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Paul is a leading executive search professional with over 30 years’ experience in the recruitment of senior management and executive leadership professionals. Paul excels at developing a deep understanding of his client’s business needs and facilitating consensus discussions to create the key selection criteria. Paul has completed numerous executive “C” level and general management searches for a variety of organizations across all industry sectors including health care, manufacturing, crown corporations, government, financial services, communications, hospitality, professional associations and not-for-profit agencies.

Recruitment is a Public Relations Exercise!

I’m sure you’ve heard about the public relations challenge recently faced by Skip the Dishes, the successful food delivery company based in Winnipeg. It was reported that a young applicant was turned down for a second interview because she asked a question about compensation and benefits. The remarks made by the human resource manager suggested that talking about compensation so early in the recruitment process was deemed inappropriate and thus the candidacy opportunity was halted. Now of course, since the candidate posted her dilemma on the internet, Skip the Dishes is scrambling to recover its tarnished public image.

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Self-Promote with Stretch Assignments

Alright, so you’ve finished your advanced degree, perhaps an MBA, but there doesn’t seem to be an opportunity for promotion in your organization. Then again, where will you get the work related experience that could be leveraged to attain a new job role in another organization? Don’t despair – take a harder look within your organization!

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Finding a New Horizon in the Retention of Older Workers

In my view, there are two colliding trends in today’s business world that we need to start paying attention to. First, we know that the pool of younger, highly qualified and experienced candidates for succession to senior leadership positions is continuing to shrink. And secondly, we know that the average median age for retirement is now 63.3 years. Thus, with the number of individuals’ right on this age cusp, businesses are at risk of losing a lot of intellectual capital. We need do to something to keep these experienced senior professionals just a little bit longer while at the same time, developing younger professionals.

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Are you Actively Searching or Passively Hoping?

Technology is a wonderful tool. For instance, today, almost every person has some sort of technology gimmick in their right hand while organizations, businesses and/or not for profits have their own websites and landing pages. They also often have a Facebook page where news and events are regularly posted in order to keep clients and/or customers up to date.

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When to Audit Your Recruitment Strategy

Are you frustrated with your recruitment results? Have you had a rash of unqualified applicants and/or a candidate turn down your salary? When was the last time you conducted in-depth reference checking inclusive of educational credentials, personal credit, and/or driver’s convictions? And what about your interview team….are they using best practice interview strategies that are legally compliance with provincial legislation? Do you even know what legislation protects your potential candidates? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it is time to conduct an in-depth audit of your recruitment and selection process.

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