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Over the past 25 years, Scott has recruited many of Calgary’s most influential leaders and has built an executive search practice focused on c-suite positions and senior financial executive roles. He leads search assignments for boards and executive teams in several key industries and has a functional specialization in the CFO, finance/accounting, and financial services sectors.
Scott understands that organizations reach success only when they have the right people in the right places, and that attracting the next leader to any organization is only possible by gaining a thorough understanding of an organization’s culture and strategy.
Scott holds both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce, and is an active volunteer in the Calgary community. He is the past Board Chair of Wood’s Homes, past President of the Human Resources Association of Calgary (HRAC), and a previous director of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta.
Tamara first joined Optimum Talent in 2010 as a Principal. Now, as Partner, she brings over 15 years of search experience and a broad network to recruit top talent for mid-to executive level roles in the areas of corporate services, sales and operations in a variety of industries. Tamara is known for her authentic leadership style, enthusiasm and ability to build lasting relationships with her clients and candidates.
Prior to joining Optimum Talent, Tamara spent a decade working for one of Canada’s largest privately held professional recruitment firms as well as a global Fortune 500 recruitment firm.
Tamara is a graduate of the Business Administration program from Mount Royal College. Tamara is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and is committed to giving back to the community through participating in various athletic fundraising events.
Terry is a Vice President with the Executive Search practice and brings an extensive background in Search and Talent Management for organizations in the energy, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, construction and property development industries. His honesty and ethical approach to business has gained him a reputation for genuinely assisting individuals and organizations in making the right choices.
Prior to joining Optimum Talent, Terry was a Partner in a boutique Search firm (Pekarsky Stein), where he successfully launched and grew the Corporate Services practice. Previously, Terry had years of experience as a Practice Leader for Korn/Ferry where he was responsible for launching, growing and managing Futurestep (A Korn/Ferry International Company). Terry started out in the Search industry with Robert Half Canada, where he was individually recognized as a top global revenue generator.
Terry is currently active on the SAIT School of Business Program Advisory Board and the CPA Awards Nomination Committee. He previously served on the Board of CMA Alberta (including Chairing the Audit & Risk Management Committee), CMA Competency Development Committee, CMA Alberta Devolution Task Force and was an active member of both the Society of Management Accountants of Alberta and the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. Terry has also been a member of the Mount Royal University Accounting Advisory Committee and served on the Board of Hospice Calgary (2010-2014). Terry leads an active family lifestyle along with giving back to the community through his philanthropic efforts directed towards Hospice Calgary, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Alzheimer’s research and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Richard is Vice President Career Transition for Optimum Talent. For more than two decades Richard has been partnering with organizations to assist them in dealing with change events in a manner that safeguards the corporate brand and the dignity of the people affected. He has partnered with leaders across a range of industries including oil and gas, telecom, manufacturing, financial services, education, public sector and pharma.
His background includes supporting clients with major change events as well as individual events. Additionally, his engagements include leadership development, new leader development, integration and on boarding, 360 assessments, career management and development planning.
Richard is a thought leader and subject matter expert in career management, has been a regular contributor to CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener, Alberta at Noon, Global TV, Calgary Economic’s Re-Engage Series as well as the Global Petroleum show and a published author. Areas of expertise include Executive Coaching, Career Coaching, Career Management – Onboard Coaching and Career Management for Organizations.
As a member of the Corporate Services team, Nicole is responsible for ensuring that Optimum Talent has the right IT systems and processes in place to support current and future business needs. Her areas of focus include day-to-day management and strategic planning for IT operations. Nicole also plays a key role in identifying and leading the adoption of emerging infrastructure and software to strengthen our internal needs and those of our client base.
Nicole’s strong analytical and project management skills, in combination with her calm and approachable demeanor, are crucial in helping the organization continually refine and enhance its IT infrastructure and operational efficiencies.
Nicole is fun-loving and enjoys life to the fullest. She is always willing to accept a new challenge whether it’s keeping up with her kids, training for some outrageous race or unwinding in a yoga studio.
Monica has had a successful career in executive search for the past 17 years. Her area of expertise focuses on executing senior level executive recruitment assignments in both the private and public sector practices. Monica has developed an exceptional understanding of the public sector (government, not for profit and education) and private sector (industrial & oil & gas) in Canada. Through her extensive experience leading the recruitment delivery for a variety of industries and executive roles she has successfully built a very strong knowledge base and network for leadership talent.
