an extensive and diversified business network, and he can leverage in-depth knowledge of leadership talent management and development. His excellent reputation in the industry gives him a powerful edge to attract the best candidates.

Since 1997, Mr. Joly has managed over 350 senior executive recruiting assignments for national and multinational corporations, large and medium-sized businesses, start-ups, and private and publicly traded companies.

Mr. Joly is renowned for his expertise in consulting with Boards of Directors and selecting effective board members. During his career, he has conducted over 150 Board evaluations and he is a recognized speaker and a reputed lecturer for the Université Laval corporate directors’ certification program. He gives corporate governance training for companies that wish to form a Board of Directors and makes recommendations to help Boards achieve greater effectiveness.

Prior to founding Leaders International, Mr. Joly was a senior partner with Korn/Ferry International and he served as Managing Partner at the Montreal office of The Caldwell Partners International, two leading worldwide executive search firms.

As the President of Leaders International, Mr. Joly, backed by a solid managerial team, has positioned the company among the best in the recruitment industry. He is the co-founder of two prestigious corporate awards in Quebec: The Korn/Ferry-Revue Commerce Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance and The Korn/Ferry-L’Actualité magazine Corporate Citizenship Award.

Mr. Joly holds an MBA from the John Molson School of Business.

richard@leadersinternational.com

Tony Kirschner
Partner

Tony Kirschner, B.A., M.A., Ph.D

Tony brings a comprehensive range of business, management, human resource and consulting experience to the firm’s Vancouver office. Tony first became active in executive search in 1988, when he was hired by a major U.S. recruitment firm out of Chicago. He lived and worked in the U.S. where he also completed his Ph.D. before returning to Canada in 2003. Prior to joining the firm, Tony held senior HR management positions with several B.C. health authorities, as well as with a North American environmental assessment company. He is an active member of the B.C. Human Resource Management Association and the Human Capital Institute. Tony was raised in Vancouver but received his university education in the U.S. where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at DePaul University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Tony spent time as a Professor in Maryland before returning to Vancouver and executive search. Tony enjoys the active west-coast lifestyle, spending his free time skiing, hiking, running and cycling with his family and three sons. He has participated in the cycling fundraiser Ride to Conquer Cancer five times and is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. Tony serves on the Board of Directors for Family Services of Greater Vancouver and for Family Services of Greater Vancouver Foundation.

TonyK@daviespark.com linked-in

Ardyce Kouri
Partner

Ardyce Kouri, B.A., M.A.

A partner in the Edmonton office and a key member of the team since 2004, Ardyce is known for her outstanding commitment to clients. She has brought her comprehensive HR knowledge and business experience to search assignments in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Ardyce worked in both Toronto and Prague as the National President for AIESEC Canada, and in recruitment for the ING Group’s Czech Republic office.  Ardyce holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree from Royal Roads University. She is an active member of the community and sits on the Board of Directors for AIESEC Canada. She enjoys spending time with her family, and two active young sons and no matter where her travels have taken her, she remains a passionate Edmonton Oilers fan!

ArdyceK@daviespark.com linked-in

Cynthia Labonté
Partner

Cynthia Labonté, MBA
Global Practice Leader – Consumer, Retail and LuxuryCynthia-Labonte

Has over fifteen years of experience assisting senior executives, boards and public organizations in executive recruitment. Previously led an Executive search practice with a team of Managers and Senior Consultants, for a leading Canadian competitor.

She has carried out more than 250 assignments of C-Suite executives, for major organizations and renowned firms operating in FMCG, retail, distribution, and professional services. Has held different key positions in the retail, manufacturing and banking industries. These experiences allow her to have a strategic and operational vision with regards to efficiency and performance, in line with the issues and corporate objectives of her clients. Her thoroughness and analytical skills, combined with her approach as a business partner, are important assets allowing her to acknowledge the uniqueness of clients and meet their needs by implementing added-value sustainable strategies.

