Find. Fit. Perform.

Executive Search & Recruitment

We are an executive search and recruitment firm with a distinct process that allows organizations to succeed because of the people we place.


Our enhanced candidate search allows us to speak to hundreds of executives on your behalf.

Our process leverages our expert Toronto and Ottawa headhunters’ experience combined with cutting-edge technology to find and attract exceptional talent.

Every search we perform consists of an exhaustive interview process to determine the fit of each candidate.

In addition, we are Hogan Assessment Certified to perform comprehensive predictive psychometric assessments to ensure we find the right fit.



Our Post-Placement Integration Program focuses on performance.

We support the success of the executives that we place in the first 90 days with regular, collaborative meetings with their team and our coach. The goal is to achieve quicker productivity, a deeper understanding of the business, and achieve clear alignment and communication.

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Keynote Search was created as a solution to a broken industry. The executive recruitment industry is focused on hiring transaction. This simply doesn’t work for us

The emphasis has to be on the success of the people. We’ve re-engineered executive recruitment and built Keynote Search to address the weaknesses of traditional executive search.

Learn more about how we’ve been able to accelerate the integration and results of new executive hires through our Post-Placement Integration Program.

Our Executive Search Team

Using our search processes, we have found and developed a team of experts that work together to help you with your search needs. Our Toronto and Ottawa executive search firms work with businesses from various industries. Our team takes care of everything from identifying and creating compelling position profiles, sourcing candidates, marketing, assessing fit, evaluating and interviewing, selecting, coaching and onboarding your new executives through our Post-Placement Integration Program.


We are proud to work with some exceptional companies and leaders in a wide variety of industries.

The team at Keynote Search is effective, efficient, knowledgeable and places a high premium on client service. The company is underpinned by a strong foundation of community engagement and high ethical standards.

Robert Peck

Keynote takes the time to understand our business and our work culture. They are able to determine our core values and maintain visibility of our values when undertaking a search on our behalf. I appreciate the direct contact with the owners/operators of Keynote and feel appreciated as a client.

Geoff Younghusband
Senior Vice President - Osgoode Properties

It is so easy to get lost in the business, to the point where working on the business is sacrificed. Our experience with Keynote allowed us to achieve our goals without sacrifice. Their professionalism, knowledge and understanding of the market combined with the time taken to understand our objectives, made our expansion seamless. Their process took all of the guess work out of our hands which gave us the ability to move forward efficiently and effortlessly.

Matt Carr
I was lucky enough to work with the Keynote team on several occasions. I appreciate the work they do and do very well. They find hundreds of potential candidates that can do the job, present the top candidates that they have thoroughly evaluated to fit within our company, and help to onboard and ensure their long-term success. I would strongly recommend using them to find the best person that will succeed.
Andrew Emmans

Keynote took a keen interest in all facets of our organization to ensure they had a grasp on how a potential candidate could provide executive leadership, value and fit within our culture. They went above and beyond to market the opportunity to a targeted group of individuals that they had screened in-depth to ensure that an extremely impressive short-list of candidates was presented for review by the Board’s Executive Search Committee.

Ian Sherman
Chair - Board of Directors - Ottawa Board of Trade

Keynote really took a wide view of the potential market on our behalf, looking into areas that may not appear obvious. In other words, while other recruiters were looking solely at other index companies, Keynote looked much broader for people with potential. I also liked the time spent on the front end of the search process. We spent a good deal of time talking internally, with Keynote’s help, to really delve into what type of candidate we were looking for. We discovered that internally we had slightly different expectations of the ideal candidate. Keynote really helped us clarify our key requirements before we wasted time interviewing people that would not have been suitable. I had never heard of a search firm taking the time to work with the successful candidate after they joined. It provided our new employee with a very good third party to talk with after joining, and Keynote demonstrated to us that they were committed to making the placement successful well beyond just the offer letter.

Paul Bowes
Head of Canada - FTSE Russell