Monica is very passionate about making a difference and believes executive search is about establishing relationships with candidates and clients; this is the key to finding the right talent and cultural fit to support our clients’ successes.
As passionate as she is about the Executive Search business, Monica has had been a long standing volunteer and former Board member for the Making Changes Association, a non-profit organization focused on helping to create futures for women in transition.
Jon joined Optimum Talent in 2017 following five years of previous search experience in the Alberta marketplace. He has demonstrated expertise across many sectors including accounting and finance, not for profit, manufacturing, oil and gas and construction. Jon brings an analytical approach to the recruitment process and prides himself on his ability to build and foster relationships with senior executives.
Growing up just west of Calgary, Jon has had the opportunity to take advantage of the Rockies through snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking in the great outdoors. In addition, he is an avid golfer and enjoys taking in a NFL or NHL game on his time off.
Jon has completed a LLB (Hons) Law Degree in London, England and a BA in Political Science at the University of Calgary.
Kim is a member of Optimum Talent’s Corporate Services team and is responsible for brand management, marketing and internal communications. Since joining the organization in 2011, she has had a broad range of responsibilities including, training and development, event management, IT implementations, and colleague engagement initiatives.
Kim gained insightful exposure into the world of recruitment and marketing while acting as a campus ambassador and brand representative for a large experiential marketing company. Her previous work in promotions, marketing, and customer service has helped her gain a strong skill set and understanding of the unique communication methods required when working with people from different backgrounds, experiences and cultures.
Kim holds her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary. She is passionate about lifelong learning and plans to build upon her formal education in the coming years. Committed to sustainable development, Kim is the volunteer Communications Lead for Engineers Without Borders, Calgary Chapter. She is also an active member of the International Association of Business Communicators.
As a former competitive athlete, Kim knows firsthand the importance of commitment, hard work, determination, and how a little bit of humour can get you through most situations. She draws upon these characteristics when challenging her colleagues to fitness, cooking or trivia competitions.
Emma Geoghegan is a Registered Psychologist who has been working in the career development field for 20 years. Within her practice Emma utilizes various leading-edge assessment tools, supplemented with in- depth feedback and coaching, to assist clients in their personal and professional development. In addition, she possesses considerable experience in group facilitation, curriculum development, and program coordination.
Emma possesses experience conducting in-depth leadership assessments for selection and development purposes, typically for high potential leaders, VP, and executive level positions. Furthermore, she holds strong knowledge of, and utilizes, a variety of standardized assessment tools such as; the Leadership Effectiveness Assessment, 360 feedback tools, Firo-B, CPI 434, TKI, MBTI, and Watson-Glaser. In addition, Emma has extensive experience interpreting assessments, providing feedback and recommendations that allow leaders to gain a greater level of self-awareness and enhance performance. Time and time again, Emma has demonstrated to be skilled at helping leaders capitalize on strengths, addressing leadership challenges, and enhancing their performance.
Emma completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the University or Victoria, under the Faculty of Educational Psychology and Leadership. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary. Emma is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychological Association of Alberta.
Carolyn is a multi-certified coach with over 25 years of experience in adult education, workplace learning and leadership development. She became a full-time executive coach and facilitator in 2008 and holds a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) with the International Coach Federation. Carolyn provides both executive coaching and facilitation services and teaches at the University of Calgary as a sessional instructor.
Carolyn has held a number of senior leadership roles in both large and small organizations. In the late 1980s she founded and led a publically traded company with over 70 employees. Prior to becoming a coach, Carolyn was the Founder and Director of the Centre for Business Development at Mount Royal University. The Centre supports organizations in the design and delivery of customized leadership development programs and services including coaching.
Working with clients in mid to large size organizations, Carolyn has coached with individuals at all levels; from individual contributors to C-Suite executives. Industry experience includes; energy, manufacturing, post-secondary education, communications, financial services, healthcare and not-for-profit.
Using an inquiry and strengths-based approach, Carolyn coaches executive clients around increasing their competence and confidence in balancing the demands of task and people, enhancing communication and conflict resolution skills, building trust, illuminating blind spots, and leveraging strengths. Carolyn’s signature strength as a coach is her ability to connect deeply with her clients and be a compassionate, challenging, and persistent catalyst that calls forth each individual person’s very best.
