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Brock Higgins

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Mr. Brock Higgins has focused on executive search throughout his career working with corporations, academic institutions, governments, non-profit organizations and Indigenous communities and organizations throughout North America.

Starting his career in 2005, he has progressed into the role of Partner / Shareholder and Managing Partner with Higgins Executive Search / Leaders & Co. Higgins Executive Search is recognized nationally as Canada’s premiere Indigenous executive search firm and is a CCAB PAR Gold company. Mr. Higgins has led numerous executive recruitment assignments for Presidents, Chief Executive Officers, Executive Directors, and Board of Directors for start-ups, large to medium-sized businesses and public and private sector organizations.

Mr. Higgins holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a major in Human Resources from the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business and is English/French bilingual. He is a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario and he currently sits on the Indigenous Advisory Circle for St. Paul’s University College at University of Waterloo and is a member of the National Advisory Board for Cape Breton University's Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies.

Richard Joly

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Mr. Richard Joly has a vast expertise in consulting for Boards of Directors and CEOs, and is well versed in the assessment of Board effectiveness and in the search for executive talent.

Mr. Joly possesses an extensive and diversified business network, and he can leverage in-depth knowledge of leadership talent management and development. His excellent reputation in the industry gives him a powerful edge to attract the best candidates.

Since 1997, Mr. Joly has managed over 400 senior executive recruiting assignments for national and multinational corporations, large and medium-sized businesses, start-ups, and private and publicly traded companies.

Mr. Joly is renowned for his expertise in consulting with Boards of Directors and selecting effective board members. During his career, he has conducted over 150 Board evaluations and he is a recognized speaker and a reputed lecturer for the Université Laval corporate directors’ certification program. He gives corporate governance training for companies that wish to form a Board of Directors and makes recommendations to help Boards achieve greater effectiveness.

Prior to founding Leaders & Co., Mr. Joly was a senior partner with Korn/Ferry International and he served as Managing Partner at the Montreal office of The Caldwell Partners International, two leading worldwide executive search firms.

Mr. Joly holds an MBA from the John Molson School of Business.

Brenda LaRose

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Brenda LaRose is a Certified Human Resource Management Professional (CHRP) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with more than 23 years of experience in executive search.

Brenda is a Partner of Leaders & Co. Executive Search in Winnipeg. Leaders & Co. Executive Search has offices across Canada in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal & Quebec City.

She is the founder of Higgins Executive Search, Canada's premiere Indigenous executive search firm. Higgins Executive Search has over 17 years experience recruiting leaders, executives and board members, completing hundreds of successful search engagements for corporations and organizations across a wide range of public and private sectors. Higgins Executive Search has achieved PAR certification at the Gold level through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business' Progressive Aboriginal Relations program and is PSAB certified with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

With a certificate in Corporate Governance from the Rotman School of Business and the Institute of Corporate Director's Corporate Governance College, she has a keen interest in and understanding of board governance.