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Our client, The University Hospital Foundation, was created in 1962 by an act in the Alberta legislature. In the decades since, they have evolved into none of the most successful hospital fundraising organizations in Canada. They raise funds to advance patient care and innovation at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. Passionate promoters of the power of generosity, The Foundation has raised $217 million in the past 10 year, and that number is growing everyday. These donations help support emerging ideas and technologies that are advancing excellence in patient care, education, and research on a daily basis. The Foundation’s core values encapsulate a commitment to innovation, collaboration, and accountability, fostering a culture where every member thrives in pursuit of shared goals.

The Foundation seeks an individual who is strategic, collaborative, visionary, creative, engaging, inspiring and results-focused to achieve the goals and objectives of Ignite 2030 strategy. Additionally, they seek a passionately curious leader who demonstrates a bias to action and drives a positive organizational culture. The successful candidate will engage staff, peers, stakeholders, and external agency partners, to best understand the complexity of the Foundation. Collaborative by nature, the Director, Communications and Marketing will work closely with the Executive team and department directors and will exemplify a "one team" mentality.

The successful candidate will ideally have a minimum of eight years of marketing or communications experience with exposure to public, government, and media relations. They would also have a Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, communication, public relations, or equivalent, with a minimum five years experience coaching and building a team. Candidates with a combination of other relevant education and experience will be considered.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Mackenzie Boessenkool at mackenzie@humanisadvisory.com.

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Job CategoryCommunications, Not-for-Profit

Our client, The University Hospital Foundation, was created in 1962 by an act in the Alberta legislature. In the decades since, they have evolved into none of the most successful hospital fundraising ...

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Our client, Inter Pipeline Ltd is a prominent energy infrastructure company with operations spanning Western Canada and Europe. A key player in the energy sector, the organization stands out with diverse business segments and a robust portfolio. Inter Pipeline takes pride in being a responsible operator, prioritizing stakeholder engagement and sustainable practices. As part of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners’ portfolio, Inter Pipeline benefits from strong backing, leveraging stable cash flows, and growth prospects that drive strategic vision.

The Director, Human Resources will spearhead the design and enhancement of corporate human resources (“HR”) strategies and frameworks to foster a culture that promotes employee engagement and drives business profitability. Collaborating closely with Human Resource Business Partners in various business units, the Director will ensure the effective implementation of HR programs and policies throughout the organization. Additionally, this individual will offer strategic guidance to align HR initiatives with Inter Pipeline’s vision and values.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 15 years’ experience in progressive business leadership roles within the energy sector, and a deep knowledge of organizational effectiveness, total rewards, and employee relations. They will also have a track record of success in managing HR requirements within rapidly evolving companies and refined strategic planning abilities.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Cameron McDonald at cameron@humaniscalgary.com or 403-407-1965.

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Job CategoryHuman Resources

Our client, Inter Pipeline Ltd is a prominent energy infrastructure company with operations spanning Western Canada and Europe. A key player in the energy sector, the organization stands out with dive...

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Edmonton
Posted 1 week ago

We are pleased to have partnered with Legal Aid Alberta (“Legal Aid”) in its search for its next General Counsel.

Located in Edmonton and reporting to the President and CEO, the General Counsel is part of the Executive Team of Legal Aid, and serves as senior legal advisor to the organization and the rest of the Executive team, providing strategic advice and counsel on all legal matters including labour relations, employment law, privacy, internal policies, practices and rules, and risk. The General Counsel leads the Advisory Counsel Services (“ACS”) team in providing the foundation for Legal Aid’s excellence in criminal, family and immigration law services and will help drive organizational objectives established by the Executive Team and Legal Aid’s Board of Directors.

Legal Aid is seeking a General Counsel who not only possesses exceptional technical legal advisory skills, but who has a strong business acumen and an interest in being part of the strategic leadership and advancement of the organization, collaborating closely with the President & CEO and the rest of the Executive Team. This is a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in an organization that serves the public interest of increasing access to justice, tackling some of the most difficult cases and representing the most vulnerable members of our community. It also represents an opportunity to engage in stakeholder relations and to serve as an external-facing ambassador for Legal Aid as needed.

Candidates we’re seeking

We’re seeking senior legal leaders with:

  • Minimum of 8 years of post-call Canadian legal experience, ideally gained in the areas of corporate/commercial, employment, labour relations and privacy law
  • Significant experience as in-house counsel with legal advisory and management duties at a senior level
  • Demonstrated legal leadership aptitude and/or experience
  • Demonstrated business acumen, and previous experience serving as part of an Executive Team or as a General Counsel is a strong asset
  • Expertise in governance, policy and stakeholder engagement is an asset
If you have a genuine passion for access to justice issues and the work that Legal Aid does, and this sounds like you, we’d love to speak further about this unique leadership opportunity. Please reach out to Erin Hoekstra, Senior Consultant at erin@humansicalgary.com for more information.

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Job CategoryLegal

We are pleased to have partnered with Legal Aid Alberta (“Legal Aid”) in its search for its next General Counsel. Located in Edmonton and reporting to the President and CEO, the General Counsel is...

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We have partnered with a leading national law firm to help them add a talented Commercial Litigation Associate to their team. The ideal candidate will have 1 to 3 years of experience from a Canadian law firm (ideally another global or national Canadian law firm) working on civil and commercial litigation matters, and will have exemplary academic credentials.

In this position, you'll work alongside a fun and supportive team and refine your expertise across a diverse spectrum of top-tier commercial litigation. You’ll have the opportunity to work on files for domestic and international clients alike across various domains of commercial litigation, spanning from oil and gas and construction law to corporate governance, securities, shareholder activism, product liability, professional liability, and beyond.

If this sounds like you, please reach out to Erin Hoekstra at erin@humaniscalgary.com for more information.

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Job CategoryLegal

We have partnered with a leading national law firm to help them add a talented Commercial Litigation Associate to their team. The ideal candidate will have 1 to 3 years of experience from a Canadian l...

