Our Approach

We build relationships that endure.


We are a boutique executive search firm supporting the investment, real estate and financial services sectors.


Our search timeline is 6-12 weeks – with a diverse and curated candidate slate delivered within 3 weeks.


We deliver formal market mapping and competitive intelligence on each search, so clients understand their recruitment environment and make best-informed decisions based on ample data.


Our proprietary search methodology provides a refined and high touch experience, every time.


We guarantee every placement. Should a TSP placement depart within the first 12 months, a replacement search will be completed at our cost.

Our Process

Meeting with you and your team to understand your needs, mission, goals and strategies.

Extensive consulting with you to craft and confirm a precise position description and a summary of the technical and behavioural attributes which the best fit candidates should possess.

Developing a plan of action for the search incorporating our proprietary database of candidates, as well as exhaustive research and referral methods.

Implementing a screening process encompassing an analysis of candidates, previous job performance, examination of education/training, and consultation with references.

Presenting successful candidates to you and your team. First, through a verbal discussion of the attributes of the candidates relative to the position requirements and then by way of their resume

Maintaining communication with you at regular intervals throughout the entirety of our involvement. This contact occurs not only before the search has begun and during its progression, but is sustained, with your cooperation, following the placement of the candidate.

“Be certain of your mission, but be prepared to constantly grow. Work hard, very hard.
Be forever curious, persistent and gracious. When people let you into their lives, realize that it is a gift.”

- Michele McNally

Foundational Principles


Diversity strengthens teams, but achieving it requires action. It takes time and effort to ensure a diverse and inclusive range of exceptional candidates is presented to our clients. We always take that time because we know it's worth the effort.


Respect, advocacy and coaching are our touchstones. Our commitment to this level of candidate care amplifies our clients' brands and recruitment power.

Continuous Improvement

Our family motto is also our corporate one. “Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. Until the good is better, and the better is best.” We believe that even after 40 years, old dogs CAN always learn new tricks.


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Our Community

We have long understood the value of strong community. Our years of philanthropic activity have introduced us to a wide network of deserving organizations. It is our privilege to partner with them and donate our resources to strengthen the community in which we live. We invite you to learn more about these organizations and their good works.

North York Harvest Food Bank

With a vision of a community where all members are able to meet their food needs, North York Harvest supports the community through dignified food assistance, education, focused advocacy, and long-term food solutions.

The Hammer Band

The Hammer Band offers violin lessons free of charge to kids in schools from low-income/high-risk neighbourhoods using violins that come from donations. Lessons teach more than music! Hammer Band kids learn about self-respect, communication, sensitivity to others as well as life accountability.

Urban Squash Toronto

Urban Squash Toronto’s mission is to empower students in the Jane-Finch corridor to reach their full academic, athletic, and personal potential. Through daily educational programming, squash training, meals and mentorship, our goal is that all our students graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education.

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 is a former finance professional turned recruitment consultant. He connects top-tier talent with prestigious organizations seeking exceptional leaders. His expertise lies in the recruitment of high-caliber risk and compliance professionals for investment management, real estate, and financial services firms across North America.

Derek joined Thorek/Scott and Partners after a successful tenure with one of the largest globally recognized recruitment firms, where he specialized in consulting legal and compliance professionals across financial & professional services. He is passionate about helping people fulfil their long-term career aspirations. Derek’s personable approach and knowledge of the financial landscape allows him to develop strong relationships with both candidates and clients.

After completing his B.Com from the University of Toronto’s Finance program, Derek began his career 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, Asia 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.