For the 20th consecutive year, Odgers Berndtson sponsored the Toronto Region Board of Trade Annual Dinner featuring guest speaker Dr. Dan Doctoroff, Founder and CEO of Sidewalk Labs. Our Chairman & CEO, Carl Lovas, was recognized for his twenty-year commitment with a thank you video, that featured Toronto business leaders who spoke about his passion and pride in shaping Toronto as the vibrant and successful global city it is known as today.

Following the annual dinner, Carl Lovas and Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Jan De Silva weighed in on why Toronto’s time is now – sharing their perspectives on what businesses need to do to ensure our region continues to be Canada’s economic engine for growth.

Our CEOx1Day program was in full swing this quarter with 19 future leaders chosen to shadow top CEOs across the country. The program, now in its fifth year, attained gender parity for the first time - over 50% of the participating CEOs were female. We celebrated this momentous occasion on International Women’s Day where the program’s participating female CEOs shared the career advice they would offer to their younger selves in the Globe & Mail.

Odgers Berndtson continued its national and global expansion with the addition of new partners, principals and offices. Tony Gaffney, former CEO of Aon Hewitt joined the firm as Managing Partner in Toronto. We also proudly announced six partner and principal promotions in our education, healthcare, not-for-profit, financial services, industrial and CFO practices.

In the US, Odgers Berndtson added a new global head of healthcare and life sciences along with a new head of aviation and four new partners and principals who have strengthened the firm’s higher education, consumer/retail and technology practices.

Globally, Odgers Berndtson opened a new office in Dublin, Ireland aimed at enhancing the firm's capacity to support global companies looking to establish new centres of operation in Europe in preparation for Brexit. The firm’s executive interim division, Odgers Interim, also expanded by opening a new office in Poland.

And finally, in Toronto we hosted the first global pre-launch of the highly anticipated book The Mind of the Leader, published by Harvard Business Review Press. The event featured co-author and special guest speaker, Jacqueline Carter, North American Director for Potential Project.



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