About Us

Recruitment is about people, not transactions.

Our Story

In a market saturated by placement agencies that are focused on completing a hiring transaction, Keynote Search answers the question organizations are really asking: How do we find, fit and retain exceptional talent? Executive Search and Recruitment alone solves one problem - finding people. It doesn’t solve the bigger challenges of productivity, engagement and retention. That is why we not only find the best candidates but we help them succeed and reach their peak performance with post-placement support that includes executive coaching and onboarding.

Keynote Search was built to address the weaknesses in traditional executive search and recruitment. Co-Founders James and Donna Baker relocated to Ottawa from London England as part of a team to launch a global recruitment business in Ottawa. After achieving incredible success before Keynote Search and spending more than a decade in the industry, they viewed the industry as broken. They were often at odds with the metric driven, non-human approach to the business. Recruitment and the people involved had become commoditized. This simply did not work for the Bakers.

They believe the emphasis should be on the people and this shared ideology is central to how Keynote Search came to be. We are dedicated to humanizing recruitment while enhancing our productivity and effectiveness with technology in order to focus on helping organizations succeed.

Holistic Approach

Holistic Approach

Keynote provides a holistic solution to talent management and the support mechanism required to improve engagement, retention, development, and succession opportunities.

Recruitment Re-engineered

Recruitment Re-engineered

We have re-engineered recruitment with the best processes around post placement support, executive coaching, team dynamics, engagement and development.

Our Companies

Our Companies

Keynote Search is a part of the Keynote Group of companies which also includes Keynote Recruiter (on-demand, scalable hourly recruitment).

Celebrating 4 Years of Success!

We are proud to be celebrating our 4 year anniversary this September! Check out some fun facts about Keynote as well as a timeline of our milestones.

Why Keynote Search?

The Keynote Search difference

Advanced Technology

Advanced Technology

At Keynote Search we expand our services beyond common recruiting methodologies. We combine the very best people in the recruitment business with our cutting-edge proprietary technology, and enhanced screening techniques to find the right talent for your business. As part of our search we undertake extensive research to find top quality candidates, even those that may not be currently seeking new opportunities, and strategically market the company and opportunity to them. We utilize advanced technology to enhance the value of our human connections.

We Think Like Marketers

We Think Like Marketers

We take a modern, data-driven approach to finding and recruiting top talent compared to most in our industry. By undertaking an organizational analysis of our clients, conducting market research and multiple stakeholder consultations, we are able to thoroughly understand your business and cultivate compelling marketing strategies to reach qualified candidates. We leverage our expertise to not only market your role in a highly-personalized and targeted fashion, but also utilize effective and appropriate channels to attract qualified candidates.

Post-Placement Support

We use psychology methodologies to find the right candidate and support their long-term performance through the science of positive leadership.

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching

We create a customized approach for each executive post-placement to develop, engage and optimize their performance. The objective of our coaching program is for executives to acquire, hone and maintain effective leadership skills and behaviours. This culminates in the development and execution of an action plan that is designed to assist the individual in maximizing their productivity and effectiveness.

Onboarding

Onboarding

We have developed a comprehensive onboarding process, driven by AI and industry experts, that focuses on successful integration and achieving optimal performance. This process is guided by continuous feedback from both the leadership team and the new executive to ensure that expectation alignment and communication serve as the foundation for the company’s success.

Psychometrics

Psychometrics

We engage all of our high-valued shortlisted candidates through several advanced personality, cognitive and psychometric tests. This objective information provides further context as to who the candidate is, what they bring to the table and what environments and management styles will maximize their performance. Due diligence is crucial for ensuring the proper fit with your corporate culture.

Our Team

Our executive search services are executed by our experts using proven methodologies and cutting edge technology and artificial intelligence tools. View our team member bios and learn more about their individual experience, roles, and career success.

News

View the latest news from Keynote and our team.

Latest Opportunities

View our latest executive search opportunities.

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Optician @ Wellington Vision Care

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Testimonials

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

We’ve filled several positions with Keynote and the ROI has been exceptional. We’ve saved time on recruiting and screening candidates and more importantly have been able to consistently find better quality people than we were ever able to on our own. The result is that our productivity and culture have never been better. Keynote’s approach is unique compared to other recruiting firms and offers our business much more value.
Brooke McClelland
Controller - Flux Lighting
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
The team at Keynote has spent a considerable amount of time to truly understand the culture of our company in order to find the right people who will succeed with us. Time was spent not on email or phone calls but rather in person touring our operation and spending time with the leadership team. As a trusted partner, they are enabling our company to scale and we look forward to our continued work together.
Brian Boucher
General Manager - Euro Tile & Stone