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Are you a current Corporate Associate at a regional, national or global law firm in Canada looking to make a move, with 2 to 4 years of experience working on broad corporate files, including M&A, cross-border transactions, securities and energy matters? Are you looking to work on top-tier corporate files with some of the leading corporate lawyers in Calgary?

If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please reach out to Erin Hoekstra at erin@humaniscalgary.com for more information.

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Job CategoryLegal

Are you a current Corporate Associate at a regional, national or global law firm in Canada looking to make a move, with 2 to 4 years of experience working on broad corporate files, including M&A, ...

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We have partnered with one of Canada’s most prestigious national law firms to help them add an experienced Real Estate Associate to their team. The successful candidate will bring 2 to 7 years of Canadian legal experience working on commercial real estate matters.

Our client is one of the best in the business and has a fantastic real estate team that will support the continued growth and development of this Real Estate Associate. The successful candidate will have mentorship and sponsorship at both the Partner and Associate levels, as well as a team of Students and Associates to support their continued practice.

This is an excellent opportunity for long term career growth in commercial real estate, working on top tier real estate files with great people.

If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to Erin Hoekstra at erin@humaniscalgary.com.

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Job CategoryLegal

We have partnered with one of Canada’s most prestigious national law firms to help them add an experienced Real Estate Associate to their team. The successful candidate will bring 2 to 7 years of C...

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Alberta
Posted 2 weeks ago

Tennis Alberta (“TA”) operates as the primary not-for-profit governing body for tennis in the province of Alberta. In close collaboration with Tennis Canada, as well as regional and local tennis associations, TA strives to create a landscape where every Albertan has the opportunity to embrace tennis as a lifelong pursuit.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing TA’s operations, programs, and strategic initiatives in alignment with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director acts as the primary liaison with stakeholders, including members, partners, sponsors, and regulatory bodies, requiring effective communication and relationship building skills.

This individual will be tasked with promoting a culture of accountability, transparency, and ethical conduct within TA, ensuring high standards of governance and organizational management. Ultimately, the Executive Director leads TA’s mission-driven endeavors with strategic acumen, leadership, and a passion for advancing tennis in Alberta.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and forward-thinking leader with strong financial and operational expertise. They will have experience leading a not-for-profit organization working and with a volunteer Board of Directors. Additionally, they will possess a thorough understanding of fundraising in the not-for-profit sector and experience in the grant writing and application process.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Rachel Janz, Research Associate, at 403-407-1960 or rachel@humaniscalgary.com.

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Job CategoryExecutive

Tennis Alberta (“TA”) operates as the primary not-for-profit governing body for tennis in the province of Alberta. In close collaboration with Tennis Canada, as well as regional and local tennis a...

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The Mancal Group is a diverse, privately owned company with operations across Canada that include real estate, energy, agriculture, and technology. The organization’s real estate division, Mancal Properties Inc., was established with the vision to expand the organization’s footprint in the real estate sector. Today, Mancal Properties, owns and operates an impressive portfolio of real estate assets across Canada. 

In alignment with their growth trajectory, they are presently seeking a Construction Manager to join their team and oversee the construction of multifamily residential development projects. Reporting to the VP, Transactions, the Construction Manager, a core member of the development team, will be responsible for coordinating teams of consultants and contractors through the design, permitting, construction and occupancy phases of development. 

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience in multifamily projects, encompassing all phases of real estate development, from construction and post-construction through to the design development and pre-development stages. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding of the construction industry and associated regulations and possess excellent project management skills.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity with Mancal Properties Inc., please reach out to Neel Nandha, Research Associate, at neel@humaniscalgary.com

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Job CategoryConstruction

The Mancal Group is a diverse, privately owned company with operations across Canada that include real estate, energy, agriculture, and technology. The organization’s real estate division, Mancal Pr...

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Headquartered in Calgary, Canada and Colchester, United Kingdom, Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX:BLN) is a publicly listed, global safety technology leader providing Hardware-enabled Software-as-a-Service (HeSaaS) solutions to a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to, energy, manufacturing, mining and agriculture. Blackline’s award-winning products have transformed enterprise workplaces through connected safety technology, ensuring every worker has the confidence to get the job done and return home safe.

The Chief Financial Officer, a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, will oversee all financial aspects of the organization. They will play a critical role in shaping and executing Blackline’s financial strategy, ensuring sound financial management, and will contribute to the overall success and growth of the company.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and forward-thinking leader with the demonstrated ability to make sound financial decisions in complex and dynamic environments. A CPA designation, combined with a minimum 10 years of senior financial leadership experience is a must. Public company experience, particularly in the US markets, in addition to experience gained in SaaS or the technology industry, will be looked upon favorably.

To learn more about this incredible opportunity with a publicly listed, global technology organization, please contact Cameron McDonald, Partner, at 403-407-1965 or cameron@humaniscalgary.com.

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Job CategoryFinance & Accounting

Headquartered in Calgary, Canada and Colchester, United Kingdom, Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX:BLN) is a publicly listed, global safety technology leader providing Hardware-enabled Software-as-a-Service...

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About Westbridge

Our client, Westbridge Capital, is a private equity firm that specializes in acquiring and growing mid-market or established businesses in various jurisdictions including Canada and the United States. Founded in 2007, the firm has invested in many companies across various industries, such as manufacturing, distribution, services, and technology. The company is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and promotes a collaborative work environment with a team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in tax, finance, M&A, legal, securities and information technology.

The Director, HR Role

Westbridge Capital is growing, and is establishing the new role of Director, Human Resources to lead, build, and execute the HR function across its business. This is an exciting opportunity to build an HR program from the ground-up and make an impact on a high-performing and growing private equity organization.

