Director, People / Culture
& Transformation

Toronto, ON
Human Resources

Our Client

Our client is a leading full-service real estate investment firm with a proven track record for generating value and attractive risk-weighted returns. They deliver premium, relationship-focused service including investment and asset management, debt financing, and mortgage advisory while operating with integrity. They are active in all major markets in Canada with a diverse asset mix and have a portfolio of $6 billion and a development pipeline of over $1 billion. A commitment to these values allows them to exceed the expectations of their long-term investors, partners, and clients.

The organization is experiencing consistent growth across its real estate private equity platform, mortgage finance and strategic advisory businesses. The depth of experience, multi-faceted skill sets and broad industry relationships create a unique positioning within their industry.

Position Overview

Currently, they are seeking a Director, People/Culture and Transformation to join their growing team. Based at the Toronto headquarters, this newly created position reports to the CEO.

The successful candidate will bring their expertise and multi-faceted skill sets to lead the implementation of all People and Culture initiatives and execution of several corporate transformation initiatives. This role will interface with the executive team and senior stakeholders’ enterprise wide. The Senior Director will leverage innovative best practices which include competitive, creative, operational, and transformational strategies to further develop and enrich corporate culture.

This is an ideal opportunity for a personable, dynamic, driven, and experienced, people and culture leader who is keen to create long term impact in a prestigious firm as they enter a pivotal next chapter of their evolution.

Role Responsibilities

  • Build the Human Capital Strategy and Objectives with a focus on increasing inclusion and diversity, in support of the company’s ongoing growth and advancement within the real estate industry
  • Develop best practice talent procurement plans and strategies that address the current and go forward objectives and enhance the company’s ability to execute on hiring strategies and retention initiatives.
  • Enhance and refine employment policies, employee guideline materials and benefit programs
  • Effectively collaborate with senior stakeholders and business unit leaders, leveraging innovative strategies to drive clarity and alignment through the organization by bringing about effective assessment and skills development practices and with a core focus on achieving enhanced performance metrics.
  • Provide strategic guidance and support to the organization through periods of consistent growth and change, prioritizing pro-active mentorship, value add transformational initiatives.
  • Champion enhanced employee engagement, wellness and corporate culture development initiatives.
  • High level oversight of strategic corporate office operational activities and implement processes and procurement strategies to improve efficiencies, enhance employee experience and create a cohesive and aspirational working environment.
  • Pursue industry brand building opportunities for the human capital and broader business development strategy
  • Manage the content and delivery of all internal and external communication channels, including website, social media and branding ensuring regular and timely communication with stakeholders
  • Maintain overall stewardship of ongoing client/investor engagement and internal and external communication.
  • Explore and lead the firm’s community/social impact programs
  • Effectively analyze, navigate, and resolve complex problems, including those of a legal, risk mitigation and/or employee relations nature
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned or required

Desired Qualifications

  • University degree with CHRP or equivalent designation an asset
  • Minimum of 7 years professional experience in a progressive organization in a talent acquisition and strategic transformation role with additional experience working with other disciplines.
  • Knowledge and experience of financial services would be an asset
  • Demonstrated proficiency in full-cycle recruiting, sourcing, selection methods and talent retention techniques
  • Experienced ambassador in corporate communications and brand building
  • Proficiency with technology, social media, networks, digital communications and professional platforms
  • A trusted advisor with excellent relationship management skills and the ability to develop and maintain long-term strategic relationships with team members across all levels of the organization, as well as clients and external partners
  • Exemplary communication, presentation, influencing, and organizational skills supported by the ability to exercise sound judgement
  • Strong operational ability to build and improve systems, processes, and change management programs
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and project management skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and a track record of working independently and taking initiative
  • Strong service orientation and sensitivity in responding to team member needs
  • Knowledge of Ontario legislation and other relevant legal parameters pertaining to HR
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with skills to link talent retention practices to needs of strategy and business development objectives
  • Strong work ethic and thrives in a fast-paced team focused environment


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Katie Watt

Research and Operations Specialist

Katie enjoys being part of the Research and Operations division at Thorek/Scott and Partners. Katie utilizes her skills in research, project and data management to support the recruiting efforts of the Thorek/Scott and Partners team. She enjoys working in the positive team atmosphere that Thorek/Scott and Partners offers.

After completing her Master’s in Geography at the University of Toronto, Katie worked in consulting in the environmental non-profit sector where she conducted policy analysis and delivered workshops on sustainable development. Katie continues to pursue her passions of environmental protection by volunteering with local environmental non-profit organizations.

Lisa is thrilled to be a part of the team at Thorek/Scott and Partners. Lisa’s deep background in financial services, relationship building, and customer service coupled with her background in operations and support has been instrumental to the firm’s Research and Operations division. Prior to joining Thorek/Scott and Partners, Lisa worked for over 10 years in a large Canadian Bank in front facing, client operational roles. Having worked for large organizations in the past, she is delighted to be part of a close-knit group and enjoys the upbeat office and friendly environment at Thorek/Scott and Partners.

