Many will aspire to lead our nation’s post-secondary institutions. How will you ensure success?

The post-secondary landscape is changing rapidly. Demographic shifts, advances in technology, global competition and growing fiscal constraints require leaders to reconsider the strategic approaches of the past. Effective leadership is essential for sustainability and success.

KBRS Academic Search offers our post-secondary clients national and international reach, a vast network of contacts, experienced in-house professionals and accomplished academic counsel. Together, these qualities make us national leaders in academic search.

An informed approach with global reach.

Our Firm operates one of the largest Academic Executive Search practices in Canada, with a dedicated team of eight partners and eighteen support and research staff delivering in-depth research, expansive candidates sourcing and superior service. We work seamlessly with our colleagues at Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge and our partners at Amrop Knightsbridge providing a global search network with 80 offices in 50 countries.

What sets our approach apart?

Four principles differentiate and guide our approach to academic executive search:

We Understand Academic Leadership - KBRS offers more than just executive search. Our search engagements are informed by the insights and expertise of our leadership development team, with consultants and coaches across Canada. We understand and appreciate the unique aspects of leadership in an academic setting. We help search committees align their approach to attract and assess candidates with the fundamental principles of equity, transparency, and fairness.

We Enable Great Committee Decisions - How can you ensure search committees engage in constructive discussion and are able to make challenging decisions successfully? Our skilled consultants facilitate group discussions that respect the collective wisdom and diverse insights of the committee. We provide advice, guidance and validated tools to support search committees in their decision-making.

We Provide Outstanding Candidate Care - Candidates consistently say that our ability to support them throughout the search process sets us apart from other search firms. Our outreach strategy successfully engages diverse, qualified candidates from a range of backgrounds and geographies. As your ambassador in candidate outreach, our personal approach ensures that everyone is treated with respect before, during, and after the search process.

We Commit to Long-Term Success - Partnership is fundamental to our approach. We offer experts and expertise in leadership development, assessment, and executive search to support you. We commit that your search will not fail. We will continue to work on your behalf until a successful appointment is made. And we follow up with support, advice, and insight at the 3rd, 6th, and 12th month after the new leader’s appointment. We also conduct 360 formative feedback for the benefit of the new leader to ensure their success and yours.

Academic Advisory Council

Our clients and our academic search team draw on the exceptional experience and knowledge of our Academic Advisory Council to support the search process as well as the onboarding of new leaders.


  • Dr. Ross Paul

    (former President, Laurentian University and former President, University of Windsor)
    Dr. Paul is author of “Leadership Under Fire: The Challenging Role of the Canadian University President”.


  • Dr. Indira Samarasekera

    (former President and Vice Chancellor, University of Alberta)


  • Prof. Bonnie M. Patterson

    (former President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University, former President of the Council of Ontario Universities, former Chair of the Board of Universities Canada)


  • Dr. David Marshall

    (former President, Mount Royal University and former President, Nipissing University)


  • Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair

    (former President, Nova Scotia Community College)

We have a track record of successfully identifying leaders at all levels.

We understand the importance of uncovering new candidates with every single search we undertake. Our extensive research team digs deep to provide top candidates in a wide variety of academic leadership roles, from university presidents to librarians.

To view our record of experience, visit this link.

Contact a Consultant - Academic Search

Anna Stuart
Anna Stuart , MBA, FCPA, FCMA, FCMC
Managing Partner
Katherine Frank
Katherine Frank , BA, CPHR
Partner, KBRS
Amorell Saunders N'Daw
Amorell Saunders N'Daw , BAA, MEd
Partner, KBRS
Laura Godsoe
Laura Godsoe , PhD, CCIP™
Partner, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, KBRS
Jan Campbell
Jan Campbell , MBA, CPCC
Associate Partner, KBRS
Stephanie Sykes , BBA, LLB
Associate
Louise Macdonald
Louise Macdonald , ICD.D
Associate