Who We Are

Alexander Whitehead Executive Search is a retained executive search firm established in 2013 as an alternative to the traditional business model offered by large executive search firms.

We have offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta, and serve private and public enterprises operating regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Team

Founding Managing Partners Michael Alexander and Terry Whitehead have 25 years of experience leading complex and challenging global search assignments across multiple sectors and industries.

Michael Alexander

Managing Partner

Natural Resources and Construction

Michael has over 15 years of search experience executing senior executive placements across a broad range of business sectors including mining, renewable energy, construction, and manufacturing. Prior to founding Alexander Whitehead, Michael was part of the industrial practice at a global search firm where he established a reputation for delivering results on technically and geographically complex assignments. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and his professional experience includes Board positions with a small manufacturing company and a professional services firm. He speaks English, French, and conversational Spanish. Michael resides in North Vancouver with his wife and two young children.


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Terry Whitehead

Managing Partner

Mining and Public Sector

Prior to founding Alexander Whitehead, Terry served in progressively senior corporate development positions before transitioning to executive search for a global recruitment firm. Within the mining, forestry, and public sectors, he has successfully concluded searches at the Board, C-suite executive, and senior management levels for large international private companies and regional public sector institutions. Terry has an undergraduate degree from the University of Lethbridge and serves on the Board of Governors and the Executive and Compensation committees. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Writers Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival.


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Sam Morris


Forestry and Industrial Manufacturing

In 2015, Sam Morris joined the firm as a Senior Associate to lead the Forestry division. Sam’s previous executive search experience included launching the forestry practice for an international recruitment firm. He has established a reputation as a national leader in identifying the next generation of executives in the forestry sector, and he has distinguished himself for his ability to complete complex technical search assignments for operations in remote locations. Sam has successfully completed senior management and C-suite search assignments with clients ranging from large publicly-traded international companies to smaller, privately-held forestry companies across Canada and the United States. In addition to forestry, Sam has led complex searches in mining, manufacturing, and construction. Sam attended Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and focused his studies in Real Estate Management.


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Seema Kanwal

Senior Researcher

A veteran of the executive search industry with 25 years’ experience to her credit, Seema Kanwal is well recognized for her trademark methodical approach to the search process which has resulted in the successful recruitment of candidates in local, national and international markets. Seema has diverse exposure to multiple sectors, including natural resources and the public sector. Prior to joining Alexander Whitehead, she spent 15 years with a leading boutique search firm as part of their senior research team. Seema has honed her research talents with executive search firms in Hong Kong and Vancouver. She is fluent in Cantonese, Hindi, and Punjabi. Seema is also an AESC Certified Researcher.


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Advisory Services

Advisory Services
Our clients retain us on a frequent basis for the following consulting projects outside of executive search:

Succession Planning
We assist clients to identify future talent for key operational and leadership roles through candidate identification, psychometric testing, assessment, and compensation benchmarking.

Candidate Development
Once candidates are identified and in place, we support their development by providing onboarding and executive coaching.

Market Intelligence
We provide clients with objective research and market opinion on corporate culture and corporate reputation.

Our Values

As trusted advisors, our priority is to exceed our clients’ expectations by delivering superior results to their timelines. We partner with select, reputable organizations and operate within a shared investment, shared reward partnership that results in the identification of the best candidates in the marketplace.

We value honest and confidential exchange of information with our clients and candidates. Our candidate selection criteria are directed by each client’s specific needs and are outlined in the comprehensive Position Specification we share with pre-qualified individuals.

We work collaboratively and confidentially with our candidates to ensure their skills and experience align with the needs of our clients, and we provide our candidates with constructive feedback about their status throughout the search process.

Community Investment

Alexander Whitehead Executive Search invests in the communities in which we work and live. We do this through volunteerism and corporate philanthropy. Each year we donate one percent of our revenue to diverse local charitable organizations that enhance our communities.

In Conversation: October 2018

Interviews with nine prominent Chief Administration Officers of communities across BC.

Where is HR?

HR executives comprise a small fraction of today’s corporate board composition. What are you doing about it?

