Since Bedford’s inception, we are committed to connecting organizations to the leaders they need. In today’s disruptive business world — with ever-changing technology and an increasingly competitive market for talent — the demand for new strategies to attract and retain effective leaders is stronger than ever.
We are proud of our history and the solutions we have created to help our clients run better businesses. Since 1979, it has been our privilege to foster paths to success for our clients’ organizations and the leaders we have integrated within them.
We look forward to working with you.
We believe in the power of team fit in our own organization, just as we do with clients. An organization is only as good as its people – and the Bedford team is no exception. We provide a level of individualized, expert service that cannot be matched by many of today’s consulting firms:
Experienced and loyal partners
A dedicated 3-person client team
The reach of 60 Transearch offices globally
Howard is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Bedford—Canada’s largest independent executive search firm. For over 27 years, Howard has inspired leaders to choose his clients’ corporations for their careers. Howard’s particular areas of specialization include Life Sciences, Retail, Consumer Products, and Financial Services.
Based in our Toronto office – repeatedly named Global Office Of The Year by Transearch International based on client satisfaction, innovation and revenue growth – Howard has been an integral part of Bedford’s continued excellence.
Prior to founding Bedford, Howard served in a regional management capacity with a service corporation. Outside of work, Howard’s passions include his family, golf, and fitness training.
Steven is the co-founder and Managing Partner of The Bedford Consulting Group. For the past 25 years, Steven has managed executive search assignments for a broad range of Canadian and international clients from early stage companies to Global Fortune 1000s. Steven’s sectors of specialization include technology/media/telecommunications, retail, consumer hard goods/soft goods, financial services, and real estate.
In addition to his role with Bedford, Steven serves as Chairman of the Americas (13 offices) for Transearch International, a top ten global executive search organization operating worldwide. Steven is currently serving his third term on the Transearch board.
Based in our Toronto office, Steven is recognized as one of North America’s top Executive Recruiters (profiled in “The Career Makers”). In April 2008, Steven was profiled by Business Week as one of the “World’s Most Influential Head Hunters.” Steven’s knowledge of and influence within the changing search industry is key to Bedford’s continued success in disruptive business environments.
Managing Partner, Bedford Resources and Not-for-Profit
Frank is the Managing Partner of Bedford’s Resource practice. In the course of his career with Bedford, Frank has placed hundreds of executives, operating and financial managers, and board directors into many of Canada’s emerging and established organizations. Clients call upon Frank to offer advice in all areas of their talent management needs – from compensation, assessment and performance, to metrics and strategy. Frank is especially passionate in strengthening Canada’s competitive position on the world stage.
Before joining Bedford, Frank held CFO and CEO roles in some of Canada’s largest companies and brands, in addition to managing growing and emerging companies. Frank is a graduate of both the Universities of Toronto and Windsor, where he completed an MBA and a CPA. Outside of work, Frank enjoys music, fitness, running, as well as spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Based in Toronto, Darren brings 10+ years of executive search and strategic consulting experience, where his work has been focused on clients in the specialty areas of Healthcare, Consumer Products, Technology and Logistics/Manufacturing/Distribution in Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan.
Prior to joining The Bedford Consulting Group/TRANSEARCH in 2008, Darren spent time with an international search firm and started his career with a boutique healthcare consulting firm, where he authored a variety of reports on emerging, minimally invasive, medical-device technologies and consulted for some of the world’s largest medical-device companies.
Darren is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Economics.
John joins Bedford with over 20 years of experience as a human resources executive, his previous roles spanning the mining, energy, semiconductor and banking industries. He was the Vice President, Human Resources for New Gold, and also held HR leadership roles with PMC-Sierra, Duke Energy, Westcoast Energy, and NatWest Group. John holds a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources Management from the University of Westminster.
Bedford’s clients in Western Canada face unique challenges. John brings substantial industry knowledge and market experience, which offers him a unique ‘insider’s perspective’ that will better serve clients and help them shape outstanding talent strategies. Bedford’sexisting executive team
Sophia is an accomplished Executive Search professional with extensive experience in Strategic Human Capital Resourcing, Executive Search, Business Development & Account Management.
She has successfully built effective partnerships with business leaders, key decision-makers/stakeholders, across business sectors, and in diverse corporate cultures. Sophia has had first-hand, in-country experience on projects in 14 countries around the world:- from Helsinki to Johannesburg; across the EMEA and into North America; She relocated professionally from London, UK in 2017.
Based in Toronto, Glenda brings extensive executive search experience through her role as a Principal with Bedford. Glenda’s specialty areas include technology, telco, communications, financial services, consumer packaged goods, retail, and distribution sectors across multiple functions. Well-versed in search on an international scale, Glenda has worked on projects extensively within Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
With an extensive history of success in an ever-changing search industry, Glenda possesses a 20-year professional background with prominent international and boutique executive search firms, both in Canada and the U.S.
