President and Founder
Gerry Walsh’s mission is to help community-based organizations find the right people and to help individuals find the right careers.
As one of Canada’s most experienced executive recruiters, he has interviewed over 15,000 job candidates and completed thousands of executive search assignments at the management and professional levels. He has consulted with a wide range of organizations including not-for-profits, municipalities, universities, major corporations, owner-managed businesses, school boards, governments and NGOs, and professional associations.
Gerry is an accomplished speaker and facilitator and shares his deep experience by conducting keynote speeches and workshops for professional groups, industry associations, not-for-profit groups, universities, and companies. His talks are engaging, practical, and rooted in real-life experiences.
He has written widely on careers, managing people and leadership for professional publications and blogs regularly on these topics. He is the author of PINNACLE: How To Land The Right Job And Find Fulfillment In Your Career and writes a weekly blog The Career Advisor which is distributed to over 10,000 subscribers.
He has served as producer and host of the cable TV series Take This Job and Love It and was the Executive Recruiter in Residence for the Corporate Residency MBA Program at Dalhousie University.
He is the co-founder of the highly-successful Blue Nose Marathon, Atlantic Canada’s largest participation event which has over 14,000 runners and walkers. He has recently been honoured as a Champion of Public Education by The Learning Partnership for his work in co-founding this event which has inspired thousands of youth to pursue healthy and active lifestyles through participation in the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run.
Prior to founding his firm, Gerry worked in several industries including construction, technology and commercial banking. He is a professional accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds an MBA. He has also completed the Not-for-Profit Governance Program offered through Institute of Corporate Directors.
Gerry is Chair of Make-A-Wish Atlantic and serves on the Board of Directors of Better Business Bureau of Atlantic Canada. Previously, he has served as National Chair of CMA Canada (Certified Management Accountants), a 45,000 member national organization, and on the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University and Board of Directors of Halifax Chamber of Commerce
Gerry believes strongly in giving back to the communities in which we live and work. In addition to the organizations noted previously, his firm and its employees are actively engaged with many community groups including Feed Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Adult Services Centre, Halifax Partnership, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Hope Cottage, Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia, and Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace. While Gerry has many volunteer and community interests, his passion is long-distance running. To date, he has completed over 25 full and half marathons, and in his lifetime has run more than 30,000 miles.
Vice President and Partner
Jillian's mission is to help communities thrive today and tomorrow. As Vice President and Partner, Jillian co-manages the firm’s executive search practice and develops and implements human resource consulting services to advance the firm’s mission to grow and develop leaders in their communities.
Jillian has over 18 years of progressive leadership experience with the last 10 years dedicated to serving the municipal and provincial levels of government.
Jillian has returned home to Halifax from Ontario where she was a member of the Regional Municipality of Peel’s leadership team serving in various manager and director roles. Her roles involved leading strategic and operational activities across the municipality including business transformations, climate change and energy management, and workplace modernization.
Earlier in her career, Jillian worked at Nova Scotia Business Inc. helping organizations across the province achieve business sustainability and economic success.
Jillian has extensive human resource management expertise in recruitment, job evaluation, workforce planning, compensation, coaching, and performance management. She is known for her way of engaging others that inspires action and delivers results. Her approach is rooted in humility, honesty, and integrity with a commitment to building long-lasting partnerships and relationships.
Jillian holds a MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph, a Masters Certificate in Public Management from York University, and has completed studies for a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University.
Jillian is a certified Executive Coach through the Certified Coaches Federation. She also holds a Registered Professional Recruiter designation from the Institute of Professional Management and is a Human Resources Management Professional in Public and Not-for-Profit sectors through the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Director of Operations and Research
Lisa brings a diverse skill set in administration, project management and human resources to this role. She has broad experience in government, not-for-profit and the private sector having worked in both Alberta and Nova Scotia.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.
Her work experience includes roles as Regional Development Project Officer with the Palliser Economic Partnership in Alberta, Manager of the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association, and Manager of the Kings Volunteer Resource Centre where she established community partnerships to welcome newcomers and international students to the community. Lisa was also one of the founding board members of FUSION Annapolis Valley, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates networking events for young professionals.
Lori is a senior management consultant with broad business experience in the areas of leadership, sales and service. She has a successful track record working with large multi-national conglomerates involved in the manufacturing and sale of food and beverage, forest products, industrial products, financial services, multimedia news, and shipbuilding.
With a strong entrepreneurial background, Lori was the co-founder and former managing partner of Peak Adventures International Inc. an adventure based learning company, and Finnamore Weir Inc. a management consulting firm.
Based in Saint John, NB, Lori is known for her ability to connect with people at every level in an organization and for her unwavering focus on results. These abilities make Lori equally effective with C Level managers, as she is with shop floor supervisors. Lori is a graduate of St Thomas University (BA), and is a Certified Human Resource Professional. Lori is currently the Chair of the ALS Society of Canada.