Aerospace, Defence & ISR 

Keynote Search has successfully completed searches for key-hire and executive level leadership for Aerospace, Defence, and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) related organizations, and the industries that serve them including public and private corporations from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Our Aerospace, Defence, and ISR practice group focuses in two distinct areas, helping our domestic and foreign clients recruit executive leadership to manage their Government Relations presence in Canada’s Nation’s Capital, and their manufacturing centers of excellence in key jurisdictions across the country.

Sector Excellence

Our executive recruiters are experienced at delivering quality executive level candidates for our clients through our in-depth knowledge of how to market, attract and identify executive candidates. Staying abreast of industry trends, and defence procurement programs as outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, and continuously driving to achieve the top performance of the executives we place, has given us a reputation of excellence in this sector.

Our defence executive recruitment team is not only accomplished in the industry but also have deep knowledge and personal experience working with retired Canadian Armed Forces veterans. As these professionals leave the service and begin to build civilian careers, they bring with them a powerful combination of purpose, work ethic, senior leadership, and an unmistakable drive to succeed.

Aerospace Clients We Have Partnered With

Common Roles

Keynote Search can assist our aerospace, defence and security clients in securing a wide array of executive and other departmental roles, including:


  • C-suite executives
  • CEO
  • CFO
  • COO
  • CMO
  • CHRO
  • VP level roles
  • Director level roles


  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Government Relations
  • Manufacturing
  • Technical
  • Quality
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Maintenance & Repair

Sub-sectors served

  • OEM
  • Components & Subsystems
  • Defence Contractors
  • Unmanned Vehicles/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Land, Navy, Marine, Satellite & Space Systems
  • Aerostructures
  • Electronics & Engine Systems
  • Cybersecurity/Intelligence
  • Mechanical & Electrical
  • Composites & Materials
  • Government Services
  • IT Services & Software

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Our Post-Placement Integration Program & Guarantee

Inclusive with every executive search is our Post-Placement Integration program and 12 month success-based guarantee. In the first 90 days, our program focuses on creating a foundation for success for the executives that we place through regular, collaborative meetings with the new hire, hiring manager and our coach. A solid integration means the new hire will be productive sooner, have a higher understanding of the business, meaning a shorter ramp to productivity.

Post-Placement Integration is unique to our industry. We believe in the performance of the executives we place. Traditionally in executive recruitment, it is seen as a transaction with no support beyond the placement. 

Our team has helped this sector find, secure and integrate new business-critical executives to lead their organizations to success.