What We Do

The Bedford Consulting Group was established in 1979, and we have grown to become one of Canada’s leading privately-held executive search firms. Bedford is the Toronto Partner of Transearch International, a global executive search organization, operating in 39 countries. We take pride in being consistently recognized as the number one performing office globally (out of 60+ offices) in the Transearch network. Bedford has three offices in Canada — Toronto, Vancouver and Oakville.

Bedford’s talent strategy goes beyond traditional executive search, partnering with clients on business transformation, organizational effectiveness, benchmarking, executive compensation and coaching, as well as organizational team and culture diagnostics.

Our business is making your business better.

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Value Proposition

Focus on fit

We utilize proprietary diagnostic tools to measure the four unique dimensions of fit for every engagement with our clients. This allows us to look beyond the candidate resume and better predict the probability of success for a potential leader.

Global capabilities, boutique service

Bedford has global reach through our 60 Transearch International offices. We provide our clients with the optimal balance of global capability alongside the hands on, client focused service delivery of a boutique firm.

Proprietary assessment tools

We invest significant time upfront with our clients utilizing proprietary diagnostic and assessment tools to develop a robust understanding of your organization’s current and emerging requirements across the four dimensions of fit.

Industry expertise

With a 38-year history and track record of performance in the executive search industry. We have deep relationships at the leadership level across Canada’s key industry verticals. We are a recognized member company of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), which sets the standards and ethical guidelines for the global Executive Search Industry.

Track record of performance

We are consistently ranked as a top performing office globally within the Transearch Partnership of 60 offices and take pride in our industry leading 93% retention rate (three years post hire).

Experienced Team

Our team is comprised of expert search consultants that bring a mix of Executive Search and direct industry experience. We pride ourselves on being hands on with our clients and as such, a devoted search team including a Principal, Research Consultant and Administrative Support, will be led by a Partner throughout the search process.

Approach

Bedford has developed an innovative executive search process that assesses candidates against the four essential dimensions of fit: Culture, Leadership, Performance, and Team.
This unique assessment model allows us to ensure that our clients hire, retain, and develop the right leader, not the best résumés.

Culture

The single biggest reason a new leader fails is because he/she is not a fit with the culture. We assist in ensuring you are hiring with both the current and emerging culture in mind.

Leadership

Bedford’s proprietary leadership competency process has been pioneered by Bedford’s Chief Leadership Advisor, Dr. John Burdett, following his review of 10,000 global leaders. His process identifies the four key quadrants of leadership that guide our search process; Direction, Delivery, Development and Day-to-Day Dialogue.

Performance

Richly defined role specific leadership competencies are the basis on which we develop a performance scorecard tied to key business deliverables.

Team

The nature (stage of development) of the team is a critical dimension of the talent acquisition process: 'team fit.'

Attraction

Integration

Our pioneering work in developing this model in Toronto in 2000 with Dr. John Burdett has become the operating global standard of leadership assessment across Transearch International.

Approach

Bedford has developed an innovative executive search process that assesses candidates against the four essential dimensions of fit: Culture, Leadership, Performance, and Team.
This unique assessment model allows us to ensure that our clients hire, retain, and develop the right leader, not the best résumés.
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Our pioneering work in developing this model in Toronto in 2000 with Dr. John Burdett has become the operating global standard of leadership assessment across Transearch International.

Reach

Extensive Reach. Local connection.

Through our partnership in TRANSEARCH International, we have the network, support, research capabilities and databases to locate and connect with the right talent for complex global search engagements.

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5,000+ completed searches over the past 25 years.

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