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Pekarsky & Co. is a boutique, specialized executive search firm headquartered in Calgary serving exceptional clients from Vancouver to St. John’s.

 

Bringing over 50 years of combined search experience from several of the country’s leading executive search firms, the executive recruiters at Pekarsky & Co. deliver best practices from across the industry with the prairie friendliness of a front porch visit.

 

We know that in the LinkedIn era, there isn’t much of a science to finding people, there is an absolute art to building real relationships.

 

We know process, but we also know when to colour outside the lines. We know that even in a digital age, hospitality, hard work and a handshake still matter.

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United Way
Deloitte
Shell
Enbridge
Encana
Agrium
University of Calgary
Juno
Tourism Calgary
Travel Alberta


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600 *Number of searches we’ve successfully completed—so far.
600

*Number of searches
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WE KNOW PEOPLE

We take a personal, customized approach to executive recruitment for difficult to fill positions across multiple industries. Our clients wouldn’t call us if it were easy.

 

Whether it’s a C-Suite executive of a for-profit, public company or an Executive Director of a charitable foundation; whether it’s an associate for a professional services firm or an association of professionals; whether it’s a Board Chair, a greenfield build, or a private equity backed startup looking for their first hire, we know people.

WE KNOW RESULTS

We don’t stop until the role is filled. Fully two-thirds of our fees are not payable by the client unless and until we are successful. And we succeed often; fully 99% of all mandates on which we are engaged result in successful hires.

 

We understand very clearly that we are an extension of our client in the marketplace. Throughout the course of a search, a cast of hundreds is involved; either as potential candidates, helpful sources, decision makers within the client company or even the bakery that delivers Pekarsky & Co. logoed cupcakes on the candidate’s first day.

 

With every touch point, we are representing you in the market and we work just as hard to ensure the finalist candidate is the right fit as we do to ensure that every person who helps us along the way is acknowledged for their assistance with executive jobs. This may seem self-evident but our experience working at other national and global search firms is that it’s not as obvious as you may think.

YOUR EXECUTIVE SEARCH TEAM

We get it: our credibility and our client’s credibility are intertwined. And we believe that who takes your message to market matters just as much as how it’s taken there.

 

Our team is highly educated, exceptionally well-trained and have chosen search as their vocation, not simply as their job. That is the essence of our boutique offering and that, among others, is what differentiates us from the large national or global firms.

 

There is a leaning amongst the more traditional executive search firms toward ‘pale, stale and male’; both in their own makeup and the candidates and clients they represent.  The world is changing and though our team believes the best candidate should always get the job, we believe that diversity of thought, gender and background makes us better and, by extension, makes our clients better too.

GLOBAL REACH

Today’s market is a global stage. Many of our clients are international and increasingly our searches are borderless: the best candidates may be anywhere in the world. We are proud members of Panorama, a global network of partners that together form an exclusive alliance of leading independent executive search firms, active over the world’s major time zones.

 

Together, Panorama has over 30 offices and over 70 partners across Europe, Australasia, The Americas, Africa and Asia. Panorama was founded with a like-minded approach to quality work and shared values and ethics.

 

We operate beyond geographical constraints which means each of our partners offer clients both global capability and local sensitivity. We have a long track record of advising clients at the most senior level in our own markets and through Panorama share a strategic commitment to excellence.



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Award-Winning Executive Recruiters

We are proud to announce that our firm was a winner of the Canadian Lawyer Magazine Readers' Choice Awards. We were also honoured in 2015 with a Business in Calgary Leaders Award recognizing our commitment to our community, and in 2016 we received an Alberta Venture Fast Growth 50 Award, as one of Alberta’s fastest growing companies.
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We have completed hundreds of executive job searches, leveraging our cross-industry experience. We find the perfect fit for every search, from specialists to managers to the C-Suite.


