June 13, 2016 – Russell Reynolds Associates has opened an office in Montreal. Brigitte Simard, a managing director with international executive search experience, has been appointed to lead the firm’s new operations.
The Montréal office is the firm’s third office in Canada after Toronto and Calgary, and its 46th office worldwide. The new office further strengthens the firm’s commitment to the Québec and Eastern Canada market, and will serve a wide range of Canadian and global organizations.
“I am excited for the continued growth of the firm in the Canadian market,” said Ms. Simard. “We are already working closely with Canadian companies in order to develop world class leadership, succession, and retention plans that recognize the increasingly global nature of commerce while also observing local and regional market interests.”
Ms. Simard is a member of the firm’s consumer and industrial sectors. She conducts executive searches and works with boards across a number of functional areas, including financial services and the retail industry. She is involved in the business community of Greater Montreal, sitting on the Montreal board of the Canadian Club, serving as a member of Women in Quebec Finances as well as the International Women’s Forum and the Women Corporate Director.
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Russell Reynolds Associates expanded its North American presence in 1996 with the addition of its first Canadian office in Toronto. The firm then opened a Calgary office in 2011 to enhance its ability to serve clients in the growth regions of Western Canada.
Lisa Porlier serves as the deputy country manager in Canada while Andy MacRae leads the firm’s activities in Western Canada.
A number of executive search firms have expanded their Canadian operations in recent months. Here’s a look at just a few:
- Korn Ferry appointed Michael Mundy as leader of its Canadian consumer and retail practice. Based out of the firm’s Toronto office, he serves as a member of the firm’s global consumer practice. With executive search experience in consumer, retail, media & entertainment, sports, travel, hospitality & leisure, Mr. Mundy spent seven years with Odgers Berndtson;
- Boyden named Sébastien Zuchowski and Brian G. Bachand as a partners in its Toronto and Montreal offices, respectively. Mr.Zuchowski focuses on senior level assignments in the technology, media, telecommunication and industrial sectors. Mr. Bachand works in the firm’s education, healthcare & life sciences, and not-for-profit recruiting practices;
- Odgers Berndtson expanded its public sector search expertise in Canada with the addition of Jane Griffith as a new partner in its academic practice as well as John King and Gino Picciano in the firm’s healthcare practice. With a focus on the academic sector, Ms. Griffith has worked with universities, colleges and not-for-profit organizations in Canada. With more than 30 years of experience in senior operational roles in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Mr. King is known for his roles as assistant deputy minister, MOHLTC and chief administrative officer and EVP at St Michael’s Hospital. Since retiring from his role as SVP and chief performance officer at The Ottawa Hospital, Mr. Picciano has been providing strategic advice and consulting services to select private partners;
- SRI (Sports Recruitment International) expanded into Canada this year and added Max Dawson to lead the firm’s operations in the region. Mr. Dawson, who retains the title of director, Canada, was previously a search manager with executive recruiting firm Conroy Ross Partners. He previously served in numerous roles with NHL hockey team the Edmonton Oilers, most recently as a partnership sales specialist and operations supervisor;
- ZRG Partners added David Kinley as managing director in its new Toronto office. He supports the firm’s growing private equity-backed recruiting practice where he has extensive experience in technology company search assignments. He will further build out ZRG’s capabilities in Canada.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media