Enhanced Executive Search Process

We find more qualified candidates

As part of our search process we undertake extensive research to find the very best candidates that may not be currently seeking new opportunities and strategically market your opportunity to them. We use a variety of technological resources and complement this with traditional search methods to identify qualified candidates.

Talent & Profile Mapping

We take a modern, data-driven approach to finding and recruiting top executive talent compared to most in the industry. By undertaking an organizational analysis of our clients, conducting market research and holding multiple stakeholder consultations, we are able to thoroughly understand your business and cultivate unbiased and compelling marketing strategies to reach qualified candidates.

Multi-channel marketing approach

We leverage our expertise to not only market your role in a highly-personalized and targeted manner to the right people in the right way, but also utilize effective channels to attract as many qualified candidates as the market provides. We use lead-generating strategies, nurture qualified relationships and guide them along the candidate journey. We aim to create long-standing relationships between qualified candidates and your organization.


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


We screen candidates more effectively to find the best fit.

Thorough interview approach

Our team combines over 200 years of experience in the art of interviewing to ensure we’re able to extract all of the necessary information from candidates. We share this experience through dedicated interviewing coaching services and provide interview structure, generate question sets and even lead the interview process, as required for our clients.

Predictive Psychometrics

We are Hogan Assessment certified which allows us to identify better suited, qualified candidates who will thrive in our clients’ environments and stay for extended periods of time. We can better predict each of the candidates’ performance by decoding the intricacies of candidates’ behaviours and reduce the risk of a bad hire.

Team Dynamics & Performance

By using the same psychometric testing on the leadership, top performers and peer groups at our clients we can start to map the likely team dynamic and success factors. In addition we can isolate potential conflict areas plus ways a new candidate can complement an existing team. This holistic evaluation approach will ensure that the candidates put forth will be able to perform at their peak with your company’s culture and working environment.


Post-Placement Support.

Post-Placement Integration Program

Inclusive in our executive search process is our industry leading Post-Placement Integration Program. It consists of structured sessions with objective support and advice for your new executive during their first 90 days with one of our experienced coaches. The goal of this program is to successfully integrate the new executives we place to achieve quicker productivity, gain a deeper understanding of the business, and achieve clear alignment and communication between the new executive and their teams.

50% of new leaders fail within the first 2 years

In addition, 22% of employee turnover occurs within the first 45 days being hired. That is why we focus on a successful integration during the first 90 days of the new executives tenure. We facilitate the building of a foundation of trust and effective communication between the new executive and their teams to achieve peak performance.

Problem Solving

Our relationship-focused approach builds trust, provides a sounding board for issues to be surfaced, and promotes a pragmatic, collaborative approach to solving them. Through listening, probing and interpretation, our experienced coach will help to provide clarity with advice and guidance to the key issues that arise.

We guarantee your success

Our all-inclusive search solution will be backed by a 12 month replacement guarantee . If for any reason the hire is unsuccessful, we will undertake a new search to secure an alternative candidate at no additional charge. We have invested in the development of a proprietary, collaborative program that creates a clear path for a successful integration of your new executive. We help to build productive, long-term relationships based on transparency and trust.

Here’s what some of our clients have to say about our Post-Placement Integration program

This program has been even better than I originally expected.  The coach (Brenda) was excellent and I believe that this program has led to better alignment of the goals and expectations we have of our new hire and also clarified how we can best help her to achieve them. Great job Brenda!  I would highly recommend Keynote on the basis of this program alone.  Thank you!

Colleen Mooney
Board Member - Ottawa Riverkeeper

Just an amazing process which allowed open and frank conversations to happen much sooner in the process making the chance of success to be more possible.

Daniel Fernandes
Board Chair - Bruyère Foundation

Having Brenda be able to identify potential pitfalls, and teach from past learnings made the onboarding process so easy.  The ability to communicate and ensure everyone was on the same page and identify any possible areas to improve on quickly was a huge benefit.

Matt Carr

Here’s what some of our placements have to say about their experience in our Post-Placement Integration program

Brenda was very helpful helping me stay aligned with the stated goals set for my onboarding process. I feel I have exceeded expectations in terms of time frame and net positive contribution, and her help has been precious in that regard.

Marc-Andre Seguin
VP of Finance - Smart Living Properties

The post placement integration program was like a lifeline for me. It ensured that I stayed focused on what was most important. It provided me with valuable time to reflect on my progress and be realistic about what next steps should be. I loved having a sounding board, and a way to actually track my progress against my own milestones. Thank you!

Leslie Cuthbertson
Executive Director - Resident Doctors of Canada

Brenda and the Team at Keynote Search have developed a winning formula with their post placement support. Facilitating meaningful conversations and accelerating the building of trust between a new hire and employee is priceless for all to be successful.  In a time where personnel changes are becoming more frequent, programs like Keynote’s are phenomenal tools to help avoid costly delays from hiring the wrong individual or failing to enable resources in their early days within your organization.

Jon Ferguson
General Manager, Cyber and DNS - CIRA

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