Canada’s newest executive search firm is reducing recruiting timelines by half with advanced technology, a streamlined process and deep sector expertise

TORONTO, May 18, 2021 – Massey Henry (or “the firm”), Canada’s newest executive search and board advisory firm specializing in financial services and the public sector, is open for business. Founder and managing partner, Michael Henry, a seasoned executive search professional, aims to set a new standard for executive recruiting with a streamlined, collaborative approach that enables organizations to recruit diverse top talent for urgent, transformational roles.

Using leading-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology combined with deep sector expertise, Massey Henry provides better, faster candidate research and a more diverse candidate pool, while using custom criteria to assess each candidate for fit. Clients have 24/7 access to their search process which enhances decision-making and reduces timelines by half, to help them secure the talent they need without any disruption to their business or growth initiatives.

“In today’s pandemic-driven landscape, we are seeing increased pressures with regard to risk management, regulatory compliance, digitization and diversity and ESG, at both the board and C-suite levels,” said Michael Henry, specialist in the recruitment of senior level executives and corporate directors in financial services. “This means that having the right leaders in place has never been more critical to our clients. Our data-driven, technology-based approach is key to helping us accelerate the recruitment of top executives who can address these issues and successfully drive change and growth within their organizations. Clients need to be incredibly nimble in today’s landscape and our approach makes this possible.”

Providing deep sector expertise in both financial services and the public sector is key to Massey Henry’s ability to uncover hidden talent and secure top C-suite and board executives for clients. The firm is backed by an esteemed Advisory Board of distinguished leaders from these sectors, including:

  • George Cooke, board chair of OMERS;
  • Bill Hatanaka, board chair of Ontario Health;
  • Johanne Brossard, board director and former president and CEO of ING Direct Canada;
  • Eric Wetlaufer, board director of Investment Management Corporation of Ontario and the TMX Group;
  • Lynne Kilpatrick, board director and senior retail banking executive; and
  • Sharon Pel, chair of the Board of Trustees for OPTrust.

“Michael’s vision for Massey Henry is exactly what the market needs to successfully propel our country’s growth and success over the coming months,” said George Cooke. “He brings essential transparency, integrity and innovation to the executive search industry and to the recruitment of many key financial services and public sector leaders. I look forward to being part of the firm’s exciting evolution.”

In addition to executive search, Massey Henry also provides clients with a number of other leadership services to help strengthen their board and executive teams. These include a practice dedicated solely to board advisory, led by experienced board director and former executive of Mercer, John Sanders, as well as a leadership practice, co-led by John McKay and Mary Morand. This provides clients with top-tier leadership assessment and executive and team coaching support.

“I am a fierce supporter of Canadian talent – both at home and abroad – and believe efficient access to this talent is key to helping organizations achieve maximum business outcomes,” said Henry. “Massey Henry was founded on the notion that by connecting diverse and inspiring leaders with the right opportunities you can have a tremendous impact on business, culture and our society as a whole. I could not be prouder of our launch in the Canadian market and look forward to continuing to drive the industry forward for years to come.”

À propos de Massey Henry

Massey Henry is a leading Canadian executive search and board advisory firm which offers faster, smarter solutions to today’s complex executive recruitment challenges. Massey Henry combines advanced technology, a streamlined process and deep sector expertise to recruit top executive talent to the financial services and public sectors.

Founder and Managing Partner, Michael Henry, has conducted more than 200 successful C-suite and board searches over the course of his search career with 65 per cent identifying as women and/or BIPOC. He recently led the financial services practice at a leading global executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of senior level executives and corporate directors in financial institutions, asset management, insurance, financial and risk management, and securities and non-securities regulation. Visit:


Catherine Snider
Kaiser & Partners