James Sweetman



James joined Pekarsky & Co. in 2015 and is a Principal in the Calgary office. He brings a diverse professional background in sales, marketing, military service, and more than five years experience in recruitment. He specializes in executive search and career development, working with senior professionals with functional expertise in sales, marketing, legal, human resources, c-suite and board members. James also has in-depth knowledge of the professional services, energy, not-for-profit and public sectors in Calgary.


Prior to joining the firm, James worked for a number of years in sales and marketing at a boutique advertising agency and a major retail brand. He then embarked on a career in the military and entered the British Army officer training program at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. The course is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and prestigious in the world, with a focus on military training, human resources, leadership development, and management.


James then immigrated to Calgary and joined a specialist recruitment agency and then a global contingent workforce and project management consultancy. In his career to date, he has placed professionals with diverse corporate services expertise and technical specialties across a host of industries, partnering with sole proprietors to global private/public companies.


James graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of York and is a member of the Calgary Marketing Association. He is a Mentor with the Military Employment Transition Program for Canada Company and is an Officer of the Honourable Guard for The Military Museums Foundation. He spends his spare time cycling, playing field hockey and hiking the Rocky Mountains.

  • Hereford Cathedral School, UK, 2005
  • The University of York, UK, Bachelor of Arts, 2008
  • Hereford Cathedral School, Robert Powell Award for History, 2005
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, 2005
  • Find Azer Kids Fundraiser
  • Bow Valley College, Program Advisory Committee Member, 2016 – present
  • Inn From the Cold, Lunch Service Volunteer, 2016 – present
  • The Military Museums Foundation, Officer of the Honourable Guard, 2016 – present
  • Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer, Rider, 2016
  • The University of York, Student Welfare Officer, 2006 – 2007



“Executive search is not just about putting candidates in jobs. It’s about helping organizations form long-term relationships with the people who genuinely want them to succeed.”

– James


“The experience at Pekarsky & Co was first class. From the moment we discussed the opportunity, to each step of a lengthy four month recruiting process, I was prepared, coached and knew the next step in my career path was in good hands. I was placed in a position and an organization that aligned exactly to my strengths. I would recommend Pekarsky & Co. to anyone looking to make a change as they are honest and professional and have your best interests at heart. Thank you James!”

Vice President, Marketing