Elizabeth Hurley, B.Com., CMC, ICD.D
Since joining Davies Park in 1996, Elizabeth has been instrumental in the growth and development of our business and professional network. Aside from being one of Davies Park’s longest serving partners, she has been an executive search professional since 1989 and brings both a passion for people and a broad range of sector knowledge to the search process. Elizabeth’s commitment to excellence and her unparalleled effort to meet client needs has contributed to Davies Park’s reputation as a firm that delivers outstanding service and results. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. She has completed the Directors Education Program and received her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Elizabeth is highly active in the community and currently serves on the MacEwan University Board of Governors and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. Previously, she sat on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: the Edmonton Symphony Society/Francis Winspear Centre for Music; NorQuest College and the NorQuest College Foundation; the Capital Care Foundation; the Edmonton and Alberta Alzheimer’s Societies. In addition to serving her community, Elizabeth savours time with her family and friends.
Mike Kerr, B. Comm., CMA, FCMA
Mike has been a Partner at Davies Park since 2000. He is responsible for the management of the Calgary office with his Partner Allan Nelson, and for ensuring each client receives the outstanding service and results Davies Park is known for. Mike’s combination of credentials, experience and personal characteristics make him uniquely qualified to conduct executive search. He is an experienced Certified Management Accountant who takes a big-picture view of business and executive leadership. He loves the “tough” assignments and has a gift for building relationships—both with the business leaders he serves and the executives he recruits on their behalf. Mike has led search assignments for executive and senior professionals in the energy, manufacturing, high technology and financial services industries, as well as in the not-for profit, municipal and education sectors. He is adept at satisfying the needs of both technical and business services professionals. He has been involved as a volunteer in his community and on a national basis for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Davies Park, Mike worked in financial planning, accounting and human resources. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Personnel Certificate from the University of Calgary and earned his Certified Management Accounting (CMA) designation in 1995. He was awarded a National Fellowship from the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (FCMA) in 2005. Mike is a passionate volunteer, golfer, reader and amateur photographer. He enjoys classical music, especially Beethoven and the Beatles.
Tony Kirschner, B.A., M.A., Ph.D
Tony brings a comprehensive range of business, management, human resource and consulting experience to the firm’s Vancouver office. Tony first became active in executive search in 1988, when he was hired by a major U.S. recruitment firm out of Chicago. He lived and worked in the U.S. where he also completed his Ph.D. before returning to Canada in 2003. Prior to joining Davies Park, Tony held senior HR management positions with several B.C. health authorities, as well as with a North American environmental assessment company. He is an active member of the B.C. Human Resource Management Association and the Human Capital Institute. Tony was raised in Vancouver but received his university education in the U.S. where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at DePaul University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Tony spent time as a Professor in Maryland before returning to Vancouver and executive search. Tony enjoys the active west-coast lifestyle, spending his free time skiing, hiking, running and cycling with his family and three young sons. He has participated in the cycling fundraiser Ride to Conquer Cancer five times and is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.
Ardyce Kouri, B.A., M.A.
A key member of the Edmonton office since 2004, Ardyce is known for her outstanding commitment to clients. She has brought her comprehensive HR knowledge and business experience to search assignments in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Davies Park, Ardyce worked in both Toronto and Prague as the National President for AIESEC Canada, and in recruitment for the ING Group’s Czech Republic branch. Ardyce holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree from Royal Roads University. She is an active member of the community and sits on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Alberta. She is an avid runner, ball hockey player and, no matter where her travels have taken her, she remains a passionate Oilers fan!
Greg Longster, B.Com., M.B.A.
Greg’s professional experience, dedication and passion for executive search has helped him quickly build a reputation for delivering excellence since opening of Davies Park’s Vancouver office in 2007. Greg brings a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge to his role as Partner of our Vancouver office with an extensive background in strategic sales management, communications, and business development. Prior to joining Davies Park, Greg spent 15 years in senior and executive management positions in the financial services industry, giving him firsthand experience in human resource management plus a unique understanding of organizations’ HR needs. Greg obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Marketing and Finance from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Royal Roads University with a focus on Executive Management. He is a former Chair and current member of the Marketing Association for Credit Unions and a member of the BC Human Resource Management Association. He is a competitive squash player and an active member of the Jericho Tennis Club.
Allan Nelson, B.Com., CMA, FCMA
Allan founded Davies Park’s Calgary office in 1997, and was pleased to invite Mike Kerr to join him in 2000. As Partners, they oversee every engagement and ensure clients enjoy a highly professional, effective and personalized service. For almost two decades Allan has loved the business of executive search. In that time he has developed strong and lasting relationships with boards and top executives in a number of industries and sectors across the country. Allan takes great satisfaction in sourcing and attracting the perfect candidate for each and every engagement. Prior to joining Davies Park, Allan held senior positions in leadership, operations and sales management with a variety of Canadian corporations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). In 2002, he was honoured to receive a National Fellowship from the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (FCMA). Allan enjoys spending time with his family, including his six grandchildren. He loves being involved in the community and continues to serve on a number of volunteer boards.
