Executive Recruiters in Montreal

Your Montreal recruitment agency

Commerce, technology, and sustainable development are the cornerstones of Montreal’s economy. This cosmopolitan hub of innovation is an excellent place to recruit international talent. The second-largest city in Canada by population, Montreal has led the country in economic growth over the past decade. And it’s not done growing yet. In the coming years, Montreal will invest more than $360 million in accelerating business growth across sectors, from traditional and established industries like manufacturing and financial services to innovative emerging technologies.

Montreal has also been one of the leading cities for job creation in Canada for the past five years. That’s good news for job seekers, but can be a challenge for companies with positions to fill, particularly critical leadership roles. An experienced recruitment agency such as Lock Search Group can be a valuable partner for organizations across industries in Montreal. Our extensive talent network, in-depth recruiting strategy, and area expertise let our recruiters find candidates hidden to in-house HR teams, connecting employers with professionals who have the experience to make an impact.

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High potential economic sectors in Montreal

In recent years, Montreal has become known as one of the world’s leading hubs for artificial intelligence. This is just one of the technology industries that is thriving in Montreal. The city is a hub for Canada’s software development industry, a growing market for green energy and clean technology, and one of the leading life sciences centers on the North American east coast. Montreal also has a variety of organizations positioned at the intersection of technology and creativity, an established leader for visual effects and animation and one of the top 5 video game production cities in the world.

All of this activity means a lot of competition for candidates who have the skills businesses need. The increase in remote work and virtual interview platforms adds another wrinkle to many companies’ hiring plans. Lock Search Group is up-to-date on the latest advancements in recruitment and hiring technology, serving as expert consultants to help your organization navigate today’s talent landscape and overcome any recruiting challenge.

Our success stories

Talk to a recruiting expert in Montreal

team member Richard Lock

Richard Lock


team member Pierre Lussier

Pierre Lussier

Recruitment Consultant

team member Patrick Parent

Patrick Parent

Recruitment Consultant

team member Jean-François Sauvé

Jean-François Sauvé

Recruitment Consultant

team member Patrick Leduc

Patrick Leduc

Recruitment Consultant

team member Michael Villeneuve

Michael Villeneuve

Recruitment Consultant

team member Alexandra Ungureanu

Alexandra Ungureanu

Recruitment Associate

team member Rachelle Boulay

Rachelle Boulay

Recruitment Associate

Why choose Lock Search Group

Track record of success

Since day one, our formula for success has been simple: care deeply, and deliver. We know that your next hire could be the one who changes everything for your team, and we pride ourselves on helping you close the deal with the talent who can take you to the next level.

Our founder’s entrepreneurial grit reaches from coast to coast, and you can expect the same delivery-driven, passionately-proven partnership in any one of the Lock team’s 12 offices. With consultants who boast average tenures of a decade or more, we’re not messing around –– we’re here to make the match that measures up.

Leaders and listeners

What is your story, and what’s the story behind it? Our client-centric focus puts you and your specific goals firmly at the heart of our search process. We’re here to listen.

You’ll receive an individual action plan when you work with Lock, and we’ll be right on the same page every step of the way: what we will do, how you’ll see it happen, and when to expect results will all be clearly defined from the very beginning.

Industry-savvy insiders

We’ve been building incredible teams at Lock since 1983. In that time, we’ve crafted a strong network of business leaders, decision makers, and influencers.

But that’s only half of the story. Our recruiters make genuine connections because they’ve lived their industries, and they understand the field’s unique nuances, needs, and subtleties from the inside out. No matter your business, the cutting edge is where you’ll find us.

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Frequently asked questions about recruiting in Montreal

Our focus is primarily on executive-level roles, including C-suite and board-level positions, as well as other senior leadership roles such as vice presidents, directors, and other high-level management positions.

We collaborate with clients to create a tailored strategy for sourcing top-tier talent. Our executive search proficiency enables us to pinpoint candidates with the appropriate qualifications and cultural alignment. Our results-oriented model is an effective approach that lowers risk and encourages efficient performance. We call it a “contained” model.

As a leading executive search firm, our practice areas are diverse and comprehensive, covering a wide range of industries and sectors. We specialize in executive search and talent acquisition services for the following industries:

  • Accounting & finance
  • Automotive
  • B2B technology
  • Beverage/alcohol
  • Biotechnology
  • Cannabis
  • Construction
  • Consumer packaged goods
  • Digital and artificial intelligence
  • Engineering
  • Food service
  • Hard goods
  • Human resources
  • Industrial
  • Information technology
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Life sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical device
  • Operations
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Renewable energy
  • Retail
  • SaaS
  • Scientific clinical research
  • Supply chain and logistics

With our extensive expertise and knowledge in these industries, we are able to provide customized solutions to our clients’ executive search and talent acquisition needs. Our team of experienced professionals utilizes a data-driven approach to identify and attract the best talent in the market, ensuring our clients’ continued success and growth.

Our consultants adapt their recruiting process to the client’s needs. An initial meeting is held to allow both parties to establish their expectations. Once the contract is signed, several factors are taken into consideration, including the industry and the type of position. Our consultants work with their associates to find the best talent. Candidates are proposed to clients, interviews are organized and even the smallest details are taken care of as we accompany the client throughout the recruitment process until the final candidate is signed. Each mandate is different and therefore some mandates take longer than others. A position can be closed within a week or several weeks, depending on the position.

Retained search and contingency search are two executive search approaches.

Retained search is exclusive and customized, tailored to client needs with high confidentiality. The search firm commits to finding the best candidate and works closely with the client.

Contingency search is transactional, with payment only upon successful placement. This approach is often used for lower-level positions or for roles where there is a larger pool of potential candidates available.

Lock Search Group provides both services and tailors solutions to client needs. Our team has deep knowledge of executive search and is committed to helping clients achieve their talent acquisition goals.

An executive search firm and a recruitment agency are both involved in sourcing candidates for job openings, but there are some key differences in their approach and focus.

An executive search firm, also known as a headhunting firm, is typically engaged for senior-level and executive positions. They specialize in identifying and recruiting top-level talent for positions that require specialized skills and expertise. Executive search firms use a targeted and strategic approach, leveraging their extensive networks and industry knowledge to identify the best possible candidates for the role. They provide a high level of customization and exclusivity in their search process.

On the other hand, recruitment agencies typically focus on filling a large volume of positions across various levels within an organization. They use a more generalized approach to sourcing candidates, often utilizing online resources to identify potential candidates without customization.

At Lock Search Group, we have a rigorous and comprehensive approach to screening and assessing candidates. Our process typically involves the following steps:

Initial screening: We begin by reviewing resumes to determine whether a candidate meets the minimum requirements for the position. We also conduct initial phone screens to evaluate their communication skills, level of interest, and overall fit for the role.

In-depth interviews: For candidates who pass the initial screening, we conduct in-depth interviews through phone, online meetings or in person, to assess their experience, qualifications, and cultural fit.

Candidate presentation: Once we have completed our in-depth interviews, we present a shortlist of highly qualified candidates to the client for their consideration. We provide detailed profiles of each candidate, outlining their experience, qualifications, and fit for the role.

Assessments and reference checks: Depending on the role and level of seniority, we may conduct additional assessments such as personality tests or cognitive assessments. We also conduct thorough reference checks to validate the candidate’s experience and ensure that they have a track record of success in previous roles, as well as background criminal checks.

Overall, our approach to candidate screening and assessment is designed to ensure that we present the best possible candidates to our clients, while also providing a positive experience for the candidates themselves. We take a personalized and consultative approach, working closely with both clients and candidates to ensure a successful outcome for all parties involved.

At Lock Search Group, we believe that providing additional services beyond talent acquisition is crucial to delivering a comprehensive and successful recruitment experience for both our clients and candidates.

As a testament to this commitment, we offer interview coaching and onboarding support to further facilitate the success of our clients and their newly appointed executives. Our interview coaching provides guidance on techniques, questions, and effective communication, leading to better outcomes. Additionally, our onboarding support ensures a smooth transition and ongoing communication for success. We believe these services are vital to a comprehensive recruitment experience for clients and candidates.

Candidates working with Lock Search Group don’t need to pay a fee. Rather, they are considered potential candidates for the open positions and are evaluated based on their skills, qualifications, and fit for the role.

Lock Search Group can provide candidates with access to exclusive job opportunities, as well as personalized guidance and support throughout the hiring process. However, it is important to note that the final hiring decision ultimately rests with the hiring organization, and there is no guarantee of employment for candidates who work with executive search firms.

We stand behind the quality of our services and proudly offer a replacement guarantee period starting from the candidate’s start date. For specific details tailored to your unique contract, please reach out to your dedicated Lock Search Group Consultants. Your trust is our commitment, and we’re here to provide all the information you need.

We’re an executive search firm that values transparency and keeping our clients informed every step of the way. We provide weekly progress reports and encourage open communication to ensure a successful search. If needed, we work closely with clients to reassess and steer the search in the best direction. Our goal is to find the best candidate for our client and our commitment to communication sets us apart.

Companies that want assistance with hiring new talent can fill in the Looking to hire? section on our website Contact page. Candidates can click on Contact on our website and fill in the Looking for a career opportunity? section.

You will receive an email confirmation. Once your application is submitted, our associates will send your file to the consultant who specializes in the field you are looking for.

Please send us an email at info@locksearchgroup.com and we will be glad to update you. It may take some time to process your application if the type of position you are seeking is not available at the time you apply.