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.
Frank can be reached regarding the following practice areas:
Darren brings more than a decade of executive search and strategic consulting experience, where his work has been focused on clients in the specialty areas of Life Sciences, Consumer Products and 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 executive 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.
Today, Darren lives in Toronto with his family, where he is sought out as a thought leader in the field of executive leadership; his articles have been published in the Globe & Mail and he has been quoted in Fast Company magazine, the National Post and BNN.
Darren is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Economics.
Stephen Diotte is an Associate for Bedford, where he provides his expertise in Executive Compensation and Talent Solutions Talent Solutions for our clients across Canada and in the US. He brings 35 years of corporate and consulting experience to Bedford.
Stephen has conducted executive compensation reviews, led the development of board and executive compensation programs, and established market-based peer groups for our clients. He has led the design and implementation of executive and board compensation programs, including short-term and both cash and stock-based long-term incentives. He has also assessed the impact of compensation in the context of broader-based talent strategy.
In addition to advising clients on compensation-based matters, Stephen was the CHRO of MEG Energy, a publicly traded upstream oil producer. In this role, he developed and presented annual recommendations for the company’s executive compensation program to MEG’s Board. He led the redesign of MEG’s Long-Term Incentive program for shareholder approval and was integral in the preparation of MEG’s Annual Management Information Circular and Compensation Discussion & Analysis (CD&A). He also advised the CEO and the Compensation Committee on MEG’s the applicability of guidelines on compensation disclosure from shareholder rights groups like the ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co.)
Stephen joined Bedford from McKinsey & Company where he was an Associate Partner where he advised client across North America on compensation-related matters. In his role at Bedford Stephen draws his experiences as a former Partner Mercer Canada and the Managing Partner of Deloitte Consulting in Calgary. Stephen has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University. He is a Certified Management Consultant.
Partner, Talent Strategy & Education Practice Lead
Val Cambre brings 25 years of human resources experience to Bedford, having worked in some of the sector’s leading academic institutions including Appleby College, where she developed and led the Talent Strategy and HR Department, Governance Relations and the operations side of the school as Chief Operations Officer. Cambre successfully developed a faculty performance management program, a 360- feedback program, a mentorship program and a mutual respect program that contributed to the recognition as a Top 100 Employer in Canada in 2007 and 2008.
Val has her Human Resources management certification and business studies from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association and certified in Employee Opinion Surveys through Gallup, Thomas DISC Assessments, the Birkman method, SDI Behaviour and 360 Assessment tools.
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 she 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.
Victoria Ritchie is a Senior Principal at the Bedford Consulting Group Transearch. With more than 12 years of global executive search experience in Canada, the United States and Europe, Victoria brings deep consulting and candidate assessment experience across a broad range of industries including Retail, Healthcare, Consumer Goods and Financial Services. With a highly professional, collaborative and engaging approach, Victoria is deeply committed to an outstanding client and candidate experience and outcome. Prior to her career in Executive Search, Victoria began her career in human resources and recruitment in the healthcare, higher education and retail industries, early experiences that shaped her commitment to diversity, collaboration and executive & team development. Victoria earned her honours undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto.
Jessica Pezim has recently joined Bedford as a Principal Consultant. Prior to joining Bedford, Jessica worked at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Human Resources focusing on talent. She was most recently a Director in the Executive Talent Management Group where she supported Capital Markets, Commercial Banking and Wealth. In previous roles she lead Campus Recruitment and Student Programming for Capital Markets which grew to leading the Campus Recruiting efforts enterprise-wide for CIBC.
Jessica holds a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies from Western University. She is called to the Ontario Bar Association and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
Louise is the Associate Principal at Bedford Group who contributes to the successful completion of mandates and supports business development in the education and non-profit 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. Louise comes to Bedford from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, home to Canada’s leading professional level graduate programs in public policy and global affairs, where she prepared emerging leaders for rewarding careers in the public sector, non-profits, think tanks and NGO’s.
Louise graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sociology and earned High Honours in the Human Resources Management program at Sheridan College (GPA 4.0/4.0). She is a member of the Toronto Chapter of the HRPA and is in the process of gaining the CHRP credential.
Born in Brussels, Louise has lived in five countries. She credits her natural curiosity, innovative nature and big picture thinking to the early international experiences of her youth. Louise lives in Oakville and contributes to her community as a pro-bono consultant offering program design and development to connect job seekers with employers through the Kerr Street Mission.
Olivia has previously worked as a summer research intern for Bedford and joined the firm as a full time Senior Researcher in 2020. In addition to managing our communications efforts, Olivia has worked in a number of practice areas including mining, education, not for profit and industrial technology. She is passionate about social issues including racial discrimination, violence against women and homelessness. She holds an Honours B.A. from Ryerson University’s Professional Communication program.