Starting off as a team of one, with potential to grow a team as the organization itself grows and evolves, the Director, HR will be a member of Westbridge’s management team, reporting into the Chief Operating Officer. They will provide vision, leadership and hands-on execution for the development and implementation of the HR function across Westbridge and each of its portfolio companies.

Role responsibilities will include:

  • Human Resource Strategy
  • Talent Acquisition & Management
  • Human Resource Information Management & Reporting
  • Payroll & Total Rewards
  • Leadership Development

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for a strategic HR leader with a strong business acumen who is interested in building out the HR function within a growing and successful private equity firm. The successful candidate must have:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in Human Resources, at least 5 of which were in a senior leadership HR role
  • A Bachelor of Commerce, Business Administration or Management with a Major in HR Management, or equivalent combinations of education and experience
  • Professional HR designation in Canada
  • Experience designing and structuring compensation plans, particularly at the management level
  • Extensive experience in each of the following areas: talent acquisition & management; human resource information management & reporting; payroll & total rewards; and leadership development
  • Strong understanding of financial implications of human resource decisions and initiatives, and to leverage data and analytics to drive performance and innovation

While not a strict requirement, the ideal candidate will also have experience conducting HR diligence on target companies for potential acquisition, as well as post-acquisition integration experience.

Location

The ideal candidate will be based in Saskatoon. However, Westbridge is also open to remote working arrangements from a city that is a direct flight from Saskatoon, such as Calgary or Toronto, with regular travel to Saskatoon to stay connected to the team and the business.

To learn more about this opportunity with Westbridge Capital, please reach out to Erin Hoekstra, Senior Consultant at erin@humaniscalgary.com.

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Job CategoryHuman Resources

About Westbridge Our client, Westbridge Capital, is a private equity firm that specializes in acquiring and growing mid-market or established businesses in various jurisdictions including Canada and t...

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Edmonton
Posted 1 month ago

ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity providing comprehensive family support and early learning programs. Government funding and donations from generous individuals, corporations, and foundations allow them to offer free-of-cost programs to families who need them most. ABC Head Start families are able to be included in their children’s learning while being provided with parental and family support.

Reporting to the ABC Head Start Board of Directors, the successful candidate will be working on a 12–16 month contract as Interim Executive Director. They must have strong leadership expertise to guide the existing strategic plans of the organization in Edmonton’s changing environment. The ideal candidate has demonstrated exceptional skill in external relations, building and sustaining collaborative relations with employees, clients, other agencies, government, donors, and the media. Directing a leadership team that operates in a strong self-directed team environment, the Interim Director leads through influencing, and mentoring.

The ideal candidate would at a minimum have a University degree in Social Work, Human Services, Counseling, Non-profit Management, Leadership, or related discipline. University degree in Education would be considered an asset. Minimum five years progressive senior management experience within the non-profit sector and experience supervising staff and managing programs. They must also have extensive experience establishing and maintaining formal and informal partnerships with other service providers and stakeholders.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Diane Wheatley at diane@humanisadvisory.com or Mackenzie Boessenkool at mackenzie@humanisadvisory.com.

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Job CategoryExecutive, Not-for-Profit

ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity providing comprehensive family support and early learning programs. Government funding and donations from generous individuals, corporations, and foundat...

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Organized soccer has a rich history in Calgary, dating back to 1898 when the Calgary Association Football League commenced its inaugural season with six teams and 140 players. Since then, the sport has undergone numerous transformations, culminating in the establishment of Calgary United Soccer Association (“CUSA”), which has evolved into a prominent association comprising over 310 teams and boasting a membership of 9,000+ registered players and coaches.

The Executive Director will have accountability for the continued growth and development of the association. They will provide leadership and day-to-day oversight of CUSA and play an active role in the development and execution of the association’s forward looking strategic plan. Working with the President, Board and staff, the Executive Director will be a champion for soccer in Calgary and abroad, developing strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including the Alberta Soccer Association (“ASA”) membership, local and provincial governments, while maintaining and developing the association’s image and reputation in media and the broader public eye.

The successful candidate will be an exceptional people leader with strong business acumen and a strategic mindset. They will be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with diverse stakeholder groups and provide inspirational leadership for the continued growth of the game in Calgary.

To learn more about this terrific opportunity, please contact Cameron McDonald at cameron@humaniscalgary.com or 403-407-1965

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Job CategoryExecutive

Organized soccer has a rich history in Calgary, dating back to 1898 when the Calgary Association Football League commenced its inaugural season with six teams and 140 players. Since then, the sport ha...

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Calgary, Vancouver
Posted 2 months ago

Founded in Vancouver in 1979, our client, Whitelaw Twining is a full-service litigation law firm specializing in insurance, commercial litigation, personal injury and dispute resolution with more than 200 people in its Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto offices. In November 2022, Whitelaw Twining joined DWF Group, a global provider of integrated legal and business services in order to provide Whitelaw Twining clients with the expertise they count on, supported by deeper bench strength and extended capabilities. 

As part of their continuous growth efforts, Whitelaw Twining is focused on developing a fulsome Indigenous practice that includes both litigation and corporate law services in order to best serve their clients. 

Whitelaw Twining is looking to add a Solicitor with an Indigenous focused practice who will become an integral member of the Whitelaw Twining team. The successful candidate will have strong corporate law experience working on Indigenous focused matters. This individual will be a strong corporate lawyer, will demonstrate superior strategic acumen and will have the proven ability to obtain successful outcomes for their clients. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside some of Canada's leading legal minds who are committed to finding solutions for their clients and will be a key member of Whitelaw Twining’s Indigenous practice group. They must have an excellent track record of developing and working with clients, be skillful in contract review and drafting and be willing to work in a collaborative team environment.

This position offers competitive compensation including a target base salary of $175,000. 

If you bring experience in: incorporations and corporate restructuring; transactions; real property and leasing; joint ventures, limited partnerships and similar structures; additions to reserve land; and trusts, please reach out to Kate Spencer at kate@humaniscalgary.com.  

