About Us

Massey Henry was created to bring a fresh approach to the traditional field of executive recruitment. Our process and network are specialized to financial services, and transparent for clients and candidates alike. Our team brings unmatched depth of expertise in senior executive recruitment within the broader North American financial services sector.

Our Partners bring more than 60 years of combined experience across industries, and collaborate with clients to support their executive search, coaching, and assessment needs. We have supported clients across the full spectrum of financial services, including:

  • Retail and commercial banking
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Asset management
  • Capital markets
  • Wealth management
  • Credit Unions
  • Private equity
  • FinTech
  • Payments
  • Corporate and Investment Banking

Our founder and Managing Partner, Michael Henry, believes in the power of networks and connections, and is a fierce promoter of Canadian talent at home and abroad. Our vision as a firm is to set a new standard for executive search, shining a spotlight on Canadian talent. We also leverage the unique expertise of our advisory board, made up of distinguished leaders across the financial services and public sector.

Massey Henry is strongly committed to supporting diversity and inclusion to create strong leadership teams and high impact boards for our clients. 65% of our placed candidates are women and/or BIPOC individuals. We are also active supporters of organizations such asWomen Get on Board, The Black Opportunity Fund, and The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

We lead by example and are guided by our core values: trust, transparency, innovation, and active engagement in executive search. We embrace agile processes that are deeply informed by our understanding of the financial services industry, and work with our clients to help transform their organizations through the selection of key senior talent.

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Our Team

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Our two practice areas are led by a team of seasoned professionals with deep expertise in their fields. Together with our broad team of strategic advisors, we ensure that we have the right talent and experience for every client engagement.

Solutions And Expertise

Executive Search

Our executive search experts have a proven track record of partnering with organizations to build their teams with transformational leaders. Our focus is critical, urgent, complex assignments when time is of the essence and access to exceptional, high-value talent is key. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our approach. We are disrupting the rigid culture of traditional corporate search firms by offering clients an open, transparent, collaborative search process that moves quickly and delivers the right talent.

Executive Coaching

We act as partners with our clients to design unique strategies and action plans to develop organizational leaders. This includes transitioning and onboarding newly recruited executives into client organizations, accelerating the development of high-potential talent and improving organizations’ leadership pipelines. We help engineer new practices that mean sustainable improvements to organizational and leadership results, both immediately and over time.

We also work with clients to align their internal teams, clarify common purposes and objectives and develop strategies for optimizing operational efficiency. Our coaching services can help leaders across an organization’s functional areas work more cohesively together as a “team of teams,” improving best practices and increasing organizational support for their common goals.

Executive Assessment

At Massey Henry, we know how to find leaders. We take a comprehensive assessment approach that goes beyond evaluating a candidate’s ability to perform. Whether evaluating cultural fit, personality or leadership skills, our rigorous process ensures that our clients are set up for success when hiring a senior leader.

Board Recruitment and Advisory Services

In addition to traditional executive search, our team has extensive experience placing and advising corporate directors. With our wide network, we’re able to quickly find the right candidate with the right background, experience and subject matter expertise.

Our senior advisors also bring expertise on a wide range of critical topics including board culture, board effectiveness, governance best practices, succession planning and diversity. We work with organizations to determine whether boards have the skill sets and governance oversight needed for the ever-evolving corporate, technology and risk landscape.

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News Briefings

Choosing the Right Leader in Financial Services

Between 2003 and 2020, the average tenure for chief executive officers fell from 8.5 years to 3.7 years, according to a report in CEO magazine. Studies by PwC and the Conference Board have identified various factors that impact CEO tenure, including the complexity of the organizational operating environment due to ESG adoption, COVID considerations, rapid

Massey Henry Adds Two Partners

Toronto-based executive search firm Massey Henry has appointed two new partners, Melissa Gallo and Alex Bunyan. Ms. Gallo specializes in executive recruitment services and Mr. Bunyan will co-lead the firm’s executive coaching and assessment practice. “Melissa and Alex will be incredible additions to our recruitment, coaching, and assessment teams,” said Michael Henry, founder and managing partner.

Canadian Executive Search Market Adapting to Change and Moving Forward

For executive recruiters, Canada has been a particularly good place to set up shop. The country hosts an expanding number of diversified industries and dynamic growth sectors that are well-positioned to beckon talent. The pandemic has changed the business landscape for everyone, of course, from recruiters to businesses to candidates. And that has made competition

Massey Henry Expands Search Staff

Toronto-based executive search firm Massey Henry has expansion with the addition of Elaine Lajeunesse as partner and head of the leadership practice, and Clio Straram who joins the firm’s advisory board. “Massey Henry was founded on the strong belief that female and underrepresented voices need to be amplified to drive meaningful change at the executive level,”

Press Releases

Massey Henry Featured in Hunt Scanlon’s 2022 Canadian Recruiting Issue

(March 8, 2022) Massey Henry has been featured in Hunt Scanlon’s flagship newsletter, Executive Search Review: 2022 Canada Recruiting Special Issue, including being named one of the most prominent executive search firms in the country. Hunt Scanlon Media has helped define and inform the senior talent management sector for over 30 years. In the spotlight series,

Responding to the ESG Challenge in Financial Services

(March 4, 2022) The scope and scale of ESG compliance and measurement is growing in importance and complexity. Organizations across all sectors – and especially financial services – are facing profound decisions that will impact employees, customers, and society at large. In our latest report, Michael Henry (Managing Partner) and John Sanders (Senior Partner) explore the following ideas: While

Massey Henry Expands Executive Team, Strengthening its Ability to Build More Diverse Leadership Teams Across Canada

(Oct. 26, 2021) Massey Henry, Canada’s newest executive search and board advisory firm specializing in financial services and the public sector, is proud to announce the appointment of two industry leaders to its executive team. Elaine Lajeunesse joins as partner and head of the Leadership Practice, and Clio Straram joins the firm’s Advisory Board of

New Executive Network for Canadian Talent

(June 4, 2021) Are you an executive looking to build your network and share insights with fellow Canadians here and abroad? We invite you to join the Massey Network. Today, Canadians are among the world’s top business leaders, humanitarians, entrepreneurs and educators in every sector. Massey Henry’s goal is to connect the best and brightest

A Note from Michael Henry

(May 18, 2021) People often ask me, “Why have you always been so focused on leadership issues? What drives this? What is your inspiration?” The answer is simple – my great grandfather, The Right Honourable Vincent Massey. In many ways, he formalized the very concept of leadership in modern Canada. As CEO of the family