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Our Team

Eve Gaudet, BA, ACC
Executive Coach


As an executive coach, Eve is known for her caring and direct style in working with clients. Her approach is accessible as she uses curiosity and deep questioning to help clients gain new perspectives. She employs various strategies to fit the unique needs of each client. These include a number of assessment tools including 360s, succession planning, emerging leaders, strategic/operational planning, team coaching and assessments, and executive coaching.

Eve comes with extensive experience in both private and public sectors. A former public sector executive, she understands the critical nature of effective leadership. As an executive coach she supports senior leaders and executives in understanding their leadership strengths and supporting them to step into their full potential.

Eve’s experience spans small business to global initiatives. She has worked with organizations at the community, provincial, national and even international levels. She has represented Canada at UNESCO and World Health Organization events. In her coaching practice she’s worked with small to large organizations with clients in the hospitality, medical, education, public sector, telecommunications and IT industries.

Her extensive volunteer work includes grass roots community development, directorship on a number of boards including the YM-YWCA of Greater Victoria and as Chair of the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Conference. As a sought after mentor, Eve supported numerous colleagues throughout her public service career.

Eve has her undergraduate (Honors) from the University of Victoria and has completed her Master’s Certificate in Executive Coaching through Royal Roads University. She’s an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation and is currently in the process of obtaining her Professional Certified Coach designation (PCC). She is also certified in facilitation through the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).

Sandra Moore, CHRP, MCouns
Senior Consultant


As Senior Consultant with Optimum Talent, Sandy brings over 20 years of diverse human resources experience including career counseling, recruitment and selection, career transition, employee retention, and performance management.

Previously, Sandy managed the HR department for one of the top 10 public accounting firms in BC, receiving North American recognition for best practices in recruiting.  Additionally, she held the role of Senior Consultant specializing in career transition for a global career management consulting firm, and consistently achieved top results as a recruiter with an established placement firm.

Sandy served as a Career Manager for MBA graduate students, and has created and facilitated numerous workshops focusing on the job search process.  She holds a Master of Counseling and Bachelor of Education, in addition to CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) and CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) designations.  Sandy is also trained in various vocational assessment tools including DISC, Birkman, and StrengthsFinder.

An active volunteer with the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre, Sandy was elected to the Board of Directors, participated on both the Executive Search and Human Resources committees, and served as a Fundraising Co-Chair.  Additionally, Sandy is a Mentor for the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA).

Suzanna de Souza


Suzanna is a Career Consultant with Optimum Talent in Vancouver, BC.  For the past 17 years, Suzanna has worked for global and local organizations across a variety of industries. She started off her career in Marketing, Sales and BD and has transitioned to Human Resources focused on Career Coaching and Development, Executive Search and Global Relocation.

With an innate interest in seeing people through times of change, Suzanna is passionate about her work and providing clients with a strong foundation to successfully move forward.  Her goal is not only to help clients secure employment or develop in their current career path, but to realize new opportunities and proactively market themselves.

A life-long-learner, Suzanna holds Diplomas in Marketing Management and Human Resources and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.  She received her coaching training with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is currently working towards the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation with the International Coach Federation (ICF).  She is also a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) candidate.

Suzanna is a volunteer with ISSofBC assisting Syrian refugees to secure new homes and settle into Vancouver, BC and surrounding areas.  She plans to mentor women and facilitate career transition and employment opportunities when the time comes.

Terri Phipps
Managing Director

604.899.2095 ext. 222

Terri is Senior Vice President of Talent  Development Solutions for Optimum Talent in our Vancouver Office. Terri’s primary role is to work closely with our customers and bring them innovative solutions to help them address their talent management needs. Terri is also responsible for bringing fresh thought leadership ideas to our clients. As the Managing Director in Vancouver, Terri is tasked with helping our customers effectively address the challenges of managing four generations in the workplace. To assist with this, Terri draws upon her extensive HR experience in areas such as career  management, career transition, employee retention, motivating and driving inspired teams, leadership development and performance management.

Terri also has a strong business development background including 25 years at Xerox where she held numerous roles including General Manager of Sales for the Pacific Region and Human Resources Director, Western Canada. Terri was also Vice President of Client Solutions, Western Canada for a prominent human resources consulting firm and Vice President of Sales for the largest food service employer in the world.

Terri comes to Optimum Talent with a unique background. She studied Arts at the U of A then went on to study acting in New York City at The Neighborhood School of Theatre and then moved to San Francisco to continue her studies at The Drama Studio of London in Berkeley. Terri completed her studies in Los Angeles, graduating with distinction and receiving her Masters in Performing Arts.

