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.

  • Executive Search
  • Agriculture
  • Associations
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Research
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Education
  • Foundations
  • Government
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrial
  • K-12
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Non-Profit
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Software
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • C-Level
  • C-Level Leaders
  • C-Suite
  • CEO/President
  • CFO
  • Chairman
  • CHRO
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Management/Staff
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Vice President

News Briefings

Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.8 Percent

Employment rose by 194,000 in September as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. So far this year, monthly job growth has averaged 586,000. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, in professional and business services, in retail trade, and in transportation and warehousing.

The Challenge of Finding Top AI Leaders

North American cities are increasingly important hubs for artificial intelligence (AI) research. The demand for AI specialists focused on data and machine learning is growing exponentially internationally and the search for top talent is increasing, according to Montreal-based Pender & Howe Executive Search. Montreal ranks No. 1 among 20 major cities in Canada and the U.S.

Pender & Howe Executive Search Seeks CEO for Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network

Toronto-based Pender & Howe Executive Search has been tapped to find a new chief executive officer for CAAIN, the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network in Edmonton, Alberta. The non-profit organization supports the creation of technological solutions for challenges facing Canada’s agri-food sector. The search is being spearheaded by managing principals Glenn Lesko and Travis


“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