Senior Consultant – Executive Compensation (Toronto)

Toronto, ON
Professional Services

Our Client

Our client is a dynamic consulting firm serving boards of directors of public and private companies. Their mission is to be the leading provider of advice on executive compensation, performance measurement and assessment, board effectiveness, and related governance to the boards of medium and large companies in Canada, and the U.S. They help boards make the right decisions within an environment of heightened complexity and scrutiny.

Their clients are the boards of top-tier, mid-market and small public and private companies spanning a wide range of industries: energy and resources, banking and insurance, pension funds and asset management, high technology, transportation, real estate, utilities, telecommunications, retail, aerospace and defense. They work closely with the highest level of leadership at these clients, boards of directors and C-suite executives. With offices in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal, they are able to serve clients anywhere in North America.

Position Overview

Our client is seeking an Executive Compensation and Governance professional to support the growth of the firm.

 

Position Executive Summary:

This strategic position located in the Toronto or Calgary office will attract seasoned consulting professionals with the following top-level competencies:

  • A strategic leader capable of driving growth and delivering value in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • A connected professional with an extensive network at both the board and executive level.
  • An exemplary internal leader who is skilled and understands the importance of building a positive and collaborative office and team culture
  • Dedicated and committed to deliver exceptional service through impeccable execution in a constructive team environment.
  • Ability to utilize significantly broad and deep experience, superior intellect, and keen analytical insight in an independent and objective manner.
  • Possessing irreproachable judgement and diplomacy that instill confidence.

 

The Candidate:

The ideal candidate will be a compensation professional who has proven abilities, preferably in a dynamic and complex environment, to work independently and as part of a team to deliver exceptional quality. The individual will have demonstrated significant capacity to engage at both the board level and in the C-suite. With a minimum of ten years of strategic experience they will possess a superior intellectual capacity grounded in finance, law, compensation and governance. Individuals must have previous leadership experience and will comfortably be able to take on an existing slate of clients in the market whilst utilizing their extensive network of contacts to nurture, develop and drive new business for the firm.

Responsibilities

  • Develop long term relationships at the board of director level that provides confidence in the firm’s services through objective, independent and educated advice
  • Establish credibility on the client side by supporting and executing existing work on behalf of the Partners
  • Take on a leadership role that will place them front and centre for strategic players at the board level, across Canada
  • Provide high-touch, custom solutions to clients by originating thinking rooted sound data and analytics with a strong focus on the broader business context
  • Hit the ground running and quickly establish working relationships with the key players within the firm and with other key external stakeholders
  • Manage a project from beginning to end and attend major compensation committee meetings and project updates, with ultimate accountability for client recommendations
  • Engages and collaborates with team members across offices and at all levels to continue to build the team and office culture.
  • Work directly with partners and senior team to provide leadership across the firm and work in a collaborative manner that encourages learning and recognizes contributions.
  • Executing ongoing business with the utmost of attention to details to ensure that the existing client base is exceptionally satisfied, providing opportunities to “up-sell”; and, even more importantly, generating referrals in the very tight knit community of board members and executives in both Canada and abroad.

 

Personal Characteristics:

  • Highly professional with a proven ability to work in a consultative and collaborative manner.
  • Intellectual curiosity, creative and the ability to see the big picture.
  • Problem solver with the ability to identify causes of problems and issues in a situation.
  • Strong numerical acumen
  • A team player with strong interpersonal skills and an interest in engaging the team at all levels.
  • Energizes others and inspires followership
  • Highly advanced diplomacy, influence, and mediation skills.
  • Intuitive with an ability to facilitate a meeting of the minds when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Exceptional presentation, oral and written communication abilities.
  • Results driven, takes ownership and holds others accountable.
  • Self-reliant, confident and persistent.
  • Energetic, articulate, and well organized.
  • Strong focus on quality and delivery of services, demonstrated “roll-up-the sleeves” style to getting things done.

Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in business or commerce.
  • Bilingual (French) an asset.
  • CFA or CA designations would be beneficial.
  • A post graduate degree (e.g., business or law) would be a definite asset. (Exceptional academic success preferred)
  • Minimum of 10 years in compensation or executive compensation in either a consulting capacity or as a seasoned corporate professional from a blue-chip corporation; or experience in a top tier law firm, strategy or management consulting firm, HR consulting firm or risk management firm combined with a significant exposure, experience, capacity and interest in finance.
  • Comfortably at ease interacting at both the board level and the C-suite.
  • Possessing a notable presence and capacity to generate confidence at multiple levels within corporate clients.
  • Demonstrated networking skills at the appropriate levels in corporate Toronto / Calgary and elsewhere.
  • Diplomatic with a keen sense of client service.
  • Capacity to identify, create and close new business.
  • Possesses a certain “grittiness” to get things done and grind it out as required.
  • Proven and highly developed analytical and technical skills.
  • Proven and exceptional written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to develop and build solid client relationships.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset that appreciates the importance of driving an owner managed firm to the next level.

 

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

We regret that only qualified candidates will be contacted.

If you are not interested, but know someone who is, please help a current or former colleague in their career development by referring them.

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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, Kids.now, 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.