Our Story

  • Starts and ends with mutual respect.

    It’s the only way we can remain a committed partner who understands the businesses and talent we work with. This means we’ve logged thousands of hours of candidate face-time and facilitated hundreds upon hundreds of successful placements.

  • We connect
    visionaries in business.

    We have developed lasting relationships that connect us to a range of industries: sport, media, entertainment, retail, consumer goods and telecommunications.

    From Director to C-Suite level positions, our functional expertise has produced successful placements in marketing, integrated communications, sponsorship, ecommerce, sales leadership and human resources.

Our Approach

  • In one word: futurespective.

    Bringing certainty to search starts with a conversation. A conversation about your objectives, challenges, gaps and vision. Listening more closely, digging deeper to determine your needs and building a stronger connection allows us to be your brand ambassador.

    Then – by sector, by skill-set, by business culture – we set to work, bridging the gap between client and candidate.

    We don’t look to just fill a job, we look to propel opportunity. Through it all we work with you – and as an extension of your brand – by the time we attract the right talent, they are already engaged.

    We’re ready when you are.

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    From the bigger picture to the immediate position.

     

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    Synthesize best practices with a process of discovery.

     

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    ‘High Touch’ for both candidate and client.

     

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    Be the ‘Brand Ambassador’, aligning individual needs with corporate objectives.

Our Team

  • Mark Atkins – President

    Mark Atkins - PresidentMark is an independent search professional with nearly twenty years of experience.  He has recruited hundreds of individuals into Director, VP, GM, and C-suite roles within Fortune 500 companies across a range of disciplines including Sports, Media, Entertainment, Retail, Consumer Goods and Telecommunications. Prior to founding his own firm in 2010, Mark was a Partner with The Caldwell Partners International and with The Mandrake Group of Companies.

    An alumnus of The University of Western Ontario, Mark began his career in sales with Labatt, sponsorship with Lang & Associates, and customized B2B services with Steelcase Canada. He is frequently asked to share his expertise at conferences and business schools, and is also a member of the Ryerson Sport Marketing Board.  Mark stays active within his community and has two children.

  • Kirsten Annett – Associate

    Kirsten Annett - AssociateAs a search professional, Kirsten brings more than 15 years of business and search experience to the successful execution of assignments.   Her creative thinking and commitment to the search process provides clients with long-term solutions that strengthen their business and attracts candidates to opportunities that will further their career.

    After studying Psychology at York University Kirsten held progressively senior roles in a national distribution business that led to managing the expansion of the Vancouver branch. Kirsten returned to Toronto to run a niche service company before starting her career in search with The Caldwell Partners International.  Prior to joining Lighthouse Kirsten worked with the University of Toronto and a boutique search firm that specialized in insurance and financial services.

  • Laura Piche – Associate

    Laura Piche - AssociateLaura is an Associate with extensive search experience.  She has a unique way of connecting with talent and an ability to unfold the client’s story in compelling ways.  This, combined with her attention to detail and dedication to the recruitment process, has helped persuade the very best prospects into new opportunities with Lighthouse clients.

    Laura’s formal education took her from undergraduate work at The University of Western Ontario to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she majored in Musical Theatre Performance.  Early in her career she held a recruiting role within the real estate industry.  Upon returning to Canada she expanded her search experience with The Caldwell Partners International prior to joining Lighthouse in 2011.

  • Advisory Council

    Peter Ballantyne
    Head of the Private Equity Fund Formation Practice Group, Torys LLP

    Mark Derbyshire
    President, Holt, Renfrew & Co. Limited

    Valerie McMurtry
    President, Children’s Aid Foundation

    Craig Shepherd
    Managing Director and General Counsel, DRI Capital

    Geoff Spidle
    President & Co-founder, Roundtable Capital Partners Inc.

    Cathy Whelan Molly
    Chief Marketing Officer, The Second Cup Ltd.

Our Clients

  • Holt Renfrew & Company Ltd.

    “Lighthouse partnered with us on a challenging global search for a newly created senior Ecommerce executive position with Holt Renfrew. They were thorough, responsive to our needs, and tenacious in identifying all qualified candidates interested in the role.  The professional handling of the complex offer negotiation resulted in a successful close of our search with an individual who will be instrumental in our organizations future growth.”

  • Jim Little – Shaw Communications Inc.

    Chief Marketing Officer

    “We hired Lighthouse to work with Shaw Media on a senior level search with extremely specific requirements as this role was to help develop our long term strategy and vision for the business.  We knew that there would be a finite talent pool to draw from but through Mark’s connections we were able to identify and engage strong potential candidates which resulted in a successful hire.  I would work with Lighthouse again in the future”

  • Dave Lemmon – Smucker Foods of Canada Corp

    Managing Director

    “My business relationship with Mark Atkins extends well beyond Lighthouse…he has been a trusted partner of Smucker for well over 15 years.  Our business has grown substantially over this time, and as a result, so have our talent needs.  Mark has been there with us every step of the way…playing an integral role as part of our growth and talent recruitment strategy.  Mark has taken the time to not only understand our business needs but more importantly to understand our culture…this has enabled him to attract well qualified candidates with a strong alignment to our core values.  As we continue to grow we look forward to furthering our partnership with Lighthouse to help support our talent recruitment needs.”

  • Christopher Overholt – Canadian Olympic Committee

    CEO / Secretary General

    “I have had the pleasure of knowing Mark Atkins for more than 15 years.  I have worked with Mark and Lighthouse on numerous occasions and I have always found Mark to be someone that I can depend on as a true partner in our business.  He works hard to understand our business objectives and vision and then identifies the appropriate talent to solve our business needs.  In the last three years we have experienced significant growth at the COC and we have worked with Mark to identify talent but he has also provided valuable insight to the marketplace and is someone I consider part of the COC team.”

  • Franke Rodriguez – Anomaly

    Partner and President

    “Working with Lighthouse Search was a very good experience.  Mark really took the time required to understand Anomaly’s unique business and culture — our clients, our growth plans, our work environment, our style — before starting the search; which saved us tremendous time at the end because every candidate they put forward was a very strong fit for our agency.”

  • Stephen Brooks – Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club

    Senior Vice President, Business Operations

    “We have been very pleased with the work that Lighthouse has done for us. Mark and his team are professional and responsive and in my experience provide value above what I have seen from many other search firms. Mark and team seek to genuinely understand our business and our needs well beyond finding a resume that may fit. They provide honest and forthright recommendations and highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of candidates. This frankness is very much appreciated by those of us doing the hiring especially since the hiring process as we all know is very much defined by all candidates trying to sell their attributes while downplaying areas of deficiency. The strength of Lighthouse also lies in their network of contacts in the sports industry – they are very well connected in this regard, arguably unmatched, and can, again, provide that very valuable first hand insight into the candidates that they present.”

  • Patrick Whalen – Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group

    Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

    “We recently had the need for a firm to help us fill a senior position in our growing company.  I had only heard good things about the work that Mark and his team were doing so we turned to them for help. Our experience was excellent, what separates Mark from others in this industry is his passion for what he does. He not only cares about you as his customer but he has the same level of caring for the people he recommends. I would highly recommend Lighthouse for your staffing needs.”

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Our Contact

Lighthouse Search

One St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 1203
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 1K6

Phone:

647.344.5880

Email:

connectwithus@lighthousesearch.ca