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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.
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 to establish the Professional Search practice. Tamara is known for her authentic leadership style, enthusiasm and ability to build lasting relationships with her clients. She utilizes her search expertise and broad network to recruit top talent in the areas of human resources, finance, marketing, supply chain management, health and safety, and sales.
Prior to joining Optimum Talent, Tamara spent 10 years developing her search career with one of Canada’s largest privately held professional recruitment firms as well as with a global Fortune 1000 recruitment firm.
Tamara is a graduate of the Business Administration program from Mount Royal College and is a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. Tamara is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle. She 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. He has 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) for the last five years where he successfully launched and grew the Corporate Services practice. Previously, Terry was responsible for launching, growing and managing Futurestep (A Korn/Ferry International Company) in Western Canada, which included offices in both Calgary and Vancouver with responsibility for business development and executing on senior level search projects and large-scale recruiting arrangements with local, national and international organizations. Terry started out in the Search industry with Robert Half Canada where he spent six years specializing in finance, accounting and information technology while being individually recognized as a top global revenue generator. He also spent ten years in various accounting, finance and management roles within industry and three years in a public accounting firm.
In addition to being a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Terry is a Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and was awarded the Fellow of The Society of Management Accountants (FCMA) designation in 2006. He has actively served on the Board of CMA Alberta (including Chairing the Audit & Risk Management Committee), CMA Canada Competency Development Committee and the CMA Alberta Devolution Task Force. He is an active member of both the Society of Management Accountants of Alberta and the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. Since 2009, Terry has 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 and Alzheimer’s research.
For almost 20 years, Tania has been helping organizations clarify their talent needs and building organizational capacity required to meet strategic goals. She has worked with leaders from a wide range of industries including energy, services, finance, and pharma to create strategies and implement programs for talent management. Tania has led a variety of engagements including succession planning, high potential development, performance management, team effectiveness, talent assessment selection, and leadership development. A principle focus in all of her work is aligning talent needs to organizational strategy.
Tania holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph and is a certified Executive Coach. She is an active member of her community as a Board member of YMCA Calgary and past Board member of the Team Panorama ski team. She is also a member of the International Coaching Federation and Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology.
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.
Nicole originally joined Optimum Talent in 2007 as an executive search consultant. In 2009, Nicole moved to a role to support the Corporate HR Team in technology roll-outs and training and development before expanding her family one last time. After a few years Nicole has returned to Optimum Talent to play an active role in the Interim Management Solutions team, refining processes and future strategies balanced with companywide training and development initiatives.
Nicole is fun-loving and enjoys life to its 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 brings 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 worn many hats 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.