The successful continuing relationship during my tenure at Bell with Yacoub Elite Search is primarily the result of Jocelyn's drive to bring value to her clients' organization through innovative, thoughtful approaches aimed at achieving long-term successes. More specifically, her approach has been to brand herself as the "virtual" human resources partner. Beyond the traditional recruitment services that one would expect from a search firm, she looks to identify an organization's gaps in the "HR" value chain, and focuses her firm's energy in complementing the existing client structure as necessary in order to achieve the organization's goals.
Former Senior Vice President Finance, Bell Canada
Currently EVP Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Rogers Communications
I have been fortunate enough to work with Yacoub Elite Search as both a candidate and client. I was initially place by Yacoub Elite in a senior Human Resource position in Montreal. Upon my move to the Home Depot Canada in 2005, I continued my relationship with Yacoub Elite Search as a client. They have become one of Home Depot's preferred search firms over the last couple of years. Their passion and enthusiasm around "finding the right person for the right job" and truly living up to their commitment, sets them apart from many other search firms I have worked with in the last twenty years of my career. Jocelyn and her team have the unique ability to get to know their candidates personally and professionally which enables them to source and hire the best candidates for the many companies they have forged strong and long-lasting relationships with over the years. Yacoub Elite Search spends time with business leaders and the recruiting team to ensure they truly understand the organization's culture, the candidate's profile; what are the technical and leadership qualifications that will allow a new hire to be successful in their position and more importantly, are they a cultural fit, a key ingredient to any successful placement. Yacoub Elite Search has a proven track with Home Depot; I would strongly recommend them to any company looking for Human Resources, Finance or Operations professionals.
Kim Forgues /
Vice-President Human Resources – The Home Depot Canada
I worked with Nadia during my last job search and strongly recommend her to anyone looking to make their next career move. Nadia's understanding of my career goals and aspirations together with her deep insight into interviewing skills made her an outstanding career coach in the recruitment process. She is a joy to work with and will prove an extremely valuable partner in the entire recruitment process.
Deepank Saini /
Associate, Fengate Capital
I started to work with Morgan as a candidate and then as a client. I was extremely impressed with both the candidate and client processes and can honestly say that both processes are superior based on my 20+ years experience in HR. Morgan understands her client's business and has incredible market knowledge so she is able to quickly match the highest calibre of talent to meet her client's goal. I look forward to continuing to partner with Morgan as she goes the extra mile and is caring and is truly interested in making the people connections.
Leesa Fernandez /
Director, Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion, The Home Depot Canada
As I was reviewing options for the next step in my career plan, I was contacted by Nadia with an opportunity. Having not dealt with her organization before, I was impressed by her professionalism and thoroughness in reviewing with me not only my skills and experience, but also my career goals and the specific skills I wanted to enhance in my next role. Her engaging approach was highly effective in determining if there was a correct "fit" not only for the client but for me as well. What really stood out for me during the experience was the amount of quality time she invested in understanding my career aspirations, the level of preparation and debrief conducted for each interview, and in her proactive communication and her accessibility throughout the process. Her exceptional representation of her client played a key role in my decision to join her client's organization.
Steve J. Thompson, CITT /
Divisional Operations Manager, Nedco
I worked with Yacoub Elite Search as both a candidate and a client for many years. Jocelyn and Jody worked closely with me in my previous position as VP, Tax and continue to do so in my new position as SVP, Controller. The team at Yacoub Elite Search worked directly with me to target and attract the best talent for my teams. This collaborative relationship allowed us to build an exceptional tax team. Furthermore, Yacoub Elite Search was very helpful in identifying and recruiting additional talent for my current finance team. I was also very pleased to experience Yacoub Elite Search's diligence in the recruitment for my former position as VP, Tax. Yacoub Elite Search's professionalism, integrity, an in-depth market intelligence and their availability were all factors that contributed to the success of our organization's recruiting needs.
Pat Di Lillo /
Senior Vice-President and Controller – SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Jocelyn Yacoub and her national team have had a significant impact on my career both as a candidate as well as a client. They recruited me to work for SNC-Lavalin in Montreal and monitored my career as I became CFO at Altalink in Calgary. At Altalink, they helped me to structure and build my entire finance and administration team with service that was consistently excellent.
