Gillian Tessis Executive Search was launched in 2017 and was established to provide its clients with a different level of personalized service. Based in Toronto, Canada, we are a boutique Legal and Senior Executive Search firm specializing in the placement of key corporate functions at the Director level and above. These roles include Legal, Human Resources, IT, Finance, Marketing, Operations and Procurement.

We work extensively for large and mid-market Canadian businesses including: Private organizations, Public organizations, Family businesses, Associations and Private Equity Backed Organizations.

We work on a retained basis, and partner with our clients to provide the top talent required to deliver the most significant impact on your business. Our model challenges traditional and out of date fee structures. We offer a competitive pricing model with a flat fee.


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We provide our clients with the expertise and experience of a global executive search firm coupled with the focus and high touch service of a boutique. In fact, we have been retained multiple times by one of the world’s leading executive search firms on their key internal hiring needs at the Partner and Associate level. Our Managing Partner is involved in every aspect of your search assignment and when you work with us you are tapping into our expansive and powerful network.

Our Founder and Managing Partner brings 20 years of in-depth legal and executive search experience and has led complex searches across a broad spectrum of industries and functional areas in Canada and the United States.

As a lawyer by background, Gillian has a particular expertise in the placement of senior legal professionals in corporations and law firms. We work closely with our corporate clients across a variety of industries including financial services, insurance, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, technology and professional services to build out their legal teams.


Solutions and Expertise

As a boutique firm, we are hyper-focused on providing our clients with top talent at the senior executive level. Our rigorous and methodical approach matched with our thorough due diligence ensures that no stone is left unturned as we pursue the most relevant and qualified candidates. Our attention to detail and passion to attract the very best talent combined with our rigorous assessment process, results in the delivery of an outstanding shortlist on every search mandate.

Whether you need new talent, talent top grading, a talent pipeline, diversity mapping or other leadership advisory services, our focus is always to ensure we meet the needs for your organization.

  • Assessment
  • Executive Search
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Recruitment Research
  • All Industries
  • Consumer
  • Financial Services
  • Industrial
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit
  • Professional Services
  • Technology
  • CEO/President
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

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