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Clint White is a Certified Executive Coach and former executive himself. He combines over 20 years working in finance within the energy sector, including over 15 years as CFO, with coaching expertise support individuals and build teams with the goal of achieve results.
He sees coaching as working at the intersection of personal growth, leadership development and corporate strategy. Clint draws upon his belief in the power of personal empowerment, as well as his career in executive leadership roles to support all three areas. He enjoys working with teams and individuals to build corporate and personal strategies, as well as developing the plans to execute.
Clint’s mission is: Inspiring people to live deliberately to realize their true potential. With the philosophy that coaching recognizes that you have within you both the potential to realize your dreams, and the answers on how to achieve them.
Clint holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University, and is a member of the International Coach Federation. Clint is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.
Michele Roy is a Professional Certified Coach with over 18 years’ experience working with successful leaders in a variety of organizations. Michele coaches leaders to expand their awareness, enabling them to understand the impact they have on others. She engages leaders to focus on activities that foster relationships, increase capacity to manage change, and develop their teams to deliver more effectively on business results. She has coached senior leaders and managers in oil and gas, construction management, financial services, information services, engineering consulting and health services, as well as entrepreneurs. Michele has over 20 years of experience in delivering training and development programs including: Mastering coaching skills for managers, essential skills in delivering feedback, customer relationship management, targeting sales performance, managing diversity in the workplace, accelerating leadership development for high potentials, and leading organizational change – including change management, employee transitioning, knowledge transfer and succession planning.
In addition, Michele is known for her interactive approach in delivering comprehensive learning programs which support individuals in career transition and leadership development. She uses leading-edge coaching tools to coach, develop and challenge her clients. She engages leaders in strategic thinking, enabling them to identify and leverage the human resourcefulness, knowledge and talent present in their teams.
Michele’s programs and tools support leaders and their teams to increase their awareness and skills in building relationships and positively impacting team performance. For the past 5 years she has been working collaboratively with organizational HR partners to implement and deliver programs supporting organizational succession plans. Recognizing the significance of the inherent knowledge within an organization, Michele supports the transfer of explicit and tacit knowledge with a multidimensional approach, delivering the coaching, mentoring, and training required to maintain uninterrupted leadership, critical in today’s changing global market.
Michele is committed to the professional coach credentialing process, and has supported hundreds of coaches to achieve their ICF coach certification. She is an accredited Coach Supervisor and Mentor Coach. In 2010 Michele received the “Prism Award” for coaching excellence from Chevron Canada Resources. Michele is also a senior consultant with Optimum Talent Canada and was on the coaching team that was awarded the 2016 “Prism Award”, won for Optimum Talent’s work with McKesson Canada.
Len is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the ICF (International Coaching Federation) who has been working in the field of coaching and leadership development since 2004. Len’s 30+ years of business experience includes leadership, mentorship, and Executive Directorship roles. He has worked as both an employee and consultant and has successfully lead teams of 75+ and been responsible for multi-million dollar budgets, strategic planning, change and project management, talent management, etc.
Len works with leaders and teams in individual and group coaching scenarios, as well as training and facilitation. Len has coached leaders at all levels of the organization, his vocation is building sustainable leadership presence by focusing on an individual’s self-awareness, intention and impact, and emotional intelligence. Len’s areas of strength include leadership presence, influence, communication, conflict management, team development and trust. Len’s style is genuine, insightful and intuitive, challenging and supportive, and at time humerous.
Len’s coaching and facilitation experience is borderless and geographically dispersed with many clients from across Canada, United States, Europe, Asia, South America, Middle East, and Australia.
Executive Coaching includes assessment(s) and 360 feedback, goal setting, a guided plan and accountability partnership. The process includes co-active coaching around issues like; communication, decision-making, managing political environments, developing leadership presence, difficult conversations, health and stress, organizational strategy, alignment, leading teams, performance and behavioural change. Measurement is typically tied to key performance indicators like financial growth and/or cost containment, employee satisfaction/retention, reputation, job satisfaction and organizational health. Leadership development may also be measured through follow-up 360 feedback surveys, mini surveys, peer interviews, confidence, job satisfaction or performance/competencies reviews.