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Odgers Berndtson completed its transition to a centrally owned business model in Canada as part of the company’s global strategy. The executive search firm opened a new office in Vancouver and plans to open a new office in Calgary as part of the move.
The company’s Toronto office, which employs about 60 people, remains the headquarters of its Canadian operation.
“Our move to a centrally owned model is key to taking an integrated approach to talent management in all markets,” said Carl Lovas, Canadian chairman of Odgers Berndtson. “Search is just one of the ways we support our clients to find and develop top talent at the leadership level.”
Leadership assessment and interim management are increasing components of Odgers Berndtson’s business.
Owning its offices outright will also enable Odgers to specialize in sectors specific to each market, according to the company. The new Vancouver office, led by Colleen Keenan and Elaine Grotefeld, will target education, mining, healthcare and technology. The Calgary office will target the energy, industrial, and logistics and distribution sectors.
As part of the move to a centrally owned model, three offices previously licensed under Odgers Berndtson remain independently owned and are now aligned with Boyden Global Executive Search and operate under the Boyden brand. Those offices are in Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.