Julie Barron



Executive recruiter Julie is delighted to join Pekarsky & Co. as a Principal in the Edmonton office.


A long and winding road has led Julie to Pekarsky & Co. A native of London, Ontario, Julie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario.


She began her professional life as a singer and arts manager, performing throughout Europe and Asia with world-renowned ensembles from Canada, Germany and Sweden. In 1998 she moved to Belgium for a six-month contract with the International Federation for Choral Music, and as sometimes happens, ended up staying in Europe for seven years.


Along the way she acquired four languages, a wealth of life experience and a husband. Julie had the great fortune of living first in Switzerland for five years and then spending two years in Stockholm, Sweden, performing, recording, touring and also working as General Manager of an international, acclaimed ensemble World Voices.


In 2006 Julie actually did what many only dream of doing- she ran away with the circus. For seven years she held the position of Senior Artistic Talent Scout with Cirque du Soleil, scouring the world for unique and awe-inspiring singers, instrumentalists, actors, dancers and of course, clowns. One of her greatest achievements in the role was discovering not one but two pairs of little people who specialized in both acrobatics and acting for Cirque’s touring show Corteo.


Working in multicultural, face-paced environments has honed Julie’s diplomacy, strategic vision, innovative problem solving skills, and ability to work in ambiguous environments. She is optimistic, innovative, pragmatic, and doggedly determined to deliver excellence in everything she does.


In 2013, Julie’s husband Michael Zaugg was appointed Artistic Director and Principal conductor of Edmonton’s Pro Coro Canada, one of only a handful of professional choirs in the country. They relocated with their two young daughters to start a new life in Edmonton. Julie joined an executive search firm, transitioning from recruiting clowns to CEOs, which isn’t as big a leap as one might imagine. She gained valuable experience recruiting executives for all sectors, including municipal, non-profit, academic, public and private companies.


Julie, Michael and daughters Matilda and Clara love biking through Edmonton’s river valley, appreciate the strong sense of collaboration in the community, and go skiing in the mountains as often as possible.

  • University of Western Ontario, Honours, Bachelor of Music Education, 1995
  • AESC Executive Search Certification, 2015
  • Bishop Townsend Award, “Awarded to the student who demonstrates the highest integrity and compassion in all their interactions and contributions.” 1991
  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Western Ontario, 1995
  • UNESCO Ambassador of Peace, 1995-1999
  • As part of ensembles, Julie has won the BBC Let the Peoples Sing Choir Competition, which is the top choral competition in the world, organized by the European Broadcasting Union, along with many other national and international competitions. She has also performed in many of the top concert halls in Europe and Asia, as well as Carnegie Hall in the U.S.
  • Find Azer Kids Fundraiser
  • Ontario Choral Federation, Board of Directors
  • Volunteer for kids’ sports teams
French, German, Swedish, Swiss German, English
  • Bob Chilcott: Choral Works, Nordic Chamber Choir, Brilliant Classics (label)
  • Mozart: Secular Canons, Chamber Choir of Europe, Brilliant Classics
  • Bruckner: Complete Masses, Te Deum, Chamber Choir of Europe, Brilliant Classics
  • Mendelssohn: Complete Psalm Cantatas, Chamber Choir of Europe, Brilliant Classics
  • Bach: Chorales, Chamber Choir of Europe, Brilliant Classics
  • Mendelssohn: Choral Classics, Chamber Choir of Europe, Brilliant Classics
  • Musica Sacra- Mozart: Mass in C Minor, Chamber Choir of Europe, Brilliant Classics
  • Lauridson: O Magnum Mysterium, Chamber Choir of Europe, Brilliant Classics
  • Hymn to Life: Anders Paulsson Choir Music, Caprice Records
  • Steve Dobrogosz: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, Nosag Records
  • World Youth Choir: Live in Taiwan (one of four Canadians selected to participate)
  • World Youth Choir: Live in Japan (one of four Canadians selected to participate)

“I have recruited executives and clowns. There have been times that the process has been eerily similar.”

– Julie


“Pekarsky & Co. have been a key partner in the strategic development of our business by understanding our leadership requirements, and matching them to outstanding candidates. That’s no easy feat in the competitive market for top talent, especially in a hot market like Alberta. Through them, we’ve found people who execute our strategy.”

General Manager and Chief Administrative Officer