Anurag Shourie, M.Sc., C.H.R.P., CMC
As a highly experienced executive search consultant, Anurag is an integral part of the Davies Park leadership team. A strategic thinker, he has been keenly involved in Davies Park’s growth since 2001 and has recruited entire executive teams for multiple client organizations. He has also worked closely with numerous boards of directors from government, industry, and the not-for-profit sector to identify and recruit key board members. In 1994, Anurag entered the field of human resources and management consulting, and his experience includes executive recruiting, career counseling, and coaching. He is highly knowledgeable in contract development and alternate compensation strategies, and has consulted in the area of change management. Anurag obtained his Master’s degree from the University of Alberta plus formal training in recruitment and hiring from Simon Fraser University. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Certified Human Resources Professional.
Leo brings 12 years of global recruitment experience to Davies Park Vancouver with the last 4 years covering technology and heavy engineering sectors across North America. Having worked in all corners of the globe, Leo has gained a wide range of cultural and professional experience which gives him a unique global perspective of finding and attracting key talent to Canada.
He has a wealth of experience in various industries including Engineering, Real Estate Development, Technology, Construction, Mining, Retail, Architecture & Design and Manufacturing. Leo has joined as a new business leader within Davies Park with the aim of further establishing Davies Park as the Executive Search firm of choice in Canada.
Laura Youngberg, B.A., M.B.A., CHRP, CCP, CRA
Laura joined the Calgary office in 1997 as Director of Research. Now a Senior Consultant, she brings tenacity, commitment and creativity to all aspects of the search process. A Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Laura has experience working across a variety of professional disciplines, industries and sectors and enjoys the challenge of finding candidates with the specialized talent her clients require. Laura completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. She was born in Edmonton and has lived in Calgary for many years. She has two wonderful daughters, an adorable rescue Chihuahua, enjoys reading, walking, skiing and loves spending time with her family and friends sharing good conversation, food and wine.
Sonny Kapoor, B.Sc.
Sonny joined Davies Park in 2011 and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating the candidacy of senior level executives both nationally and internationally for our clients. An experienced recruitment professional, his goal is to ensure clients are presented with the best talent, no matter the industry. Sonny entered executive search in 2007 and offers a diverse perspective given his international and North American recruitment experience in a variety of businesses and industries including accounting, finance, engineering, sales and the hospitality industry. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management at Widener University in the United States. Sonny enjoys playing cricket, squash, travelling and spending time with his family.
Jeff Nixon, B.Com.
Jeff brings over ten years of consulting experience to Davies Park. His unique business acumen and comprehensive experience with corporate and product branding, placemaking, marketing and communications, and governance is an invaluable asset to our search process. Jeff has conducted organizational, management, governance, and communications reviews for various not-for-profits, municipalities and private sector organizations across Western Canada. He has a growing reputation as an advisor on governance principles and best practices, and is an experienced facilitator of board training and strategic planning seminars and workshops. Jeff has spoken at various conferences and seminars across Canada, taught branding and marketing, as well as been recognized internationally for his creative and strategic thinking.
Heather Fookes, B.A., M.L.I.S., CRA
Heather joined Davies Park in 2008 and is responsible for directing the research on all of Davies Park’s search assignments. Heather is an information management professional with more than15 years’ experience researching and executing on competitive intelligence, due diligence, business development, and executive recruiting projects. She is highly skilled at sourcing and communicating with prospective candidates, finding the best resources for generating relevant names, and creating a detailed list of targeted prospects. Heather has built a significant cross-Canada database of key contacts for our firm, which she continually updates. The database provides research for executive and senior professionals in such industries as energy, power, manufacturing, construction, engineering and post-secondary education. She has participated in many of Davies Park’s most complex searches, and enjoys the challenge that search provides. Heather is a credentialed Librarian with an Honors degree in History from the University of Calgary and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University. She recently led an initiative to qualify Davies Park’s search associates with the Certified Researcher Associate (CRA) designation from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), and obtained the CRA qualification in early 2014. Heather has four children and she and her husband enjoy spending time with family. She loves nature, Thai food and Thailand and is an avid walker.
Julian joined Davies Park in the summer of 2015 after completing his BA in Industrial Relations at McGill University. As an integral part of our Vancouver team, Julian brings a polished and professional voice to the day-to-day interactions with our candidates and clients. He is responsible for ensuring key search assignments are executed according to timelines, and with the utmost efficiency and quality. He assigns the appropriate associate and search assistant to work on each search, and directs the overall search strategy. He is also the point of contact for clients regarding timelines, profile approvals, and meetings.
