Leaders International seeks CEO of Alberta Chambers of Commerce
January 21, 2022 – International Leaders, an executive search firm with eight offices across Canada, has been enlisted to find the next President and CEO of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC). Partner Anurag Shourie and consultant Cecilia Oteiza-Ayres lead the Toronto-based recruitment firm’s mission. The President and CEO is responsible for providing effective and efficient leadership for all ACC activities, Leaders International said. The individual is expected to execute strategic direction, monitor progress, and ensure the success and achievement of organization-wide plans and objectives.
Key roles and responsibilities of the position include strategic leadership, management, financial oversight, stakeholder relationship building, governance and board relations, and human resources. The individual will be responsible for assuming full responsibility for the direction of all VAC services and activities and for administering policies and procedures. He or she must lead and manage the development and implementation of ACC’s goals, objectives, policies and priorities. Additionally, the role requires the leader to act as the spokesperson for the CCA and effectively represent the organization in its dealings with all internal and external stakeholders, including members, suppliers, government authorities and regulators, the media and the public.
The new President and CEO will also need to work with community chambers, the executive committee and staff to develop and modify programs that will benefit ACC members, whose demographics and geography are widely divergent. He or she must also ensure that the necessary systems, processes and structures to support the evolution of the organization are in place, including the appropriate skills and competencies of staff.
The main opportunities and challenges of the role involve continuing to build on the foundations established by the organization and finding new opportunities to move forward for the benefit of members. The leader must also maintain a strong and fruitful relationship with community chambers, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other provincial chambers of commerce.
The ideal candidate possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to innovation and leading change. “They will be confident and experienced leaders who demonstrate their commitment to supporting community chambers and the business community across the province,” Leaders International said.
Candidates must have a university degree in commerce or a related field; an MBA would be considered an asset. A combination of education and experience will also be considered. Knowledge of community chambers of commerce would be considered a big plus. Candidates should also have extensive experience in financial and budget management, risk management and strategic planning.
Leaders International said the ACC wants candidates to have extensive experience in a corporate leadership role with proven success in developing relationships with elected officials and senior government officials. They should also have experience in dealing with business leaders, industry, government, elected officials and general public stakeholders. Experience reporting and working with a board of directors and executive committee is also essential.
Alberta Chambers of Commerce are the official voice of Alberta business. The ACC is one of the largest provincial chambers in Canada and one of the most influential business organizations in the country. The organization promotes and supports the business environment in Alberta by advocating for all levels of government and provides education and support opportunities and connections to local and business communities. The ACC currently represents a growing federation of 121 chambers of commerce, which in turn represent the business interests of more than 24,000 members in all federal and provincial ridings. The ACC also has more than 80 corporate members.
Leaders International Executive Search was established in 2018, bringing together Davies Park Executive Search (established in 1989), Higgins Executive Search (established in 1999) and Leaders International (established in 2008). Its management team is represented in the firm’s offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The firm’s services include executive search, board of directors and management succession.
Mr. Shourie is an integral part of the Leaders International management team. A strategic thinker, he has been actively involved in growing the business since 1997 and has recruited entire management teams for multiple client organizations. He has also worked closely with numerous government, industry and not-for-profit sector boards to identify and recruit key board members. In 1994, Mr. Shourie entered the field of human resources and management consulting. His experience includes executive search, career counseling and coaching. He is very familiar with contract development and alternative compensation strategies and has been a consultant in change management.
Ms. Oteiza-Ayres joined Leaders International in 2012. Over the years, her role has evolved from administrator to research associate, and now consultant. She is a dynamic and results-oriented professional who brings a diverse background to the team, exemplified by her experience in post-secondary education, hospitality and tourism, customer service and the performing arts. This diversity provides a wealth of insight and expertise when seeking dedicated and visionary candidates in their industries.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media