Effective recruitment is critical for government organizations, but there are many challenges these employers need to overcome in order to staff their positions with the right people. By definition, governments exist to meet the needs of communities, and this means evolving as those needs change. In a talent market that’s seeing record employment and high competition for candidates, agencies at the federal, state, provincial, and community level often face issues hiring leaders with the experience and skills their jobs require.
Pender & Howe is an executive search firm that excels at making successful, lasting placements in government roles. Our teams have worked at the city, county, province, and national level, giving us a thorough understanding and robust expertise in what it takes to find and hire the right officials. We serve our clients in both a consulting and an executive search capacity, helping them meet their leadership development goals so that their organization can continue to provide the services their community depends on.
Key government sector roles require a strategic executive recruitment approach. In both the United States and Canada, these searches tend to be very specific in scope, requiring a highly specialized search team. This is why we make our recruiting service a collaborative process. We start by meeting with the organization to identify the core candidate qualifications and priorities of the search. Armed with this knowledge, we scour our database and network of candidates to pinpoint individuals who are an ideal fit and ready to put their talents to work for your agency.
At Pender & Howe, we have a passion for driving our clients’ success and growth. We aim to connect agencies with, not just employees, but professionals eager to grow a career with your team. We do this by providing hands-on, personalized attention throughout the process, from candidate selection and assessment through interviews and offer negotiation. When you work with our recruiting team, you can count on us to be a trusted partner who is committed to your success.
Ultimately, we believe that our results speak for themselves. We have made successful placements in a range of government leadership roles, from department heads and directors through c-suite executives like Chief Financial Officer or CEO. Our extensive talent network gives us the ability to go beyond the job board, identifying hidden and passive candidates that organizations often lack resources to find on their own. Whatever your agency’s talent management needs, contact Pender & Howe today to learn what value we can add to your organization.
Pender & Howe Executive Search was formed by a team of professionals with extensive experience in executive search services. We provide a fully streamlined boutique retained service for companies looking to bolster their executive leadership team.
With a strong presence in key cities across North America, Pender & Howe boasts a comprehensive reach that spans the continent. From venture capital-backed disruptors, recently acquired private equity portfolio companies, academic institutions, not-for-profits to global public companies, our diverse client portfolio showcases our ability to cater to organizations of all sizes and stages.
We understand that transparency, collaboration, and high-level service are paramount, and our recruitment team is committed to delivering these qualities consistently throughout every assignment we undertake. As a strategically low-volume recruitment firm, we ensure that all our clients receive a white-glove service, never diluting our efforts or compromising on quality.
At Pender & Howe, we go beyond mere recruitment; we forge strategic partnerships that empower businesses to excel. By leveraging our extensive network, expertise, and dedication to exceptional service, we guarantee that your team receives the utmost attention, guidance, and support throughout their executive search journey. Trust us to deliver results that propel your organization to new heights, backed by our unwavering commitment to excellence.
A Co-Founder of Pender & Howe, Glenn brings over 25 years of targeted search experience to his Clients. As an Advisor with Loyal VC and a member of the JR Shaw School of Business Sales & Marketing Advisory Board Glenn enjoys being actively involved in the business community. Focusing on executive search within the C-Suite and Board space across the scientific, healthcare, artificial intelligence/machine learning and NPO sectors, Glenn and his team work diligently to source exceptional talent for top-tier organizations.
Glenn enjoys fishing although not always “catching”, excellent wine and is a foodie.
Travis is a co-founding Partner of Pender & Howe. He sits on the Executive Board of Directors for Kestria, the world’s largest executive search network. As an Advisor with Loyal VC, he also supports entrepreneurs in all aspects of key talent strategies.
Travis’ primary focus is partnering with investors and C-Suite leaders on complex executive searches. His latest projects have included a CEO search on behalf of a global family office, building a leadership team for a Series C VC-backed tech company and replacing a long-standing founder of a business that went public on the NASDAQ.
Travis is an avid competitive golfer passionate about international travelling, often trying to combine the two!
Leveraging an extensive network coupled with deep industry-specific knowledge gained through twenty years of direct pharmaceutical and healthcare experience, Céline is a Partner at Pender & Howe, advising clients on executive-level search strategies in the Biotech, Medtech, and Healthcare industries. A pharmacist by trade, Celine has accumulated more than 900 hours of practice in professional coaching (PCC certification). Celine is also the Leader of America’s life sciences practice in Kestria and a board member of Women in Bio (a volunteer organization that supports DEI practices in life sciences).
Mother of three, an avid runner who loves sailing and an active volunteer in a non-profit that gives children with motor disabilities the opportunity to achieve sporting challenges.
Natural curiosity, strong business acumen and an ability by means of a high EQ to connect with people are characteristics that make Ryan a trusted recruitment partner. Equipped with over two decades of Consumer-Packaged Goods and Sports Marketing experience, Ryan has quickly established himself as a trusted partner for companies operating in the private and public sectors.
Ryan has built commercial leadership teams and successfully placed several executives in every function across a variety of CPG industries.
When he’s not building relationships and feverishly working, you can find Ryan enjoying soul food in the outdoors with his family and friends.
Tara-Lynn supports Pender & Howe’s North American operations, leveraging her Human Resources Management education and 10+ years of recruitment experience in the life science, healthcare, consumer, technology, and academic sectors. She collaborates with Pender & Howe’s Partners on emerging market trends, uncovers top-performing talent, and builds partnerships with clients and candidates. Tara-Lynn has a knack for finding needles in haystacks and a passion for discovering extraordinary leaders.
Outside of work, Tara-Lynn enjoys playing fetch with her Golden Retriever, listening to a new podcast, or training for her next marathon—sometimes all at once.
Michelle is a Consultant with Pender & Howe, serving clients throughout North America. Michelle’s ten years of experience includes leading executive search mandates and managing corporate Talent Attraction Strategies in high-growth markets with the Big 4.
Her latest accomplishments include identifying key leadership teams within the fintech space in Toronto, co-leading a CSO Search for an innovative Biotechnology company based in Vancouver and currently, identifying a Head of Canada HR search within the professional services landscape.
A lifelong learner, Michelle is currently completing her MBA. Her weekends are spent with her two children, her golden retriever Brady, and her husband.
Oana supports Pender & Howe’s North American operations. She believes that human capital is at the center of every successful organization, and she leverages her experience in research, business development, and marketing to identify exceptional talent to shape the future.
Oana’s interpersonal acumen, natural curiosity, and futuristic outlook enable her to understand and connect with diverse individuals and ensure a strategic and insightful approach to talent acquisition.
When she’s not working, Oana loves to travel, cycle, and explore her latest fascination with the tequila production process.