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We’re an executive search and leadership advisory firm with history.
Our history matters. Our firm has grown and evolved from its humble beginnings to Canada’s go-to executive search and leadership advisory firm. We started this firm in 2009 thinking ‘there’s got to be a better way.’  A more personalized, customized and, frankly, fun way to do search and lead people. Ours is a people business and working with people, helping people and getting the best out of people should be enjoyable! Since 2009, we’ve evolved into a full-service human capital advisory firm that serves as a trusted advisor and a true partner to our clients for all their people-related essentials.

quote “I go to Pekarsky & Co. because I know that they are connected on the inside looking out, not on the outside looking in.”

- Partner, National Law Firm
Although Pekarsky & Co. was officially incorporated in July 2009, our roots could be traced back to the 1930s. Founding Partner, Adam Pekarsky, had a grandfather on his dad’s side, Leo, who was a practicing lawyer back then.  His grandfather on his mom’s side was Henry Singer, who brought an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to community through both his menswear store and his deep involvement with the Edmonton Elks football team and numerous other civic philanthropic pursuits. It should not be surprising, therefore, that today Pekarsky & Co. combines excellence in the people business and a keen sense of community as well.

In April 2014 the firm welcomed its first ever employee, Ranju Shergill, into the partnership. Having enjoyed a front row seat to the firm’s growth and evolution since inception in 2009, Ranju added not only invaluable institutional memory but excellent search expertise and leadership credentials. And in 2022, the firm opened its Toronto office under the leadership of Shannon Leo.

To read about the full Pekarsky & Co. team today, click here.

WE KNOW SEARCH

We know that while the science of finding people these days is well established, 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 hospitality and hard work and a handshake still matter.
We know our clients, care about our candidates, and give back to our community.
After all, we know people.

WE KNOW LEADERSHIP

We know that leadership is changing as we emerge from Covid. We struggle with balancing culture-building and productivity with our employees’ desire to work from home.  We struggle with the rapid social change around us, not all of which makes everybody equally comfortable. Those organizations that stubbornly dig in and cling to the past will be left behind. They will be the workplace dinosaurs of our generation and they will go extinct. Like all change efforts, some will work incredibly hard to create change; others will wait it out. Some will cling more tightly than ever to the power, position and authority they have worked so hard to amass. Others will insist on a new way forward. At this time, in this moment, standing up for change will mean reimagining leadership. We’re here to help.

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We have completed hundreds of executive job searches and leadership advisory mandates, leveraging our cross-industry experience and broad functional expertise.


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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“As an executive who has interacted with dozens of national and global recruiting agents and firms over the years, Pekarsky & Co. is simply the most respectful, collaborative and ultimately effective recruiting firm you will find. From a candidate perspective, I felt that I was truly understood and respected and from a client perspective, we are totally satisfied with the proactive approach to finding long-term, culturally- aligned candidates. Pekarsky & Co. re-humanizes recruiters.”

- Chief Marketing Officer, Law Firm

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No search or leadership advisory firm in Canada has a team as capable as ours. Every member of the firm is highly educated, exceedingly likeable and unfailingly professional. Click on these smiling faces for details.


Adam
Adam Pekarsky
Founding Partner, Calgary
Ranju
Ranju Shergill
Partner, Calgary
Cameron
Cameron McDonald
Client Partner, Calgary
Erin
Erin Dand
Client Partner, Calgary
Susie
Susie Besler
Principal, Calgary
Kate
Kate Spencer
Associate, Calgary/Toronto
Kiara
Kiara Marika
Director, Marketing & Administration, Calgary/Toronto
Jill
Jill Birch
Director, Leadership Development, Toronto/Calgary
Juan
Juan Bidart
Research Associate / Graphic Designer, Calgary/Toronto
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Award Winning Executive Search Firm

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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Calgary
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Enbridge
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Jayman
MEG
Tourism Calgary
Nutrien
Paramount Resources
YYC
Enmax
Suncor
Tidewater
quote “It is important for our firm to work with recruiting professionals who are bright, responsive, conscientious and knowledgeable. Everyone we have dealt with at Pekarsky & Co. has met those requirements and more.”

- Director Recruitment, Global Law Firm
quote “They maintain that small, boutique feel; it’s high-touch, great communication, you always know they are on it. They are like an extension of your own team. It doesn’t have that big, artificial feel [of their competitors].”

- Human Resources Director, Environmental Services
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Community

COMMITTED TO COMMUNITY

We believe our work benefits the communities in which we live and play. We believe strongly in giving back to the communities we serve through philanthropic endeavours and volunteerism by all members of our team. A percentage of all revenues generated by the Firm are earmarked for causes that matter to us.

We served as a long-time Gold Level sponsor of the Candy Cane Gala in support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and, for eight consecutive years, we participated in the Gordie Howe CARES Alzheimer’s hockey tournament; a cause for which our firm has directly helped raise over $430,000. We continue to serve on not-for-profit Boards throughout the city.

All current members of P&Co. are actively involved in our broader community.  Here is a listing of some of the relevant contributions our partners and employees are making every day.


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