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Team Member

Mike Bacchus

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, 2018 and 2020.

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:

  • Director, Americas of IIC Partners
  • Director of World Health Fitness
  • Board Trustee on the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation
  • Norquest College Community Foundation
  • WPO Alberta Mentorship Chair
  • Director of Enerbuilt Technologies
  • Director of The Young President’s Organization (YPO)
  • Director with Junior Achievement Northern Alberta
  • Director of The Support Network
  • Director of The Royal Glenora
  • President and Director of the Entrepreneurs Organization
  • EO Global Mentorship Chair
  • Founding Friend of Little Warriors
  • Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

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