Susie Besler



Susie joined Pekarsky & Co. as a Principal in April, 2016. She brings with her a diverse background in the executive recruitment, healthcare and professional services industries.


Susie draws from her experiences as an entrepreneur, Chartered Accountant and Registered Nurse to bring both technical and business understanding to each client engagement.


As a CA herself, Susie naturally leads the majority of Pekarsky & Co.’s senior finance and accounting searches though she has enjoyed the opportunity to branch into executive and operational C-Suite recruitment as well. She is known to her clients and candidates for her dedicated professionalism, business acumen and expertise in matching talent to client needs.


After many years spent at home raising her children, Susie reentered the workforce in 2012. With her genuine interest in peoples’ personal stories, customer service focus and drive to succeed, recruitment appeared to be a natural fit.


Prior to joining Pekarsky & Co., Susie worked as a Search Manager with Conroy Ross Partners, since acquired by Optimum Talent, where she specialized in the recruitment of finance and accounting leaders for organizations in Calgary.


Before transitioning to a career path in recruitment, Susie embarked on the life learning adventure of building her own business from the ground up. After much blood, sweat and tears, Core Fitness evolved from an empty commercial space to an energized fitness center filled with members reaching new heights. Susie’s experience owning and managing Core Fitness gave her a whole new appreciation for small business success. After two years, and with two small children at home and one on the way, Susie sold Core Fitness to focus on raising her young family.


Susie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and a Nursing Diploma from the University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing. Upon obtaining her business degree, Susie articled with KPMG in Calgary where she served clients in the oil and gas, agriculture and manufacturing industries for four years before earning her Chartered Accountant designation.


When not at work, Susie can be found at her other full time job as mom to her four children. She is active in her community through her volunteer efforts with her kids’ sports teams. In her free time, Susie enjoys reading, cooking, interior design and spending time with good friends.

  • University of Calgary Faculty of Management, Bachelor of Commerce 1997
  • University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing, Graduate Nurse Diploma 1995
  • University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing, Governor General Award 1995
  • Annual volunteer positions/commitments on kids’ sports teams

“The game of life may be difficult at times but stand strong because the fight is worth it.”

– Susie


“We have appreciated all of Susie’s efforts in finding us the right candidate to drive our great platform forward.  Her communication, honesty and insights during this process have been invaluable.”