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Job CategoryLegal

Founded in Vancouver in 1979, our client, Whitelaw Twining is a full-service litigation law firm specializing in insurance, commercial litigation, personal injury and dispute resolution with more...

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Calgary, Vancouver
Posted 2 months ago

Founded in Vancouver in 1979, our client, Whitelaw Twining is a full-service litigation law firm specializing in insurance, commercial litigation, personal injury and dispute resolution with more than 200 people in its Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto offices. In November 2022, Whitelaw Twining joined DWF Group, a global provider of integrated legal and business services in order to provide Whitelaw Twining clients with the expertise they count on, supported by deeper bench strength and extended capabilities. 

Whitelaw Twining is looking to add a partner to its employment group who will become an integral member of the Whitelaw Twining team. The firm has an opportunity to become the employment counsel of choice in Canada for DWF Group’s international clients. With strong associate level talent in the employment practice group, a new leader would have the opportunity to significantly grow their practice and bring Whitelaw Twining’s employment lawyers to the forefront of the Canadian legal market. 

The successful candidate will have significant employment experience and strong industry relationships. This individual will have extensive knowledge of employment law processes, will demonstrate superior strategic acumen and will have the proven ability to obtain successful outcomes for their clients. They must bring a strong track record and desire to lead and mentor junior lawyers on employment files. 

This position offers competitive compensation including a target base salary of $250,000. 

If you have strong industry relationships and the desire to join a firm where you can contribute to its growth as a Partner, please reach out to Kate Spencer at kate@humaniscalgary.com.

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Job CategoryLegal

Founded in Vancouver in 1979, our client, Whitelaw Twining is a full-service litigation law firm specializing in insurance, commercial litigation, personal injury and dispute resolution with more...

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Calgary, Vancouver
Posted 2 months ago

Founded in Vancouver in 1979, our client, Whitelaw Twining is a full-service litigation law firm specializing in insurance, commercial litigation, personal injury and dispute resolution with more than 200 people in its Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto offices. In November 2022, Whitelaw Twining joined DWF Group, a global provider of integrated legal and business services in order to provide Whitelaw Twining clients with the expertise they count on, supported by deeper bench strength and extended capabilities. 

When it comes to litigation, Whitelaw Twining lawyers don’t do one-size-fits-all – they are industry leaders in 29 areas of law and have a deep understanding of what makes each sector unique, allowing them to specialize their services and achieve the best results possible. 

Whitelaw Twining is looking to add a partner to its commercial litigation group who will become an integral member of the Whitelaw Twining commercial team. The successful candidate will have significant commercial litigation experience, a portable practice and strong industry relationships. This individual will have extensive knowledge of commercial litigation processes, will demonstrate superior strategic acumen and will have the proven ability to obtain successful outcomes for their clients. They must bring a strong track record and desire to lead and mentor junior lawyers on commercial litigation files. 

The successful candidate must have an excellent track record of developing and working with clients, be skillful in client and business development and be willing to work in a collaborative team environment.

This position offers competitive compensation including a target base salary of $250,000. 

If you have a portable practice, strong industry relationships and the desire to join a firm where you can contribute to its growth as a Partner, please reach out to Kate Spencer at kate@humaniscalgary.com.

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Founded in Vancouver in 1979, our client, Whitelaw Twining is a full-service litigation law firm specializing in insurance, commercial litigation, personal injury and dispute resolution with more...

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ADAM PEKARSKY

PARTNER
Adam is the Founding Partner of Pekarsky & Co., the predecessor firm to Humanis, and has been recruiting executives and advising Boards for nearly 25 years.

A writer, sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, and frequent speaker, Adam has achieved success as a member of the management team of a national law firm, a partner in a global executive search firm and, once upon a time, a practicing lawyer. Formerly, Adam was a Client Partner in the Calgary office of Korn/Ferry International.

Adam holds a law degree from the University of Alberta and completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts University in Boston where he attained summa cum laude distinction for his undergraduate thesis.

Adam spent six years on the Board of Directors of Tourism Calgary, eight years on the YMCA of Calgary Board and is currently chairing a Camp Chief Hector Capital Campaign raising $17m. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and chairs the HR Committee.

CAMERON MCDONALD

PARTNER
Cameron is a Partner at Humanis and brings more than 15 years’ experience within executive search. His experience extends to recruiting senior talent across corporate services and operations within oil and gas, oilfield services, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and construction, as well as non-profit.

He began his search career in Sydney, Australia, joining a leading international firm straight out of university.

In 2010, Cameron moved to Calgary spending more than 6 years within the retained search practice of a national integrated talent development firm, recruiting permanent roles across numerous functions and industries, as well as leading the firm’s interim search practice. In 2017, he joined Pekarsky & Co., Humanis Calgary’s predecessor.

Cameron is active in the community volunteering his time with numerous charitable organizations including The Calgary Stampede’s Courtesy Car Committee and the Executive Committee for The Top 7 Over 70 Awards Program.

Once active in Calgary’s rugby and cricket scene, now Cameron spends most of his time enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his wife and three kids.

RANJU SHERGILL, ICD.D

MANAGING PARTNER
As Managing Partner of Humanis, Calgary, Ranju leads the management and operations of the office and executive searches with an expertise in C-Suite and for-profit Board searches. She leads the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and is a member of the Americas Council for the Association of Executive Search Consultants, a global association leading the search industry in best practices and innovation. Ranju’s Board involvement includes her current role as Vice-Chair for the Calgary Convention Centre Authority, and past Chair of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association Board. She was honored to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) in 2022 and acquired her ICD.D designation in 2023 from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Business.

Ranju joined the firm in 2009 with a 16-year career in environmental sciences. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President, Corporate Services for an organization with remediation and reclamation services and teams across Western Canada. Ranju acquired her Bachelor of Science and Graduate degree in Environmental Toxicology from Simon Fraser University and enjoys international travel as well as spending time outdoors.

