Jennie’s approach to executive and academic search is informed by her own extensive experience as a leader within complex organizations and her work within higher education in Canada, the USA and the UK. She understands the challenges faced by today’s leaders and draws on this experience in her consultative and collaborative approach to recruitment.   

Jennie is a Partner with both the National Academic Executive Search Practice and St. John’s Executive Search Practice of KBRS.  A skilled communicator and facilitator, Jennie serves as a strategic advisor and partner to clients on some of their most challenging leadership decisions. She is committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive recruitment processes result in the attraction and selection of the leaders today’s organizations need to succeed.   

Before joining KBRS, Jennie was Associate Vice President of Western University where she led a large and diverse portfolio consisting of 10 departments. Prior to joining Western University, Jennie held several leadership roles including roles at Queen’s, Windsor, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Baylor University (Waco, Texas) and most recently Memorial University where she was the Director of Student Life.  

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geography from Queen’s University, where her research focused on economic development and the cultural economy, a Master of Arts from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) from King’s College London.   

Jennie and her family adopted Newfoundland and Labrador as their home in 2015. Since joining KBRS she has led the recruitment of talent for local and national organizations. 

Jennie is an active volunteer and leader within the community, currently serving as a Board Member for the Ontario Committee on Student Affairs, Vice-Chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival Board, and Board Director with the Shallaway Youth Choir. 

Jennie Massey
Partner, KBRS