HR Q&A: Looking Ahead to 2018

This year’s report reflects the input and opinions from established and emerging HR leaders across Canada. Download your copy of the report to learn what is on the minds of HR leaders heading into 2018.

HR Q&A: Looking Ahead to 2017

Welcome to the second annual publication of HR Q&A. We return this year with more predictions and opinions for 2017.

Appointment of Bob Gill, General Manager • Puna Operations, Argentina

SSR Mining, a growing mid-tier precious metals producer, announced the appointment of Mr. Robert Gill as General Manager of the Puna operation in the Puna region of Jujuy Province, Argentina. Mr. Gill’s previous experience…

Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director • Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company

Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company, Canada’s largest urban professional not-for-profit theatre company, welcomes Ashlie Corcoran as its new…

Siren Fisecki, Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Communications • Pan American Silver

Pan American Silver, the world’s second-largest primary silver producer, announced the appointment of Siren Fisecki as the company’s first Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Ms. Fisecki was previously…

Pip White, Director of Real Estate • Island Timberlands Limited Partnership

Island Timberlands Limited Partnership announced the appointment of Pip White as the Director of Real Estate in September 2016. Mr. White brings international experience in real estate investment, portfolio management…

Casey Lunn, Director Camp Operations • Trilogy Metals

Trilogy Metals, a junior exploration company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia announced the appointment of Casey Lunn, as Director Camp Operations. Casey possesses over 20 years of experience in logistics management…

Appointment of Kevin Jewett • Vice President, Woodlands

Tolko Industries Ltd announced the appointment of Kevin Jewett as Vice President, Woodlands, effective February 2018. Mr. Jewett previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Fornebu Lumber Company in…

Robert Glatz, Chief Financial Officer • West Linn Paper Company

West Linn Paper Company in West Linn, Oregon announced the appointment of Robert Glatz as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Glatz previously served as the Business Controller, North America for Moventas Inc…

Christian Dietrich, General Manager • Ecowaste Industries

Ecowaste Industries appointed Christian Dietrich as General Manager to lead the diverse and growing operations of the company. Mr. Dietrich has over 20 years of international leadership experience in waste management…

Paul Nielson, Head of Development Portfolio • Waterton Global Resource Management

Waterton Global Resource Management, a private equity firm specializing in the metals and mining sector, welcomes Paul Nielson as Head of Development Portfolio. Mr. Nielson previously served as a Senior Director for the…

Cameron Chapman, General Manager • SSR Mining

SSR Mining, a growing mid-tier precious metals producer, announced the appointment of Mr. Cameron Chapman as General Manager of the Seabee operation in Saskatchewan. Mr. Chapman previous experience includes over…

Patrick Freer, Senior Vice President, Asset Management • Fengate Real Asset Investment

Fengate Real Asset Investment welcomed Patrick as a Director, Power and Utilities. Fengate is a leading investment firm with a focus on infrastructure, real estate, and private equity. Prior to joining Fengate, Patrick worked in P3 and…

Peter Lind, Director, Metallurgy • Goldcorp Inc.

Goldcorp Inc., a major gold production company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, announced the appointment of Peter Lind as Director, Metallurgy. Prior to joining Goldcorp, Peter spent nearly 10 years with Barrick in…

Peter Spindloe, Director of Operations • Nicholson Manufacturing

Nicholson Manufacturing, a global leader in the production of debarkers for the sawmilling industry, welcomes Peter Spindloe to the organization as Director of Operations. Mr. Spindloe has extensive experience in operations…

Lance Johnson, Vice President, Construction • Casman Building Solutions

Casman Building Solutions, one of the largest local construction companies in Fort McMurray. Lance has over 25 years of operational construction experience throughout Alberta, most recently with…

Appointment of Leslie Hurtig • Artistic Director, Vancouver Writers Fest

The Vancouver Writers Fest announced the appointment of Leslie Hurtig as the new Artistic Director to replace Hal Wake following his retirement in November. Ms. Hurtig was previously the Board Chair…

Appointment of Christopher Lemon • General Counsel, Pan American Silver

Pan American Silver, the world’s second-largest primary silver producer, announced the appointment of Christopher Lemon as the new General Counsel. Mr. Lemon was previously General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with…