SUSIE BESLER

SENIOR CONSULTANT
Susie joined Humanis in 2016. She brings a diverse background in the recruitment, healthcare and professional services industries. Susie draws from her past experiences as an entrepreneur, Chartered Accountant and Registered Nurse to bring both technical and business understanding to each client engagement.  

As a CPA herself, Susie naturally leads the majority of the firm’s senior level finance and accounting searches. Over the past few years, she has also enjoyed leading the annual Board recruitment for a number of vital not-for-profit organizations serving diverse communities across Calgary. Susie is known to her clients and candidates for her dedicated professionalism, business acumen and expertise in matching talent to client needs.  

Prior to joining Humanis, Susie worked as a Search Manager with a national search and consulting firm where she specialized in placing finance and accounting leaders.   

After completing her Business degree, Susie worked with KPMG Calgary where she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation.
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NEEL NANDHA

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Neel is a Research Associate with Humanis where he brings a global perspective into the firm’s research initiatives and specializes in market research across various industries. Originally from Tanzania, Neel holds a degree in Bachelor of Management from the University of British Columbia.

Neel initially gained experience as an Analyst with a marketing agency. He holds an EKT-Interactive certification in Oil and Gas, Renewable Energies, and Hydrogen Energy. Additionally, he possesses an Executive Research Certificate from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants.

Neel resonates as a third-cultured kid and values cultural diversity at his core given his upbringing living in East Africa. He actively contributes to community development, serving as an alumni advisory member for the UBC Afro Caribbean Association to continue his efforts in promoting cultural understanding.

Intrigued by architecture, he capitalizes on his artistic intuition by exploring oil on canvas or using Sketch Up. Tennis, sailing, boxing, and soccer are where Neel channels his competitive spirit.

KATE SPENCER

CONSULTANT
Kate is a Consultant with Humanis Talent Acquisition & Advisory and executes on various searches within the legal, not-for-profit, marketing & communications and professional services sectors, among others.

Prior to joining the firm, Kate worked as a purchaser for a local equine retail company where she was a key component to the buying team as well as assisting in all aspects of customer service.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Communication & Culture from the University of Calgary. In a previous life, Kate was a competitive showjumper and coach. She competed across Western Canada and worked with amateur riders in developing their skills both on and off the horse.

Outside of work, Kate is an avid distance runner, beginner surfer and travel enthusiast. When she’s not embarking on a new adventure, she can be found with her nose in a book and loves to travel back home to Calgary as often as she can to visit friends and family.

KIARA MARIKA, MBA

DIRECTOR, MARKETING & ADMINISTRATION
Kiara is the Director of Marketing & Administration at Humanis Talent Acquisition & Advisory, driving dynamic strategies across social media, website, events, and our widely read blog, The Ampersand. As a co-host of The Ampersand: Unplugged podcast, Kiara explores issues that impact human capital and, more broadly, the human condition. With a solid foundation in marketing strategy through her diverse previous roles, Kiara has spearheaded the marketing function of Humanis including refining brand identities, developing targeted campaigns, and implementing innovative digital marketing initiatives to drive engagement and growth.

With a BBA in Marketing and Finance from Mount Royal University, including a transformative study abroad semester in Australia, she elevated her expertise with an MBA from the University of Calgary in 2023.

Beyond the boardroom, Kiara energizes her life with fitness classes and travelling. Her passion for exploration extends to immersing herself in new cultures, savoring cuisines, exploring stunning views, and connecting with diverse people worldwide.

BREANNE GIASSON

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Breanne Giasson is the newest addition to the team at Humanis Talent Acquisition & Advisory as our Office Administrator, providing administrative support to all team members.

Before joining the firm, Breanne gained experience working in office settings to advance her skills in administrative support and also worked in customer service.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mount Royal University, Breanne graduated on both the Dean’s and President’s honour rolls, showcasing her dedication to academic excellence. During her studies, Breanne developed and honed her writing, editing, and research skills, which will be valuable assets in her role here at Humanis.

Breanne’s passion for social issues, both on local and global scales, drives her to make a positive impact in the world through her work and personal life.

Outside of work, Breanne is an avid reader, TV enthusiast, and pop culture aficionado. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and taking her dog (“son”), Arnold, on walks.

ERIN HOEKSTRA, JD

SENIOR CONSULTANT
Erin is a Senior Consultant at Humanis where she leads executive search mandates across a wide variety of industries and functional roles. As a lawyer herself, she brings expertise in legal executive search. She also routinely leads executive searches across the not-for-profit, tourism & hospitality, professional and financial services, utilities and energy industries, among others. Prior to joining Humanis, Erin was a corporate lawyer at one of Canada’s most prestigious national corporate law firms. She was called to the bar in 2015 and remains a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

Erin is a lifelong learner and spent the better part of a decade in post-secondary education. She holds a and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. As part of her studies, she spent time living abroad in France, India, Italy, Israel and Hong Kong, and brings connections and friendships from all around the globe. Erin has also invested in continuous professional development, completing a Certificate in Executive Research from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), the international body that sets the standard for the executive search and leadership consulting profession. She is also part of the Humanis leadership development team, and is certified to administer and use Hogan Assessments, a leading series of psychometric assessments, in both the search selection and leadership development contexts.

Before Erin entered the professional world, she grew up on the family grain farm outside of Kindersley, Saskatchewan. To this day, picking rocks for hours on end on the back of her dad’s pickup truck remains the hardest “job” she has ever held. She takes that prairie work ethic into each search and leadership consulting mandate she takes on, leaving no stone unturned. Erin is an active member of her church community and has volunteered for many years as a Mentor for internationally trained lawyers with CRIEC, the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council. When Erin is not on the hunt for an organization’s next leader, she can be found spending time with friends and family, adventuring in the mountains, or researching the latest health study.

