The firm continued its rapid growth this quarter with expansions and prestigious business recognitions across Canada and North America. Hunt-Scanlon’s annual roundup of the top 50 executive search firms in the Americas saw Odgers Berndtson move up 13 places to spot #11 this year.

In Calgary, Odgers Berndtson expanded with the key appointment of former McKinsey Consultant, Stephen Diotte who joined the firm as Partner and Head of Leadership Services for Western Canada. A seasoned oil and energy expert, Stephen’s expert opinion gained traction in industry publications JWN Energy and Mining Weekly Online on the topic of succession planning in the oil and gas, and mining industries.

In the National Capital Region, recently promoted Partner Michael Williams was named as a Forty Under 40 award recipient, one of the area’s most prestigious business awards. Michael has played an instrumental role in growing the Ottawa business, echoed by Carl Lovas, Chairman & CEO of Odgers Berndtson who stated that Michael “has made a significant impact on our business in Ottawa, where revenues have more than doubled over the last two years.”

Montreal Partner Nathalie Francisci was nominated for the 6th annual edition of « Top 20 de la diversité ». As a recognized leader, Nathalie has made a career of championing diversity with the clients and candidates she works with in her executive search practice.

We also hosted several successful events this quarter. Our Montreal office presented the highly anticipated book The Mind of the Leader, published by Harvard Business Review Press. The event, hosted at the Ritz-Carlton featured co-author and special guest speaker, Jacqueline Carter, North American Director for the Potential Project who spoke to a crowd of more than 100 executives.

At the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Odgers Interim Managing Director, Jason Peetsma, was joined by expert panelists to discuss how North American organizations are increasingly using on-demand executives to drive innovation, develop scale-up strategies and streamline operations, to gain a competitive edge.

And our CFO Leadership Program, run in partnership with Canada’s leading business school, the Rotman School of Management, took place from June 4-8. The program, designed to teach finance executives the strategic and leadership capabilities to be successful in the C-suite, hosted 23 successful CFOs and finance leaders from across North America.

Odgers Berndtson partners also provided their thought leadership on a variety of topics. Jane Griffith, Partner and the firm’s National Diversity Leader, who was quoted in the Association for Executive Search Consultants’ Global Magazine where she spoke to how unconscious bias affects how hardworking women are perceived in the workplace.

Ross Woledge, CFO Partner interviewed Aaron Ames for his CFO one-on-one interview series. Aaron, a seasoned CFO who has made a career of parachuting into distressed situations and leading comprehensive change spoke about the leadership lessons he has learned throughout his career.

Partner Elaine Roper was interviewed for the March/April edition of Director Journal from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She spoke to the complexity of recruiting the right candidate to serve on a Crown corporation’s board of directors.

Annie Blouin, Partner in our Montreal office was interviewed by Association des MBA du Québec about her role at the firm and how she builds deep candidate relationships with the executives she places.

And finally, in our latest issue of OBSERVE magazine, our Chief Marketing Officer Jacqueline Foley speaks to why showing compassion and caring for others is good for business.

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