Julian is proficient in French and Spanish, and you can expect to have a conversation with him about soccer or travel when he is not focused on the task at hand.
Robin Noftall, BA, TESL
Robin is a Senior Search Associate with our Vancouver office and has experience with the organization since 2008, holding a variety of positions including Director of Research at our Edmonton office. She is responsible for the initial and middle phases of the executive search process, focusing on industry-specific research to identify and evaluate qualified executives and professionals to present to clients. Robin has a passion for search and recruitment, previously participating in international searches and placements. She exhibits a strong work ethic and a commitment to the executive search process, having executed a range of searches in a variety of sectors. Robin is thorough, energetic and detail-oriented, and has demonstrated success in generating a high number of quality candidates and interest in executive opportunities. Her strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop solid rapport with clients and candidates make her a perfect fit for Davies Park. Robin holds an Honors Bachelor’s degree from Lakehead University in Ontario and two certificates in teaching English as a Second Language, with a specialization in teaching business English. Before joining the world of executive search, Robin spent many years as a successful recruiter for a variety of organizations and was also a Head Teacher Trainer in Japan, where she lived for three years following university. Robin is a member of the Lakehead University Alumni Association and enjoys contributing to philanthropic initiatives. She enjoys competing and participating in athletics and strives to remain active in her community.
Aleksandra Nowacka, M.L.I.S., M.A.
Aleksandra joined Davies Park in 2014 and is responsible for research on Davies Park’s search assignments. She is an information management professional with more than 20 years’ experience researching and executing on competitive intelligence, business development, and fundraising prospect researching projects. She is highly skilled at sourcing and communicating with prospective candidates, finding the best resources for generating relevant names, and creating a detailed list of targeted prospects. Aleksandra holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Languages from the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun, Poland.
She recently obtained both Project Leadership and Project Management Certificates. Aleksandra and her husband enjoy spending time with family, playing tennis, skiing and scuba diving in the warm waters of Andaman Sea. She loves poetry, classical music, jazz, and live theatre. In her spare time, Aleksandra walks the beautiful trails of Edmonton natural areas and translates poetical verses.
Since joining Davies Park in 2012, Cecilia’s role has evolved from administration to supporting Search Associates, Consultants and Partners with research, profiling, and reference checking. She also contributes to the administration needs of the entire office.
Cecilia is zealous, colourful and results-oriented professional who brings a diverse range of experience to the Davies Park team. Her background in hospitality and tourism, customer service and the performing arts offers a wealth of insight and expertise when searching for candidates who are dedicated and visionary in their industries. She has a deep passion for music which led her to complete a diploma in Music Performance, and a diploma in Music Composition at Grant MacEwan College (now MacEwan University) in Edmonton, AB. Her vivacious flair and charisma has been instrumental in landing roles as both an artist and volunteer at various Latin festivals in Calgary and Edmonton.
Kathy joined Davies Park in 1991 and has watched it grow from one office in Edmonton with three employees to four offices as across Canada with over 30 staff. Kathy enjoys working with a team of dedicated professionals.
As Office Manager for the Edmonton office of Davies Park she is responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day business operations. She enjoys the everyday challenges of being part of the Davies Park team.
Joining Davies Park in 2015, Nicholas brings a far reaching international background to our Vancouver office. As a Search Associate he understands the importance of relevant research and analysis, and excels in the communicative element required to tie everything together. A large part of his development came within the world of Japanese-focused recruitment throughout North America, with sectors of specialty including automotive, mechanical engineering, marketing, education, and IT. Born and raised in London, England, Nicholas has worked across various industries in both the UK and Canada. He has experienced everything from corporate business to professional soccer analysis along the way, before settling in Vancouver in 2014. With a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts form the University of Manchester, he continues to look for new ways to educate himself both personally and professionally.
An avid film and soccer fan, Nicholas has fallen for Vancouver enough to make it his permanent home.
Samantha is a dynamic business professional with over seven years of experience in sales and client relationship management, and whose financial services background brings a wealth of experience and skills to the Davies Park team. As a Consultant, Samantha is responsible for identifying the recruitment needs of the client, prospecting and sourcing potential candidates, performing industry-specific research and building strong client and candidate relationships. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, with a major in Finance and Strategic Management & Organization. She has also completed the Canadian Securities Course, positioning herself as a subject-matter expert in the Canadian investment marketplace. Samantha is passionate about fitness and community involvement, dedicating her off-work time to Meals On Wheels and various other volunteer organizations. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and sharing good conversation over local cuisine and wine.