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Professionalism, integrity, culture and spark! These are the traits that attracted Mike Bacchus to Gallagher. Mike offers over 25 years of experience at the executive level, including 23 years within the executive search, leadership development 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, a Master of Business Administration, and is a Certified Executive Coach. 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 with Optimum Talent Inc. after the merger with Conroy Ross Partners in 2017. Optimum Talent Inc. was then acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher in the fall of 2020.
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 Optimum Talent was recognized by the Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards as one of Canada’s Best Talent Management Consulting Companies in 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021.
Corporate social responsibility is a cornerstone at Gallagher and a key component of our culture. Mike is a true believer in giving back as displayed through his recent professional and community involvement, including: