Ontario’s Chief Scientist Announced

Four Corners Group is pleased to share that the Ontario Chief Scientist search has come to successful conclusion with the appointment of Dr. Molly Shoichet to the role. Shoichet is a Professor at the University of Toronto and an award-winning expert in the area of polymers for drug delivery and tissue regeneration.

“Supporting the government in its search for Ontario’s first ever Chief Scientist was a unique and most memorable experience,” says Four Corners Group Partner, Suzanne Clark. “Leading this search opened my eyes to the incredible depth and breadth of outstanding talent we have in Ontario and within Canada in the sciences. This is an important new role for our province and we are delighted that Dr. Shoichet will serve as the inaugural Chief Scientist.”

Talk of public perceptions and interest in science for Ontarians was recently brought into focus through the Ontario Science Centre’s second annual science literacy survey, which found that while 33% of Canadians consider themselves science illiterate, 8 out of 10 Canadians want to know more about science and how it affects our world.

From the Office of the Premier’s official news release:

“An internationally respected and award-winning expert in the study of polymers for drug delivery and tissue regeneration, as a teacher, mentor and researcher Shoichet has demonstrated her dedication to the advancement of scientific knowledge and excellence.

In the coming months, Shoichet will help develop Ontario’s strategic research agenda and grow the province’s reputation as a top destination for global research talent. The Chief Scientist will also provide advice informed by science to help government decision-makers tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time, such as climate change, aging populations and the impact of transformative technologies.

Dr. Shoichet is the recipient of 43 prestigious national and international awards. In 2015, she was the North American Laureate for the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science and in 2017, she won the Killam Prize in Engineering, the most important engineering prize in Canada. She is the only person ever to be inducted into all three of Canada’s National Academies: the Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Shoichet was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2011. In 2013, her contributions to Canada’s innovation agenda and the advancement of knowledge were recognized with the QEII Diamond Jubilee Award.

Dr. Shoichet will advise Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne directly on key scientific matters… [and] will report to Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.”

Four Corners Group Places North Region President for FirstService Residential

Four Corners Group is excited to announce that John Brea has joined our client, FirstService Residential, as North Region President.

Four Corners Group is pleased to have led this extensive search, and is thrilled to have placed the successful candidate.

FirstService reviewed a significant number of highly talented professionals each of whom displayed incredible enthusiasm for the opportunity. The North Region has been one of the fastest growing regions in the last few years and there continues to be tremendous upside in the region.

To continue to support that growth, FirstService looks forward to leveraging John’s experience and depth of knowledge including operations, risk management, supply chain, customer service, process improvement, talent development, employee engagement, strategy and sales. John is an ideal culture fit for the FirstService team and exhibits the same enthusiasm for customer service and associate development that is the hallmark of FirstService.

John previously spent 20 years at Walmart with leadership roles in Canada and Puerto Rico, and playing key roles in projects in Mexico, UK, Argentina and China. Most recently, as Head of Operations at Kent Building Supplies, Atlantic Canada’s largest big box home improvement retailer, John led process and customer service improvements as well as efficiency efforts in staff utilization.

Please join us in congratulating John Brea on his new role with FirstService Residential.

About FirstService Residential

FirstService Residential is the leading property and community management company in North America, providing full-service, professional association management services to over 8,000 client associations. Each day, every member of the FirstService team strives to fulfill their mission – to deliver exceptional service and solutions that enhance the value of every property and the lifestyle of every resident in the communities they manage.

About Four Corners Group Inc.

Four Corners Group Inc. is a leading executive search firm, respected nationally for providing high touch partner centric search services and innovative talent solutions and for delivering exceptional results. Founded in 2007, Four Corners Group has conducted hundreds of search assignments across diverse industries, with specialty focus in consumer goods, retail, real estate, healthcare, travel and tourism, not-for-profit, associations, academic, manufacturing, marketing services and professional services.

Canadian owned and operated, Four Corners Group has offices in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo and its team of senior level professionals draws upon decades of experience.

Four Corners Group offers a comprehensive range of talent solutions enabling your organization to recruit, attract and retain the best talent at all levels.

Announcing Another Successful Placement

Four Corners Group is excited to announce that Arden Krystal will join our client, Southlake Regional Health Centre, as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 10, 2017.

Four Corners Group is pleased to have led this extensive Canada-wide search, and is thrilled to have placed the successful candidate.

Arden is an experienced and authentic senior executive who uses her expertise in clinical operations leadership, innovation and system change to energize people, drive improvement in patient and employee experiences, and provide strategic and operational oversight in large, complex organizations.

About Southlake Regional Health Centre

Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service hospital with a regional, clinically advanced focus.

Southlake offers almost 400 patient beds and accommodates more than 90,000 visits to the Emergency Department, 22,000 in-patient admissions, and 600,000 out-patient visits each year. As a regionally designated site, Southlake is responsible for developing and providing advanced levels of care to the more than 1 million people who reside in York Region, Simcoe County, and in some cases, as far north as Muskoka.

About Four Corners Group Inc.

Four Corners Group Inc. is respected nationally for providing innovative talent solutions and for delivering exceptional results. Founded in 2007, Four Corners Group has conducted hundreds of search assignments in virtually every functional area and industry sector across Canada and the United States.

Canadian owned and operated, Four Corners Group has offices in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo and its team of senior level professionals draws upon decades of experience.

