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Working with executives to board members, and with emerging local start-ups to established companies large and small, Pekarsky & Co. excels at finding top talent and providing leadership development services that propel mission-critical learning, drive performance and align with strategy.
Pekarsky & Co. is an award-winning, independently owned and operated executive search and leadership advisory firm headquartered in Calgary, Alberta and serving exceptional clients Victoria to St. John’s while sourcing exceptional candidates and leadership best practices from around the globe.

Bringing over 80 years of experience combined in executive search and leadership development consulting, the award-winning team at Pekarsky & Co. deliver best practices from across the industry and around the world with the approachability and prairie practicality of a front porch visit.

For over 10 years we’ve seen the human capital industry transform. The largest Rolodex no longer wins the day; rather, the art of storytelling and relationship building have formed the foundation of the firm’s long-standing success. We excel at providing tailor-made client solutions for unique challenges. We know process, but we also know when to colour outside the lines. We co-create customized executive search and leadership development programs that drive results and meet the needs of our clients. We know that even in an automated age, great service, hard work and the human touch still matter.

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*Successful Search Completion Rate

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Calgary
Shell
Enbridge
CP
Enerflex
Jayman
MEG
Tourism Calgary
Nutrien
Paramount Resources
YYC
Enmax
Suncor
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WE KNOW PEOPLE

We take a personal, customized approach to executive recruitment and leadership advisory mandates across multiple industries and functions. 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 executive and high potential coaching or our “Mission Critical 100” on-boarding program; whether you’re a seasoned Board Chair, a start-up contemplating a greenfield build, or a private equity backed portfolio company looking to drive value, WE KNOW PEOPLE.

WE KNOW RESULTS

If it’s an executive search mandate, we don’t stop until the role is filled. Fully 40% of our fees are not payable until the placed candidate’s first day at. And we succeed often; fully 99% of all executive search mandates on which are engaged result in successful hires. On leadership advisory mandates, it’s a true partnership that lasts well beyond the specific mandate; we are cultivating lifelong partnerships that transcend the transactional.

Whether leading a search, coaching an executive, facilitating a retreat or running your management team through unconscious bias training, we understand very clearly that we are an extension of our client in the marketplace. Throughout the course of any mandate, a cast of hundreds is involved; either as potential candidates, helpful sources, decision makers within the client company; co-creators and collaborators on a specific project; or even the local bakery that delivers Pekarsky & Co. logoed cupcakes at the conclusion of any mandate.

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.

And when you engage us on a leadership advisory mandate, we quickly start speaking in the first-person plural; it’s not your retreat, it’s our collective effort. It’s not your success; it’s ours together. We go to market as one and we celebrate successes together.
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YOUR EXECUTIVE SEARCH AND LEADERSHIP ADVISORY 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.

HEADHUNTERS WITH HEART

We believe that being boutique means buying local and supporting local. When you live, play and work in the same community as your clients, vendors and competitors, there is nowhere to hide and no anonymity. We don’t give for the sake of giving. We give because it feels great and because we have a social conscience and because we believe that making our communities stronger, makes us stronger.


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GLOBAL REACH

Today’s market is a global stage. Many of our clients are international and increasingly our mandates are borderless: the best candidates and most innovate solutions can be sourced anywhere in the world. We are proud members of Panorama Leadership, 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 50 offices and over 24 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
  • Agriculture
  • Arts & Culture
  • Automotive
  • Communications & High-tech
  • Education
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Financial Services
  • Forestry
  • Government/Municipalities
  • Healthcare
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Not-for-profit
  • Oil & Gas
  • Oilfield Services
  • Power & Utilities
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate & Property Development
  • Renewable Energy
  • Retail
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Transportation & Logistics
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
SAMPLING OF LEADERSHIP MANDATES COMPLETED
  • Executive and High Potential Coaching
  • Total Assessment Experiences
  • “Mission Critical 100” - Executive and New Role On-Boarding
  • Succession Planning: Launching the Future Face of Leadership
  • Emerging Talent & High Potential Leadership Development
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Where Words Meet Action
  • Unconscious Bias Training
  • Retreat Facilitation
INDUSTRIES SERVED
  • Agriculture
  • Arts & Culture
  • Automotive
  • Communications & High-tech
  • Education
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Financial Services
  • Forestry
  • Government / Municipalities
  • Healthcare
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Not-for-profit
  • Oil & Gas
  • Oilfield Services
  • Power & Utilities
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate & Property Development
  • Renewable Energy
  • Retail
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Transportation & Logistics
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
SAMPLING OF LEADERSHIP MANDATES COMPLETED
  • Executive and High Potential Coaching
  • Total Assessment Experiences
  • “Mission Critical 100” - Executive and New Role On-Boarding
  • Succession Planning: Launching the Future Face of Leadership
  • Emerging Talent & High Potential Leadership Development
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Where Words Meet Action
  • Unconscious Bias Training
  • Retreat Facilitation

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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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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.
Is your Executive Coaching program targeted only at high potentials or would you also work with individuals in an organization who are struggling?
Investment in coaching helps all individuals in an organization, and teams within an organization, foster new mindsets. Our coaching can be either Development coaching or Performance coaching. There are common elements to both: growing self-awareness, building executive presence, strengthening alignment and accountability, identifying key issues, priorities and strategies requiring support, developing team building skills and enhancing communication among internal and external stakeholders.

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