RACHEL JANZ, BBA

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rachel is a Research Associate with Humanis. She provides support throughout the search process by sourcing suitable candidates and researching revenant information from salary insights to market trends across a variety of industries. 

Joining in early 2024, Rachel brought three years of contingent recruitment experience with her. Working with both general contractors and owners, she successfully executed various searches in the civil construction sector. Prior to recruitment, Rachel also spent close to four years in logistics and supply chain working for a third-party company. 

Outside of work, Rachel volunteers with the Calgary Drop-In Center. Additionally, she has an interest in interior design. Rachel enjoys getting creative and exploring the elements that create beautiful and functional spaces.

RENÉ TARDIF

PARTNER
For over 15 years, René has been trusted by countless private sector organizations with the task of overseeing full-cycle executive search mandates. He is passionate about the recruitment industry and is actively involved in every aspect of the search process, including business development, research, interviewing, candidate assessments, and client management. René has placed top executives for leading organizations in a variety of industries within the Western Canadian market. He believes in the value of his client partnerships and strives to ensure that every client experience is a positive and memorable one.

René holds a BA with a Psychology major from the University of Alberta. He most recently sat on the boards of Alberta Forward and the Edmonton Ski Club, and is the past Vice Chair of Kids Up Front Edmonton. He donates his time to youth leadership initiatives in his community, and outside of work can be found on a ski hill or relaxing at the lake and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

MAX DAWSON

PARTNER
Max boasts over a decade of expertise and experience in executive recruitment, corporate sponsorship, and business and relationship development – during which he has amassed in-depth knowledge of North America’s corporate and sporting landscape.

As a former three sport varsity athlete, Max was able to bring the corporate and sporting worlds together through earning an MBA with an emphasis in sports management from Griffith University – which led to a position in Corporate Partnerships with the Edmonton Oilers.

Max then began his executive search career at Conroy Ross Partners with a focus in finance, sales, and marketing. After leading the Canadian operations of SRI, a global boutique recruitment firm focused on sports, media, and entertainment, Max co-founded the Toronto-based leadership development company Won for All.

In addition to sharing his passion for staying active with his daughters Stella and Ada, Max also sits on the board of Luge Canada.

DIANE WHEATLEY

MANAGING PARTNER
Diane is a proven and genuine leader with over 30 years of leadership experience. As Managing Partner of Humanis, Edmonton Diane manages all corporate functions, including finance and accounting, marketing, IT, legal, and privacy, while overseeing the achievement of the firm’s annual strategic plan.

Before joining Humanis, Diane spent a decade as the Chief Administrative Officer for a national HR talent management firm, playing a strategic operational role that saw the organization grow and be successfully acquired during her tenure. She also spent 20 years in various senior management positions in lending and finance with one of the Top 5 Canadian banks.

Diane is closely involved with the Edmonton community and actively participates in numerous local causes. She previously served as the Chair of Fundraising for the Festival of Trees Foundation and is a longstanding member of the Medical Admission Review Group at the University of Alberta, where she conducts reviews and interviews for medical school admissions during the annual admission cycle.

RAJ BHATTI

PARTNER
A Partner with Humanis Edmonton, Raj brings over a decade of search related experience. He began his career in recruitment in 2012 working for a global firm specializing in the placement of senior-level accounting, finance and business systems professionals on a project and interim basis.

Managing the consulting practice in Edmonton, Raj was able to provide companies with cost-effective project-based resource solutions and staff augmentation services to meet project needs in areas including accounting, finance, interim management, business systems, audit & compliance, taxation, treasury, and operations management. His experience extends to recruiting senior talent across corporate services and operations within oilfield services, financial services, manufacturing, real estate, construction, and non-profit.

Raj serves as a Board member for the Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta, YMCA of Edmonton, and Free Play for Kids.

Raj holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta with a Major in Accounting.

Outside of work, he spends most of his time with his wife Pam and their two boys, Arryn and Naiyan.

NATHAN MAKAROWSKI

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Nathan is a Research Coordinator at Humanis Advisory and a proud graduate of the University of Alberta. While obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Nathan began working as a recruiter at a Canadian bank where he developed a passion for building relationships and growing his network.

You will often find Nathan enjoying all the thrills that Edmonton has to offer. Whether that be cheering on the Oilers or biking through the river valley, Nathan is an advocate for the city. His world revolves around sports, including hockey, golf, and football. He channels this competitive spirit through his work, as Nathan carries his values of teamwork, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of success in every project he takes on.

STEPHANIE MACKEEN

SENIOR CONSULTANT
Meet Stephanie, your dedicated guide in the world of talent acquisition. With a passion for connecting great individuals and companies, she brings a wealth of experience as a registered professional recruiter. Stephanie has cultivated robust relationships with candidates and hiring managers across diverse fields, utilizing her expertise in sourcing, selection, behavioral interviewing, salary negotiations, onboarding, offboarding, and relationship management to turn our clients' corporate visions into reality.

Stephanie is a dynamic individual who understands the importance of weaving personal passions into her professional journey. She values the human side of the business, making the search process efficient and enjoyable.

Beyond the professional realm, Stephanie is a firm believer in the balance between work, family, and enjoyment. You'll find her unwinding in the great outdoors through camping, skiing, and hiking with family. Committed to making a positive impact, she dedicates her time to volunteering for the Canadian Diabetes Society and has served as the treasurer and fundraiser for sport clubs and served on many community initiatives.

MADISON BESSETTE

RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Madison Bessette serves as a Research Coordinator at Humanis Advisory. Madison is currently studying in the Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Alberta where she is majoring in accounting and minoring in finance. Her passion for learning and connecting with others is what has driven her towards the talent acquisition space, where she strives to broaden her knowledge on all things search.

In addition to her academic activities, Madison engages in a variety of extracurricular activities on campus. As the President of the Business Speaker Series Club and the Director of Marketing for the Venture Capital and Private Equity Club, Madison values the opportunity to connect with her peers and make meaningful connections. In her free time, Madison unwinds by participating in hot yoga and indulging in fantasy novels.