MBA from ESG-UQAM and MBA from Université Paris-Dauphine

Member of the Retail Council of Canada.

cynthia@leadersinternational.com

Brenda LaRose
Partner

Brenda Larose, CHRP, ICD.D
Brenda LaRose

Brenda LaRose is a Métis citizen and brings twenty-five years of experience leading executive search engagements across a broad range of industries and sectors throughout most regions in Canada as well as internationally.

With a strong knowledge of governance and business, Ms. LaRose brings expertise in working closely with boards and executive teams to assess and identify strategies that will attract and retain the right leaders.  Ms. LaRose speaks regularly at national associations and conferences on topics related to best practices in executive and board search engagements.

Ms. LaRose currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Seven Oaks Hospital, The Wellness Institute, and The Seven Oaks Foundation (she has served on the governance committee for six years).  She is the current Treasurer for the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development (delivers training and development through Neeginan College as well as Adult Literacy programs), serves as a Board Member for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (serving on the HR and Compensation Committee), and also a Board Member of Air North – Yukon’s Airline and Métis Infinity Investments LLP (a solar and alternative energy corporation development as a social enterprise).

Ms. LaRose is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and has a Chartered Professional Human Resources (CPHR) designation.  She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), from the Directors Education College of The Haskayne School of Business and is an active member of the ICD Manitoba chapter.

brenda@leadersinternational.com

Greg Longster
Partner

Greg Longster, B.Com., M.B.A.

Greg’s Professional experience dedication and passion for executive search has helped him build a reputation for delivering excellence since opening the firm’s Vancouver office in 2007.

Greg brings a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge to his role as Partner of our Vancouver office with an extensive background in strategic sales management, communications, and business development.  Prior to joining the firm, Greg spent 15 years in senior and executive management positions in the financial services industry, giving him firsthand experience in human resource management plus a unique understanding of organizations’ HR needs.

Greg obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Marketing and Finance from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Royal Roads University with a focus on Executive Management.  He is a former Chair of the Marketing Association for Credit Unions and a member of the BC Human Resource Management Association.  He sits on the Board of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association and is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Vancouver Chapter.

GregL@daviespark.com linked-in

Allan Nelson
Partner

Allan Nelson, B.Com., CMA, FCMA

Allan is currently one of two Managing Partners of Leaders International.  He joined Davies Park and founded the Calgary office in 1997 and subsequently worked closely with his Partners to expand the business from two offices in Edmonton and Calgary into Vancouver, Toronto and Saskatoon. Through 2017-18 he played a key role in the merger of Davies Park with Leaders International further expanding the national presence to include Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Allan is also a founding member of the Private Equity practice group for Penrhyn International, our leading global network of executive search firms.

For over two decades Allan has loved the business of executive search.  Nationally recognized for his strong business acumen and leadership competence, he has developed excellent relationships and a substantial network with Boards and key executive leaders in a number of industries and sectors across the country.  His vast experience not only includes Board recruitment but also working with local and international clients to source and attract exceptional leadership talent to their organizations.  Allan takes great satisfaction in working with our national team of Partners, Consultants and Researchers to source and attract the perfect candidate for each and every engagement.

Prior to joining the firm, Allan held senior positions in leadership, operations and sales management with a variety of Canadian corporations.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA/CPA).  In 2002, he was honored to receive a national fellowship proudly adding the designation of FCMA/FCPA.  Allan enjoys spending time with his family, including his six grandchildren.  He loves being involved in the community and continues to serve on a number of volunteer boards.

AllanN@daviespark.com linked-in

Yanouk Poirier
Partner

Yanouk Poirier, B.A., MBA
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Yanouk Poirier is an entrepreneur at heart who has created and grown several businesses. His varied career reinforces his passion for entrepreneurship and allows him to fully grasp the reality of new business leaders and entrepreneurs.

As a Partner at Leaders International, Mr. Poirier brings his entrepreneurial expertise, multifaceted profile and talent for communication to help national and international business leaders to achieve their business strategies. He is also Global Practice Leader for the Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) group for our global network, Penrhyn International, Mr. Yanouk Poirier has over 20 years of professional experience in different sectors of economic activity, such as professional services, finance, media and information technology. He has successfully led numerous assignments of top level executives and board members, for major companies and renowned firms.

Mr. Poirier is actively involved; he sits on the Board of Directors of the Ballet Jazz of Montreal, Club St. James and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. He is also a mentor for Enablis, an organization providing assistance to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Mr. Poirier holds a MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a major in International Relations from the Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as a degree in Management and Entrepreneurship from HEC Montréal.

yanouk@leadersinternational.com

Anurag Shourie
Partner

Anurag Shourie, M.Sc., C.H.R.P., CMC

As a highly experienced executive search consultant, Anurag is an integral part of the Leaders International leadership team. A strategic thinker, he has been keenly involved in the firm’s growth since 1997 and has recruited entire executive teams for multiple client organizations. He has also worked closely with numerous boards of directors from government, industry, and the not-for-profit sector to identify and recruit key board members. In 1994, Anurag entered the field of human resources and management consulting, and his experience includes executive recruiting, career counseling, and coaching. He is highly knowledgeable in contract development and alternate compensation strategies and has consulted in change management. Anurag obtained his master’s degree from the University of Alberta plus formal training in recruitment and hiring from Simon Fraser University. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources. He currently sits on the Board of Covenant Health Foundation. He is also a member of a National CEO Forum Group.

Anurags@daviespark.com linked-in

Shalini Bhatty
Senior Consultant

Shalini Bhatty is a Senior Consultant in our Calgary office and has held a variety of positions with Davies Park since 2005 including Search Associate and Director of Research. She began her executive search career in Toronto over 15 years ago and has partnered with clients across Canada to execute search assignments in the energy, technology, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has also led the in-house talent acquisition function for an international oil and gas company during a time of significant growth. Shalini’s strengths are managing client and candidate relationships and applying creative thinking to source and select the best candidates.

Shalini holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a designated HR professional (CPHR). She has lived and worked all over the world, growing up in India, the Middle East and the United States before moving to Canada and settling in Calgary with her family.

Sonny Kapoor
Senior Consultant

Sonny Kapoor, B.Sc.

Sonny joined Davies Park in 2011 and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating the candidacy of senior level executives both nationally and internationally for our clients. An experienced recruitment professional, his goal is to ensure clients are presented with the best talent, no matter the industry. Sonny entered executive search in 2007 and offers a diverse perspective given his international and North American recruitment experience in a variety of businesses and industries including accounting, finance, engineering, sales and the hospitality industry. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management at Widener University in the United States. Sonny enjoys playing cricket, squash, travelling and spending time with his family.

SonnyK@daviespark.com linked-in

Leo McPeak
Senior Consultant

Leo brings 12 years of global recruitment experience to Davies Park Vancouver with the last 4 years covering technology and heavy engineering sectors across North America. Having worked in all corners of the globe, Leo has gained a wide range of cultural and professional experience which gives him a unique global perspective of finding and attracting key talent to Canada.

He has a wealth of experience in various industries including Engineering, Real Estate Development, Technology, Construction, Mining, Retail, Architecture & Design and Manufacturing. Leo has joined as a new business leader within Davies Park with the aim of further establishing Davies Park as the Executive Search firm of choice in Canada.

LeoM@daviespark.com linked-in

Andrew Philip
Senior Consultant

Andrew Philip, B.A.