Based in Oakville, Samantha recently joined The Bedford Consulting Group as Principal after a successful career in Finance, previously working at one of Canada’s top real estate companies. Samantha’s specialty areas include not-for-profit and natural resources. Since joining Bedford, she has taken part in several Senior and C-suite level search assignments for clients in higher education, not-for-profit, resources and consumer packaged goods. Samantha is a graduate of Western University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies and also holds her Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Principal, Bedford Resources
Mauricio leads the firm’s Mining Practice in Latin America. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, Mauricio has over twelve years of experience in full-cycle recruitment across all industries, including engineering, oil and gas, manufacturing, technology, finance, logistics & supply chain, and automotive amongst others. Mauricio has spent the last 8 years of his career focused on supporting his partners in the global Mining & Resources industries. His experience in Mining spans all metals and minerals for all phases of the mining life cycle (from early exploration through to mining operations) where Mauricio has supported his clients with all operational roles (technical and non-technical) as well as at the corporate and C-suite executive level. His clients’ mining projects and operations have spanned Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe and Australia providing Mauricio with in-depth understanding of the unique requirements of the mining and resources sectors, and instilling a passion for utilizing the value of talent in organizational growth and operational success.
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.
Regina recently joined The Bedford Consulting Group as an Associate Researcher, supporting the firm’s execution of search and business development. She provides thorough research support to the Managing Partners and Principal Consultants, while also ensuring outstanding client and candidate experiences.
Regina joined Bedford after obtaining 3 years of experience in full-cycle recruitment where she was successfully placing staff on a permanent and contract basis for her clients within the aerospace and light industrial sectors. This role provided her significant experience in client and candidate relationship building, sourcing, and research. Prior to that she has acquired experience within the general HR and had an opportunity to work for WSIB.
Regina graduated from Humber College with an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration (with Honours), followed by the Bachelor of Commerce – Human Resources Management degree (also with Honours). She is fully bilingual in English and Russian and works on her CHRP designation.
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.
Milica is a Research Consultant with the Bedford Consulting Group based out of the Toronto office, and is involved in the end-to-end search process.
Milica joins Bedford after obtaining experience in the not-for-profit sector working in a policy and research setting. Prior to that, she worked in the legal services industry for over two years.
Milica holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Criminology from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Public Policy degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, also at the University of Toronto. She is fully bilingual in English and Serbo-Croatian.
Advisor - Energy and Power
David MacPherson is an Advisor, Energy & Power for Bedford’s Energy and Industrial Technology Group, operating from our Ontario offices. He brings over 20 years of senior executive search experience, focusing on delivering top talent with efficiency and optimal fit.
David has completed the majority of his assignments in the global electricity sector, which is in the early stages of its most dramatic transformation in over a century. The rapid expansion of distributed energy, combined with the newfound availability of data and analytics for utilities, will reshape how the world generates, distributes and consumes power. The majority of David’s assignments have been global in nature, including senior technical/commercial roles for SME and Fortune 500 companies in Atlanta, Boston, Singapore, Leeds (UK) and Bangalore.
Please contact our team regarding the following Practice Areas:
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 has extensive international experience as a senior executive. As a consultant he has worked in more than 40 countries. His extensive consulting around organization culture encompasses, literally, some of the world’s largest organizations. His coaching work, meanwhile, embraces a number of international CEOs.
John has a doctorate in management development and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has taught on MBA and executive programs, at business schools, on both sides of the Atlantic; on more than one occasion receiving teaching excellence awards. He also was the recipient of “coach of the year” in Scandinavia.
He has published twelve best-selling books on leadership and organization culture. His Talent Trilogy was completed in 2016. The first in the series, Attract, Select, Develop & Retain TALENT, was published in 2013. The second book, TEAM: Align, Build, Connect and Develop, came out in early 2015. The Empty Suit, 2016. The A-Z of Organization Culture came out in 2017. Tomorrow Will Be Different – Will You? was published in Spring 2019.
His books, articles and assessment tools are embraced by executives on five continents. His company, Orxestra Inc., enjoys a strategic partnership with TRANSEARCH INTERNATIONAL, a global executive search firm. He is also the leadership advisor to The Bedford Consulting Group.
John has a number of books available for download. Go to any of the major, online bookstores. Access using author’s name: John O. Burdett.
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.
Client and Candidate Project Manager
Zachary Wan is the Client and Candidate Project Manager at the Toronto office. He provides oversight to administrative and reception areas with a dedicated focus to clients in the technology, financial services and CPG sectors. Zachary also provides direct assistance to Steven Pezim, Managing Director. In the past, Zachary provided administrative support 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.