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Press Release

Optimum Talent Announces Appointment of Jocelyn Bérard as President for the Central Region

Toronto -- September 29, 2020 -- 

Optimum Talent, Canada’s largest privately-owned integrated talent management firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jocelyn Bérard as President for the Central Region.

For the past five months, Jocelyn has been acting as Interim President. Despite stepping into the role amidst a global pandemic, he has successfully proven his ability to lead one of Optimum Talent’s largest regions and position it for growth.

“At Optimum Talent, we are committed to the ongoing advancement of our colleagues. Jocelyn’s track record of success and leadership capabilities made it an easy choice to formally move him into the President role. Known as a thought leader, Jocelyn brings expert guidance to our clients, delivers exceptional work and is a mobilizing leader for our team. We are confident that Jocelyn has the right combination of traits and skills to help drive Optimum Talent forward,” stated Mike Bacchus, CEO.

Jocelyn Bérard_President for the Central Region“It is a tremendous vote of confidence from Optimum Talent to appoint me as the President for the Central Region. I have seen the dedication of our team to each other, our clients, and to the overall success of the firm, and I am more determined than ever to guide the central team towards a great future,” stated Jocelyn Bérard, President of the Central Region.

Jocelyn Bérard joined Optimum Talent in March 2015 as Senior Vice President in our Leadership, Assessment and Development practice. Originally from  Quebec, he has worked across the globe, specializing in human resources and business management in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. His areas of expertise include 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’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an Executive MBA. He is the author of “Accelerating Leadership Development”, a book focusing on leadership assessment, leadership development, and succession management.


About Optimum Talent

Optimum Talent enables organizations to achieve success through people. We collaborate with leading organizations to recruit, develop, engage, retain, and transition talent. The result for our clients is a stronger employer brand, and a team of talent with the capability to achieve their business goals.

With origins dating back over 40 years, Optimum Talent has grown to over 250 colleagues operating in 14 offices from coast to coast. We provide expertise in Search SolutionsLeadership, Assessment + Development, and Career Transition + Outplacement.



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