Raised in Vancouver, Andrew brings a diverse mix of business and search industry passion and experience to the Davies Park office in Vancouver.  An Economics graduate from the University of Western Ontario, Andrew has also added the Canadian Securities course and the UBC Sauder School Real Estate Trading course to his educational training.  After university, Andrew landed an entry level sales role with E&J Gallo, the world’s largest winery, and began a 16 year career in the Beverage Alcohol sector.   Using Gallo’s world-renown sales and merchandising training to his advantage, he joined Cascadia Brands, the manufacturers of Granville Island Brewing, Calona Wines and Potter’s Distillers, rising up their ranks to become a National Marketing Manager before being headhunted by Corby Distillers to direct their BC market activities.  Andrew was lured into the recruitment industry in 2007, gaining experience in both the contingency and retained search categories, working on a diverse mix of roles with a wide range of companies across many industry sectors.   Andrew enjoys WW2 history and an active sports lifestyle, playing for and managing senior men’s hockey and baseball teams, while serving as baseball league Treasurer and executive member, while teaching his two daughters the joys of skiing, tennis and golf.

AndrewP@daviespark.com linked-in

Laura Youngberg
Senior Consultant

Laura Youngberg, B.A., M.B.A., CHRP, CCP, CRA

Laura joined the Calgary office in 1997 as Director of Research. Now a Senior Consultant, she brings tenacity, commitment and creativity to all aspects of the search process. A Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Laura has experience working across a variety of professional disciplines, industries and sectors and enjoys the challenge of finding candidates with the specialized talent her clients require. Laura completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. She was born in Edmonton and has lived in Calgary for many years. She has two wonderful daughters, an adorable rescue Chihuahua, enjoys reading, walking, skiing and loves spending time with her family and friends sharing good conversation, food and wine.

LauraY@daviespark.com linked-in

Samantha Chiu
Consultant

Samantha is a dynamic business professional with over seven years of experience in sales and client relationship management, and whose financial services background brings a wealth of experience and skills to the Davies Park team. As a Consultant, Samantha is responsible for identifying the recruitment needs of the client, prospecting and sourcing potential candidates, performing industry-specific research and building strong client and candidate relationships. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, with a major in Finance and Strategic Management & Organization. She has also completed the Canadian Securities Course, positioning herself as a subject-matter expert in the Canadian investment marketplace. Samantha is passionate about fitness and community involvement, dedicating her off-work time to Meals On Wheels and various other volunteer organizations. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and sharing good conversation over local cuisine and wine.

 

samanthac@daviespark.com  bio-linkedin

Nicholas Lay
Consultant

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Nicholas Lay, B.A., M.Sc.

Nick joined Davies Park in 2015, and brings a far-reaching international consultancy background to the Vancouver office. Born and raised in the UK, he completed his B.A. at the University of Manchester and M.Sc. at the London School of Economics. While based in London, he spent two years as a professional Soccer Analyst, before immigrating to Canada and becoming entrenched in professional recruitment between North America and East Asia. Now a Consultant at Davies Park, his focus is dedicated end-to-end executive search ownership across a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and areas of expertise.

 

nickl@daviespark.com linked-in

Heather Fookes
Director of Research

Heather Fookes, B.A., M.L.I.S., CRA

Heather joined Davies Park in 2008 and is responsible for directing the research on all of Davies Park’s search assignments. Heather is an information management professional with more than15 years’ experience researching and executing on competitive intelligence, due diligence, business development, and executive recruiting projects. She is highly skilled at sourcing and communicating with prospective candidates, finding the best resources for generating relevant names, and creating a detailed list of targeted prospects. Heather has built a significant cross-Canada database of key contacts for our firm, which she continually updates. The database provides research for executive and senior professionals in such industries as energy, power, manufacturing, construction, engineering and post-secondary education. She has participated in many of Davies Park’s most complex searches, and enjoys the challenge that search provides. Heather is a credentialed Librarian with an Honors degree in History from the University of Calgary and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University. She recently led an initiative to qualify Davies Park’s search associates with the Certified Researcher Associate (CRA) designation from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), and obtained the CRA qualification in early 2014. Heather has four children and she and her husband enjoy spending time with family. She loves nature, Thai food and Thailand and is an avid walker.

