Search Firm

Caldwell Partners International Inc.

Caldwell is one of the oldest and most trusted international search firms. We were founded in 1970 in Toronto and became a public company in 1989 (the first executive search firm in North America to do so). Our services encompass full-service executive search, board search, interim executive search and consulta­tion services. As a Charter member of the industry’s international governing body, the Association of Executive Search Consultants, Caldwell helped to create the Association’s professional practice guidelines and code of ethics.

Caldwell is ranked the seventh-largest search firm in the world – and the only one of the top ten to be founded and headquartered in Canada.

We are a team of over 150 search professionals in 18 offices across 5 countries in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific: Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Atlanta, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Stamford, London, UK, Auckland and Sydney.

Our Higher Education practice is over 40 years old, and so offers our PSE clients an unparalleled depth of experience. Our Higher Education specialists are content experts with current knowledge and ready access to potential candidates across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. We have completed President and Vice-Chancellor searches for U15, comprehensive and primarily undergraduate universities across the country.

Members of equity-seeking groups were the successful candidates in eight of our last ten academic searches.

We understand and value the insight and expertise of committees, and we respect the time and the diverse experience that committee members contribute to the search process. 


Heather Ring

Heather Ring

Heather Ring leads the Education practice in our Toronto Head Office and has been a member of the Caldwell team for more than 25 years. Her extensive professional practice encompasses all aspects of executive search and board search in both the not-for-profit and private sectors. In the not-for-profit sector, she focuses primarily on leadership roles in independent and post-secondary education, arts and culture, social services, healthcare and government agencies. In the private sector, Heather works with clients in the retail and consumer packaged goods, professional services and life sciences sectors.

Widely regarded as an excellent communicator and listener, Heather approaches her work with focus and attention to detail. She has been instrumental to the development of Caldwell's executive search methodology and supporting technology.

Heather joined Caldwell in 1985 from Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley).

A graduate of Western University, Heather is past chair of the board of the Arthritis Society (Ontario). She is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association.


Harry Parslow

Harry Parslow

Harry Parslow is the leader of the Healthcare, Education, Government & Associations Practice and a member of the Vancouver office. With an extensive background in these public service fields, Harry fully understands the forces that shape and drive this space. Harry is also active in all aspects of the industrial sector, including specialty areas such as aerospace and aviation, specializing in CEO and board-level search.

Prior to joining Caldwell in 2000, he held senior leadership positions – including chief operating officer, vice president and senior site administrator – for major healthcare organizations and health regions in four provinces. He has also worked in government and non-governmental organizations and in the private sector.

Harry served as an advisory member to the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Royal Roads University. He has also served on numerous voluntary boards over the last 15 years, holding directorships and memberships in the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Harry was a volunteer, and was also honoured to carry the Olympic Torch, for the Olympic Torch Relay in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

Harry holds a master's degree in health administration and a master's degree in science. He is a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and served on its national Board of Directors. Harry also holds a professional designation as a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) and coaches both individuals and organizations.


Les Gombik

Les Gombik

Les Gombik is the managing partner of Caldwell’s Calgary office. With more than 20 years of executive search and human resources experience, Les has a broad perspective on the most pressing talent issues in executive management today. His particular focus is on board and senior executive positions for public companies and equity-backed enterprises within the energy, industrial, retail and financial services sectors.

Prior to joining Caldwell, Les worked for a leading international human resources consulting firm where he engaged with hundreds of organizations to help them address their employee attraction, retention and engagement issues. Previous to that, Les worked in the financial services sector providing solutions to many of Canada's largest employers.

An active volunteer, Les is a frequent contributor to many of Canada’s most successful associations and charities, including the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and the Loran Foundation of Canada.  He is on the board of the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada and a former section chair for the United Way of Calgary. In addition, he is the founder and president of both the BULL Club of Canada and the Board Chair Club of Alberta.

Les has a Bachelor of Arts in administrative and commercial studies from Western University and is also their former Calgary Chapter Alumni president. He obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.