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 sons. He has participated in the cycling fundraiser Ride to Conquer Cancer five times and is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. Tony serves on the Board of Directors for Family Services of Greater Vancouver and for Family Services of Greater Vancouver Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
Shalini Bhatty is a Senior Consultant in our Calgary office and has held a variety of positions with Davies Park since 2005 including Search Associate and Director of Research. She began her executive search career in Toronto over 15 years ago and has partnered with clients across Canada to execute search assignments in the energy, technology, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has also led the in-house talent acquisition function for an international oil and gas company during a time of significant growth. Shalini’s strengths are managing client and candidate relationships and applying creative thinking to source and select the best candidates.
Shalini holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a designated HR professional (CPHR). She has lived and worked all over the world, growing up in India, the Middle East and the United States before moving to Canada and settling in Calgary with her family.
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.
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.
Andrew Philip, B.A.
Raised in Vancouver, Andrew brings a diverse mix of business and search industry passion and experience to the Davies Park office in Vancouver. An Economics graduate from the University of Western Ontario, Andrew has also added the Canadian Securities course and the UBC Sauder School Real Estate Trading course to his educational training. After university, Andrew landed an entry level sales role with E&J Gallo, the world’s largest winery, and began a 16 year career in the Beverage Alcohol sector. Using Gallo’s world-renown sales and merchandising training to his advantage, he joined Cascadia Brands, the manufacturers of Granville Island Brewing, Calona Wines and Potter’s Distillers, rising up their ranks to become a National Marketing Manager before being headhunted by Corby Distillers to direct their BC market activities. Andrew was lured into the recruitment industry in 2007, gaining experience in both the contingency and retained search categories, working on a diverse mix of roles with a wide range of companies across many industry sectors. Andrew enjoys WW2 history and an active sports lifestyle, playing for and managing senior men’s hockey and baseball teams, while serving as baseball league Treasurer and executive member, while teaching his two daughters the joys of skiing, tennis and golf.
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.
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.
Nicholas Lay, B.A., M.Sc.
Nick joined Davies Park in 2015, and brings a far-reaching international consultancy background to the Vancouver office. Born and raised in the UK, he completed his B.A. at the University of Manchester and M.Sc. at the London School of Economics. While based in London, he spent two years as a professional Soccer Analyst, before immigrating to Canada and becoming entrenched in professional recruitment between North America and East Asia. Now a Consultant at Davies Park, his focus is dedicated end-to-end executive search ownership across a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and areas of expertise.
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.
Sandra first entered the world of Executive Search in 2013 and has since gained experience conducting searches both in private industry and public-sector organizations. Sandra is involved in all aspects of the search process. She works collaboratively with the Partners and research teams to identify and evaluate qualified executives and professionals for various roles and with the goal of finding the best leadership and cultural fit for our clients. She brings positive enthusiasm to each assignment and gets her energy from interacting with the diverse professionals she speaks with daily.
Prior to venturing into executive search, Sandra enjoyed more than a decade of sales and customer service experience in the IT, automotive, and communications industries while living in Nova Scotia and Ontario.
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.
Sydney Suffron, B.Com.
Joining Davies Park in 2017, Sydney is excited to be working within the executive search industry. As a search associate, Sydney provides research support and contributes to identifying and reaching out to potential candidates. She recognizes the key importance front-end preparation plays in the sourcing process to ensure the correct candidates are identified.
Sydney is an enthusiastic individual who loves interacting and working with others. Her favorite part of search work is learning about the diverse experiences and backgrounds of professionals across a wide variety of industries.
Sydney is a 2016 graduate from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business with a major in Operations Management. As a performer and a current dance instructor, Sydney is actively involved and passionate about supporting the arts community in Calgary. When she is not teaching, Sydney enjoys practicing yoga, taking barre classes, and skiing in the Rocky Mountains.
Diana Keto-Lambert, B.A., M.L.I.S.
Diana is responsible for leading industry-specific research and constructing and executing search strategies for assignments at Davies Park. Diana has worked as a professional researcher for over 10 years in many different industries: government, engineering, health, and business. She is highly skilled in knowledge management, data mining, and digital information retrieval. Diana has a Master of Library and Information Studies from University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Maryland at College Park. In her spare time, Diana enjoys spending time with her two sons, husband, cat, and dog; volunteering on campaigns; and working with her hands (whether it’s cooking, baking, or using power tools).
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.
James joined the Davies Park Vancouver office in 2016 after finishing his BA in Political Science at McGill University. In an evolving role, James is involved throughout the recruitment process providing support to consultants and partners
After graduating from Western University with a Master of Arts in English Language & Literature and spending several years in Toronto working as a freelancer in editorial support, content development, and marketing, Evan moved to Vancouver and joined the Davies Park team in the winter of 2015. Responsible for day-to-day content creation and documentation prep, Evan provides back-end support to consultants and search associates in writing, editing, development of marketing materials, and facilitation of advertising. He is passionate about all forms of writing, and thrives on applying his own experience and understanding of editorial methodologies to ensure his team is informed, connected, and well-supported to achieve their best.
In addition to his love of language, Evan actively pursues opportunities for further scholarly and educational development, and has been involved in several teaching positions at private language academies in Vancouver. An avid biker and rock climbing enthusiast, he spends his spare time exploring the natural landscape of BC (when he is not frequenting bookstores, that is).
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.
Kate Ralston B.A
As the Office Manager for the Vancouver team, Kate is responsible for organizing all administrative procedures that facilitate the smooth running of the office. She manages the administrative needs of the consultants and associates throughout each stage of a search, and is the primary liaison for all client meeting and candidate interview coordination.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in History from the University of Ottawa, Kate moved to Vancouver and began working at Davies Park as the Office Administrator before working her way up to Manager. She enjoys the everyday challenges of problem solving in a fast paced work environment and uses her strong organizational and communicative skills to help ensure the team’s success.
She is actively involved in the local arts community and spends much of her spare time developing her skills in the fine arts. She enjoys scuba diving, hiking, is a passionate advocate for animals and always looks for any opportunity to travel.