Director Talent, People and Culture

Toronto, ON
Human Resources

Our Client

Our client is a growing Canadian private equity firm focused on alternative asset investment – including real estate, private equity, and infrastructure. Managing approximately C$2B AUM, they are experiencing a period of substantive expansion and capital deployment across North America. As they grow, the firm is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team that reflects their values – impact, integrity, diversity, innovation, and high performance.

Position Overview

To navigate and enrich their People and Culture practice, they are currently seeking a Director to play a lead role in driving the firm’s sophisticated talent and retention activities. Reporting to the CFO and with a dotted line to the Senior Advisor, People and Culture, this role will be responsible for developing and implementing competitive and innovative strategies to attract world class, diverse talent to drive the business forward. Viewed as a subject matter expert and thought leader, the Director will interface with senior stakeholders enterprise-wide and will leveraging best practices, creativity, and technology to achieve business results.


The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of significant full-cycle recruitment and talent acquisition experience gained in a best-practice forward looking organization. Deep knowledge and experience of the investment/asset management industry is an asset. This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and commercially minded individual to join a dynamic firm during an ambitious growth phase and drive best in class results as it relates to business outcomes and culture.

Role Responsibilities

Talent Acquisition:

  • Act as a trusted and innovative recruitment partner the firm’s leadership and provide guidance to leaders on talent acquisition best practices including assessment methods, debiasing and increasing inclusion and diversity
  • Manage the talent acquisition processes and partner with hiring managers to attract top talent and ensure a consistent candidate experience leveraging technology, innovation, assessment tools, and best practices
  • Build a strong talent pipeline to satisfy current and future hiring
  • Leverage expertise and market knowledge to advise businesses on appropriate use of executive search spend
  • Lead the performance management process ensuring guidelines add clarity to goal setting and adds value to team members’ development
  • Support initiatives designed to maintain the firm’s culture and team member engagement
  • Continue to innovate current talent acquisition practices and processes and enhance automation to key processes including candidate tracking, interview process and offer letter processes


People and Culture:

  • Work with team members to address individual HR issues and concerns
  • Respond to employee inquiries on HR policies, procedures, and programs
  • Maintain HR systems, databases, and policies
  • Protect all highly sensitive and confidential information
  • Other HR duties and projects as assigned or required

Desired Qualifications

  • University degree with CHRP or equivalent designation an asset
  • Minimum of 5-7 years professional experience in a progressive organization in a talent acquisition role with additional experience working with other HR disciplines. Knowledge and experience of the investment/asset management industry is an asset
  • Experience in full-cycle recruiting, sourcing, selection methods and techniques, and employment branding
  • Proficiency with progressive recruitment technology, social media, networks, and professional platforms
  • A trusted advisor with excellent relationship management skills and the ability to develop and maintain long-term strategic relationships with candidates as well as with internal teams and external partners
  • Possess a high proficiency in assessing candidate capability and their behavioral patterns
  • Strong communication, presentation, influencing, and organizational skills supported by the ability to exercise sound judgement
  • Strong ability to build and improve systems, processes, and programs
  • Demonstrated experience working with automated recruiting processes
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and project management skills
  • Ability to handle 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
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with skills to link HR practices to needs of strategy and business objectives
  • Strong work ethic and thrives in a fast paced 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.