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Ronald Dahms joined Optimum Talent in 2005 as Managing Partner, to contribute his solid experience in business development, marketing and strategy.
During his career, Ronald successfully held several executive positions within major corporations such as Bombardier, Desjardins and Export Development Canada. Prior to this, he worked nearly a decade for The Great-West Life Assurance Company.
Ronald holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toronto and has completed the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization from Stanford University-Graduate School of Business.
Ronald is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Rehab Institute. He is also a very active member of the “Young Presidents’ Organization” where he held the role as Chairman of the Quebec Chapter and also served on the Canadian Executive and on a committee of the International Board of Directors.
He serves or has served on many boards of directors in the business and educational community.
Professionalism, integrity, culture and spark! These are the traits that attracted Mike Bacchus to Optimum Talent. Mike offers over 20 years of experience at the senior management level, including over 18 years within the professional search and HR advisory space.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Athabasca University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management, and a Masters of Business Administration. After 10 years in the health care industry with major Fortune 500 companies such as Baxter Corporation and Merck & Co., he joined the David Aplin Group in 1998. As President of the organization, Mike was part of a team that achieved tremendous success. Mike then joined Conroy Ross Partners in 2009, soon to become CEO until their recent sale to Optimum Talent Inc. in 2017.
Mike believes that surrounding oneself with exceptional people leads to personal and professional growth. His career has focused on attracting leading talent and harnessing that energy to produce outstanding results. His accomplishments include being recognized with awards such as one of “Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies” in 2007 and again in 2008, in addition to recognition as a Canadian Profit 100 firm. Mike was recognized by Business in Edmonton Magazine as a 2014 Leader of Tomorrow, and most recently, Optimum Talent was recognized by the Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards as one of Canada’s Best Talent Management Consulting Companies in 2017.
Corporate social responsibility is a cornerstone at Optimum Talent and a key component of our culture. Mike is a true believer in giving back as displayed through his recent professional and community involvements, including:
Diane first joined the firm in 2012 as a Principal on the Executive Search team after twenty years with a major financial institution. In 2014, she decided to take on a new challenge within the firm and transitioned to a leadership position on the corporate services team. In her current role as Chief Administration Officer, Diane is responsible for overseeing and managing all corporate functions and team members to ensure the successful achievement of the firm’s annual strategic plan. Her previous leadership roles in the areas of finance, strategic planning, sales and change management allow her to see the spectrum in each corporate function.
Diane is the epitome of a team player. She is always willing to lend a hand, provide strategic guidance and participate on any project or initiative whether it is large scale IT implementations or a social event in the office.
Dedicated to her community, Diane sits on the University Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees Committee.
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.
Marie Pinsonneault is well known in the Montreal business community for her leadership, her contagious energy and her innovative spirit.
While Marie has played key business roles for almost 35 years, she has more specifically been involved in HR and talent consulting since 2006. Prior to discovering the world of consulting, she led various organisations and business units, in addition to fulfilling several executive functions with prominent companies.
In 1984, Marie founded Intelpro Inc., her own business which specialized in databases and digital information. The company was acquired by Thomson Corp. in 1991, but she maintained her leadership role until 1997. She then moved on to fulfill various executive assignments in the media industry, including the position of New Media & Business Development Executive Director at Radio Canada.
Marie initially embraced her HR consulting career working with a well-know executive search firm. She then became Senior Vice-president at Aon Hewitt where she led eastern Canada’s business development for almost 10 years.
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 book, titled “Accelerating Leadership Development”, was published by Wiley and focuses on leadership assessment, leadership development and succession management.
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.
René is a Partner with Optimum Talent and is responsible for leading the private sector Executive Search practice in Edmonton. René is passionate about the recruitment industry and is actively involved in every aspect of the search process, including business development, research, interviewing, candidate assessments, and client management.
Prior to joining Optimum Talent, René spent several years gathering experience in the areas of client relations, project and account management, and business development within the Oil & Gas and Pharmaceutical industries. He discovered his true passion for the executive search industry in his former role at a local recruitment firm.
Since joining Optimum Talent, René has placed top executives for leading organizations in a variety of industries with a focus on the industrial services market in Northern Alberta. René believes in the value of his client partnerships and strives to ensure that every client experience is a positive and memorable one.
René holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Psychology major from the University of Alberta. He currently sits on the Alberta Forward and Edmonton Ski Club Board of Directors, and is the past Vice Chair of Kids Up Front Edmonton. He donates his time to youth leadership initiatives in his community. When weather permits, you can find René relaxing at the lake and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Samantha Wood leads our Executive Search team in Central Ontario. With 12 years of search experience throughout North America, her expertise spans multiple functions in both the public and private sector including sales, marketing, human resources, operations and engineering at the Director level through to C-suite.
Samantha has been in a leadership capacity for over 15 years and has grown successful teams both in the recruitment industry as well as in her former role of Regional Sales Manager for a wireless communication company. Hiring, mentoring, engaging and motivating top talent has always been a priority for Samantha, which has provided her with first-hand experience and appreciation for her clients’ needs.
Samantha graduated with a Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. She continuously leverages her education by approaching each search with a proven methodology. She believes that the right research, broad thinking and overall client and candidate commitment is what drives a comprehensive and fulfilling recruitment experience.