JAMIE PHILLIPS

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Jamie is a Research Associate at Humanis Talent Acquisition & Advisory. Her expertise is in mapping markets, developing and implementing candidate research and outreach strategies, building talent pools, and fostering relationships. She takes a special interest in curating positive candidate experiences and inclusive and accessible hiring practices.

With a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, she brings to the firm nearly a decade of experience in global executive search in the international non-profit and humanitarian sector, including UN agencies, development banking, and environmental and sustainability organizations. For three years, she ran her own business coaching and guiding senior-level candidates through their job searches.

When she’s not at work, Jamie enjoys third-wave coffee, writing, gardening, and horror movies. In a previous life, she traveled to over 35 countries and lived and worked/volunteered in Australia, New Zealand, India, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and the United Kingdom.

YANOUK POIRIER

ASSOCIÉ-DIRECTEUR
M. Yanouk Poirier cumule plus de 25 ans d'expérience professionnelle et il a dirigé avec succès de nombreuses missions de recrutement exécutif, de conseil en leadership et de recrutement de membres de conseils d'administration pour des PME, de grandes entreprises nationales et internationales.

Très impliqué, M. Poirier siège aux conseils d'administration de Penrhyn International, du Club St-James de Montréal et de la Fondation du cancer du sein du Québec. Il est également mentor et gouverneur pour l'Université de Sherbrooke. Yanouk se décrit comme un homme de famille, un père, un entrepreneur et un connecteur. Il croit profondément que nous pouvons changer le monde un leader à la fois et que nous avons la responsabilité de redonner à la société.

Titulaire d'un MBA de l'Université de Sherbrooke, Yanouk détient également un post-MBA axé sur les grands enjeux stratégiques mondiaux. Il est également certifié en coaching exécutif (ACC) par l'International Coaching Federation.
CO-MANAGING PARTNER
Mr. Yanouk Poirier has over 25 years of professional experience and has successfully led numerous missions in executive recruitment, leadership consulting, and board member recruitment for SMEs, large national and international companies. Highly involved, Mr. Poirier sits on the boards of Penrhyn International, Club St-James in Montreal, and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. He also serves as a mentor and Governor for the University of Sherbrooke. Yanouk describes himself as a family man, a father, an entrepreneur, and a connector. He deeply believes that we can change the world one leader at a time and that we have a responsibility to give back to society.

Holder of an MBA from the University of Sherbrooke, Yanouk also holds a post-MBA focusing on major global strategic issues. He is certified in executive coaching (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation.

CYNTHIA LABONTÉ, MBA

ASSOCIÉE-DIRECTRICE
Depuis plus de 20 ans, Cynthia Labonté assiste des conseils d'administration et des dirigeants d’entreprises dans la gestion complète des processus de recrutement de cadres exécutifs. Auparavant, elle a dirigé une équipe en recrutement de cadres au sein d’une importante firme de consultation stratégique au Canada.

Elle a réalisé à bien, plus de 350 mandats de recrutement de cadres exécutifs pour des entreprises et des firmes réputées dans les secteurs manufacturier et industriel, de la distribution, du commerce de détail, des services professionnels et des organisations à but non lucratif. Son esprit entrepreneurial et son sens des affaires, lui permettent de reconnaître la culture unique et d’analyser le leadership requis afin de répondre aux enjeux d’affaires de ses clients.

Mme Labonté est membre d’EntreChefs (réseau de plus de 2000 membres d’entrepreneurs au Québec). Cynthia est très impliquée dans la communauté philantropique de Montréal et participe activement à des conseils d’administration et de nombreuses causes locales.

Elle est titulaire d'une double diplomation MBA de l'Université Paris-Dauphine et de l'ESG-UQAM.
CO-MANAGING PARTNER
For over 20 years, Cynthia Labonté has been assisting boards of directors, corporate executives and public organizations in the complete management of executive search processes. Previously, she led a team of senior managers and consultants at a major Canadian strategic consulting and executive search firm.

She has successfully completed over 350 executive search mandates for leading companies and firms in the manufacturing, industrial, distribution, retail, professional services and not-for-profit sectors. Her entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, rigor and analytical skills are essential attributes that enable her to recognize the unique culture and needs of organizations, and to analyze the leadership required to meet her clients' business challenges.

Ms. Labonté is a member of EntreChefs (a network of over 2,000 entrepreneurs in Quebec). Cynthia is very involved in Montreal's philanthropic community, actively participating on boards and in many local causes.

She holds a double MBA from Université Paris-Dauphine and from ESG-UQAM in Montreal.

ROBIN FERRÉ

CONSULTANT
Robin Ferré est consultant en recherche de cadres exécutifs.

Avant de se joindre à Humanis, Robin a travaillé comme consultant, puis directeur chez un acteur important en recrutement exécutif ou il a œuvré dans des secteurs variés tels que les services professionnels, les technologies ou le secteur manufacturier.

Auparavant, il a travaillé dans diverses organisations en Europe et au Canada, dans des fonctions liées aux ressources humaines et au recrutement.

Durant son temps libre, Robin est très impliqué dans sa communauté. Il est membre du conseil d’administration de la Société Économique de l’Ontario et du conseil d’administration de l’Alliance Française de Toronto.

Il est également un grand amateur de sports de combats qu’il aime pratiquer ou simplement regarder, après un bon diner avec ses proches.

Robin Ferré est titulaire d'un baccalauréat en droit et d'une maîtrise en ressources humaines.
CONSULTANT
Robin Ferré is an executive search consultant.

Prior to joining Humanis, Robin worked as a consultant and then as a director for a major player in executive search in Canada, where he worked in a variety of sectors including professional services, technology and manufacturing.

Prior to this, he worked in various organizations in Europe and Canada, in human resources and recruitment functions.

