Erin Dand



Erin Dand is a Client Partner at Pekarsky & Co. where she leads executive search mandates across a wide variety of industries and functional roles. As a recovering corporate lawyer, she brings particular expertise leading legal-related searches.  She also regularly leads executive searches in many other industries, including not-for-profit, tourism & hospitality, professional and financial services, oil & gas and transportation, to name a few.


Erin is also a part of the Pekarsky & Co. Leadership Development consulting team and loves delving into human capital challenges, whether relating to equity, diversity & inclusion, succession planning, retention, leadership, strategic planning, or building culture.


Erin is a problem solver and a lifelong learner at heart. Her fascination with business, organizations and people has led her to spend the better part of a decade in school. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours in Finance with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She also holds a Certificate in Executive Research from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), the international body that sets the standard for the executive search and leadership consulting profession.


Erin loves to learn about and build relationships with people from all around the world. She has spent time studying and living in France, India, Italy, Israel and Hong Kong, as well as across Canada. She loves learning about and celebrating the unique perspectives of people from all walks of life, and is a champion of diversity, inclusion & equity efforts in the workplace and beyond.


Before Erin entered the professional world, she grew up on the family grain farm outside of Kindersley, Saskatchewan. To this day, picking rocks for hours on end on the back of her dad’s pickup truck remains the hardest “job” she has ever held. She takes that prairie work ethic into each search and leadership consulting mandate she takes on.


Today, Erin actively volunteers in many areas of her church and as a Mentor with CRIEC, the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council.  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, adventuring in the mountains, or diving into a new hobby. Sitting still is not one of Erin’s core strengths!


Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, ON, 2014)

As part of her Juris Doctor, Erin also completed studies at:

  • University of Hong Kong, Chinese Law and International Law (Hong Kong, 2013)
  • Hebrew University, International Comparative Law (Jerusalem, Israel, 2012)
  • Monash University, International Commercial Arbitration (Prato, Italy, 2012)


Bachelor of Commerce, High Honours in Finance with Great Distinction, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK, 2010)

As part of her Bachelor of Commerce, Erin also completed studies at:

  • Rouen Business School, International Business (Rouen, France, 2009)


French Studies

  • Western University, French Immersion Program (Trois-Pistoles, QC, 2014)
  • Université Laval, French Immersion Program (Quèbec, QC, 2008)

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
  • Mentor with Calgary Region Immigrant Council (CRIEC) Internationally Trained Lawyer Mentorship Program, Calgary, AB (2018 – present)
  • Volunteer with Calgary Full Gospel Church, Calgary, AB (2015 – present)


Previous Volunteer Experience:

  • Volunteer with Young Women in Energy, Calgary, AB
  • Executive Member of Calgary’s International Business Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, AB

English, French (intermediate level)

“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


“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)