Four Corners Group offers a comprehensive range of talent solutions enabling your organization to recruit, attract and retain the best talent at all levels.

Four Corners Group welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

Christina Murdoch

It is with great pleasure we welcome Christina Murdoch to Four Corners Group as Chief Financial Officer. Christina is a seasoned senior executive and she brings a refreshing energy and proven strategic track record to the team.

Christina has spent the last 36 years in senior management and senior engineering roles in both large and small industrial enterprises including companies such as Union Carbide and Ferranti-Packard. She received her MBA from McMaster University and her Mechanical Engineering degree from Queens University, and is a licensed member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Christina lives in Burlington Ontario and is an active member of the Angel One Network and sits on a number of Boards of private companies and select community organizations.

As Four Corners Group continues to expand into new and emerging markets, Christina will be a key asset and valued addition to the team.

Four Corners Group Celebrates 10 Years with an Artful Event

Four Corners Group celebrated its 10th anniversary with an artful twist on the shores of Lake Ontario at the Burlington Art Gallery. There is a certain “art” to the executive search business, and the parallel of the venue and its treasures was not lost on the team. Surrounded by unique and diverse works, the team appreciated the skill and talent of the Canadian artists and their embodiment of excellence in attention, detail, care and passion.

From the beginning, Founding Partner Kelly Farrell envisioned a firm that would be different. A firm that would truly engage clients to better understand them, to partner with them, and to deliver innovative solutions. A firm that not only solved short-term problems, but helped organizations and people also achieve long-term goals through their people. Ten years later, they have achieved their goal.

Four Corners Group began as a small boutique in 2007. The following year, global economic turmoil hit the market, but the conviction and dedication of the small team proved invaluable to its clients and the fledgling enterprise superseded the prevailing market dynamics. While other search firms were contracting, Four Corners began a pattern of growth that continues unabated today.

In 2008, Four Corners Group became the Canadian representative for InterSearch, a global partnership of retainer-based executive search firms. This partnership contributed to Four Corners Group being recognized as one of Canada’s premier search firms with broad reach as their expertise began to be relied upon within a global network of elite firms and companies.

As the decade moved on, Four Corners Group continued to refine its approach and perfect its service offering. Today, Four Corners Group is one of North America’s most successful retainer based executive search firms, differentiated by its unique service offering, compelling business model and dedicated and experienced team.

Happy Anniversary Four Corners Group!

Four Corners Group on the occasion of its 10th anniversary celebration.
 

 

Our Growing Team

Helen Mekonen

Please join us in welcoming the return of Helen Mekonen to Four Corners Group as Principal. Helen is a proven search professional, having worked with boutique and publicly held retainer based search firms throughout her career.

Helen brings a proven track record of identifying, attracting, assessing and hiring top talent in local, national and international search assignments.

Helen is recognized for her project management skills and her ability to partner with clients to build successful organizations.

Ontario’s Chief Scientist Recruitment Underway

In a news release made earlier today, the Government of Ontario has announced that the recruitment for the province’s first Chief Scientist is underway. Four Corners Group will lead this large-scale international search on behalf of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and looks forward to receiving expressions of interest once the Position Profile is released in the coming weeks.

“This recruitment is unique in that the Ministry undertook a comprehensive public consultation process to help develop the mandate for the Chief Scientist,” says Suzanne Clark, the Partner overseeing the recruitment. “The Chief Scientist will report to the Minister of Research, Innovation and Science on an ongoing basis and to the Premier on key scientific matters, so there is a great deal of interest around this recruitment and its outcome from members in the scientific community and the broader public.”

Read the full News Release here: https://news.ontario.ca/mris/en/2017/07/ontario-recruiting-first-chief-scientist.html

Four Corners Group Promotions!

Erin Plasky

Erin Plasky

Please join the Four Corners Group team in congratulating Erin Plasky and Jennifer Wiley on their promotions to Principal.

Erin and Jennifer are experienced search professionals that have played a key role in the success of our clients, our candidates and Four Corners Group.

Erin joined our team in 2012 and has become a trusted advisor to clients and candidates alike.

Erin is second to none in her relentless drive to deliver exceptional results.

Jennifer Wiley

Jennifer Wiley

Jennifer joined our team in 2012 and is recognized for her thoughtful and strategic approach to search mandates.

Jennifer’s search execution and client service skills are best in class.

We are pleased to recognize Erin and Jennifer’s great achievements and look forward to many future successes.

Four Corners Group Celebrates 10 Successful Years

Four Corners Group Celebrates 10 Successful Years

While celebrating its 10th anniversary, Four Corners Group, one of North America’s leading executive search firms, is pleased to announce that original founder, Kelly Farrell, is now the firm’s sole owner. Under Ms. Farrell’s leadership, the firm’s talented team of search professionals will continue to serve current, past and future clients with the same innovative solutions and exceptional results that characterize every Four Corners Group search assignment. Along with Managing Partner Kelly Farrell, Four Corners Group staff, Associates and Partners wish to recognize and thank their clients and the thousands of candidates who have placed their trust in Four Corners Group over the past 10 years. At this key inflection point in the firm’s history, the entire Four Corners Group team looks forward to further supporting its clients with outstanding service and new initiatives at the forefront of thought leadership in executive recruitment.