INDUSTRIES SERVED
  • Energy
  • Professional Services
  • Manufacturing, Construction & Real Estate
  • Communications & High-tech
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Healthcare & Pharmacy
  • Not-for-profit
  • Government
  • Municipal
FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Health & Safety
  • Legal
  • Board
  • Marketing, Communications & Board Development
  • Operations
  • Supply Chain
SAMPLING OF SEARCHES COMPLETED
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • General Counsel
  • Vice President, Human Resources
  • Corporate Legal Counsel
  • Executive Director
  • Law Firm Partners & Associates
  • Accounting Firm Partners & Associates
  • Director, Health & Safety
  • Director, Supply Chain
  • Director, Taxation
  • Director, Client Relations & Communications
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Government Relations
  • Manager, Training & Development
  • Manager, Information & Records Management
  • Post-Secondary Roles
INDUSTRIES SERVED
  • Energy
  • Professional Services
  • Manufacturing, Construction & Real Estate
  • Communications & High-tech
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Healthcare & Pharmacy
  • Not-for-profit
  • Government
  • Municipal
FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Health & Safety
  • Legal
  • Board
  • Marketing, Communications & Board Development
  • Operations
  • Supply Chain
SAMPLING OF SEARCHES COMPLETED
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • General Counsel
  • Vice President, Human Resources
  • Corporate Legal Counsel
  • Executive Director
  • Law Firm Partners & Associates
  • Accounting Firm Partners & Associates
  • Director, Health & Safety
  • Director, Supply Chain
  • Director, Taxation
  • Director, Client Relations & Communications
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Government Relations
  • Manager, Training & Development
  • Manager, Information & Records Management
  • Post-Secondary Roles

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Adam Pekarsky is a self-described recovering lawyer who didn’t find his true passion until the age of 39 when he started his own business in the midst of a crushing global economic crisis. He is now leading an award-winning executive search firm and regarded as a trusted advisor to the legal profession.

 

Adam is a provocative, at times irreverent, speaker who always gives thoughtful and engaging keynote speeches on a broad range of topics impacting the human condition and, more specifically, the lawyer human condition, if you accept the premise that lawyers are, in fact, human.



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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens if you’re unsuccessful filling the role?
We get it. You pay us a lot of money to find you the perfect candidate and you are absolutely right to ask ‘what if we pay you all this money and you don’t find us anyone?” There are three answers to this question. First, it almost never happens. In fact, our fill ratio over the course of our nearly 600 searches during our firm’s history is close to 99%.

Second, our fee structure motivates us to run through the finish line, no matter how long it takes. Unlike most traditional search firms who send invoices throughout the process, fully 2/3 of our fees are at risk until we successfully fill the role. Add to that, the Principals, Associates and Researchers on the project team for your search don’t get paid their performance bonus unless and until the search closes. Suffice to say, they don’t give up easily.

Third, in that one in a hundred times it does happen, usually our client has moved the goal posts during the course of the search.  So long as the search we are asked to execute upon reflects the “must haves” and core competencies as spelled out at the kick off meeting when the search is initiated and so long as the client isn’t entirely focused on hiring a purple squirrel, we’ll be successful. Full stop.
What is your area of search specialization?
Though we are best known for our expertise in legal search, we do much more than that. If the executive job exists at the corporate head office and is a manager-level role or above, we can help. Basically, any senior role in the company in legal, marketing, HR, finance, accounting or other areas broadly under the corporate services umbrella is our wheelhouse.

When times are booming, our task is to find a needle in a hay stack.  When the market is soft, our challenge is even greater: to find a needle in a needle stack.  Regardless of market conditions, you want to ensure you are hiring the very best person possible and we have the researches, resources and resourcefulness to do just that.
Why should we hire you when we can just post on our website and rely on LinkedIn?
Any time you are adding talent to your team, you have to ask yourself the following question:  Do you want to hire the best person who applies for the job or the best person, period?

We believe there is often a significant delta between the caliber of candidate who is actively seeking a job by applying to postings online and utilizing social networks such as LinkedIn and the candidate who is not actively looking for a job and, in many instances, doesn’t even have a resume or even a LinkedIn profile.  The best candidates are usually busy working, not busy looking.

When times are booming, our task is to find a needle in a hay stack.  When the market is soft, our challenge is even greater: to find a needle in a needle stack.  Regardless of market conditions, you want to ensure you are hiring the very best person possible and we have the researches, resources and resourcefulness to do just that.
What is your differentiator?
Our single biggest differentiator is our boutique offering. Like a boutique hotel or a corner bookstore or a local coffee shop, we can customize our offering to fit our client’s needs, timing, preferred mode of communication or anything else, really.

We pride ourselves in turning clients into friends and fans and our boutique offering is our ‘secret sauce.’ Whether it’s our exposed brick and sandstone offices, our policy of only displaying Alberta artists on our walls, our cupcake delivery to every placed candidate, or our constant and quiet devotion to paying things forward and doing good deeds, we know we are unlike any other search firm in Alberta.

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Bringing people together in a more personal, authentic way than an ‘and’ could ever do.


The Ampersand December 2017 – Brevity is the Soul of Wit


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Suite 200, 137 – 8th Ave SW
Stephen Avenue Mall
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B4
Phone: 403.263.4474