Hays experts

Canadian thought-leaders

Hays thought-leaders provide insight and advice into the Canadian job market, specializing in key industries and sectors such as construction and property, natural resources, accounting and finance, IT, HR and real estate, to name only a few.

Our leaders are available for interview by request.

Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President

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Rowan O’Grady has over 20 years of experience in the recruitment industry in Canada, the UK and Ireland. His in-depth and personal experience of permanent recruitment, contract staffing, MSP and RPO has been gained across industries including financial services, technology, engineering and construction. Rowan is a leading voice in the areas of recruitment, careers and the job market in Canada, regularly publishing market reports, whitepapers and thought leading insights. He comments regularly in the media on how to compete for and retain talent in today’s competitive marketplace.

Rowan is available for comment on the Canadian job market, covering all sectors.

Andy Robling, VP of Business Development Canada

Andy Robling ImagespacerAndy joined Hays in 1991 as an Accountancy & Finance consultant in the Cambridge office. Andy went on to manage several offices and whilst working in senior finance was promoted to Business Director and subsequently Regional Director within public services. Subsequently an Accountancy and Finance board director he then held a cross specialism role heading up public services for the UK. Andy moved to Toronto to oversee the Mississauga and Toronto in January 2013. In 2015 he was appointed to the new role of VP of Business Development.

Andy is available for comment on national recruitment trends, and in particular the Accounting & Finance sector.

Louisa Benedicto, Vice President GTA

Louisa Benedicto ImagespacerAs Hays Canada Vice President of the GTA, Louisa Benedicto oversees more than 70 recruitment consultants in both permanent and temporary/contract hiring, covering 12 specialisms including accounting and finance, construction and property, and IT. Louisa began her career with Hays in the UK in 2002 and moved to Japan in 2008 to help lead an acquisition, eventually being promoted to Business Director in 2012. Louisa moved to Canada in 2013 and was appointed VP in 2016. She is fluent in Spanish and Japanese, and was certified as a coach in 2016. As an expert in recruitment and hiring trends, Louisa has been featured on CBC On The Money, Huffington Post Canada, and in Canadian HR Reporter.

Soley Soucie, Divisional Director - Eastern Region

Soley SouciespacerSoley got her start in the banking sector but transferred to Hays 10 years ago to open the company’s Ottawa branch. She took quickly to the fast-paced world of recruitment and progressed steadily, now overseeing Hays Canada’s Eastern operations, including two offices in Ottawa and Montreal.

Jim Fearon, Vice President - Central Canada

Jim Fearon New imagespacerJim joined Hays in 1998 in Plymouth, England. In June 2000 he moved to Australia to help launch our business in Perth. Eleven years later, Jim relocated to Calgary to take up his current role. Over the years, Jim has gained a breadth of experience covering permanent, temporary and contract recruitment in a wide array of industries that include construction, engineering, property and facilities management, oil and gas, mining, energy and more latterly, accounting and finance and IT.

Jim is available for comment on the Central region of Canada and the US and in particular the Construction & Property and Oil & Gas industry.

Travis O'Rourke, Vice President & Head of Hays Talent Solutions Canada

Travis O'Rourke headshot, VP HTS Canada | HaysspacerTravis O’Rourke has been with Hays for over eight years. Hays Talent Solutions is our line of business which handles all areas of recruitment outsourcing. (Vendor Management Systems (VMS), Managed Service Provisions (MSP), Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Payrolling (CMO). He has well over 30,000 hours of hands on contingent workforce management experience and has managed contingent workforces in every province. Travis has extensive knowledge of Government, Financial Services, Insurance, Banking and Consulting industries.

Travis currently sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses (NACCB) and has extensive and current knowledge of relevant recruitment and contract worker legislation across all provinces.  Travis sits on a sub-committee working with industry and government surrounding the classification of workers and the definition of a precarious workforce. Travis’ exposure to contract workforce legislation is second to none in the industry.

Jackie Burns, Director People & Culture - Americas

Jackie Burns ImagespacerJackie joined Hays as a consultant in  Scotland in April 2000, before immigrating to Canada in August 2004 to  facilitate the opening of the Vancouver office. She recruited for Accounting & Finance professionals in both locations from entry level to Senior appointments for eight years and was promoted to VP - Western Canada in January  2010. In March 2016, Jackie was appointed Director People & Culture - Americas, a newly created position within Hays. 

Alistair Houghton, Business Director A&F

Alistair Houghton headshotspacerAlistair is a business graduate with over 16 years of Accounting and Finance recruitment experience.Before his move to Canada in 2002, Alistair started his career in the UK in a regional role covering the recruitment of designated positions across three offices and working with leading businesses in the telecoms, manufacturing, distribution, pharmaceutical and consumer products sectors.

Since his arrival in Canada, Alistair has continued to work on designated Accounting and Finance positions in the Southwestern Ontario region and currently leads the Accounting and Finance team for the Mississauga office where he has consistently been a top performer within the company. He is a career recruiter, and has a passion for providing quality and service.