About Us

Pender & Howe is a boutique retained executive search firm with offices at strategic locations throughout North America. We provide leadership solutions that encompass innovators within HealthCare & Life Sciences, Agriculture & Food, Automotive & Mobility, Consumer Goods & Services and Education. Our clients range from private, public and not-for-profit organizations and associations.

We are a boutique firm specifically focused within North America, meaning you always work with a Partner and that we do not face the intensive off-limit client lists like many of the large international firms. Our firm has remained small and nimble by strategy to ensure a high level of focus and tenacity on every project. Our main priority will always be the quality of work we deliver for clients and never the quantity.

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Our Managing Principals have firmly established a trusted network of connections across a wide range of sectors and industries, which has proven invaluable in finding and attracting the best executive talent. Your team can expect transparency, collaboration and high-level service on every assignment we lead.

Solutions And Expertise

Pender & Howe Executive Search was formed by a team of professionals with extensive experience in executive search services. We provide a fully streamlined boutique retained service for companies looking to bolster their executive leadership team.

As a recruiting firm engaged in executive search, Pender & Howe has a deep social responsibility to recognize and champion Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in every recruiting assignment.

We value all differences, regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, physical ability or challenges, religious values, political beliefs and more.

We search for the best available talent, without bias.

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News Briefings

Pender & Howe Seeks President for Perimed AB

Toronto-based Pender & Howe Executive Search has been enlisted to find the next president for Perimed AB, a Sweden-based medical devices and equipment, and manufacturing company. The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Las Vegas, NV. The assignment is being led by Céline Chabée, a partner with the search firm. Reporting to the global chief executive

Kestria Names Americas Practice Leader for its Technology Practice Group

Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, has appointed Travis Hann of Kestria Canada and USA, as the Americas practice leader for its technology practice group. “Kestria helps identify effective technology leaders who act as catalysts to enable quantum business growth,” said Gurdeep Hora, global technology practice leader, Kestria India. “We are constantly enhancing our

Pender & Howe Executive Search Seeks CHRO for Covenant Health

CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk-taking, and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have diverse

Kestria Adds Pender & Howe to Network 

Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, has expanded its presence in North America with the addition of Toronto-based Pender & Howe Executive Search as its newest member firm. ‘We are thrilled to represent Kestria in Canada and the USA, and we are committed to fulfilling the alliance’s mission of providing first-class executive search services wherever you are

Press Releases

Gandeeva Therapeutics announces search for new Chief Strategy Development Officer

VANCOUVER, BC, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Pender & Howe, a North American executive search firm, is proud to lead the search for a Chief Strategy Development Officer on behalf of Gandeeva Therapeutics. Directly supporting Gandeeva’s CEO, the Chief Strategy Development Officer (CSDO) will oversee the company’s strategic development objectives. Unlike a traditional Chief Scientific

Ventus Therapeutics Partners with Pender & Howe Executive Search to Recruit for Director, Medicinal Chemistry

MONTREAL, Feb. 10, 2021 /CNW/ – Pender & Howe Executive Search today announced the Director, Medicinal Chemistry recruitment on behalf of Ventus Therapeutics. Ventus is a well-funded, Versant Ventures and GV (formerly Google Ventures)-backed biotech company with an initial focus directed toward innovative small molecule therapeutics targeting key immune pathways. The firm was recently named one of the 10

Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN), Partners with Pender & Howe Executive Search to Recruit for CEO

EDMONTON, AB, Feb. 3, 2021 /CNW/ – Pender & Howe Executive Search today announced the CEO recruitment search on behalf of CAAIN, the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network. CAAIN is a not-for-profit company launched in July 2019 with a mission to support the creation of technological solutions for the most challenging problems facing Canada’s agri-food sector. Canada is currently ranked as the world’s

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the University of Manitoba recruiting a scientific leader to head Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory

WINNIPEG, MB, March 15, 2021 /CNW/ – The Public Health Agency of Canada and the University of Manitoba are collaborating in the recruitment of a scientific leader in infectious disease laboratory science to lead Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML). This individual will hold a faculty position in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease at the University of Manitoba and will be assigned full-time to the

Aifred Health Partners with Pender & Howe Executive Search to Recruit for VP of Software Development & Delivery

MONTREAL, Feb. 17, 2021 /CNW/ – Pender & Howe Executive Search has announced the Vice President of Software Development & Delivery recruitment on behalf of Aifred Health. Aifred is a digital health company focused on clinical decision support in mental health, starting with depression.  Aifred was recently selected as one of the 3 finalists for the IBM


“Anyone looking for a premier executive search firm – look no further! Pender & Howe truly delivered a white-glove service with their unique approach. Finally an executive search firm that knows how to deliver an elite experience with tenacity and vigor!

My experience working with Travis Hann of Pender & Howe can be described as exceptional. I was kept informed on a regular basis throughout our lengthy engagement. This organization truly understands the value of building relationships with clients and candidates! – John Harvey, Founder & CEO, CrashBay.com Inc. & SAIL Consulting Group Inc.

“The team rose to the challenge and worked diligently to land our preferred candidate. They did it with professionalism, style that made them a pleasure to work with” – Larry MacGirr, CEO, Healthhub Solutions

“Their team’s attention to detail, process and follow through have made each search easy, timely and successful.” – Paul McCabe, General Manager, Recordati

“The team was a pleasure to work with during the entire process. They were relentless in their pursuit of the very best candidates in the market. They were top ambassadors for our company. I would recommend them without hesitation.” – Lee Ann Ferreira, General Manager, Ferring Pharmaceuticals Canada

“A very professional and well-respected group of consultants that listen and solve problems.” – Sebastiaan Besems, Former CEO, Carlsberg Canada