Holly Hetherington, BComm, MBA, FCMC, is the President of Leadership Source Inc. Holly has been helping boards and executive teams find leaders for almost 30 years. A former Deloitte Partner and President of Executive Source Partners, Holly has worked with governments and companies to evaluate their leadership capabilities, structures, and competencies, and bring new talent to the table as a part of growth, succession, M&A, diversification or expansion strategies.
Giving back to the community and the profession, Holly has served on numerous regional and national boards including Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Association of Management Consultants, Saskatchewan Labour Market Commission, Business Mentorship Institute, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, and many more…
Holly was recognized in 2006 as one of Saskatchewan’s Women of Influence and in the same year was bestowed a Fellow CMC by her peers in the Management Consulting industry. In 2012, Holly was awarded the ABEX Business Leader of the Year.
An entrepreneur by nature, Holly & her husband Garry and their children now own and operate eight different companies in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Shelley Lipon, FCPA, FCA, CMC, ICD.D, is a Partner of Leadership Source Inc. As a former CEO and CFO herself, Shelley knows what it takes to be an effective executive. As an FCPA-FCA and a designated Corporate Director, Shelley is current and topical when it comes to conveying complex information and evaluating leadership capabilities.
Shelley has executed many C-level searches over the past 13 years including:
• CEO – public insurance company with >$2B assets and >$1B annual gross premiums;
• Chair & Board role – Canada’s largest defined contribution pension plan >$9B assets;
• CEO – oil & gas consortium comprised of the industry majors;
• Chair, 5 founding board members and CEO – new regulatory agency;
• CEO and executive leadership team – publicly traded information services company;
• Founding CEO – national professional institute; and
• Numerous credit union system executives.
Shelley is often called upon by boards, not only for their executive search needs, but also in an advisory capacity on issues related to their governance structure, systems and processes. Having reported to a board as a Chief Executive Officer, served as President of the Saskatchewan Association of Chartered Accountants, chaired the Finance and Audit Committee for the Saskatchewan Research Council, and is currently serving as a Director on the Hospitals of Regina Foundation and Director on the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan board (TSASK) , achieving her Corporate Directorship designation is further testament to her extensive governance experience and knowledge.
Brenda Rebman BAdmin, MBA, CHRP, CMC is a ‘solutions focused’ business and human resources strategist with over 35 years of multi-faceted experience in operations, strategy development, talent management, leadership, change management and high-profile relationship management.
Brenda has held a number of executive roles throughout her career, including VP, People and Clinical Services and VP, Talent Strategies for large health organizations in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Brenda has also served on and chaired multiple boards such as the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Health Benefits Trust Association of Alberta, Saskatchewan Association of Health Services Executives, Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, and the Leadership Centre of Central Alberta.
Brenda has proven expertise in executive search, career guidance and transition, change management, employee engagement, leadership and board development, organizational effectiveness, performance management and succession planning. She has coached boards, senior executives and business leaders through large scale change and transition. She mentors new and emerging business leaders in their roles.
Rob Orr CPA, CA, CMC knows first-hand what and who it takes to grow successful companies. With 30 years as a trusted advisor to the C-suite, Rob has served organizations across a broad spectrum: entrepreneurs, mid-market companies, and industry leaders such as Coca Cola, Caterpillar, General Motors, Mannheim, MGM, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada and Quest.
Rob’s experience includes growing an accounting firm into one of the largest firms in the mid-west, becoming a successful agent for professional NHL hockey players, and starting and selling a number of businesses in both the U.S. and Canada.
Rob has also served on numerous corporate, government or standard setting Boards, including the Accounting Standards Board, the CMA’s National Board and the Budget Analysis Committee, as well as SEDCO and various corporate Boards.
This very rare mix of experience and insight has helped Rob’s clients in creating strategy and guiding them through the alignment and implementation phases of the process.
Senior Consultant, Municipal Government
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Lynda has spent 20 years in director-level HR roles in large public sector institutions in healthcare and local government, including functional responsibility for strategic planning, labour relations, health and safety, risk management, compensation and benefits, and performance management. Prior to completing her Diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources, Lynda obtained her Certificate in Municipal Administration, successfully challenged the Provincial exam and became a designated A.M.C.T. and the youngest certified member in Ontario in the day. Her first employment following her post-secondary studies was as a Deputy Clerk-Treasurer/Public Utilities Secretary Treasurer for a local Ontario municipality. Over the course of her five years in this role, she also managed all of the recruitment for the Municipality. Lynda’s father was Clerk/Treasurer for an Ontario municipality for over 30 years, so she likes to say she grew up in local government.
Lynda studied Business with a major in Human Resources as well as Municipal Administration, holds dual health and safety certifications and an international certification in quality improvement.