Glenda is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where we obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.
Laurie brings over 25 years of experience in the executive search industry working with leading boutique and international retained search firms. A generalist, she has conducted senior level searches across a broad range of industries including financial services, technology, retail, and consumer packaged goods across multiple functional areas and geographies including Canada, U.S. and Europe.
Laurie possesses an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto, graduating in 1990 with Distinction.
Elizabeth is an award winning executive recruiting professional with over 11 years of experience leading retained executive search mandates. Having worked at Amrop Knightsbridge and Odgers Berndtson, 2 global firms, prior to working with The Bedford Group, Elizabeth has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience across a spectrum of industry sectors and functional areas.
Elizabeth was recognized by The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) winning the award for Excellence and Professionalism in Research.
Prior to joining the executive search industry, Elizabeth spent three years with a global events company directing sales campaigns for executive attendance acquisition at business strategy summits and conferences for Fortune 500 companies across North America.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree from Trent University and a Diploma, Honours in Journalism from Durham College.
Principal, Bedford Resources
Mauricio Montano is a Senior Consultant for Bedford Resources, leading the firm’s Latin American practice. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Mauricio has over nine years of experience in full-cycle recruitment across all industries, including mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, logistics, warehousing and automotive (amongst others). Mauricio’s experience spans Canada, the United States, Mexico, Latin America and Europe. He has deep expertise and interest in the mining sector, and he is active in industry events.
Prior to joining Bedford, Mauricio specialized in recruitment for technical and contract roles in large mining organizations. In this capacity, Mauricio managed client accounts of up to 50 contractors, leading all recruitment activities and serving as the main contact for all contractor and client interactions. This experience equipped Mauricio with an in depth understanding of the unique requirements of the mining and resources sectors, instilling a passion for the utilizing the value of talent in organizational growth and operational success.
Mauricio attended Humber College, where he studied Business Management. Outside of work, he loves all things sports-related, including soccer, golf, tennis, hiking, snowboarding and swimming.
Ask me about: Latin America, Northern Ontario, Full-Cycle Recruitment, PDAC, Exploration, Operations, Mining, Oil & Gas
Peter Dunkerley is a Principal at Bedford Resources. He recruits for clients in the power generation, infrastructure and construction sectors.
Peter has directed recruiting initiatives in Canada, Europe, the U.S., Mexico and South America.
Prior to joining Bedford, Peter was the head of human resources at Northland Power, an IPP with operations in the Western Hemisphere and Europe. His responsibilities encompassed talent acquisition for C-suite to control room, culture, benefits, employee relations, union negotiations and compensation.
Peter has recruited executives, engineers, and construction and operations personnel, and he has personal experience working with and hiring First Nations people. In addition to North American projects, he has experience with European offshore wind and LATAM wind and solar. In 2014, he opened a Northland office in Mexico City and hired the country manager.
His background includes human resources consulting for clients in CPG, retail automotive, power generation, land development and construction. Early in his career, he was with Burson-Marsteller and Caterpillar.
Peter was educated at North Carolina State University, Graduate School in Industrial Design, and the Ontario College of Art (OCAD).
Consultant, Bedford Resources
Louise joins The Bedford Group in the capacity of Consultant, aiding the successful completion of mandates and supporting business development in a variety of sectors. She brings 10 years of diverse recruiting experience to the team and excels at managing relationships with clients and executives to build trust and drive results. She also works as a Career Consultant at Canada’s leading graduate program in public policy at the University of Toronto, connecting emerging leaders with the public sector, not-for-profits, and think tanks.
Louise graduated from Western University with a degree in Sociology, earned Advanced Honours in HR Management (GOA 4.0), holds the CHRP designation and is a member of the Halton Region HRPA.
Born in Brussels, Louise has lived in five different countries. She credits her natural curiosity, innovation and big thinking to the early international experiences of her youth. She lives in Oakville and loves spending time planning adventures and outings with her two children.
Cierra is a Consultant at the Bedford Consulting Group based out of the Toronto office. Cierra provides research support to the Managing Partners and Principal Consultants, while also ensuring the top quality client and candidate experiences from start to finish.
In her current role, Cierra offers unique insight through her passion for Human Resources, applying her knowledge to the planning and hosting of Bedford’s quarterly Executive Human Resources Roundtables for top HR leaders across Canada. Cierra’s focus on HR continues to contribute to her adept, people-focused approach to search.
Cierra is a graduate of Western University, where she holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies degree with a specialization in Human Resources. Cierra is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association and has received her CHRP designation.
Based out of the Toronto Office, Jake joined The Bedford Consulting Group in 2017 as a Consultant.