Terri worked in film and television and was also a stand-up comedian at the famous Improv Comedy club in Los Angeles before finding her way into business development. She is known for her authentic and energetic style and her warm approach builds long lasting relationships with her customers and her staff.

Monica Murray, CPA, CA
Vice President

604.899.2095 ext. 227

Monica is a Vice President, Executive Search with Optimum Talent specializing in professional and executive level finance positions for organizations in British Columbia.

The first two decades of Monica’s professional career has navigated her through the waters of finance, accounting, HR, executive leadership, board work, and entrepreneurship. As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) the first 12 years of her career were in a finance and accounting capacity with PwC, Methanex, and 360 networks.

In 2004 Monica founded the executive search firm Higher Resources specializing in professionally designated finance and accounting placements for organizations in the Lower Mainland. Working closely with her candidates and clients, the team at Higher Resources were proud of the relationships built with several Vancouver based businesses and a candidate retention rate of 96%. After winding up the practice in 2010, Monica rounded out her experience, by providing CFO consulting services for small businesses working directly with Senior Management and their accounting teams.

Most recently in 2016, Monica was Principal, Diversity & Inclusion for CPA Canada giving her the opportunity to combine her extensive knowledge of the CPA profession and her passion for supporting diversity and women in business & leadership.

Monica continually gives back through years of active participation with various boards and committees focusing on women in leadership.  She is currently involved as a Board member with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs to become wildly successful.

Monica grew up and started her university life in Alberta, but the mountains and ocean called and she’s resided in Vancouver with her family ever since.

Angelique Meyer, PCC, MBA
Vice President

604.899.2095 ext. 238

Angelique is the Vice President, Leadership, Assessment and Development with Optimum Talent in Vancouver, B.C. She works with clients to create strategies and implement programs using an integrated Talent Solution approach. These strategies include Executive Coaching, Succession Planning, Emerging Leaders, Strategic Design, Executive and Team Assessments.

Angelique comes with extensive business acumen through managing her own companies and working with C-Suite leaders. In her work as an executive coach and strategic partner for medium size businesses, Angelique’s clients have won awards for leadership development programs and creating an exceptional service culture. Prior to her role at Optimum Talent, Angelique worked as the National Director for Talent Development at a leading CEO, peer advisory group, working directly with former CEO’s across Canada to launch their own peer advisory groups.

In addition, Angelique was a volunteer with the Werklund Foundation when it first began, bringing teen leadership training into public high schools in Alberta. The program, now called Empowering Minds, was part of a formal study produced by the University of Calgary, about the sustainability of leadership training programs for youth. The Werklund Youth Leadership Center has evolved from that teen leadership initiative, and is part of the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education.

Angelique has her MBA from Royal Roads in Victoria, B.C. She is an accredited leadership coach, with a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) designation from the ICF (International Coaching Federation). Angelique also is a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program with CTI (Coaches Training Institute) in California, Master Graduate from Rapport Leadership International, and graduate of the neuroscience coaching program from the NeuroLeadership Institute. For fun, she has her pilot’s license and likes to travel across the continent.

Cheryl Van Duzen, RPR
Vice President

604.899.2095 ext. 224

Cheryl is a Vice President of Executive Search with Optimum Talent in Vancouver. She has over 15 years of recruitment experience in the BC marketplace, specializing in mid to upper level roles in the areas of operations, sales & marketing and supply chain. Her results-centered approach and dedication to hard work allow her to build excellent rapport and long lasting relationships with both clients and candidates. Cheryl is consistently commended by her clients for her caring and honest approach.

Before joining Optimum Talent, Cheryl was a Senior Consultant at one of Canada’s largest privately held professional recruitment firms during which time she consistently ranked as Top Performer. Prior to that she served as a Business Development Consultant for a boutique employment agency and spent over two decades working for BC Rail in a variety of positions.

Cheryl strongly believes in supporting the local community and is an active member of The Vancouver Board of Trade and she enjoys giving back to causes such as Dress for Success and The Minerva Foundation. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being active, and exploring the outdoors.

Dawn Bergot
Senior Consultant

604.899.2095 ext. 231

Dawn is the Manager, Client Solutions in Vancouver.  She has a passion for establishing and cultivating new business relationships, and facilitating client success by working with them to identify the best service offerings from Optimum Talent’s extensive portfolio.  With a varied background in executive recruiting, human resources, marketing, market development, and office administration, she has gained the expertise to engage corporate clients and truly understand the challenges they face in an ever-changing business environment.

Dawn has held key roles in industries such as forestry, manufacturing, and executive search.  Prior to Optimum Talent, Dawn was a consulting associate for a boutique career management firm in North Vancouver, BC.

Dawn is working towards her degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Human Resources Management and Marketing.