HeatherF@daviespark.com linked-in

Julian Manchon
Director of Research

 

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Julian joined Davies Park in the summer of 2015 after completing his BA in Industrial Relations at McGill University. As an integral part of our Vancouver team, Julian brings a polished and professional voice to the day-to-day interactions with our candidates and clients. He is responsible for ensuring key search assignments are executed according to timelines, and with the utmost efficiency and quality. He assigns the appropriate associate and search assistant to work on each search, and directs the overall search strategy. He is also the point of contact for clients regarding timelines, profile approvals, and meetings.

Julian is proficient in French and Spanish, and you can expect to have a conversation with him about soccer or travel when he is not focused on the task at hand.

 

julianm@daviespark.com  bio-linkedin

Robin Noftall
Senior Search Associate

Robin Noftall, BA, TESL

Robin is a Senior Search Associate with our Vancouver office and has experience with the organization since 2008, holding a variety of positions including Director of Research at our Edmonton office. She is responsible for the initial and middle phases of the executive search process, focusing on industry-specific research to identify and evaluate qualified executives and professionals to present to clients. Robin has a passion for search and recruitment, previously participating in international searches and placements. She exhibits a strong work ethic and a commitment to the executive search process, having executed a range of searches in a variety of sectors. Robin is thorough, energetic and detail-oriented, and has demonstrated success in generating a high number of quality candidates and interest in executive opportunities. Her strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop solid rapport with clients and candidates make her a perfect fit for Davies Park. Robin holds an Honors Bachelor’s degree from Lakehead University in Ontario and two certificates in teaching English as a Second Language, with a specialization in teaching business English. Before joining the world of executive search, Robin spent many years as a successful recruiter for a variety of organizations and was also a Head Teacher Trainer in Japan, where she lived for three years following university. Robin is a member of the Lakehead University Alumni Association and enjoys contributing to philanthropic initiatives. She enjoys competing and participating in athletics and strives to remain active in her community.

RobinN@daviespark.com linked-in

Caleb Herrick
Search Associate

Caleb joined the Davies Park team in 2017 as a Search Associate.  He provides research support on a variety of projects and contributes to identifying and reaching out to potential candidates. This role has provided him the opportunity to develop his skills while learning about unique and interesting jobs across Canada.

Caleb is a graduate of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He majored in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is a driven professional who is always looking for ways to improve himself and the systems around him.

When Caleb isn’t working he enjoys learning new skills such as building computers, skiing, and most recently rock climbing. While he hasn’t had the opportunity to climb a real mountain yet, he is looking forward to taking on the challenge.

Sandra McIsaac
Search Associate

Sandra first entered the world of Executive Search in 2013 and has since gained experience conducting searches both in private industry and public-sector organizations. Sandra is involved in all aspects of the search process. She works collaboratively with the Partners and research teams to identify and evaluate qualified executives and professionals for various roles and with the goal of finding the best leadership and cultural fit for our clients. She brings positive enthusiasm to each assignment and gets her energy from interacting with the diverse professionals she speaks with daily.

Prior to venturing into executive search, Sandra enjoyed more than a decade of sales and customer service experience in the IT, automotive, and communications industries while living in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Aleksandra Nowacka
Search Associate

Aleksandra Nowacka, M.L.I.S., M.A.

Aleksandra joined Davies Park in 2014 and is responsible for research on Davies Park’s search assignments. She is an information management professional with more than 20 years’ experience researching and executing on competitive intelligence, business development, and fundraising prospect researching projects. She is highly skilled at sourcing and communicating with prospective candidates, finding the best resources for generating relevant names, and creating a detailed list of targeted prospects. Aleksandra holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Languages from the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun, Poland.

She recently obtained both Project Leadership and Project Management Certificates. Aleksandra and her husband enjoy spending time with family, playing tennis, skiing and scuba diving in the warm waters of Andaman Sea. She loves poetry, classical music, jazz, and live theatre. In her spare time, Aleksandra walks the beautiful trails of Edmonton natural areas and translates poetical verses.

