Meet The Team: Your Leadership & Recruitment Experts
Erik has more than 25 years’ experience running successful businesses in both the private and public spheres. The founder of a management consulting firm, he provided strategic business development and IT technical services to public sector clients in Saskatchewan (medical, education, government) before moving to Alberta in 1997. There he focused on the energy sector and diversified his practice to include quality management services and assisted more than 20 large corporations with their strategic foray into internet-based technologies. With an opportunity to divest his practice, he then spent the next six years as an executive in the Canadian telecom industry.
Erik returned to his entrepreneurial roots in 2006 and established a software company focused on providing wireless (GPS) solutions for the Canadian oil patch. He sold the company in 2012 and returned to the management consulting space where he provided services across a wide range of industries: the high-tech and managed IT space, oil & gas services, capital markets (private equity) and the medical (wellness) industry. He also collaborated with executive search firms across the country and developed a passion for introducing professionals to exciting new career paths. Erik brings a large network of long-standing business relationships from across Canada into Leaders International and is based in the Calgary office. Focused on building trust through a collaborative approach to solving business challenges, his expertise in the areas of communications, technology, strategic planning, customer relationship management and executive coaching and mentorship are valuable assets that compliment his passion for executive search.
Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Regina and a Masters of Arts (Interdisciplinary Studies) from the University of British Columbia. He’s an avid golfer and a competitive wake surfer. His wife, Bridget, and two kids, Mats and Lily, are also world-class competitive surfers and all members of the family have competed in the past three World Wake Surf Championships in three different countries. An entrepreneur at heart, Erik spends much of his free time mentoring young professionals who are passionate about starting and running their own business.
Richard Bélanger, B.Admin.
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 in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management.
Philippe Burton, M.I.R.
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).
Brock Higgins, B.Com.
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.
Richard Joly, MBA
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.
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.
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!
Cynthia Labonté, MBA
Global Practice Leader – Consumer, Retail and Luxury
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.
Brenda Larose, CHRP, ICD.D
Ms. LaRose 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 Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Seven Oaks Hospital, The Wellness Institute, and The Seven Oaks Foundation and is the current Chair of the Governance Committee. She serves as an Executive Board Member for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (serving on the HR and Compensation committee), and a Board Advisor to Air North – Yukon’s Airline and a founding Board Member of Métis Infinity Investments LLP.
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.
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.
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.
Yanouk Poirier, B.A., MBA
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.
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.
Laurie Sterritt is a values-based leader with over 25 years’ experience in the fields of Indigenous, government and community relations; business planning & strategy; organizational & leadership development; and, executive search. She has managed teams, both large and small, and brings positive energy and empathy to all her work.
In 2018, Laurie formed a non-profit association to launch the first-of-its-kind Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit (IWLS). The mandate of IWLS is to inspire and uplift Indigenous women throughout their personal and professional journeys. Prior to that, Laurie developed and implemented the Indigenous Employment and Business Development strategy for BC Hydro and led the start-up and growth of the Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association (AMTA) and its subsidiary social enterprise, First Resources Impact Ventures (FRIV). AMTA provided life-changing education, training and mentorship programs to more than 2700 Indigenous candidates and successfully transitioned more than 1050 trainees into full-time employment in the mining, energy, forestry and industrial construction industries. FRIV was dedicated to assisting First Nation communities to build their own sustainable businesses within the natural resources sectors.
Active in her community, Laurie is a Director for the (new) Canadian Centre for Arts and Technology (CANCAT) and a Council Member on the Real Estate Council of BC. She was previously a Director for the Industry Training Authority and Governor and 1st Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
A member of the Kispiox Band of the Gitxsan Nation, Laurie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Professional Fund Raising from the University of Indiana. Laurie has been recognized for her commitment to creating respectful and inclusive workplaces and, most notably, was a nominee for the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
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.
Heather Fookes, B.A., M.L.I.S., CRA
Heather joined Leaders International (Formerly Davies Park) in 2008 and is responsible for directing the research on all of Leaders’ search assignments in Calgary. 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 Leaders’ 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 Leaders’ 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.
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, traveling and spending time with his family.
Leo brings over 15 years of global recruitment experience to the Leaders International Vancouver office with the last half decade 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 leaders International with the aim of further establishing Leaders International as the executive search firm of choice.
