February 27, 2018 – Global human resources consulting group Morgan Philips Group has opened a new office in Montreal and named Frédéric Vignaud as leader of its executive search operations for Canada.
“In response to the growing needs of his international clientele and the increasing demand for specific and professional resources from abroad, Mr. Vignaud has decided to join Morgan Philips Group and take over the leadership of Canada for Morgan Philips Executive Search,” the firm said. Mr. Vignaud, who assumes the title of managing partner, previously co-founded executive search firm Everest in Montreal. He also gained recruiting experience with Randstad Canada.
Established in 2013, Morgan Philips Group has offices in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. It provides executive search, permanent and temporary recruitment, interim management and talent management.
At the end of last year Morgan Philips acquired Hudson’s recruitment and talent management operations in Europe for $10.5 million in estimated net proceeds. The proposed deal covers Hudson Global operations in the U.K., France, Spain and Poland as well as a network of franchise operations in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Slovakia. The acquisition will create a combined business with a turnover of $160 million with 600 employees in 20 countries, according to industry sources.
Montreal has the second largest economy of Canadian cities based on GDP and the largest in Quebec. Last year, Metropolitan Montreal was responsible for (Canadian) $118.7 billion of Quebec’s (Canadian) $340.7 billion GDP. The city is today an important center of commerce, finance, industry, technology, culture, world affairs and is the headquarters of the Montreal Exchange. Industries include aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, printed goods, software engineering, telecommunications, textile and apparel manufacturing, tobacco, petrochemicals and transportation.
Growth in Canada
A number of executive search firms have experienced growth in Canada in recent months. Here’s a look at a few examples from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Toronto-headquartered Optimum Talent appointed Samantha Wood as VP and market leader of executive search and recruitment solutions in Central Canada. Ms. Wood has 12 years of executive search and recruitment experience throughout North America, with expertise across multiple functions including sales, administration, marketing, operations and engineering …
Sunrise, FL-based executive search firm StevenDouglas expanded into Canada with the opening of a new office in Toronto. Navinder Binning, who joined the firm as vice president, leads the executive search business in the Canadian region, said the firm. Her focus will be to further develop the recruiters’ presence by delivering high-caliber talent for Canada’s leading industries.
The Bedford Consulting Group has expanded with the addition of John Marshall as partner, covering Western Canada. Based in the firm’s new Vancouver office, he will lead executive search and talent advisory services for clients of all industries in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Pedersen & Partners appointed Keith Labbett as a client partner and the country manager for Canada. He will be based in Toronto. Opened in 2008, the Canadian office of Pedersen & Partners provides talent solutions and senior management placements for the local market. The team largely focuses on the industrial and technology sectors.
Odgers Interim Canada, the executive interim division of Odgers Berndtson, has expanded naming Andrew Dmytryk and Camille Petitti to its Canadian team. With more than a decade of search experience, Mr. Dmytryk joined the firm from a Canadian IT consulting organization called ADGA Group Consultants. He is focused on the expansion of the firm’s executive interim offering.
Executive search firm Optimum Talent has named Peter Zukow as president of central Canada and Matt Goff as vice president of client solutions within its leadership assessment and development practice. Over the past 21 years, Mr. Zukow has been a driving force behind Canadian executive search firm Conroy Ross Partners.
ZRG Partners named Jill Schofield to manage the firm’s Western Canada operations from its Calgary, Alberta office. She is recognized as a top executive search professional in Canada, starting her search career in 2001. Ms. Schofield came to ZRG from DHR International, where she served as managing partner for Western Canada. Before that she was CEO of Apogee Executive Search.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media