Our Team

Gerald Walsh – MBA, CPA, CMA

President

Gerry Walsh’s mission is to help organizations find the right people and to help individuals find the right careers.

As one of Canada’s most experienced executive recruiters, he has interviewed over 10,000 job candidates and completed thousands of executive search assignments at the management and professional levels. He has consulted with a wide range of organizations including not-for-profits, municipalities, major corporations, owner-managed businesses, school boards, governments and NGOs, and professional associations.

Gerry is an accomplished speaker and facilitator and shares his deep experience by conducting keynote speeches and workshops for professional groups, industry associations, not-for-profit groups, universities, and companies. His talks are engaging, practical, and rooted in real-life experiences.

He has written widely on careers, managing people and leadership for professional publications and blogs regularly on these topics. He is host of the cable TV series Take This Job and Love It and author of PINNACLE: How to Land the Right Job and Find Fulfillment in Your Career. He also writes a weekly blog The Career Advisor which is distributed to over 10,000 subscribers.

He is the co-founder of the highly-successful Blue Nose Marathon, Atlantic Canada’s largest participation event which has over 14,000 runners and walkers. He has recently been honoured as a Champion of Public Education by The Learning Partnership for his work in co-founding this event which has inspired thousands of youth to pursue healthy and active lifestyles through participation in the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run.

Prior to founding his firm, Gerry worked in several industries including construction, technology and commercial banking. He is a professional accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds an MBA. He has also completed the Not-for-Profit Governance Program offered through Institute of Corporate Directors.

Gerry is the incoming Chair of Make-A-Wish Atlantic and serves on the Board of Directors of Better Business Bureau of Atlantic Canada. Previously, he has served as National Chair of CMA Canada (Certified Management Accountants), a 45,000 member national organization, and on the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University and Board of Directors of Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Gerry believes strongly in giving back to the communities in which we live and work. In addition to the organizations noted previously, his firm and its employees are actively engaged with many community groups including Feed Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Adult Services Centre, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Brunswick Street Mission, Hope Cottage, Women of Excellence Awards, and Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace. While Gerry has many volunteer and community interests, his passion is long-distance running. To date, he has completed over twenty-five full and half marathons, and in his lifetime has run more than 30,000 miles.


Lisa Kamperman – BA

Office and Client Services Coordinator

Lisa brings a diverse skill set in administration, project management and human resources to this role. She has broad experience in government, not-for-profit and the private sector having worked in both Alberta and Nova Scotia.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.

Her work experience includes roles as Regional Development Project Officer with the Palliser Economic Partnership in Alberta, Manager of the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association, and Manager of the Kings Volunteer Resource Centre where she established community partnerships to welcome newcomers and international students to the community. Lisa was also one of the founding board members of FUSION Annapolis Valley, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates networking events for young professionals.


Paul Bennett, Ed.D

Associate

Paul is a widely recognized leader in Canadian education circles and works with us on educational related searches.

Over a career spanning three decades, Paul has served as a leading Canadian history teacher, a senior administrator, an elected school board trustee, and a passionate school reformer. From 1997 until 2009, he served as Headmaster of two of Canada’s leading independent coeducational day schools, Halifax Grammar School and Lower Canada College.

He is also the author of three nationally recognized history textbooks, including Canada: A North American Nation.

Today, Paul is an independent consultant and serves as Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University. He produces regular columns and book reviews on educational matters for The Chronicle Herald and articles for Progress Magazine and a variety of publications.


Michael Leiter, Ph.D.

Associate

Michael is Director of the Centre for Organizational Research & Development, former Vice President Academic, and Professor of Psychology at Acadia University. A registered Psychologist, he has been involved in organizational psychology for nearly twenty years.

Michael established COR&D in 1991 to address the human resource challenges of organizations. His work as an organizational psychologist convinced him that high quality work environments required better information about the relationships of people with their work. He realized organizations that used and applied this knowledge could improve their work environment and enhance their productivity.

In particular, he has conducted extensive research on burnout, civility in the workplace, and managing change. He maintains active collaborations with colleagues in Europe, the USA, and Canada with whom he has published in journals, scholarly books, and the popular press.


Lori Weir, BA

Associate

Lori is a senior management consultant with broad business experience in the areas of leadership, sales and service. She has a successful track record working with large multi-national conglomerates involved in the manufacturing and sale of food and beverage, forest products, industrial products, financial services, multimedia news, and shipbuilding.

With a strong entrepreneurial background, Lori was the co-founder and former managing partner of Peak Adventures International Inc. an adventure based learning company, and Finnamore Weir Inc. a management consulting firm.

Based in Saint John, NB, Lori is known for her ability to connect with people at every level in an organization and for her unwavering focus on results. These abilities make Lori equally effective with C Level managers, as she is with shop floor supervisors. Lori is a graduate of St Thomas University (BA), and is a Certified Human Resource Professional. Lori is currently the Chair of the ALS Society of Canada.