The fast-paced challenge of today’s life sciences, biopharma, biotechnology and healthcare space demands visionary leadership. From pharmaceutical manufacturers to cutting-edge biotech and medtech innovators, Pender & Howe is one of the top consulting and recruitment firms in the field. We proudly connect industry leaders and executives with top-performing talent at the heart of the life sciencees sector. Using our life sciences expertise and years of experience working with candidates in these sectors, our recruiters help life sciences companies find the right people to build impactful teams, resulting in well-balanced organizations with strong, multi-product anchors.
The complexity of the life sciences industry is part of what makes it so difficult for companies to connect with high-quality candidates. The development of new technology and medicine happens at a lightning pace, and business leaders need employees who can keep up with those trends. At the same time, there is an increased demand on these talent markets, especially for those who understand how the latest software and hardware can be best used for diagnostics, research, treatment, and therapies in a real-world medical practice.
There is an equally elevated candidate demand among the clients who develop those cutting-edge products. From engineers and data analysis to management and c-suite candidates, organizations across healthcare and the life sciences are eager to fill roles with professionals who can lead a digital transformation and grow their company into the future. To address the unique and pressing needs of life sciences, leaders in this space must be driven to move the life sciences forward with a holistic vision. Companies demand passionate advocates for innovation who can balance the commercial, operational and scientific complexities of their work and deliver value to shareholders and patients.
At Pender & Howe, we lead the executive search process to identify leaders ready to steer this course and implement successful solutions for everyone. We know the nuances of the life sciences industry and use those insights to deliver results. Our recruiting approach starts with building relationships with both candidates and companies, understanding what job seekers want from their career, as well as the company’s expectations and needs, whether that’s a niche skill set for a single role or an organization-wide push on equity and inclusion initiatives. From individual contributors all the way up to CEO and other leadership roles, Pender & Howe knows how to find the talent you need today.
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.
We have offices across North America: Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Our clients range from pre-seed startups and VC-backed disrupters to global public companies.
Our Partners have firmly established a trusted network of connections across a wide range of sectors and industries, which has proven invaluable in finding and attracting the best executive talent. Your team can expect transparency, collaboration and high-level service on every assignment we lead.
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.
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!
Tara-Lynn supports Pender & Howe’s North American operations, leveraging her Human Resources Management education and 10+ years of recruitment experience in the technology, life science, healthcare, academic, and government 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.
Based in Toronto, Oya is a Project Coordinator at Pender & Howe. She obtained a degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and has experience both in public and non-profit sectors in North America and Europe.
Oya spends her time supporting the firm’s clients, conducting market research and supporting business development initiatives. As an out-of-the-box thinker with an eye for design, she also executes the firm’s marketing material.
Outside work, Oya likes to unwind by going to the gym or going on photography walks with her film camera. She can never say no to a great cup of coffee enjoyed with friends and family.