Andrew Philip, B.A.
Raised in Vancouver, Andrew brings a diverse mix of business and search industry passion and experience to the Leaders International 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.
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.
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 Leaders International 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.
Annie De Grace is a Consultant at the Montreal office of Leaders International. Her entrepreneurial sense together with her strong analytical skills allow her to understand clients’ issues and to provide practical solutions.
Before joining Leaders International, Ms. De Grace has held various positions in project management related to business start-ups in varied industries sectors. Professional and dynamic, she stands out for her interpersonal skills, her thoroughness, and her ability to build excellent relationships with candidates, allowing her to discover and to attract the best talent.
Ms. De Grace holds a BA in Communications from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and a DESS in Applied Communication from the Université de Sherbrooke. She is fluent in both French and English.
Nicholas Lay, B.A., M.Sc.
Nick joined Leaders International 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 with Leaders, his focus is dedicated end-to-end executive search ownership across a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and areas of expertise.
Mr. Michael Eagar is an executive search professional with experience across Canada. He has completed executive search assignments at the Director, Executive Director, Vice President, and C-suite levels spanning across multiple industries including retail, engineering, academia, and non-profit.
While attending the University of Ottawa, he worked in various industries including retail and insurance. Mr. Eagar’s experience working in the inspection and engineering departments provided him with a strong basis for research, analysis, project management, information technology, and customer service. He also enjoyed many leadership roles while in school including sitting on the organizing committee for the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race and the Chemical Engineering Student Society. Mr. Eagar’s academic career continues as he progresses towards becoming a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).
Ms. Nicole Perry is an executive search professional who has completed executive search assignments across Canada at the Director, Executive Director, Vice President, and Chief Executive Officer levels. Her experience spans multiple industries including retail, finance, and academia as well as working with clients in regulated sectors such as gaming and natural resources.
Prior to her career in executive search, Ms. Perry held various positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including working as a management consultant assisting corporations and federal government departments in areas of project advisory, risk assessment and business performance. It was this foundation in client and stakeholder relations, analysis, and project management that lead Ms. Perry to a career in executive search.
Ms. Perry has earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. She has studied overseas in both England and France, and is fluently bilingual in English and French.
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 with Leaders International 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.
Emmanuelle Toussaint is a consultant at the Montreal office. As an Intrapreneur, she contributes daily to the growth of Leaders International in many ways. Her dedication and analytical capabilities allow her to find solutions tailored to the client’s needs.
Prior to joining Leaders International’s team, Ms. Toussaint gained her experience in human resources management in the information technology and business development sectors working closely with entrepreneurs.
Ms. Toussaint holds two degrees in International Management from the University of Sherbrooke and from the School of Business Management of Poitiers in France. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from l’Université de Montréal and l’École des Sciences du Travail from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. She is fluent in both French and English.
Julian joined Leaders International (Formerly 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 each search. 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.
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.
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.
Aleksandra Nowacka, M.L.I.S., M.A.
Aleksandra joined Leaders International 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.
Rebekah Wilson is a Research Coordinator with Higgins Executive Search. Rebekah is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is passionate about empowering Indigenous leaders and learning about her family’s Métis history. Rebekah, a graduate of Sheridan College’s Journalism degree program, published a children’s book about Métis history in 2014 called The Tiny Voyageur. The book is included in the Métis Nation of Ontario’s education kit that is circulated to public schools across Ontario. Rebekah previously worked at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on Indigenous-Municipal relationship building to encourage joint initiatives on solid waste management and economic development. She also brings experience in youth leadership recruitment and development, program management and evaluation, as well as communications and social media.
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.
Ms. Joy Beshie is a Research Associate with Higgins Executive Search. Ms. Beshie was the recipient of the M.P. Mike Wallace Citizenship Award in Burlington, ON for services to the community and holds Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Ottawa. During her time at the University of Ottawa, Ms. Beshie was the Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of the engineering newspaper, The Iron Otis, and was also the Charities Commissioner for the Engineering Students’ Society where she helped fundraise for various organizations. She was also a member of the concrete canoe team where she aided with hull design at the university for three years. Her previous experience focuses on research, design, sales, and management. She also brings experience in graphic design and photography where her work was featured by various organizations and is used in-house to create custom designs for our clients.
