About Verriez, Expert Executive Search for Canada, the USA and Mexico
We’re a close-knit team with extensive experience in talent acquisition across Canada, the US, and beyond. In 2020, we celebrate an impressive 35 years in business, and between us, we have over 62 years of combined experience in executive search.
Solving our clients hiring challenges is our passion. What we really do well at Verriez is taking the time to understand the role and the requirements of the role.
We don't just bring candidates to a role, we bring the role to the market.
Paul Verriez: President
Paul, a British & Canadian Citizen began his career in sales and marketing with Gillette UK. After moving to Canada in 1976 with Gillette, he took on various positions with Edmont Canada, a division of Beckton Dickinson. Paul's transition into executive search occurred in 1980, when he joined Dunhill Consultants. He illustrated his aptitude for the business quickly, garnering recognition as the top-producing Dunhill Consultant in Canada in 1982. In 1983, Paul became a member of the Dunhill Round Table Discussion Group, a committee reserved for the top 10 Dunhill producers in North America; he became Operations Manager of Dunhill soon after. In 1985, Paul incorporated his own executive search firm, The Verriez Group Inc. As an Executive Search specialist in senior management and executive level accounting and finance disciplines, as well as a broad array of job functions, Paul Verriez has built relationships in markets including the UK, Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Some of Paul’s searches have identified candidates located in Belgium and Ireland. We have recruited Canadian senior financial executives who were looking to get back to Canada for these specific roles. One of the positions was located in Yellowknife, NWT. One of our most recent searches was for an Operations Manager in Acuna, Mexico (see successful candidate testimonial). Other senior searches outside of finance have included VP General Counsel searches for clients located in the GTA.
Brent Verriez: Vice-President
Brent joined Verriez Executive Search in August 2016 with over 11 years of experience in finance and accounting. He brings to each client relationship a strong understanding of the technical and business aspects required of senior finance and accounting positions.
Brent a British & Canadian Citizen began his career in public accounting after graduating in 2005 with an Honors Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario. In 2005, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London, Ontario and obtained his Chartered Accountant (now Chartered Professional Accountant) designation in 2008. As a Manager in the Audit and Assurance practice at PwC, he provided accounting services for annual audits, quarterly reviews, business acquisitions and divestitures, due diligence procedures and consultations on complex accounting and reporting issues. He gained considerable experience working with a variety of clients - multinational corporations (USA, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore), both publicly and privately held companies, manufacturing and services sectors, financial services and pension funds.
In 2013, Brent joined Movati Athletic (formerly The Athletic Club) in the role of Corporate Controller. At Movati, he was able to gain valuable experience working on a private equity sale and after some Corporate restructuring in 2015, he was appointed Interim CFO in addition to the Corporate Controller role. Brent oversaw the accounting and administration team at Movati, supporting the senior executive team and club managers at 12 locations across Ontario. Brent was integral to the introduction of P&L responsibility at the club level and enhanced financial reporting for the Board of Directors and financing partners.
Brent is also active in the community serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at Boler Mountain, an outdoor recreation facility in London, Ontario.
Tara Forster Sowa: Director, Research & Administration
Tara joined Verriez in 2000 after graduating with a BA from Western University and a specialization in Corporate Communications from Fanshawe College. By applying her skills in research, search strategies, candidate screening, and evaluation, she has successfully managed the research process for many senior executive assignments locally, nationally, and internationally.
Tara has taken part in research training sessions offered by the AESC in New York City and Los Angeles and has also attended international summits, such as the European Research Summit held in London, England.
Outside of work, Tara enjoys spending time on fitness, reading, and countless walks with her dog, but especially traveling with her husband.
Troy joined Verriez Executive Search in September 2021 with over 15 years of experience in Sales and Strategic Partnerships.
He brings a unique approach and understanding in the recruitment process, having brokered many strategic relationships over the years of working with senior executives in SaaS, Media, Education and Learning companies.
Prior to joining Verriez, Troy spent 5 years working at Pearson Canada in the role of Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships. At Pearson, he was able to gain valuable experience negotiating many projects and partnerships with Higher Education Institutions across Canada, including the Public, Private, and Professional sectors. Troy was an integral part of growing and managing one of the top revenue driving divisions to over 100% growth.
Troy is also an active member in the sports community in London, Ontario, coaching with the North London Nationals Hockey Association and Alliance Football Club.
Why partner with Verriez
We are a bespoke boutique firm and do all our searches in-house, from first brief to final placement - and beyond. We have a deep and profound understanding of the needs of major corporations and niche companies alike for specific finance talent, and have the experience to recruit at the highest levels with both discretion and efficiency.
To discuss your senior finance recruitment requirements, whether current, ongoing or projected, call us in complete confidence. We offer face-to-face meetings observing the current government advice on social distancing due to COVID-19, and can also offer discussions via Skype, Zoom, and other online meeting platforms.
While we appreciate the disruptive influence of COVID-19 on business life in 2020, one thing we are certain of: companies are going to need every ounce of talent they can acquire to guide businesses through this current situation and to drive growth beyond it. Your search for that exceptional talent should start now.