Optimum Talent Acquires Vézina Nadeau Labre

Optimum Talent Acquires Vézina Nadeau Labre

June 11, 2018 – Toronto-headquartered Optimum Talent has acquired Vézina Nadeau Labre (VNL), an organizational development, coaching and career transition firm. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

VNL has been recognized by business leaders and organizations across Quebec and Canada for its outstanding service and human approach, said Optimum Talent. “Its team has worked with clients across all industries and organizational sizes for more than 35 years, using creative and inspiring methods to drive personal and collective transformations to support their success,” said the firm.

Marie Pinsonneault, president of the eastern region for Optimum Talent, said the acquisition is a plus for all concerned, particularly the firm’s clients. “This acquisition is yet another example of our unwavering desire to deliver excellence,” she said. “The fact that VNL’s DNA is so closely aligned with Optimum Talent’s makes this a natural fit, and reaffirms our commitment to deliver our clients the best talent solutions for each stage of the talent cycle.”

“This acquisition is an opportunity for Optimum Talent to enrich our expertise and offer our clients greater agility in an increasingly complex business world,” said Ronald Dahms, executive chair of Optimum Talent. “We’re very excited at the prospect of bolstering our Canadian presence and further contributing to the success of OTI and VNL clients with our complementary services and solutions.”


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Optimum Talent’s Canadian team is comprised of more than 260 colleagues in 13 offices nationwide, from Vancouver to Halifax. Internationally, the firm has a strategic partnership with Career Star Group to deliver coaching, career transition and change management solutions.

Optimum Talent is a provider of human resources consulting services with expertise in career management, career transition, coaching, executive search and organizational psychology. With origins dating back over 40 years, the company has grown to have over 260 colleagues operating in 13 offices.

Firms Expanding Into New Areas

Search firms continue to break into new areas, be it through acquisition, alliances or providing new services. It’s a trend being seen at both large recruiters and small boutiques as recruiters look to provide clients with services for finding, assessing, onboarding and retaining their senior-level talent. Here’s a look at some examples taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Fargo, ND-based Sagency recently acquired coaching firm Success Energetics and appointed its founder and CEO Brian Rinke as director. Mr. Rinke has over 26 years of corporate business experience and has served as an executive and leadership coach for over 10 years. 

RSR Partners established an alliance with OnPoint Consulting, an organizational and leadership development consulting firm, to deliver leadership assessment capabilities to their clients. The partnership creates an integrated but independent platform, separating search and assessment to ensure clients are provided with objective and unbiased advice, said the search firm.

Executive search firm Michael Kelly Associates (MKA) and Change, Development & Leadership Consulting (CDL) have formed a strategic partnership to focus on employee engagement to foster team building and a united corporate culture for maximum effectiveness. The alliance focuses not only on applying MKA’s knowledge of executive search, but also on …

Heidrick & Struggles recently formed its new business unit, Heidrick Consulting, bringing together a suite of offerings from its leadership consulting and culture shaping businesses. It offers leadership services in leadership assessment & development, organization & team effectiveness, and culture shaping, all as a full complement to its core executive search business.

ALSpective expanded with the addition of Juliane Nitsche and Michel Moutier as partners and advisors. The pair’s responsibilities include leadership consulting with a specialization in well-being & performance as well as strategy and board services with a new offering in change management.

Major, Lindsey & Africa recently launched a new service known as Legal Talent Management Consulting. Led by Miriam Frank, a partner and vice president, the offering provides lawyers and legal teams with customized consulting services designed to increase performance, productivity and engagement.

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

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