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We’re an executive search firm with history.

Our history matters. Our firm has grown and evolved from its humble beginnings to Canada’s go-to boutique executive search firm. In starting this firm in 2009 we thought ‘there’s got to be a better way to do search.’  A more personalized, customized and, frankly, fun way to do search.
 
Pekarsky & Co. was officially incorporated in July 2009 but 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 Eskimos football team and numerous philanthropic pursuits. It should not be surprising, therefore, that today Pekarsky & Co. combines excellence in search 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 adds not only invaluable institutional memory but excellent search expertise and credentials.

With a talented team and big firm resources, clients are not paying for high overhead, international offices or multiple and divergent lines of business that distract from the core mission of providing customized, nimble and responsive service.


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

- Partner, National Law Firm

Our secret sauce is this: throughout the course of any search we engage with literally hundreds of people; yet there is only one placed candidate. From the decision makers within the client, to potential candidates, to helpful sources and even the bakery that sends a congratulatory box of Pekarsky & Co. branded cupcakes to the placed candidate. All of them play a critical role on every search and we know and respect that.
 
When you hire us, we become an extension of you in the market. Our credibility and yours become inexorably linked. Who takes your message to market is just as important as how it is taken there.

WE KNOW SEARCH

We know that while there isn’t much of a science to finding people these days, 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.

GLOBAL CAPABILITY, LOCAL SENSITIVITY

The search for talent is borderless: the best candidates may be anywhere in the world (and close to home). Clients increasingly demand candidates with global experience and an international perspective that reflects their business.
 
Through our affiliation with 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, we are able to compete head to head with the “Big 5” global search firms but do so at a lower price point and without compromising our boutique roots and ability to customize our process to suit our clients’ needs.
 
Though our firm is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, we have served clients in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s.



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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
“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 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
Ranju
Ranju Shergill
Partner
James
James Sweetman
Principal
Susie
Susie Besler
Principal
Erin
Erin Dand
Associate
Amy
Amy Livermore
Office Administrator & Marketing Coordinator
Cameron
Cameron McDonald
Principal & Executive Recruiter
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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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United Way
Deloitte
Shell
Enbridge
Encana
Agrium
University of Calgary
Juno
Tourism Calgary
Travel Alberta
Aimco
Bentham
Public Library
Capital Power
Cenovus
citadel
CNIB
Enmax
Finning
Gordie
kpmg
Leaf Wise
Law Society
Parkland
Pure Technologies
Stuart Olson
Suncor
TransCanada
YMCA
Ivanhoe
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 seven 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 sit 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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