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Our Team

Peter Zukow
President, Central Region

T: 416.800.5550 ext. 222
E: email

Peter is a business builder with an extraordinary track record of delivering results and positive outcomes for key stakeholders. Over the past 21 years, Peter has been the driving force behind one of Canada’s largest independent professional search firms, recruiting the very best talent in a wide cross section of industries including Consumer Goods, Retail, Industrial/MRO, Pharma/Biotech, Insurance and Financial Services. Having joined Lock Search Group when it was a small boutique firm in Vancouver with three employees, he deeply understands what it takes to build a national presence in the search industry.

A member of Presidents of Enterprising Organizations (PEO), he is also an active volunteer.  Currently Peter sits on the boards of Kinark Child and Family Services and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

 

Jocelyn Bérard, M.Ps, MBA
National Practice Leader, Leadership, Assessment & Development

T: 647.788.3204
E: email

Jocelyn Bérard is National Practice Leader, Leadership Assessment and Development at Optimum Talent. In this role, he is responsible for the Organizational Psychology growth plan while developing the level of quality that sets the firm apart in its field, by maintaining a team of proficient professionals that can meet the needs of its clients.

Jocelyn has extensive Canadian and international experience in the areas of human resources and business management in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, in a variety of industries such as telecommunications, auto manufacturing, health care, retail, aerospace and banking.  His interventions focus on Talent Management, especially in the area of leadership assessment and development, performance management, succession management and selection best practices.

Fluently bilingual in French and English, Jocelyn holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Human Resources, a Master Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an Executive MBA.  Jocelyn’s new book, titled “Accelerating Leadership Development”, was published by Wiley and focuses on leadership assessment, leadership development and succession management.

Sandra Boyd
National Practice Leader

T: 647.788.3230
E: email

Sandra Boyd is National Practice Leader, Career Transition at Optimum Talent. She brings over 20 years’ experience in Career Management and Career Transition.

Sandra developed her consulting skills and worked with organizations in a variety of sectors – including professional services, telecommunications, health care, financial, consumer goods, manufacturing, and government.

Sandra is the author of “The Hidden Job Market” McGraw Hill-Ryerson and Co-Author of “Flexible Thinkers Guide to Extreme Career Performance”. Sandra has been widely published and quoted across the U.S. and Canada and in such publications as the Globe & Mail, Huffington Post and has been a guest on both radio and TV shows to discuss the ever changing workplace. She is also a contributor for Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling’s (CERIC) landmark publication “Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles, and Professionalism.

Lori Dyne
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

T: 647.788.3245   
E: email

Lori Dyne is Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Optimum Talent, with responsibility for national marketing, brand management, and corporate communications.

She joined Optimum Talent in 2016, and brings over 10 years of marketing experience to her role, with a history of marketing professional services and technology-based solutions designed to drive business performance.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in English and Literature from the University of Guelph.

Carlos Davidovich, MD, MBA, EMCC
Vice President & Coach

T: 647.788.3241
E: email

“Coaching relies on the importance of supporting leaders at key turning points in their lives. It provides a non-judgmental “mirror” to enable leaders to define and achieve what they deeply want. And then to walk their talk.”

For over fifteen years, Carlos has been coaching internationally supporting the development of leaders and management teams alike.

Originally from Argentina, he has been living in Toronto, Canada and working with Optimum Talent since 2013, working as an executive coach, facilitator, and is certified in Optimum Talent’s SuccessFinder Career System. Carlos has expertise in NeuroManagement, and NeuroMarketing. He draws on his skills as a medical doctor plus his twenty years of experience as executive in the pharmaceutical industry to deliver insights to both organizations and executives about neuroscience and leadership.

Carlos received a psychology degree in Spain, a medical degree in Argentina, an MBA in Switzerland (Roche internal program) and coaching credentials from the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  He is a professor of Neuromanagement in the MBA program at the University of New York in Prague (UNYP) and a guest lecturer for the EMBA program at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. He is also a member of the Neuroleadership Institute, the NMSBA (NeuroM arketing Science & Business Association) and faculty of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate.

David Murray
Executive Coach

E: email

David has more than 21 years’ HR executive management and consulting experience.  With both Wood Gundy Inc. and TD Securities, he was Vice President and Director of Human Resources.  As a Partner with the executive search firm of Ray & Berndtson, his practice focused on all aspects of financial services including Wealth Management, Investment, Operations and HR, as well as giving him significant exposure to government, retail and the food and beverage industry.   David joined KWA in 2002 to coach executives one-on-one through all phases of career management. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Vice president and General Manager, responsible for managing the operations of Optimum Talent’s five offices in south western Ontario.

David is a past Chairman of the Board of Governors of Humber College, and was one of the first graduates of Humber’s business school.

Jennifer Pierce
Executive Coach

E: email

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of diverse experience to Optimum Talent. She held the position of Senior Vice President, HBC Talent Management – North America with Hudson’s Bay Company as well as the position of Vice-President, Human Resources for a national retail organization. Jennifer also worked for several years as a Consultant at KPMG Career Consulting.

As an Adler Trained Coach, Jennifer is currently completing her certification in the Pathfinder Career System assessment tool. In addition, she is trained/certified in a host of assessment tools.

Jennifer completed her MBA at Wilfrid Laurier University, her HBA (Psychology) at York University and her BA (Political Science) at the University of Western Ontario. Jennifer brings a rich diversity of experience and enthusiasm to Optimum Talent, among which is her passion for our business space as well as her consultative approach and leadership style

Lindsay McMurray, CEC, ACC
Executive Coach

E: email

Lindsay McMurray is a seasoned executive coach with highly developed communication skills. He exhibits a deep commitment to helping those he works with develop and expand their leadership capabilities.  His approach is a balance of performance consulting and coaching which addresses the root challenges his clients are facing instead of the symptoms. With extensive experience consulting, selling and coaching Canada’s largest organizations, Lindsay possesses wide business knowledge and an understanding of the differences and similarities across numerous industries.

Lindsay’s approach to leadership is understanding who you are, how you show up and what impact you make. He believes in personal accountability first and looking at where your finger prints are involved.  “Leaders get, from their people, the behaviours they tolerate or exhibit!” He believes being accountable, maintaining integrity, strong people skills and the willingness to look at ourselves will move mountains and engage people. The more we become part of the solution, we will transform the workplace and build to the most powerful organizations out there.

Lindsay is also a Chair with TEC Canada (The Executive Committee), helping senior executives take their leadership and businesses to the next level through the power of peer advisory. Lindsay is a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) through Royal Roads University.  Lindsay is an active member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  Lindsay is also certified in the Core Values Index™ (CVI™) assessment.  Lindsay holds his Honours B.Comm. through the University of Windsor.

Marge Watters
Executive Coach

Marge Watters is a career consultant, author and coach who has spent more than 20 years helping individuals find their ideal career path and maximize their career potential.  She has extensive experience both with those in transition and those seeking development on the job.

As an independent coach and career consultant, Marge has been active in coaching individual clients from a variety of organizations on leadership competencies, managerial skills, communication style and career fit.  Her background as a business leader and individual consultant position her well to help clients recognize and capitalize on their strengths as well as identify blind spots and make changes that improve both relationships and performance.

Prior to 2006, Marge and her partner, John Knebel, built and led Knebel Watters & Associates, a successful and well-respected career management firm.  As KWA grew from start-up to ranking among the top five organizations in its industry, Marge gained solid experience in strategic planning, business development, and operations.  As a career consultant, Marge worked with individuals from all levels of the organization to help them move successfully through the challenging process of career transition.  She also developed programs to support corporate clients in planning and implementing organizational change initiatives including re-structuring, outsourcing, acquisition integration and downsizing. Marge has worked with several organizations in the development of strategies and programs using career management as a retention tool. Among Marge’s notable achievements is the authoring of It’s Your Move – A Guide to Career Transition and Job Search for Canadian Managers, Professionals and Executives, published by HarperCollins in 2001 with subsequent editions in 2004, 2007 and 2012.

Marge’s previous experience includes 19 years in the financial services industry including corporate finance, and investment banking. She was a Vice President of Citibank Canada, and co-founder of Penfund Management Ltd. and Permanent Commercial Corporation.

Marge holds an M.A. in Theology and an M. Div. from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University. As a certified Pathfinder Career System practitioner, she is qualified in the use of a variety of interpersonal and career development assessment tools.

Nicola Johnson
Manager

T: 416.947.3278
E: email

Nicola began her career in executive search with a boutique recruiting firm before joining us in 2000. She has wide-ranging experience in identifying and attracting talented individuals for clients across a broad range of sectors, including energy, natural resources, technology and telecommunications, professional services, non-profit, financial services and manufacturing. She is a psychology graduate from the University of Waterloo. Outside of the work place, Nicola is a competitive athlete and also supports the community by working with emotionally and behaviourally challenged adolescents.

Normand Côté
Vice President

T: 647.788.3228
E: email

Normand has over 38 years of banking and consulting experience in both Line Banking and various staff functions. His last position at BMO before joining Optimum Talent was as Head of Employee Relations and had the dual challenge of protecting the legal and legislative rights of both employees and the Bank across North America and abroad.

He is a certified ADR Mediator and Labour Arbitrator and a professionally trained executive coach. He also has extensive experience in commercial and personal lending, staffing, training and compensation. He played a leading role for over 20 years at the Canadian Bankers Association by representing the banking industry and all federally regulated employers at numerous parliamentary and senatorial committee hearings and at the United Nations’ International Labour Organization in Geneva where he acts or has acted as the Canadian employer spokesperson, Delegation Head and Employer Chair for all 180 member-states.

Normand is Chair of Parachute and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services Ontario and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Pat Minicucci
Executive Coach

E: email

Pat is an executive coach passionate about inspiring and uplifting individuals, teams and organizations to achieve what they thought was not possible.  He provides informed advice, advocacy and strategic encouragement by establishing empathetic, supportive and confidential working relationships enabling leaders to be authentic, confident and accountable.

Pat’s career spanned over three decades in the Canadian banking industry, with over twenty years as a senior executive. During that time, Pat coached, mentored, and supported Boards of Directors, C-suite and senior executives in financial services and across a wide range of industries both in Canada and internationally.

In addition to being a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), Pat is a certified corporate director (ICD.d) from the Institute of Corporate Directors & the Rotman School of Business, and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School. He is a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB), and holds a B.Comm from McGill University

Robin Altman, PCC
Executive Coach

E: email

Robin is an executive coach, speaker, coaching faculty member, and adult learning designer. Since 2008, her highly flexible and adaptive style has allowed her to successfully customize her approach to a variety of executives, teams and groups. Robin has worked with clients in industries such as marketing communications, media and entertainment, telecommunications, IT, retail, CPG, financial services, insurance, the public sector and not-for-profit.

Prior to her coaching career, Robin acquired twenty years’ experience as a creative leader in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries, developing and staging original content and brands for presentation on multiple platforms. She became known as an entrepreneurial trailblazer, occupying various communications, programming and content development positions for companies such as Just For Laughs: The Montreal International Comedy Festival, CTV Television Networks, and TELUS. Her experience spanned live events, television as well as digital and mobile platforms. As coach since 2008, Robin’s flexible, adaptive and thoughtful approach has helped executives, entrepreneurs, creative professionals and teams at all levels access their full potential in order to accelerate their organization’s success and advance professionally. Robin is a practiced, astute listener who can get to the core of the matter with ease. She brings an amenable and genuine style that enables clients to trust as they explore terrain that is unfamiliar, exciting and all too rarely visited.

Robin is also on the Coaching Faculty at Adler Learning, a worldwide pioneer in coaching education, where she is highly rated as a teacher of all aspects of Adler’s Professional Coaching program. Robin is also a sought-after Mentor Coach for students working toward certification with the International Coaching Federation. Before joining Optimum Talent’s roster of coaches, Robin served as Executive Coach to Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge. Since 2011, Robin has also partnered with Toronto’s exclusive Spoke Club to deliver coaching workshops and professional development events. Robin has also appeared as a guest expert on City TV’s Cityline and Breakfast Television.

Robin is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Marketing from Concordia University. She received her Certification in Leadership Coaching and Team Coaching: The Living Systems Approach from the University of Toronto in conjunction with Adler International Learning.

Susanne Laperle
Executive Coach

E: email

Susanne is an accomplished senior executive who has led Human Resources and Communications portfolios on behalf of a number of well known Canadian organizations. A leader and coach, she has been recognized for facilitating transformational change and has been a valued, trusted advisor and resource for Boards of Directors, CEO’s and their senior management.

Throughout her career, Susanne prioritized Leadership Development, at the corporate and individual level.  Susanne successfully led the design and implementation of Succession Plans in several organizations, including the oversight of customized individual development plans for executive successors.  She has supported Boards, CEO’s and Leadership teams through turnarounds and restructurings, plus spent several years as a senior consultant with one of Canada’s leading marketing consultancies.

Before joining Optimum Talent as an Executive Coach, Susanne was the Senior Vice President Human Resources and Communications with Export Development Canada (EDC). She brings deep experience from the service and financial services sectors, encompassing both national and international aspects. She has served on advisory boards for Human Resources Associations and was recognized in 2012 as the Strategic Goals Champion with a Vision Award from the Ottawa Chapter of the OHRPA.

Susanne is a graduate of Rotman School of Business (University of Toronto) with a Masters of Business Administration. She completed her lCD – Directors’ Education Program at Rotman in 2007 and her undergraduate studies were at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Sir George Williams (Concordia).

She also completed the CTI (Coaching Training International) curriculum in 2013, in support of her coaching career

Trina Boivin
Vice President

T: 647.788.3202
E: email

For over 20 years, Trina has been helping organizations identify and accelerate the capability of their top talent to deliver business strategy and results.  Working in both consulting and corporate roles, Trina strives to make a difference working cooperatively with business and HR to align talent strategies with practical solutions.

Trina has deep passion and expertise in leadership development and is keenly interested in the pragmatic applications of the latest tools in neuroleadership and psychometrics deploying their outputs through effectiveness programs that evolve individual and team capability.  Trina is a certified in Successfinder, multiple other assessments, and adult training with a Masters certification in Organizational Psychology and a BA in International Relations.  In her last position at Maple Leaf Foods before joining Optimum Talent, she successfully implemented an integrated talent management solution and coached senior executives to identify, grow and plan succession for top performers leveraging SuccessFinder.

Throughout her career, Trina has worked across a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, postal, pensions, retail, telecommunications, oil & gas and natural resources.

She fervently believes that everyone has a natural talent that can be developed and maximized for organizational and individual performance.

Uri Galimidi, MSc, MBA, ACC
Executive Coach

E: email

Uri uses a combination of mentoring and coaching to help leaders develop the skills and behaviours that will enable them to achieve remarkable career and life outcomes.

These skills may include communicating with impact, navigating the corporate landscape, developing alliances, cultivating your professional brand, inspiring your team, and building your competitive resilience.

Uri helps his clients identify the top most impactful qualities they wish to acquire, develop a plan for achieving these qualities, motivating them, and holding them accountable until they meet their goals.

Uri spent most of his career in senior Management Consulting positions, including Global Partner with the Consulting Firm Accenture in South Africa, Vice President with Oracle Corporation in the USA, and Senior VP with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Canada. In these roles, Uri helped his C-Level clients and their teams develop business strategies and implement complex projects with budgets of up to $50m and project teams of up to 300 members.

In 2008, Uri shifted from active consulting to mentoring, coaching, writing, and speaking on topics such as Leadership, Organizational Transformation, and Personal Development.

Uri earned his MSc in Bio-Medical Engineering and his MBA in South Africa. Uri is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and hold an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential. Uri also holds a PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from the PMI (Project Management Institute).

Uri is an avid traveler, amateur photographer, and long distance runner.

Virginia Murray, CPCC, ACC, ICD.D
Executive Coach

T: 416.947.3271
E: email

Virginia brings years of experience as a business executive and as one of Canada’s most respected executive search professionals to her coaching practice. She is passionate about working with executives and leaders to help them realize their full potential, adjust to new dynamics and challenges, or hone their leadership skills. Her experience working with hundreds of executives as either candidates or clients has given her in-depth insights into successful leadership, as well as many of the pitfalls along the way.

As a coach, Virginia is valued for her total commitment to her client’s successful outcomes. She is energetic, pragmatic and positive in her approach to the coaching partnership. Her clients know that she is someone who they can absolutely trust to listen, to challenge, to reflect, and to work with them as an experienced professional and trusted catalyst as they work toward their own individual goals.

Virginia began her career as an organizational and leadership consultant with a particular focus on succession planning and the identification, assessment and development of high potential leaders. Her career has always involved working with organizations and individuals to help them become “best in class”. Her coaching focuses on executives who are new to their roles, looking to improve their leadership skills, preparing themselves for promotion, or dealing with change and transformation in their workplace.

Virginia has an undergraduate degree in Honours Economics from Smith College, followed by post-graduate work at the London School of Economics. She is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute, with a CPCC certification and an ICF accreditation. She is also a graduate of the ICD.D programme from the Rotman School of Management and a certified EQ-i 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence) assessor.

Debra Adey
Senior Consultant

T: 647.788.3211
E: email

Debra holds an honours Business Management degree and a post graduate diploma in Human Resources Management. Prior to joining Optimum Talent, Debra spent 8 years in HR, specializing in recruitment and employee relations. Debra has worked for a large international staffing firm, managing large staffing projects for clients in the financial services industry. She has extensive experience consulting to corporations on their temporary and permanent staffing needs. Debra brings over 11 years’ experience in Career Management to help individuals pursue rewarding and meaningful career opportunities. She is an enthusiastic career coach and workshop facilitator.

Lynn Catenazzi
Vice President

T: 647.788.3214
E: email

Lynn has over 15 years’ experience in the career transition industry, with a focus on business development, relationship management, and client services.  She has supported numerous organizations in effectively planning, managing and implementing restructuring initiatives.  Lynn has provided coaching and training to client organizations through all phases of a project, including a large-scale national initiative, impacting more than 1,000 employees.

Lynn began her career in the outplacement industry with Murray Axmith, and played a key role in supporting the national network of offices.  As Vice President, Business Development, Lynn complements our team of seasoned professionals and brings a dedicated focus to business development and account management.  Lynn holds a BA in Commercial & Administrative Studies, University of Western Ontario.

Randy De Piero
Partner

T: 416.800.5550 ext. 4225
E: email

Throughout his career, Randy has always been committed to a hands-on relationship-based approach to serving his clients’ needs. Randy brings over 25 years of search experience and works primarily on senior positions that have a focus on growing a business and impacting change. As a result, the key to his success has been built around understanding the nuances of the business and matching it with the right person to ensure long-term, mutual success.

Prior to joining Optimum Talent, Randy was a co-founder of Funnel Search Group and helped to build a solutions oriented search firm that focused on creative resourcing solutions. The multi-faceted servicing approach stemmed from the evolving and increasingly complex needs that organizations faced in recruiting.

Previously, Randy led the Canadian practice for a large multinational search firm, overseeing a team of 15 people. In addition to his management responsibilities, Randy remained actively involved in growing relationships and servicing client needs across all industry and functional streams.

Matt Goff
Vice President, Sales

T: 647.788.3246
E: email

Matt is the Vice President of Sales for Optimum Talent. He is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships across all three practice areas, with a specific focus on Leadership, Assessment & Development. Prior to joining Optimum Talent, Matt spent 12 years with CEB Talent Assessment (formerly SHL) in a variety of commercial leadership roles in Toronto and London, England including Managing Director. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing both the commercial and professional services operations for the Canadian business, and advising organizations on their talent acquisition and talent management strategies, often involving the deployment of Psychometric assessments. Previous to his work at CEB, Matt held commercial leadership positions at Knightsbridge and Huthwaite (Founders of SPIN Selling), the latter involving advising and working with clients on change management and sales performance improvement initiatives in both Canada and the US.

Matt’s education is rooted in Industrial and Sport Psychology, having received his Masters degree in the latter discipline from one of the leading institutions in the field, University of Exeter. Matt has been lucky enough to work with some great organizations over the years, including AC Milan, Bank of Montreal, Canada Post, Citibank, JCI, Rogers, Royal Bank of Canada, Siemens, Telus, Tesco and the United Nations.

Richard Gudino
Vice President

T: 416.800.5550 ext. 272
E: email

Richard Gudino joined the Toronto office of Optimum Talent May 2017 as Vice President, Executive Search, Financial Services Practice. With 20 years of search experience in both corporate and consulting organizations, he has deep market expertise in advising senior financial services leaders on talent issues.

Richard began his career at the Toronto office of Russell Reynolds Associates where he conducted searches across North America for the firm’s financial services practice. He then led the Corporate Finance Talent Acquisition portfolio at Manulife Financial before introducing the build out of in-house executive search functions at both BMO Financial Group and TD Bank.

Richard earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts “with High Distinction” degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier’s School of Business & Economics. He is fluent in Spanish and is an active bassist in the Toronto music scene.

Peder Jacobsen
Vice President

T: 647.788.3217
E: email

Building on a strong variety of HR and consulting experience, Peder has a passion for helping our clients explore new roles that leverage their interests and strengths. Following completion of his B.A. Honours (Psychology) from Queen’s, Peder worked in research, project management, and client service roles in retained executive search. Inspired by the benefits of engaging talent in the right roles, Peder completed his Masters of Industrial & Labour Relations at Cornell, working with Fortune 100 HR leaders to determine how to align their business and HR strategies and enhance their employment brands. Peder has since worked with two global management consulting firms, advising clients on HR strategy, employee engagement, and change management projects. Recognizing that his strongest interest lies in working one-on-one with individual clients, Peder joined Optimum Talent to coach our professional and senior management clients through their career transition processes.

Heather Lawson
Vice President

T: 416.947.3275
E: email

Heather brings extensive experience in business leadership to our executive search practice. She has held senior leadership roles in healthcare, financial services, media and telecommunications firms, as well as serving as President of a major national retail travel chain. Heather brings with her a first-hand understanding of candidate assessment, based on the responsibilities she undertook during her own career path.  She has sourced executives for both consumer and industrial clients including transportation, print and online publishing, energy, utilities, mining, healthcare and outsourced services. She also has extensive experience in assisting corporations in transition and consulting to boards on organizational issues. Heather is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she continues as an active alumna.

Margaret Maich
Vice President

T: 647.788.3215
E: email

Margaret’s corporate experience in HR includes positions with Canada Life, Deloitte and finally,York Finch General Hospital where she was Director and then VP, HR.  Her experience includes labour relations and contract negotiations, management and executive recruitment, corporate-wide retention strategies, implementing performance evaluation programs and planning and implementing organizational restructurings and downsizings.  Margaret has over 20 years’ consulting experience in career transition management, working one-on-one with executives.  She has particular expertise in strategically positioning executives in the marketplace, fine tuning their marketing presentations and creating impactful written communications.  Margaret has served on the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario and has chaired their Annual Conference Committee.  Margaret has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Queen’s University.

Susan McIntyre
Senior Consultant

T: 647.788.3224
E: email

Susan has over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resources Consultant with Prudential Insurance, specializing in recruitment, performance management, coaching and counseling. She also managed an on-site Career Centre for 600 staff members to support their external job search when the company was acquired. As Senior Consultant, Susan works with senior management and professional clients and facilitates a variety of workshops. She brings to her clients, expertise in interviewing and a passion for coaching people through the transition process to realize their potential and achieve their personal goals.

Lisa Myers
Manager, Client Services

T: 647.788.3220
E: email

Lisa Myers is an optimistic and motivating career and talent management services professional with over 20 year’s of experience in the human resources field specializing in recruitment and selection, career and succession planning, and employee relations in the commercial real estate and financial services industries. She has an expertise in meeting the specialized needs of individuals who have experienced job loss and may be in crisis. Her talent for building long term collaborative employer client relationships is built on integrity and results, specifically in providing counsel and support in orchestrating workforce restructuring projects that align with best practices. Lisa has her CHRM designation through the HRPA, a Certificate in Psychology from Ryerson University, and a certificate in Adult Learning & Education from George Brown College.

Arwa Nasrallah
Consultant

T: 416.800.5550 ext. 276
E: email

Arwa started her career working in research. After completing both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the UK, she continued to work in the UK in the market research field, as well as conducting research with a renewable energy company. Soon after, she shifted her career to the legal field and worked as a Paralegal & Translator before finding her way to Executive Search.  Arwa worked with a large global Executive Search firm for over 3 years identifying and attracting senior talent for clients across a broad range of sectors, including; Government, FMCG, Industrial Manufacturing, Retail, and Education.  After relocating to Canada, she is now working with Optimum Talent- Conroy Ross Partners as Executive Search Consultant, and continuing to attract top talent to senior positions across a variety of sectors.

Frances Sardone
Director

T: 647.788.3244
E: email

Fran is a Director with over 10 years experience providing research services and research skills training to a broad range of information seekers. She has worked in both the public and private sectors in Canada and the United States including CIBC, Nova Southeastern University and University of Toronto.Fran has a Master of Information Studies degree and Certificate in Records Management Fundamentals from the University of Toronto; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University.

Jane Watson
Vice President

T: 647.788.3236
E: email

Jane brings to Optimum Talent diversified experience acquired through the fields of education and recruitment. Jane held the role of Director of Part Time Studies at a private design college working closely with students, administration and corporate clients. Prior to that Jane worked in recruitment, with individuals and corporate clients successfully managing search mandates. At Optimum Talent, Jane provides career transition and coaching to management and executive clients. She brings an energetic and motivating style to both individual sessions and seminars supporting individuals in achieving their professional goals.

Irene Zimmerman
Senior Consultant

T: 647.788.3206
E: email

Irene partners with corporate Canada and its employees to help achieve successful workplace outcomes and deliver customer service excellence. She utilizes her rich and diverse background in marketing, sales, training and consulting to coach, counsel and consult individuals in all aspects of career management. In addition to a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education, Irene has completed a Diploma in Career and Work Counselling and in Training and Development. She also has achieved Career Management Fellow status through the Institute of Career Certification International.