Manager, Candidate Research
Lise J. Lefrançois, CRIA is a fluently bilingual Senior Talent Acquisition Executive Search Consultant working in Aerospace, Transportation (all land categories), Mining, Construction (includes Heavy Industrial projects), CPG, Pharmaceutical (and Biotech), Pulp & Paper, Energy, Industrial Components, Insurance, Real Estate, Academic, Petrochemical, Steel, IT, Telecom, Finance (Venture Capital), Printing, Retail, Entertainment, and Municipal.
Lise recruits for strategic positions at all levels of the organization for regional, national and international roles: middle and upper management as well as specialized professionals (Engineers, CAs, Actuaries).
Clients include National & Multinational organizations in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Calgary, the US. Searches include Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Advisory Partner, Science & Technology
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Don Kjosness, PhD brings 35 years of technology industry executive and governance experience including the development and recruitment of a number of senior engineering teams, senior executive teams, and boards of directors.
For much of his executive career, Don was with SED Systems, one of Canada’s premier space and defence communications technology firms.
Until 2012, Don served as the President, CEO and a Director of the CapitalRoad Foundation which operates Canada’s largest, early stage technology company investment forum program, including the Banff Venture Forum and the Canadian Financing Forum.
Don has served on technology industry boards such as:
- Canadian Digital Media Network’s Advisory Board (since 2010)
- TELUS World of Science – Calgary (now TELUS Spark) 2007-2016 – led the construction of a $160 million new science centre in Calgary, opened 2011
- TRLab’s NEWT (Network for Emerging Wireless Technologies) Advisory Board (2003-2009)
In 2011, Don was awarded the ASTECH award for Outstanding Contribution To The Alberta Science And Technology Community.
As Client Service Manager, Chris is a trusted member of the team at Leadership Source, bringing total discretion, priority and reliability to her work. Her primary focus is on managing relationships with our customers in a manner that reflects positively on our business and actively contributes to our reputation for exceptional service. In her role, Chris serves as the first point of contact between our consultants and their clients and candidates. She quarterbacks project schedules, logistics, communications, database management, and reporting. Her background in administration along with 10 years executive search support ensures outstanding client and candidate care in each search assignment she coordinates.
Our Partners in Leadership Assessment and Executive Development
Laurie Johnson, BSA, MBA, CEC, PCC has over 30 years of diverse experience as a senior HR business leader. She has worked for large provincial, national and global organizations in the agricultural, energy, and financial industries including: Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (now Viterra), NOVA Corporation, TransCanada, Suncor Energy Inc., BP Canada Energy Company, and Conexus Credit Union. She has held several senior corporate roles including: executive vice president, human resources with Conexus Credit Union; vice-president, human resources with BP Canada Energy Company; director of change management, communications and training and director of human resources and communications with Suncor Energy Inc.
Laurie holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics. She also holds a graduate certificate in executive coaching from Royal Roads University where she was certified as a certified executive coach, and she is a professional certified coach through the International Coach Federation. She is a past president of the International Coaching Federation Saskatchewan chapter, a licensed trainer of Coaching Out of the Box® and has certifications for three psychometric tools — ASSESS, EQ-I 2.0 (emotional intelligence), and Birkman.
David Simpson has been consulting for almost 30 years, the last quarter century of which have been in his own practice. He works with CEO’s throughout North America, building senior executive teams of the highest caliber. Mr. Simpson earned an honours degree in science and environmental engineering from the University of Guelph in 1977. Also, after six years of study, under the direction of Dr. R. Nideffer, an internationally recognized psychologist, he was licensed to work with TAIS, a clinical psychometric assessment tool, in 1990. Since then he has conducted more than 50,000 assessments in his career. He has recently been appointed President & CEO for TAIS Performance Systems Inc. and holds the master distribution rights for the TAIS assessment world-wide.
The John Harper Group
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John Harper is a People & Team Strategist. He is an expert in identifying an individual’s core behavioural talent to determine if they have what it takes to lead others, sell, execute, and drive results. He performs over 1,000 psychometric assessments per year in a broad section of industries. Whether it’s the recruitment of talent from outside the company, promoting from within, or developing executive talent to full potential, Harper knows making the correct choice is crucial to success.
As a highly respected professional and HR advisor, John Harper has developed a comprehensive, integrated strategy that has changed the complexion of his clients’ people and corporate performance.
The EQ Development Group
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Drew Bird, MSc, MA is an established leadership and organization development practitioner with more than a decade of experience coaching leaders, developing programs, and creating solutions that generate results. He has experience working with leaders, coaches, consultants, and organizations of all sizes. His broad exposure to organizations in a variety of sectors has allowed him to witness first-hand the difference that effective leaders, and effective leadership practices, can have on an organization and the people within it.
He is a Premier Partner and an approved Certifying Trainer for the EQ-i and EQ360 instruments by Multi-Health Systems (MHS), as well as the Risk Type Compass assessment and the Pearman Personality Integrator. In addition, he holds certifications as an Achieve Global Master Trainer, is a qualified MBTI practitioner, and is certified in the Hogan HDS, HPI, and MVPI instruments.
Drew holds an MSc in Organizational Psycholoy from the University of London, England, and an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Society (CPA) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).