AleksandraN@daviespark.com linked-in

James Laing
Researcher

James joined the Davies Park Vancouver office in 2016 after finishing his BA in Political Science at McGill University. In an evolving role, James is involved throughout the recruitment process providing support to consultants and partners

Diana Keto-Lambert
Search Assistant

Diana Keto-Lambert, B.A., M.L.I.S.

Diana is responsible for leading industry-specific research and constructing and executing search strategies for assignments at Davies Park. Diana has worked as a professional researcher for over 10 years in many different industries: government, engineering, health, and business. She is highly skilled in knowledge management, data mining, and digital information retrieval. Diana has a Master of Library and Information Studies from University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Maryland at College Park. In her spare time, Diana enjoys spending time with her two sons, husband, cat, and dog; volunteering on campaigns; and working with her hands (whether it’s cooking, baking, or using power tools).

Cecilia Oteiza Ayres
Search Assistant

Since joining Davies Park in 2012, Cecilia’s role has evolved from administration to supporting Search Associates, Consultants and Partners with research, profiling, and reference checking. She also contributes to the administration needs of the entire office.

Cecilia is zealous, colourful and results-oriented professional who brings a diverse range of experience to the Davies Park team. Her background in hospitality and tourism, customer service and the performing arts offers a wealth of insight and expertise when searching for candidates who are dedicated and visionary in their industries. She has a deep passion for music which led her to complete a diploma in Music Performance, and a diploma in Music Composition at Grant MacEwan College (now MacEwan University) in Edmonton, AB. Her vivacious flair and charisma has been instrumental in landing roles as both an artist and volunteer at various Latin festivals in Calgary and Edmonton.

CeciliaO@daviespark.com linked-in

Evan Wynter
Editor / Search Assistant

After graduating from Western University with a Master of Arts in English Language & Literature and spending several years in Toronto working as a freelancer in editorial support, content development, and marketing, Evan moved to Vancouver and joined the Davies Park team in the winter of 2015.  Responsible for day-to-day content creation and documentation prep, Evan provides back-end support to consultants and search associates in writing, editing, development of marketing materials, and facilitation of advertising.  He is passionate about all forms of writing, and thrives on applying his own experience and understanding of editorial methodologies to ensure his team is informed, connected, and well-supported to achieve their best.

In addition to his love of language, Evan actively pursues opportunities for further scholarly and educational development, and has been involved in several teaching positions at private language academies in Vancouver.  An avid biker and rock climbing enthusiast, he spends his spare time exploring the natural landscape of BC (when he is not frequenting bookstores, that is).

Kathy Chandra
Office Manager

Kathy joined Leaders (formerly Davies Park) in 1991 and has watched it grow from one office in Edmonton with three employees to four offices as across Canada with over 30 staff. Kathy enjoys working with a team of dedicated professionals.
As Office Manager for the Edmonton office of Leaders she is responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day business operations. She enjoys the everyday challenges of being part of the Leaders team.

KathyC@leadersinternational.com linked-in

Kate Ralston
Project Manager

Kate Ralston B.A

As Project Manager for the Vancouver team, Kate is responsible for organizing and maintaining procedures that facilitate the smooth running of each search. She manages the administrative needs of the partners, consultants and associates throughout each stage of a project, and is the primary liaison for all client meeting and candidate interview coordination.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in History from the University of Ottawa, Kate moved to Vancouver and began working at Davies Park as the Office Administrator before working her way up to Project Manager. She enjoys the everyday challenges of problem solving in a fast paced work environment and uses her strong organizational and communicative skills to help ensure the team’s success.

She is actively involved in the local arts community and spends much of her spare time developing her skills in the fine arts. She enjoys scuba diving, hiking, is a passionate advocate for animals and always looks for any opportunity to travel.

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