“… a dynamic, engaging presenter & individual”

Keynote speaker, media commentator, blogger

Adam Pekarsky is a self-described recovering lawyer who didn’t find his true passion until the age of 39 when he started his own business in the midst of a crushing global economic crisis.  He is now leading an award-winning executive search firm and regarded as a trusted advisor to the legal profession.

Adam is a provocative, at times irreverent, speaker who always gives thoughtful and engaging keynote speeches on a broad range of topics impacting the human condition and, more specifically, the lawyer human condition, if you accept the premise that lawyers are, in fact, human.

Adam once infamously followed a two-time Olympic gold medallist at a conference of young entrepreneurs where both were invited as keynote speakers.  As the Olympian left the stage, having completed her talk highlighted by video footage of her on the podium, singing the anthem and being ushered in as the next Canadian hero, Adam took to the mic, looked about the room, and said, “with the greatest of respect, I don’t think any of you will be Olympians like her, but any of you could be an entrepreneur like me.”  Ever since, Adam has been speaking to groups large and small, young and old, from coast to coast.

A natural storyteller, Adam shares insights on a broad range of topics learned over a 20-year career during which he estimates he has interviewed over 3,000 lawyers.  Armed with so much anecdotal data about why people leave, why they stay, what motivates them and what annoys them, Adam is uniquely positioned to share his insights and offer tips about recruiting the best talent, retaining it once you’ve found it, and culling the herd when it makes sense.

A prolific blogger and commentator in various media, Adam’s not shy with his opinions but always strives to leave the audience with a nugget or two to chew on.

Adam is available for speaking engagements on recruitment, retention and other generational nuances and quirks of the human condition all over the world.  


  • Things that organizations do wrong, though they think they’re doing right
  • Recruitment strategies
  • Retention strategies
  • Succession planning in the workplace
  • The evolving workplace marketplace

Learn more about Adam Perkasky, executive recruiter.
We Know People speaker series. Keynote speaking topics. Things that law firms do wrong, though they think they're doing right. Recruitment strategies. Retention strategies. Succession planning in the workplace. The evolving legal marketplace. Introducing Naomi Loewith of Bentham IMF at another sold out Pekarsky & Co.

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The United Way Women United event. Our very own Adam Pekarsky got asked to moderate a discussion amongst four strong & successful female panelists who spoke out on un-ignorable issues facing us today.

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Retreats are moments of truth. By engaging our team of experts we’ll design and facilitate a process that transforms your strategy and drives measurable results. Whether you are gathering your leadership team, Board members, volunteers or stakeholders (or all of the above), expectations of successful retreats are that they are more than just meaningful – they need to be ground breaking experiences, generating real and meaningful change.

Each retreat we design is tailored to your particular needs and desired outcomes. We work with your team to understand the audience and the kinds of decisions that might be taken; along the way we develop deep insights, actionable plans and establish key measurable results. Some of the areas we have worked with organizations are:

  • Executive retreats
  • Building collective vision retreats
  • Strategic planning retreats
  • Change management retreats
  • Solving persistent issues retreats
  • Developing and nurturing collaborative culture retreats

We work with you to:

  • Articulate goals and desired outcomes
  • Introduce the process to your team
  • Determine who to invite to the retreat
  • Identify stakeholder groups
  • Set the agenda
  • Interview and/or survey groups and individuals
  • Conduct environmental scans and review relevant research or other data
  • Create research questions and conduct research
  • Collate all of the information gathered to be presented as part of the retreat
  • Design compelling narratives that will propel your organization forward
  • Create a plan to take back to the workplace

How We Help

Our retreats provide leaders with an opportunity to invent, regroup, recharge and recommit to their organization’s success. With Pekarsky & Co. at your side, you’ll be engaged in a process that provides direction, seeks out and finds those elusive “North Stars” and gives everyone an opportunity to feel a part of something unique and special in the trajectory of your organization. Our retreats foster inclusion, diversity and equity principles and are designed so that everyone can speak openly and honestly. 

For over two decades our retreat facilitators have helped organizations build trust, identify and address opportunities and give voice to unspoken problems to create real and meaningful change.

We’ve helped organizations who have lost their way, perhaps never defined a clear path or like many today in the pandemic, find themselves in a situation where they must change in order to survive.

Preparation is Everything

Preparation is everything in designing an effective retreat and we work with you to frame the right questions and understand your context ensuring your retreat is a success.

Our team of facilitators have deep expertise in strategic planning and a broad range of sector experience that will support you as we design strategic pillars to drive growth. We get up the learning curve quickly to understand your specific needs and challenges. We help you define or redefine the organization’s mission, vision and values and we work with you to connect that vision to organizational processes and employee behaviours.

We have facilitated numerous change management strategies and work with you to recognize what must change immediately to align the business with its goals. We know change can be tough and help your team address their feelings associated with it to smooth the path for a fresh new direction; importantly, our processes are designed to sustain the change once you return back to the workplace.