James Harbilas /
Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer – Enerflex Systems Income Fund
Yacoub Elite Search's partnership in building me a "dream team" was an extraordinary experience. Yacoub Elite Search's ability to handle all the details of the search, while keeping it simple for me - meet with top notch talent and decide - made a huge difference. Time is money. So is great talent that can hit the ground running. Yacoub Elite Search over-delivered on service and results, while representing the brand and vision with excellence. Fit is everything and Yacoub Elite Search made sure it worked for both the candidate and the company. Integrity is never compromised.
Michael Kyritsis /
Vice-President, Human Resources – Maritz Canada
Jody is one of the top recruiters that I have had the chance to interact with. Her great professionalism, business experience and genuine interest in people made it a real pleasure to work with her. I certainly hope that we'll have the chance to collaborate again in the future. I also truly enjoyed doing business with Mélanie and hope that we will have the chance to collaborate again. I truly enjoyed her level of energy as well as her great communication & people skills. While collaborating with her I always had the feeling that she was providing with a crystal clear and accurate picture of the situation, which is invaluable.
Normand Aubry /
Director, Organizational Development and Training – Cirque du Soleil
I first had the opportunity to work with Morgan when she approached me with a career opportunity. I was consistently impressed with her honest, thorough, thoughtful and energetic approach in presenting the opportunity on behalf of her client but also keeping my interests in mind. I am currently working with Morgan as the client and am happy to say that I continue to be impressed with her professionalism, strong work ethic and excellent client service. Whether you are seeking talent or your organization or are the talent, you are in good hands with Morgan.
Director, Business Development & Marketing – Heenan Blaikie
I recently had the chance to work with Yacoub Elite Search and specifically with Morgan who helped find my current position with Meridiam Infrastructure. Working with Yacoub Elite Search is different than working with other recruitment consultants. They took the time to understand my skills and what I was looking for and only sent me selected opportunities that really reflected my preferences. Morgan was extremely professional and made the entire process painless. Her thoroughness and understanding of the opportunity and the need of the recruiting company allowed me to be well prepared and ready for my interview. Overall, working with Yacoub Elite Search and specifically with Morgan was very effective and critical to my career. I would recommend it to other project finance professional in Canada.
Associate Investment Director – Meridiam Infrastructure
I recently had the pleasure of being contacted by Morgan at Yacoub Elite Search concerning a new opportunity. During the entire process Morgan was a pleasure to work with. She was genuinely interested in getting to know me and what excited me about a position. She took the time to listen and thoroughly understand my background, skills and desired career path. Only after we had this dialogue was she able to ensure I was the right fit for the organization and she guided me through the interview process. Morgan was able to answer questions and provide thoughtful guidance and always provided feedback and updates on the process. Morgan's outgoing personality allowed us to develop a great relationship and made the entire process a pleasure. I would have no hesitation in recommending Morgan to any candidate looking for recruiter to assist them.
Rob Mayhew /
Vice President Facility Management – Fengate Capital Management
I have worked with Jody as a candidate. It was a real pleasure where she exhibits a high level of interpersonal but also a strong knowledge of the business. I have appreciated her professionalism and her determination to get the process completed in a quick and efficient manner. I have also appreciated her honesty and her integrity. Without any hesitation, I would highly recommend Jody in the future.
Director - Organizational Development and Training – Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec
It's tough to find recruiters who become an "extension of the company" they work with. Jody does a great job at understanding and representing her clients, and then selecting the right candidates, always paying attention to the fit between the two. She is knowledgeable about the market and a go-getter. I have recommended (and will continue to) Jody and Yacoub Elite Search to several people over the years.
Manager, HR – The Home Depot
Vincent is a dynamic, competent and committed "talent scout". His unparalleled dedication and listening were very positive elements throughout the process. He immediately understood what I was looking for. He gives real importance to the common values of the candidate and the company, and offers a perfect match. Thank you Vincent!
Director - Communication and excellence at work in Canada GMCR