Jake focuses on the financial services, telecommunications, and healthcare sectors across multiple levels of industry.
Prior to joining Bedford, Jake has experience working at leading media and financial services companies across North America, amassing experience in journalism, asset management, and structured product trading.
Jake is a graduate of Ivey Business School at Western University, where he holds an Honours Business Administration degree with a specialization in finance.
Puneet is a Research Consultant at Bedford, supporting the firm’s Natural Resources and Not-for-Profit practices from the Oakville office.
Puneet joins Bedford from CIBC, where she worked in financial services and previously in customer service. She made the move to recruitment because she loves meeting and interacting with new people and establishing unlikely connections. She understands the importance of customization when establishing recruitment solutions for clients, to best fit their needs and to maximize the strategic impact of all new hires.
Puneet graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Brock University in 2016, and an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University in 2014. She is an active volunteer for the Brantford Sikh Association, Brantford General Hospital, and Elections Canada, with considerable experience with other academic and charitable organizations.
Adrienne joins us on a temporary basis as she pursues a career in law. She graduated from the University of Kent this spring with an LLB (Senior Status), Law, also holding an Honours Bachelor of Science, Psychology Specialist and Biology Major from the University of Toronto.
She has received numerous accolades through her studies, including third place in the 2017 Canadian Negotiation Competition hosted by Dentons and the Direction Law Negotiation Prize for Most Outstanding Team 2016.
Adrienne has developed excellent research skills through her experience as a Research Assistant and Research Project Leader at the University of Toronto.
Information Technology Consultant
Steve Litwin is a senior information technology executive with over 28 years experience. He helps our clients manage their technology challenges and provides a high level of expertise that allows organizations to achieve their technology-enabled business goals.
Prior to founding Litcom Information Services in 2003, Steve led the Canadian I.T. practice for Cap Gemini Canada (formerly Ernst & Young Management Consultants). His early background includes work with a number of leading I.T. Solution providers including Deloitte & Touche Consulting, SHL Systemhouse, and Synerlogic (a division of Accenture).
Steve is a Certified Management Consultant and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, as well as a Diploma in Computer Programming from Control Data Institute. Steve has returned on numerous occasions to his Alma Mater, University of Toronto, to lecture on I.T. related subjects.
Chief Leadership Advisor
John Burdett has worked in over 40 countries as an executive and as a consultant for businesses that are household names. He has worked on and continues to work on leadership development and organization culture for some of the world’s largest corporations.
John’s partnership with the Bedford Consulting Group and TRANSEARCH INTERNATIONAL means that his proprietary work on talent acquisition (The Orxestra Method) has supported many hundreds of top leadership appointments on six continents.
John holds a doctorate in management development and since 2000 has published ten best-selling books on leadership, talent management, coaching and organization culture.
He recently completed his highly lauded talent trilogy: Talent (2013), Team (2015), and The Empty Suit (2016). His latest book is The A-Z of Organization Culture (2017). Available on amazon ca. John lives in Toronto.
Project Coordinator for Howard Pezim and Darren Raycroft
Based out of the Toronto office, Fiona provides Executive Assistant services to Howard Pezim, Managing Director at the Bedford Group, and Project Coordinator support to the Principals and Consultants. Fiona holds additional responsibility as event planner and hostess for Executive Roundtables, Seminars and Client/Employee events.
Fiona brings a wealth of experience gained over the past 25+ years working in advancing administrative roles for some of North America’s best-known retailers, telecommunications and food services companies. Fiona has supported Vice Presidents in sales, finance, human resources, legal and customer relations management sectors.
Project Coordinator for Steven Pezim
Zachary Wan joins the Bedford Group in 2018 as the Project Coordinator to Steven Pezim. He is located in the Toronto office and also provides administrative support to the Management and Principal teams. In the past, he served executives with exceptional care at one of Canada’s leading health and wellness providers.
Zachary holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Western University.
Project Coordinator for Frank Galati
Based in Bedford’s Oakville office, Tina holds responsibility for the management of day-to-day operations while providing administrative support to Frank Galati, Bedford Resources’ Managing Partner, as well as overseeing project coordination and other tasks for Frank and the Principals.
Tina has 25+ years administrative experience working with presidents, general managers, and vice presidents for some of North America’s best-known CPG, pharmaceutical and construction companies. Tina’s professionalism and passion for her career is only surpassed by her desire to provide superior customer care, affording Tina many advancement opportunities throughout her progressive career.
Since 1997, Flori has been providing accounting support to the management and staff of Bedford. Prior to joining the company, Flori held key senior accounting positions with several real estate developers, construction managers and property managers well known in their industries in the Toronto area. She brings a solid accounting knowledge and professional dedication given her 35 years of business experience.
Flori graduated from St. Paul University Manila, Philippines, where she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy.