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.

michael@alexanderwhitehead.com

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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.

terry@alexanderwhitehead.com

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Sam Morris

Principal

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.

sam@alexanderwhitehead.com

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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.

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Appointments

Appointment of Laura Necochea as Director, People & Safety • Conifex Timber
Appointment of Laura Necochea as Director, People & Safety • Conifex Timber Laura Necochea has been appointed to the position of Director, People & Safety at Conifex Timber. Ms. Necochea has over 15 years of experience leading people functions for businesses...
Appointment of Warwick Green as President • Nicholson Manufacturing
Appointment of Warwick Green as President Nicholson Manufacturing Warwick Green has been appointed to the position of President at Nicholson Manufacturing. Mr. Green has extensive experience in engineering, manufacturing and executive leadership for businesses...
Appointment of Liezl van Wyk as Vice President, Northern Operations • Drax Biomass a division of Drax Group
Appointment of Liezl van Wyk as Vice President, Northern Operations • Drax Biomass a division of Drax Group Liezl van Wyk was appointed to the position of Vice President, Northern Operations at Drax Biomass. Ms. van Wyk has over 20 years of operations, continuous...
Appointment of Jason Stockall as Director HSE Northern Operations • Drax Biomass a division of Drax Group
Appointment of Jason Stockall as Director HSE Northern Operations • Drax Biomass a division of Drax Group Jason Stockall has been appointed to the position of Director HSE Northern Operations at Drax Biomass. Mr. Stockall has over 15 years of experience leading...
Appointment of Scott Nixon as Vice President & General Manager • Cogent Industrial Technologies
Appointment of Scott Nixon as Vice President & General Manager • Cogent Industrial Technologies Scott Nixon has been appointed to the position of Vice President & General Manager at Cogent Industrial Technologies. Mr. Nixon has over 15 years of control system...
Appointment of Dan Methe as Director, Health and Safety • Pan American Silver
Appointment of Dan Methe as Director, Health and Safety • Pan American Silver Pan American Silver appointed Dan Methe as Director, Health and Safety. Mr. Methe joins the company after an extensive career in senior health and safety positions with Suncor Energy,...
Appointment of Kieran Johnson as Senior Director, Internal Audit & Risk • First Majestic Silver
Appointment of Kieran Johnson as Senior Director, Internal Audit & Risk • First Majestic Silver Kieran Johnson joined First Majestic Silver as Director, Internal Audit & Risk. Mr. Johnson has over 20 years of experience in audit, assurance, and business...
Appointment of Cole Mooney as Principal, Resource Geologist • Josemaria Resources
Appointment of Cole Mooney as Principal, Resource Geologist • Josemaria Resources Cole Mooney joined Josemaria Resources as Principal, Resource Geologist. Mr. Mooney holds a Master of Science, Mining Engineering & Geostatistics from the University of Alberta and...
Appointment of Hanno van Staden as Director, Organizational Effectiveness • Eldorado Gold
Appointment of Hanno van Staden as Director, Organizational Effectiveness • Eldorado Gold Eldorado Gold appointed Hanno van Staden as Director, Organizational Effectiveness. Previously, Mr. van Staden was with Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia responsible for managing workforce...
Appointment of Raakel Iskanius as Senior Director, Finance, Accounting and Treasury • Seaspan
Appointment of Raakel Iskanius as Senior Director, Finance, Accounting and Treasury • Seaspan Raakel Iskanius joined Seaspan ULC as Senior Director, Finance, Accounting and Treasury. Ms. Iskanius has over 30 years of experience in senior finance and leadership roles...
Appointment of Carole Gilbert as Director, Corporate Legal • Eldorado Gold
Appointment of Carole Gilbert as Director, Corporate Legal • Eldorado Gold Carole Gilbert joined Eldorado Gold as Director, Corporate Legal. Previously, Ms. Gilbert was with Norton Rose Fulbright in Montreal in the areas of corporate and securities law for...
Appointment of Patrick Redmond as Senior Vice President, Exploration and Geoscience • Copper Mountain Mining
Appointment of Patrick Redmond as Senior Vice President, Exploration and Geoscience • Copper Mountain Mining Copper Mountain Mining announced the appointment of Patrick Redmond to their executive team as Senior Vice President, Exploration and Geoscience. Mr. Redmond...
Appointment of Jacinta Zaleski as Vice President, Human Resources • Josemaria Resources
Appointment of Jacinta Zaleski as Vice President, Human Resources • Josemaria Resources Jacinta Zaleski joined Josemaria Resources as Vice President, Human Resources. Ms. Zaleski has over 20 years of experience in human capital management with international mining...
Appointment of Roberto Roberti as Chief Financial Officer • Solar Alliance Energy
Appointment of Roberto Roberti as Chief Financial Officer • Solar Alliance Energy Rob Roberti joined Solar Alliance Energy as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Roberti has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, project finance, M&A and reporting for...
Appointment of Jeff Wheeler as Chief Financial Officer • Sinclar Forest Products
Appointment of Jeff Wheeler as Chief Financial Officer • Sinclar Forest Products Jeff Wheeler was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer at Sinclar Forest Products. Mr. Wheeler has gained over 20 years of financial and business management experience from...
Appointment of Heather Watts as Director, Global Technology • Eldorado Gold
Appointment of Heather Watts as Director, Global Technology • Eldorado Gold Eldorado Gold announced the appointment of Heather Watts as the new Director, Global Technology. Ms. Watts was previously Director, Global Business Applications at Methanex and served in IT...
Appointment of Andrew Flynn as Manager, Mine & Asset Management • Newmont
Appointment of Andrew Flynn as Manager, Mine & Asset Management • Newmont Andrew Flynn joined Newmont at the Porcupine Mine in Ontario company in January 2021 after an extensive international career with Perilya, Rio Tinto, and Xstrata.
Appointment of Jennifer Maki and Kathleen Sendall as Board Directors • Pan American Silver
Appointment of Jennifer Maki and Kathleen Sendall as Board Directors • Pan American Silver At the May 12, 2021 Annual General Meeting of Pan American Silver, Jennifer Maki and Kathleen Sendall were elected to the Board of Directors. Ms. Maki is the former CEO of Vale...
Appointment of Kevin O’Kane as Board Director • Almaden Minerals
Appointment of Kevin O’Kane as Board Director • Almaden Minerals The Board of Directors of Almaden Minerals welcomed Kevin O’Kane to the Board in April 2021. Mr. O’Kane is the former Chief Operating Officer of SSR Mining and previously held international executive...
Guillermo Alcazar as Director, Infrastructure Projects • First Majestic Silver

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.