November 5, 2020 – Boyden has continued its recent expansion with the opening of a new office in Edmonton, Alberta, led by new partner Lindsay Osmond. “Serving our many clients in Northern Alberta has always been a priority to us at Boyden,” said Robert Travis, managing partner, Boyden United States and Canada. “We are thrilled that Lindsay will lead the office, bringing her exceptional drive and business leadership to clients and colleagues throughout Canada and worldwide.”
Ms. Osmond brings to Boyden Canada a suite of skills and expertise that bolsters the team’s approach to leadership consulting and executive search. She will extend Boyden’s reach into new talent pools and concepts of leadership for the future, drawing upon a mindset that combines business with people, said the firm. In her career as VP of HR and as an executive partner to leaders of prominent industrial organizations, Ms. Osmond achieved business impact through the enhancement of company culture, capabilities and workspaces. “With finely honed expertise in talent acquisition, talent management, leadership development and employee engagement, she has contributed strategic solutions to support business goals and increase profitability wherever she has been,” Boyden said.
Most recently, Ms. Osmond was vice president of HR for Clean Harbors. She also gained HR experience with Aecon, Jardeg Construction Services and Westwood Electric. Ms. Osmond also serves as a non-executive director of Women Building Futures. She is active in the space of equity, diversity and inclusion.
“Geographies are important and this expansion is part of Boyden’s strategy to adapt and change to fit a new world,” said Kevin Gregor, managing partner, Boyden Canada. “Bringing in Lindsay will help us to progress in our thinking, prepare for the future and evolve the shape of our business, and more broadly our industry.”
“Boyden is growing, and greatness is created in challenging times,” said Mr. Gregor. “This is the time to be great, to look at ourselves and come out of this transition period even stronger. Lindsay will change us on the inside and the outside.”
“The world is shaking us up and it’s an opportunity to think differently about connecting the next generation of great leaders to companies of the future,” Ms. Osmond said. “I have never settled for the status quo in my career and I am a strong advocate for people, all people, with their unique personal and professional aspirations. Companies grow when people grow, so I create spaces for people to be their best selves and to excel in leadership.”
Boyden, headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 65 offices in over 40 countries. It continues to expand and add talent across several global regions.
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