June 5, 2015 – Montréal-based search firm Kenniff & Racine has been selected by the University of Ottawa to lead its hunt for a new president.
Heading the assignment is co-founding partner Patrick Kenniff, a specialist in private and public sector recruiting, organizational management and management team building. Mr. Kenniff serves the technology and manufacturing industries, as well as academia and non-profit organizations. “With respect to recruiting senior leaders in the university sector in Canada, the challenge is finding candidates who meet very demanding criteria, not only in terms of academic credentials but also (and today almost more importantly) who are creative and visionary thinkers in an era when universities are undergoing significant changes, who can communicate with and persuade stakeholders (donors, alumni, governments, etc.) and who can lead in an environment where consultation and collegiality are important values,” said Mr. Kenniff.
Kenniff & Racine has a long history assisting universities in identifying transformative leaders. The firm has recently completed the search for a dean of the faculty of arts on behalf of the University of Ottawa. It is currently searching for the CFO for Concordia University, the executive director of athletics and recreation for McGill University as well as the dean of the faculty of arts and the faculty of science at Université de Saint-Boniface.
The University of Ottawa is a comprehensive, research-intensive university. Founded in 1848, it has grown into the largest bilingual university in Canada currently enrolling over 43,000 students in programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels and within ten faculties.
Established in 2003, Kenniff & Racine enjoys a growing reputation in finding senior level executives and board directors from it’s offices in Montreal and Toronto.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media