Leadership Team

Our leadership team is focused on ensuring our clients receive concierge-level service each time they engage Keynote Search. We have found a key group of experts in their practice areas to lead our organization to success. We strive to provide an environment that fosters professional development, continuous learning and community engagement.

James Baker

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & CO-FOUNDER

Donna Baker

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER

Brad Ezard

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Kyle Turk

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

Yue Cao

CONTROLLER

Ron Smith

DIRECTOR

Project Delivery Team

We have found and developed a diverse team of executive search experts that work together to help you with your hiring needs. Our experts have a deep understanding of organizational needs and the people that work best in different environments. Our team prides themselves on timely and effective delivery of our services to our clients.

Heather Darling

MANAGING PARTNER - OTTAWA

Paresh Mistry

MANAGING PARTNER - TORONTO

Mark Shayna

MANAGING PARTNER - CENTRAL CANADA

Kelvin Shaw

DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Kelsey Mayo

MANAGER, EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Olivia Pfeffer

ASSOCIATE, EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Sarah Band

ASSOCIATE, EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Stephanie Williams

ASSOCIATE, EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Post-Placement Integration Team

Our Post-Placement Integration team has one clear objective – to provide structured, objective support and advice for the successful integration of your new executives.

David Booker

VICE PRESIDENT OF POST-PLACEMENT INTEGRATION

Brenda Kirkwood

DIRECTOR OF POST-PLACEMENT INTEGRATION

Magdalena Ciechanowska

DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Advisory Board

 

Jeff Westeinde

PRESIDENT - ZIBI CANADA

Jessica Greenberg

VICE PRESIDENT ASSET MANAGEMENT - OSGOODE PROPERTIES

Ray Rashed

DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION BANKING - RBC

Ted Wagstaff

PRESIDENT - NORTH45

Lorraine Mastersmith

PARTNER - GOWLING WLG CANADA

Ron Smith

ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR

Keynote Search News

CHECK OUT WHAT OUR TEAM HAS BEEN UP TO.

Our team is very active in the community attending corporate networking and industry specific events, charity galas, thought leadership activities and much more. Stay up to date by visiting our news page and be sure to follow us on LinkedIn for more updates from Keynote Search and our team.

Testimonials

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

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