Pender & Howe Executive Search Seeking CFO for St. John’s-Kilmarnock School

December 15, 2023 – Toronto-based Pender & Howe Executive Search has been retained by St. John’s-Kilmarnock School to lead in its search for a new CFO. Managing partner Travis Hann is leading the assignment. This leader will play a crucial role in overseeing all financial aspects of the school, ensuring fiscal responsibility, sustainability, and strategic financial planning. As a seasoned financial leader, candidates should have a wealth of progressive experience in senior finance and operations roles, coupled with strong leadership abilities.

The successful candidate will embody the values of a forward-thinking leader who fosters innovation and collaboration. They should be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Preferably, the ideal candidate will possess a background in working with non-profit boards, possess a deep understanding of financial logistics related to fundraising, and have a track record of creating new revenue streams.

The search firm is looking for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or a related field (master’s or CPA designation preferred). They must have proven experience as a CFO or in a senior financial leadership role, preferably in an educational institution or nonprofit organization. Candidates must also have strong financial acumen, including expertise in financial planning, analysis, and reporting. They should have excellent leadership and team management skills as well as proficiency in financial software and technology. Candidates must also have knowledge of Canadian financial regulations and reporting requirements, specifically within the context of Ontario.

Related: Pender & Howe Executive Search Recruits CEO for CAAIN

St. John’s-Kilmarnock School is a co-educational independent school in the Waterloo region of Ontario. The school, which was founded in 1972, is located on a 36-acre campus offering educational programming for day students from JK-grade 12 and international boarding students from grades nine – 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Executive Recruitment in the Metaverse
What is the metaverse and how will it shape the future of recruitment? The metaverse is seen by some as a vision of the future, not a specific technology but a combination of a lot of virtual technologies and equipment, which entails much that is virtual and applied in many spheres of business, from finance to healthcare and education. To become popular and useful, the ingredients must bring authenticity, according to a new report from search consortium Kestria. “The boundless opportunities are rich, along with the challenges,” the study said. In the report, Kestria joined with its global experts to discuss the pros and cons of this landscape and how to hire across its diverse and borderless expanse. 

“A lot of money is spent on building up growth and technologies and spending a huge amount hoping growth and acceptability will increase, all while forgetting the human factor,” said Ron Magen, managing partner of Kestria Israel and EMEA leader, Kestria technology practice group. “One idea is linked with people working from home today. Can this setup become virtual offices using the metaverse? This could really happen, but it’s not only about staying at home and being represented by someone.”

Pender & Howe Executive Search is a boutique executive search firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Edmonton, Vancouver, and San Francisco. The firm has more than 30 years of combined experience in leadership advisory and executive search. Pender & Howe focuses on collaborating with governing boards and CEOs in identifying world-class executive leaders. It provides leadership solutions that encompass venture capital firms, private equity, new technologies, emerging sectors, as well as board advisory positions. Its clients range from pre-seed start-ups and VC-backed disrupters to global public companies. Specialties include executive search, CEO search, leadership strategy, succession planning, executive assessment, talent management, executive recruiting, culture transformation, board services, and digital transformation.

Experienced Consultant

Mr. Hann is a co-founding partner of Pender & Howe. His primary focus is partnering with investors and C-suite leaders on complex executive searches. His latest projects have included a CEO search on behalf of a global family office, building a leadership team for a Series C VC-backed tech company, and replacing a long-standing founder of a business that went public on the NASDAQ.

Last year, Pender & Howe joined Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners. “We are thrilled to represent Kestria in Canada and the USA, and we are committed to fulfilling the alliance’s mission of providing first-class executive search services wherever you are in the world, with our efforts in Canada and the USA,” said Mr. Hann. “We are confident this will be a mutually beneficial partnership for many years to come.”

Related: Kestria Adds Pender & Howe to Network 

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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