In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with family and friends.

Derek Young joined Thorek/Scott and Partners following a successful tenure with one of the globe’s largest recruitment firms where he specialised in consulting, legal and compliance search across a range of industries including financial & professional services. He is passionate about helping people fulfil their long-term career aspirations. Derek’s personable approach and deep knowledge allows him to develop strong relationships with both his candidates and clients.

After completing his B.Com from the University of Toronto’s Finance program, Derek began his career off as a financial advisor working for two of Canada’s largest wealth managers. These roles taught him the importance of listening to his clients and always putting their goals first. Derek has lived and traveled in Ireland, Europe and Africa. He enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Lisa is thrilled to join the Thorek/Scott and Partners team and brings 30 years of experience in large public sector organizations. She has held multiple executive leadership positions in the education sector and as CEO was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization including Human Resources, Operations, Information Technology, Finance, Capital, and Leadership.

Lisa brings her insight and experience to executive recruitment. She is a highly motivated and goal-oriented professional dedicated to finding high quality talent.

Lisa has worked with multiple stakeholders within the community and at the Provincial level. She has trained senior executives on Strategic Planning and Implementation in Canada and the United States. She has taught Masters’ level courses and College programs. She has authored documents on Strategic Planning, Poverty, Succession Planning and Leadership Development.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Leadership/Administration. Lisa completed the Executive Leadership programs at Rotman School of Management and the Richard Ivey School of Business as well as earning multiple certificates at the Queens Executive Education Program.

Lisa belongs to several professional organizations including the Professional Women’s Network, Equal Voice and Elevate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, travelling, and giving back to her community.

Lauren Thorek is proud to be a member of the recruiting team at Thorek/Scott and Partners. Since joining the firm, Lauren has taken an active role in providing the highest levels of service and support to our clients and candidates.

Ethical, passionate and innovative, Lauren builds lasting relationships and strives to create solutions tailored to fit the short-term needs and long-term goals unique to different individuals and organizations. She thrives on challenge and is motivated by exceeding expectations on tough, hard to close searches.

Active in multiple sectors including Real Estate, and Investments and Financial Services, Lauren views success as being a passionate advocate for her candidates and a valued partner to her clients.

Sari Friedman is delighted to be back at Thorek/Scott and Partners. With over 25 years of real estate and finance experience and a passion for people, transitioning into the recruitment industry was a natural fit for Sari. 

She brings multiple experiences and synergetic attributes to her role at Thorek/Scott. Having worked as an equity research associate covering real estate and REITs, Sari has a strong understanding of the real estate industry. She holds a real estate license, has actively traded real estate and is a personal investor. Sari’s technical insight combined with her outstanding business acumen, strong negotiation and research skills adds tremendous value to clients and candidates. 

Sari is well known for her caring and friendly demeanour. She is passionate about helping people with an emphasis on providing an individualized human experience. She will often go above and beyond when coaching her candidates and clients throughout the recruitment process. Sari takes the time to understand the needs of her clients and candidates and creates long lasting relationships. 

Sari graduated from University of Western Ontario majoring in Economics and earned her MBA from the University of Toronto Rotman Management Program. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, travelling and camping.

Steven is a CPA who graduated with an honours bachelors degree in business from McMaster University & from Cornell University with an Executive MBA. Before joining Thorek/Scott he spent his career in industry, building large support service teams and also taking an active role in the overall corporate recruitment functions as a VP/CFO. He prides himself as a recruiter who is transparent, a great communicator and gives honest feedback.

Steven is passionate about travelling, having visited over 130 countries, and about his Toronto Maple Leafs.

Faye Thorek is an accomplished executive search consultant with over 40 years of experience in the Canadian recruitment market. Known for her keen insight and compassionate dedication to her work, Faye envisions herself as an advocate for those with whom she conducts business. Over the years, Faye has consulted numerous companies on how to best craft their strategic vision and then taken the lead on executing that mandate. She has spoken on recruitment and search issues to a wide range of audiences.

Outside of the office, Faye is also a committed investor in people. She volunteers with Out of the Cold,, and Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO). She has sat on the Professional Development Steering Committee of the HRPAO. She is a former member of the Board at BFO and the North York Harvest Food Bank.

Having founded Thorek/Scott and Partners over four decades ago, Michael Thorek has been shepherding its growth ever since. Together with his wife, Michael is dedicated to building a business with humanity, innovation, and excellence at its core. A specialist in the recruitment of talent for the Financial Services Industry, Michael has currently turned his interest towards the field of Risk Management, Capital Markets and Database Marketing Analytics. A jack of many trades, Michael is also a father, inventor, scholar and scribe, who possess a keen interest in comparative religions.