In his spare time, Robin is very involved in his community. He is a board member of the Société Économique de l’Ontario and the Alliance Française de Toronto.

He's also a big fan of combat sports, which he likes to practice or simply watch after a good dinner with his loved ones.

Robin Ferré holds a bachelor's degree in Law and a master's degree in Human Resources.

MARIA ICAZA

CONSULTANTE
Maria Icaza vient de Mexico et possède plus de 13 ans d'expérience en recrutement de cadres. Elle collabore en continu avec les associés pour le recrutement de cadres supérieurs dans les secteurs manufacturier et distribution, de la vente au détail, des services professionnels et des OBNL. Elle a surtout travaillé sur des mandats au Canada et au Mexique, elle a aussi effectué quelques projets en Europe et aux États-Unis.

Elle a d’excellentes aptitudes relationnelles et sait naturellement attirer des talents de haut niveau. Outre sa passion pour les relations interpersonnelles, elle s’épanouit en apprenant sans cesse. Engagée auprès de la firme, elle comprend le marché des talents et carbure travail d’équipe.

Elle possède un baccalauréat en marketing de la Universidad del Valle de Mexico.

Maria est parle couramment l’espagnol et l’anglais et améliore son français de façon intensive!
CONSULTANT
Maria Icaza is from Mexico City; she has more than 13 years of experience in executive search. She has collaborated with partners on senior management roles up to C-Suite positions in the manufacturing, consumer, retail, pharmaceutical, industrial and professional services industry. She has been working in Mexico and Canada, nevertheless she did some assignments in Latin-America, Europe, and in the United States.

She has strong interpersonal skills and naturally attracts high-caliber talents. Besides her love for connecting with people, she aims to learn new things every day. Committed and devoted to the firm, she understands the talent market and thrives from being part of a team.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Universidad del Valle de Mexico.  

Fluent in Spanish and English, and in French (in development).

STÉPHANIE LAROSE

COORDONNATRICE DE PROJETS
Stéphanie œuvre en communications et en recherche depuis plus de 10 ans. Toujours à l’affût du mot juste, elle se spécialise en rédaction, en traduction et en révision. Elle a également à son actif plusieurs mandats de recherche de candidats. Son sujet de prédilection reste l’humain : l’exploration du potentiel de celui-ci la fascine.

Véritable caméléon, elle navigue au sein d’industries variées et côtoie tant des profils exécutifs qu’artistiques. Sa force réside dans sa curiosité ainsi que son sens de l’écoute de ses collaborateurs.

Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en Lettres modernes de l’Université de Lorraine (France), elle accorde une place importante à la bonification de ses connaissances linguistiques et littéraires. Sensible à l’art sous toutes ses formes et créative, elle tire son inspiration de ceux qui osent sortir du lot.

Mère de deux jeunes enfants, l’éducation et l’ouverture sur le monde restent au cœur de ses priorités. Dans ses temps libres, rien ne la ravit plus que de recevoir à sa table des personnes authentiques et ricaneuses.
PROJECT COORDINATOR
Stéphanie has been working in communications and research for over 10 years. Always looking for the right word, she specialized in writing, translating, and proofreading. She has also worked on many search mandates. Her favourite topic remains human beings: exploring their potential fascinates her.

A true chameleon, she has worked within various industries and still deals equally with executive and artistic profiles. Her strength lies in her curiosity and her listening skills towards her collaborators.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature from Université de Lorraine (France) and attaches great importance to improving her linguistic and literary knowledge. Sensitive to art in all its forms and creative, she draws inspiration from those who dare to stand out.

A mother to two young children, education and openness to the world remain at the heart of her priorities. During her free time, nothing pleases her more than to welcome at her table people who are authentic and have a great sense of humour. 

RICHARD BÉLANGER

CONSULTANT SENIOR
Le parcours de Richard Bélanger en tant que gestionnaire de haut niveau lui a permis d'accompagner plusieurs types d'entreprises dans divers secteurs d'activité, principalement en recherche de cadres mais aussi dans leur processus de planification de la relève.

Son expérience de plus de 25 ans dans le domaine du recrutement exécutif a été acquise au sein de sa propre firme ainsi qu’auprès d’une importante firme canadienne de consultation stratégique et de recherche de cadres.

Richard a été président d’une filiale au sein d’un important détaillant et distributeur dans le domaine des produits de consommation et de vente par catalogue au Canada.

Il siège sur différents conseils d’administration et a développé un réseau enviable basé sur ses valeurs personnelles qui sont l’authenticité, la rigueur et le sens de l’éthique. Ses compétences relationnelles et sa capacité d’écoute active combinées à son courage managérial lui permettent de s’assurer de la compréhension des besoins de sa clientèle.
SENIOR CONSULTANT
Richard Bélanger is a senior consultant who has extensive experience in high-level management which has allowed him to support several types of businesses in different industries and sectors, mainly in executive search but also in their succession planning process.

His experience of more than 25 years in the field of executive recruitment was acquired within his own firm as well as with a major Canadian strategic consulting and executive search firm.

Richard was President of a subsidiary of a key retailer and distributor of consumer products and catalog sales in Canada.

He serves on different Boards of Administration and has developed an enviable network based on his personal values which are authenticity, rigor, and a sense of ethics. His people skills and his ability to actively listen combined with his managerial courage allow him to ensure that the needs of his customers are understood.
Richard Bélanger
514.808.6084

MACKENZIE BOESSENKOOL

RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Mackenzie Boessenkool is a Research Coordinator at Humanis Advisory and a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she studied Psychology and Economics. Combining her knowledge in these fields, Mackenzie dives into talent acquisition, focusing on the human aspect being the process.

Beyond her professional role, Mackenzie enjoys sports, live music events, exploring Edmonton’s various cultural offerings, and is always looking for a new experience to try. She finds joy in connecting with her community and has a genuine interest in people. Mackenzie is dedicated to fostering meaningful relationships and strives for success every step of the way.