February 27, 2017 – 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. He is also a member of Presidents of Enterprising Organizations (PEO), and an active volunteer. Currently, he sits on the boards of Kinark Child and Family Services and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
“Peter is a business builder with an extraordinary track record of delivering results and positive outcomes for key stakeholders,” said Ronald Dahms, Optimum Talent CEO. “Peter truly believes in the unique value that Optimum Talent provides as Canada’s largest Canadian-owned, integrated talent management provider. I’m confident that under his leadership the business in central Canada will continue to thrive and create value for our clients.”
Prior to joining Optimum Talent, Mr. Goff’s most recent role was managing director of SHL Talent Measurement Solutions, part of the Corporate Executive Board (CEB). He spent 12 years at CEB in a variety of commercial roles in the U.K. and Canada, and spent five years in the sales effectiveness industry helping sales leaders implement transformation solutions.
“On behalf of Optimum Talent I’m pleased to formally welcome Matt Goff to the organization,” said Mr. Dahms. “Matt has almost 20 years of experience in talent management, much of which was spent focused on utilizing assessment tools to achieve better business results. I know his expertise will be a tremendous value to clients interested in implementing assessment solutions to assist with initiatives like talent acquisition, onboarding, development, and leadership succession.”
Headquartered in Toronto, Optimum Talent is a provider of human resources consulting services with expertise in career management, career transition, coaching, executive search and organizational psychology.
A number of Canadian search firms have expanded in recent months. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon archives:
- ZRG Partners named Jill Schofield as managing director and head of its global mining practice. She manages the firm’s Western Canada operations from its Calgary, Alberta office. Ms. Schofield is recognized as a top executive search professional in Canada, starting her search career in 2001. She comes to ZRG from DHR International, where she served as managing partner for Western Canada.
- DHR International acquired Calgary-based executive search firm BluEra. The deal brings more than a dozen new employees to DHR and its Chicago-based partner company Jobplex. BluEra serves a wide array of industries with a particular concentration on the renewables, power, oil & gas, retail, telecommunications, and information technology sectors. BluEra was named to Canada Business’‘PROFIT 500’ list this year, highlighting Canada’s fastest growing companies. It was also honored on the top 25 list of ‘Calgary’s Fastest-Growing Companies.’
- Heidrick & Struggles recently strengthened its presence in Canada, particularly among clients in the financial services, mining and metals, and oil & gas sectors. Sean McLean joins Heidrick as a partner, establishing a new office for the firm in Calgary. It will expand the firm’s footprint in Canada, across multiple business sectors. He joined Heidrick from rival Caldwell Partners, where he was a managing partner in its Calgary office, leading the firm’s oil & gas practice.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media