As Canadian Search Market Expands, U.S. Recruiters Look North

September 24, 2015 – MRINetwork, a global executive search and recruitment organization, has opened its first office in Canada with the addition of a location in Ontario. The office will initially focus on the finance and accounting industries. MRINetwork plans to grow its presence in the Canadian recruitment market with expansion into the consumer goods, energy, technology and pharmaceutical markets.

Mark Cosens, a 30-year veteran in Canadian business development and recruitment, has been appointed as vice president and general manager. He previously served as a managing director for Korn Ferry in Toronto and has also served in leadership roles in investment banking and business strategy consulting.

“With this first office, MRINetwork will leverage its 50 years of success in executive search and recruitment to deliver permanent placement and contract staffing solutions to Canadian businesses,” said John McDonald, MRINetwork president. “This new office will provide our approximately 600 global offices, many highly-specialized in particular industries, with greater capabilities to meet their client needs in Canada. We look forward to not only this new office, but to future expansion and providing search and recruitment solutions for the entire Canadian market. With our proven business model, combined with Mark’s leadership and deep experience in executive search and financial services, I am confident in our future in Canada.”

“As key sectors of the Canadian job market continue to grow, we anticipate availability of skilled candidates to become more competitive,” said Mr. Cosens.

Canada is one of the fastest growing global recruiting hubs, according to data from Hunt Scanlon Media. The service sector dominates the region — which includes companies in aerospace, banking and financial services, oil and gas, logging and automotive. Companies here are generally seen as progressive and cross-border search work is routine practice for headhunters serving both American and Canadian companies.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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