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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our clients retain us on a frequent basis for the following consulting projects outside of executive search:
We assist clients to identify future talent for key operational and leadership roles through candidate identification, psychometric testing, assessment, and compensation benchmarking.
Once candidates are identified and in place, we support their development by providing onboarding and executive coaching.
We provide clients with objective research and market opinion on corporate culture and corporate reputation.
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.
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.
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Eldorado Gold announced the appointment of Jennifer Prospero as the new Director, Sustainability. Ms. Prospero was previously Manager, Sustainability at Sherritt International and served as Sustainability and Reporting Specialist at Baffinland.
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…
Ryan Coombes joins Eldorado Gold as the new Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining Eldorado Gold, Mr. Coombes was Director of Legal, North America for Ausenco and held similar senior legal positions with BHP and Kinross.
Guillermo Alcazar was appointed Director, Infrastructure Projects for First Majestic Silver. Mr. Alcazar was most recently with BC Hydro in construction planning and previously held senior project management positions with Eldorado Gold and Hatch.
Josemaria Resources announced the appointment of Tyler Keeling, CPA as the new Corporate Controller. Mr. Keeling joins the company from Nevsun where he served as Controller.
John Bannerman was appointed the new Chief Financial Officer for TerraLink Horticulture. Mr. Bannerman, a CPA, was previously Chief Financial Officer for Ty-Crop Manufacturing Ltd.
Parker Snyder was appointed the General Manager for Dunkley Lumber’s newly acquired operation in Grande Cache, Alberta. Mr. Snyder was previously Plant Manager for Louisiana-Pacific and held similar roles for Tolko Industries and Georgia-Pacific.
Pinnacle Renewable Energy, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial wood pellets, announced the appointment of Mr. Adnan Khan as Vice President, Strategic Capital. Mr. Khan is a Professional Engineer and holds a Project Management Professional certification. He has extensive experience in process improvement, engineering and controls, project management, business development and stakeholder relations gained from a 30 year career with industry leading multinational businesses.
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., an integrated forest products company based in Edmonton, Alberta, has appointed Scott Makenzie as the company’s first Vice President, Corporate Development. Mr. MacKenzie was previously the Director, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning for Stuart Olson in Calgary.
Tom Pazdera joins AV Terrace Bay, an operating asset of the global conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, as the President and Unit Head of their Ontario pulp operations. Mr. Pazdera has over 30 years experience in pulp manufacturing having worked for a number of industry leading producers including KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp, MeadWestvaco (now WestRock) and International Paper.
Pinnacle Renewable Energy, a British Columbia based wood pellet and renewable energy producer, announced the appointment of Mr. Russell Higdon as General Manager, Operations. Mr. Higdon previously spent 30 years working in operational and regional management positions in Canada and the United States for C&C Resources and Skretting.
Blair Lockhart, Tom Loski, and Carolann Brewer, Commissioners • British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC)
British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is the province’s regulatory body overseeing the utilities, pipelines, and ICBC. BCUC welcomes Blair Lockhart, former senior counsel with British Columbia Securities Commission; Tom Loski, a utilities executive with previous leadership experience with BC Hydro and Fortis; and Carolann Brewer, a legal professional with First Nations expertise as Full-Time Commissioners.
Millar Western Forest Products, a privately held diversified wood products producer, welcomes Peter Andrews as Vice President Fibre and Sustainability. Mr. Andrews previously spent 30 years with West Fraser Timber in British Columbia and Alberta where his exposure included woodlands, manufacturing, and regional management.
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…
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…