Finding the right fit at the executive level

Consultant Catherine Brownlee talks about serving and supporting when there are plenty of candidates to choose from

Catherine Brownlee is a business management consultant in Calgary. From the world’s best headhunters, to executive peer-to-peer roundtables, to special projects, she connects powerful individuals to make big things happen.

Catherine Brownlee
Catherine Brownlee

Calgary’s Business: What’s your sense of how the economy is performing in Calgary and Alberta?

Brownlee: Overall, positive. There are new startups and opportunities popping up every month. There’s cautious optimism on the street because the big investors left Calgary and Alberta a few years ago; however, we live in a very resilient province and see signs of business picking up.

CB:What about employment?   

Brownlee: We see small improvements every week. Unfortunately, there are still many people out of work and they’re hurting.

Part-time and contract jobs are much more popular now, and that’s always the first sign of a slow recovery.

CB: Has Calgary lost a lot of executive talent in the past few years because of the struggling economy?

Brownlee: Absolutely. Many have left Calgary entirely, some pivoted into other industries or businesses, and some are consulting globally.

CB: What exactly do you and your company do?

Brownlee: We connect people globally. Our revenue streams include headhunting, introduction facilitation, business development support, and teaching people how to get the job of their dreams.

CB: Is it tougher for companies today to find the right fit for them at the executive level or is there more choice?

Brownlee: There are more candidates to choose from. However, the effort to find the right fit is always the same. That’s where we come in to serve and support.

– Mario Toneguzzi

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.

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