Ella is a Research Associate with Leaders International Executive Search and joined the Vancouver office in 2018. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia in 2015, she acquired experience in post-secondary recruitment at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
As one of the central individuals in the office, Ella supports the consultants and partners throughout the entirety of the recruitment process. Driven by her passion for people and a keen curiosity to continue learning, Ella enjoys connecting with prospective candidates, looking for more resources, and finding the most relevant individuals for our clients. As an advocate for inclusion and diversity, she looks to foster a community committed to repsect and equity in all areas.
Researcher at the Montreal’s office, Frédérick K. P. Ranger is known for his analytical nature and attention to detail. Having pursued a jurist formation, his previous professional experiences in human resources management in the telecommunications domain and at the municipal level give him a privileged expertise and an extended vision of the business world.
Being a true car enthusiast, he fulfilled a dream as he was invited to document the history of the Montreal International Auto Show, giving rise to a special presentation of the 75th edition of the MIAS. A holder of a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Montreal and recipient of Quebec’s Lieutenant Governor’s Medal, M. Ranger is fluently bilingual in French and English.
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 the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the 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).
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 Leaders International 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 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.
Tess Lepore-Maheux is a veteran Administrator with over 15 years’ experience managing in an office setting. She is seasoned in project administration and has a consistent track record of on-time, quality delivery. Her proficiency in the planning, implementation and execution of multiple projects allows her to effectively meet the needs of our clients.
Prior to joining us as a Client Services Manager, Ms. Lepore-Maheux held various senior level administrative positions in both the public and private sectors enabling her to develop strong organizational and administrative support skills. She is a results-driven professional with a client-centric focus who excels in supporting company operations.
Ms. Tess Lepore-Maheux holds a certificate in Associate Project Management from McMaster University and is fluently bilingual in both English and French.
Ms. Wenda Lee Cameron is an Administrator with over 10 years’ experience in a professional office setting. Ms. Cameron enjoys the meticulous nature of anything administrative and takes joy in exceeding expectations. She joined our team in 2017 and brings with her the skills and experience to multitask and meet time-sensitive deadlines.
Prior to joining us as a Client Services Administrator, Ms. Cameron provided outstanding customer service in a fast-paced business environment. Ms. Cameron’s perceptive nature allows her to be a pro-active team member and in turn give exceptional service to our clients.
Wanda joined our team in 2005 as Executive Assistant. She held this position until 2011 when she took on the duties of Accounts and Billings Administrator. She possesses over twenty-five (25+) years providing administrative support to various companies.
Prior to moving to Winnipeg, she and her family lived in northern Manitoba for 28 years and she was employed by the Province of Manitoba, followed by several years with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting – Ruttan Division.
Community activities included serving on the Health Centre Board of Directors, Secretary-Treasurer of the Golf and Ski Club and the Minor Hockey Association, Head Leader of the 4-H Club, Board Member of the Figure Skating Association. After taking First Responder training she volunteered for several years as an Ambulance Attendant.
After graduating from the University of Calgary, Colleen has returned home to Vancouver. Prior to joining Leaders, Colleen was previously with UBC Sauder School of Business, working in recruitment and admissions for the graduate programs, and then in alumni engagement. She brings a lot of experience in post-secondary administration and customer service to her current role as the Office Administrator in Leaders’ Vancouver office. She provides administrative support on all Vancouver search projects, as well as office management support.
Luce Lambert is an Assistant at the Montreal office. As a seasoned professional, she is distinguished by her attention to details and her ability to prioritize and achieve her goals. She is also known for her excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Prior to joining Leaders International, Ms. Lambert has had extensive work experience in, amongst other fields, financial and legal services in major international companies.
Ms. Lambert is fluent in French and English. She also holds a Diploma as Secretary of Service.
Ankita Patel is the Leaders Report APP developer at Leaders International. Her development skills and her analytical capabilities enable her to provide the most practical solutions for Leaders Report App users.
Before joining Leaders International, Ms. Patel has held various positions in software development within large private companies. She stands out for her dedication to work, can-do attitude and ability to understand business requirements in order to fulfill clients’ needs.
Ms. Patel holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University (India) and is trilingual (English, Hindi, and Gujarati).