About Us

Pekarsky & Co. is an award-winning, independently owned and operated boutique executive search firm headquartered in Calgary serving exceptional clients from Vancouver to St. John’s.

Bringing over 50 years of combined search experience, some of it home-grown and some from other leading executive search firms, the award-winning team at Pekarsky & Co. deliver best practices from across the industry and around the world with the prairie practicality and openness of a front porch visit.

For over 10 years we’ve seen the search industry transform. The largest Rolodex no longer wins the day; rather, the art of story-telling and relationship building have formed the foundation of the firm’s long-standing success.

We know process, but we also know when to colour outside the lines. We know that even in a digital age, great service, hard work and a handshake still matter.


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With a talented team and big firm resources, clients are not paying for high overhead, international offices or multiple and divergent lines of business that distract from the core mission of providing customized, nimble and responsive service.

When you hire us, we become an extension of you in the market. Our credibility and yours become inexorably linked. Who takes your message to market is just as important as how it is taken there.

Solutions And Expertise

Our secret sauce is this: throughout the course of any search we engage with literally hundreds of people; yet there is only one placed candidate. From the decision makers within the client, to potential candidates, to helpful sources and even the bakery that sends a congratulatory box of Pekarsky & Co. branded cupcakes to the placed candidate. All of them play a critical role on every search and we know and respect that.

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News Briefings

What Leadership Looked Like in 2020

Will we need more than just “tough people” to emerge from these tough times? Adam Pekarsky, founding partner of Pekarsky & Co., was recently struck by a Harvard Business Review study on the future of leadership and how we are developing leaders. “Here we are launching all of these ambitious initiatives, initiatives which, at the end the day,

Economic Strain Continues as 1.3 Million Americans File for Unemployment

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 1.3 million more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the 16th week in a row that the figure has topped one million. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had been expecting 1.5 million claims. The latest numbers reflect

Panorama Adds New Member Firm in Toronto

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Panorama, a global network of independent executive search firms, has expanded in

Pekarsky & Co. Recruits New Leader for the Calgary Hotel Association

Calgary-based executive search firm Pekarsky & Co. has placed Sol Zia as the new executive director of the Calgary Hotel Association. Principal Erin Dand led the assignment. “We have loved working with a caring, efficient and giving company as Pekarsky & Co. that brought us our new executive director Sol Zia,” said Arjun Channa, director and chair

Press Releases

Melissa Braithwaite Appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister, Client Service Delivery at the Public Service Commission

(Nov. 29, 2021) Congratulations to Melissa Braithwaite on her appointment as Assistant Deputy Minister, Client Service Delivery at the Public Service Commission (PSC) within the Government of Alberta. The PSC is responsible for leading the development of policies and programs that ensure Alberta has a professional, non-partisan, diverse and inclusive public service that proudly serves

Are We There Yet? – The Ampersand June 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,   It has been said that life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer to the end you get, the faster it spins.  This explains, perhaps, why kids get so restless on a long car trip, desperately asking, as all restless kids do, ‘are we there yet?’ For them, at

Chugging Along Through Uncharted Waters – The Ampersand Mid-May 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,   As you know by now, we typically send our monthly Ampersand, well, monthly.  For 11 years and 137 issues, we’ve worked very hard to deliver a thoughtful piece of content to your inbox on the 1st of each month. There is nothing typical about the times we are in, so we thought

Change Amid the COVID Crisis – Increased Role of Risk Management and Health & Safety As We Move Forward

As we reflect on the past eight weeks of the COVID crisis in Alberta, the one constant we continue to experience is change.   To maintain business continuity while ensuring the safety of employees, organizations have had to quickly pivot their strategies and business models, reallocate their budgets and mobilize their workforces to a virtual

I May Be Wrong, But I’m Never In Doubt – The Ampersand May 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,   I’ve doubted very few big decisions I’ve made in life and I’ve absolutely never looked back on a single one, once made.  Sell a stock?  It’s sold. Why look at the price if you don’t own it anymore? Lose a game? Get over it. Have a bad day? There’s always


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Pekarsky & Co. Working From Home
Business is Unusual, But Remains Usual
Pekarsky & Co. 10th Anniversary Video

Pekarsky & Co. has a podcast that is featured on both Spotify and Apple. Give them a listen today!

Having Your Brussels Sprouts, and Eating Them Too
A Chip Off the Old Block
Looking Forward
Energy Transition
With All Due Respect
A Texas Scramble
Supply and Demands
Never Waste a Crisis
Blinding Rays of Sunshine
Is Your Homework Done?
Where Vision Meets Action
Breaking Barriers: A conversation with Kene Ilochonwu, Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta
It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist
Better Days Ahead
What to Look for in Your Executive Recruiter: Empathy and Compassion
What Leaders Look Like
Making Our Own Luck

The Ampersand: Unplugged:
The Ampersand: Unplugged – “Carving A Path Out of the Mess”
The Ampersand: Unplugged – Ghosts, Great Food and Growing through a Downturn – A Cool Conversation with Murrieta’s Owner Ron Salverda
The Ampersand: Unplugged – Keepin’ It Real with Jeff Davison
The Ampersand: Unplugged – “Is the Suit Dead?”
The Ampersand: Unplugged – A Candid Conversation with Mayoral Candidate, Jyoti Gondek
The Ampersand: Unplugged – “Quality Over Quantity”: Four Giants Discuss All Things Calgary – The Good, The Bad & Everything In Between
The Ampersand: Unplugged – Leadership in a Brave New World
The Ampersand: Unplugged – “A Front Row Seat to Making That Difference”
The Ampersand: Unplugged – “How Did We Get Into This Mess?‪”‬
The Ampersand: Unplugged – The Inaugural We Know People Podcast!

Case Study:
Pekarsky & Co. Walking the Walk around Diversity – Case Study #1
Pekarsky & Co. Walking the Walk around Diversity – Case Study #2
Pekarsky & Co. Walking the Walk around Diversity – Case Study #3