James Baker

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Originally from England, James and his wife Donna relocated to Canada in 2006 as part of a team to launch a global recruitment business in Ottawa. After spending more than a decade in the industry, James and his wife decided to found Keynote Group in September 2015, as a solution to what they saw as a broken recruitment industry.

Since the company’s creation, Keynote has been highly awarded and recognized for its innovative approach to executive search and headhunting under James’ leadership. Among other accolades, Keynote Group was named Best New Business in 2016 from the Ottawa Board of Trade and was recently recognized as Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company by the Ottawa Business Journal.

Featured Media

News and resources featuring James Baker

The Future of Recruiting: Keeping a Human Touch with A.I.

The Future of Recruiting: Keeping a Human Touch with A.I.

James delivers invaluable insight on driving better quality human interactions and conversations through best-in-class A.I. tools and technology.

James & Donna Baker Talk Family Business

James & Donna Baker Talk Family Business

Co-Founders of Keynote Group, James and Donna Baker, featured in an Ottawa Business Journal article, discussing the importance of work-life balance.

James Baker featured on "Recruiter Startup" Podcast

James Baker featured on "Recruiter Startup" Podcast

James Baker was featured on the popular “Recruiter Startup” podcast with former colleague and Founder of Pro Recruitment Solutions, Dualta Doherty.