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Erin Dand

PRINCIPAL

 

Erin Dand is a Principal at Pekarsky & Co., where she leads executive search mandates across a variety of industries and roles. As a recovering corporate lawyer, she has particular expertise in conducting legal searches, but her experience extends to senior leadership searches across a number of sectors, including the not-for-profit, tourism & hospitality and professional services industries, to name a few.

 

Erin is known for being an articulate storyteller and for her ability to deeply understand her client’s organization, operations and culture. She believes in truly serving as an extension of her client in the marketplace and getting to know the personal and professional stories of her candidates just as well.

 

Before Erin delved into the world of executive search, she grew up on the family grain farm in Saskatchewan. As the eldest of four kids, she has always enjoyed being around people. Innately curious about business and the world around her, she went on to obtain a Bachelor of Commerce, High Honours in Finance with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Her educational and life pursuits have also allowed her to learn about many different cultures and people from around the world – she has spent time living in France, India, Italy, Israel and Hong Kong, as well as across Canada.

 

Today, Erin actively volunteers in many areas of her church and with several professional organizations. Her professional and community endeavours were recognized when she was named one of the “Top 35 under 35” in Canada’s energy sector in the July 2016 edition of Alberta Oil magazine.

 

When Erin is not in the office, she can be found spending time with friends and family, learning a new creative skill or planning her next travel adventure.


EDUCATION
  • Western University – Trois-Pistoles, Québec, French Immersion Program, 2014
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Juris Doctor, 2014
  • University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Semester Exchange, 2013
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, Summer Exchange Program, 2012
  • Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy, Summer Exchange Program, 2012
  • Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Commerce with High Honours in Finance with Great Distinction, 2010
  • Rouen Business School, Rouen, France, Semester Exchange, 2009
  • Université Laval, Québec, Québec, French Immersion Program, 2008
AWARDS

As a Corporate Lawyer

  • Named “Top 35 under 35” in July 2016 edition of Alberta Oil Magazine

 

From Osgoode Hall Law School

  • York International Mobility Award
  • Osgoode Hall Law School Upper Year Award of Excellence
  • The Osgoode Centennial Entrance Scholarship for the Prairie Provinces

 

From the University of Saskatchewan

  • Edward R. Kendrick Scholarship
  • President’s First and Best Scholarship
  • Edwards School of Business Continuing Undergraduate Scholarship
  • U of S Scholarship for Academic Achievement
  • Finance Club Award
  • Joseph Thompson Scholarship
  • Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Greystone Scholar

 

Prior to Post-Secondary

  • Was named Junior Citizen of the Year in Kindersley for 2005/2006 year
  • Students Against Drinking and Driving Saskatchewan Sarah Dunleavy Memorial Award
  • Saskatchewan Learning Scholarship
  • Millennium Excellence Award (awarded by the Federal Government)
  • Youth Leadership Award from the Kindersley Masons
  • St. Joseph’s Parish Scholarship (Kindersley)
  • Miller Thomson National Scholarship
  • Kindersley and District Credit Union Scholarship
  • Saskatchewan Government Employee’s Union Scholarship
  • Student Representative Council Outstanding Dedication Scholarship from Kindersley Composite School
  • Oddfellow’s and Rebekah Lodge Kindersley Scholarship
VOLUNTEER
  • Volunteer with Young Women in Energy, Calgary, AB (2016 – present)
  • Volunteer with Calgary Full Gospel Church, Calgary, AB (2015 to present)
  • Executive Member of Calgary’s International Business Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, AB (2015-2016)
  • Vice-President External of the Legal & Literary Society (Osgoode’s Student Government), Toronto, ON (2012-2013)
  • Volunteer with Osgoode Business Clinic, Toronto, ON (2011-2012)
  • Volunteer with International Legal Partnership at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, ON (2011-2012)
  • Volunteer Member of the Vanier Show Choir at York University, Toronto, ON (2011)
  • Volunteer with Community & Legal Aid Services Programme (Osgoode’s student-run legal clinic), Toronto, ON (2011)
  • Volunteer with AIESEC Saskatoon, Saskatoon, SK (2008)
  • Volunteer with ace:Saskatchewan (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship), Saskatoon, SK (2006 to 2008) [Note: Program is now called Enactus today]
    • Held the following positions over the years: Brand Team Member, Marketing Coordinator, Junior Achievement Advisor
  • Board Member of Students Against Drinking and Driving Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan (provincial board) (2005 to 2008)
  • Executive Member of Saskatchewan Youth Parliament, Saskatchewan (province-wide organization) (2006 – 2007)
LANGUAGES
French, German, Swedish, Swiss German, English

“My philosophy to search? Be respectful. Be thorough. Be kind. And above all, treat others the way that you would like to be treated. It’s that simple.”

– Erin

CONTACT ERIN

“With several offers on the table and tight deadlines to respond, Erin understood the sensitivity of my circumstances and arranged to meet me the next day. Erin took the time to understand my career goals and ensured the opportunities considered would advance my career. Having worked as a transaction lawyer in a national law firm, Erin has a profound understanding of the cultures, personalities and nuances of many of the large Calgary firms. I was confident Erin was committed to serving my interests and ensuring both sides were a good a fit. Within days she was able to arrange for an interview with a top tier national firm.”

Associate, National Law Firm (Placed by Erin)