Recruiting and HR Team
Our team of highly experienced and caring Recruiting & HR Consultants provide an exceptional experience from start to finish.
Founder & CEO
David founded Verus with the express goal of being able to provide a fresh perspective and a unique approach to Recruitment & HR Services in an otherwise crowded & generic marketplace.
The Company was launched in 2012 initially to leverage his Sales & Management experience in Financial Services, but has now grown to a sizable team of highly professional and caring Recruiting & HR Consultants across Canada and the US, with plans to grow in the UK and Europe.
David has more than 20 years of Sales and Senior Management experience and prior to founding Verus, managed large inside and outside sales teams all across the country with some of the largest financial institutions in Canada.
He has many years of experience recruiting & training from an actual Sales Manager’s seat and understands the challenges faced by all levels of Sales, HR and Management. David focuses on the development and success of his international team, but also maintains recruitment expertise of highly skilled Sales & Management talent right across Canada and the US.
Senior VP | General Manager, Canada/USA
Albert brings to Verus, 15+ years of combined experience in Recruitment and Relationship Management, from both within and outside the Recruitment/HR Consulting Industry, with extensive experience across many industries, including but not limited to Consumer Goods & Services, Banking & Financial Services, Manufacturing, and Information Technology.
As Senior VP he will focus on working with our external partners to strengthen our relationships, while also acting as a strategic partner in the areas of organizational structure, talent management and succession planning. As part of the Verus leadership team, Albert plays a key role in the development and execution of Organizational and Operational strategies, including Talent Attraction, Training & Development, Strategic Partnerships and Community/Social Initiatives.
Albert’s success and effectiveness has allowed him to be recognized as a valuable and trusted business partner. His commitment to excellence and desire to go above and beyond, along with his passion to help our partners achieve their goals is the cornerstone of Verus Recruiting Consultants.
Senior VP | Human Resources, Canada/USA
As Senior VP, Human Resources, and member of the leadership team, Anna is tasked with growing and managing the HR Services Division, leading the strategic initiatives and HR Consulting team.
As a professional recruiting consultant, Anna focuses on connecting top talent with respected companies across Canada and the USA, specializing in Human Resources, Financial Services and Sales Management.
Anna’s passion for and commitment to Human Resources over the past 20 years, has driven a successful career in Recruitment and Human Resources. Working with national and global companies, she has played a key role in engaging and developing employees, and placing top talent in the right roles. She has collaborated closely with business partners to realize their vision and strengthen their organization’s human capital.
With a consultative approach, Anna and her team deliver cost-effective HR solutions to reduce the pain and risk associated with running a business today. With her deep insight into Human Resources and her understanding of people, Anna leverages a unique recruitment perspective. She has a keen ability to quickly understand a distinctive business culture and the impact of having the right fit. Anna has been highly successfully placing the right candidate to the right role.
Aileen Turnbull CHRL, MBA
VP of HR Services, Canada/USA
Aileen, is a forward thinking and collaborative, client-focused Human Resources professional with over 20 years serving multiple industries including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail and not-for-profit with proven success in improving individual and team performance, ensuring quality focused problem solving that supports business objectives and gets results.
Aileen brings in-depth knowledge of all HR business activities including, employee engagement, compensation, benefit and pension plans, employment law, talent acquisition and organizational effectiveness and executive coaching. She has been responsible for employee relations, workplace investigations, and recruitment, as well as, policy development and executive coaching. She has designed and facilitated numerous workshops including workplace investigations, conflict resolution, respectful workplace and team development.
Utilizing a common-sense approach to Human Resources, Aileen is able to apply her years of front line managerial experience, insights, and education to link HR initiatives to business objectives and strategic direction. Sharing her passion for all things HR and drive for results, she assists organizations in developing an inclusive and engaged work environment. She understands the need to effectively balance HR strategies with strategic and financial objectives.
VP, Head of Sales
Cynthia Ferrier, B.A
Director, HR Services
Cynthia is a collaborative, forward-thinking and self-directed talent strategist, change agent and senior HR leader with extensive experience in the public, ‘not for profit’ and a variety of ‘for profit’ sectors throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
She satisfies people’s needs by transforming how the HR function can be done. With a supportive, empowering style, Cynthia is a strong facilitator, team player, and proactive problem solver. She translates large, complex, talent and organizational development and management concepts into understandable, actionable steps for stakeholders.
Cynthia has a reputation for performing with integrity, providing innovative, customer-focused solutions, and interacting with others at every level to embed best practices that lead to improved individual, team, and business performance.
With these attributes and using her functional expertise, persuasion, and motivation techniques to encourage others toward action, Cynthia improves organizational cultures, enabling them to become employers of choice.
Primary areas of expertise:
|TQM / TQA Quality Management Coaching & Communications Employee Attraction & Retention Process Improvement Organization Development Project Management||Strategic Planning & Execution Learning Design Facilitation Career Pathing & Planning Performance Management Team Leadership|
Penelope Sisk, CHRP
Director, HR Services
Penelope is a versatile, high-energy Human Resources Generalist with over 10 years experience leading organizations through change and challenge by implementing strategic planning, establishing direction, and executing HR projects in support of business objectives. She is a strategic problem-solver who drives HR initiatives to realize bottom-line results and enhance employee engagement.
VP, Talent Acquisition, Canada/USA
Hanna had worked a 360 desk for 5 years. She has over 20 years in Corporate Sales specializing in Online Media/Advertising before she entered the world of recruiting. She had won multiple Presidents Club awards over the years. She has worked closely with small private companies, med/large companies, enterprise & Government accounts and understands the challenges faced by today’s employment market.
Hanna has worked with clients throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and has resided in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for over 20 years, Hanna has developed a massive network of candidates and has dedicated clients because of her track record in placements. She has built great relationships and she is known for making her clients and candidates very happy. She has grown to have quite the reputation because she will always go the extra mile.
Hanna is tenacious, approachable and professional, and has the ability to get things done in a shorter time frame. She also has incredible attention to detail & a winning personality & works diligently to ensure a smooth recruiting experience for both clients and candidates.
Senior Recruiting Consultant, Canada/USA
Patricia has joined Verus excited about helping place highly quality and qualified candidates with exceptional organizations who understand that their people are a crucial component in their success. That she can help change lives and positively impact the success of companies is what drives her. Having spent much of her professional career self-employed, she does not take this responsibility lightly.
Although Patricia recruits across Canada and the US, she has taken an interest in her own corner of paradise. Vancouver Island is a treasure trove of both highly skilled talent, firmly rooted businesses and burgeoning enterprises (amongst a plethora of industries); All having a focus on both sustainability and social good. Her work allows her to bring many of these people together; helping strengthen their local economy and maintain livable communities.
Throughout her nearly 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and training, Patricia has witnessed companies miss many an opportunity to hire excellent people. The reasons for this are varied but the consequences can fail to deliver the results they are hoping for.
As a consultant, Patricia is committed to bringing our clients top-tier candidates who are usually not actively looking for work but who are always interested in exploring promising opportunities. This relationship provides her the opportunity to recommend people who may not always look perfect at first glance, but with some additional insight, prove to be the next excellent hire.
Zubair Kerami, MBA
Senior Recruiting Consultant, Canada/USA/Asia
Zubair brings more than 18 years of experience in Recruitment and HR including international experience in Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Zubair has led many organizations through change and has experience working with and advising corporations, governments and civil society institutions.
Zubair is passionate about helping others achieve goals. His adaptable approach and accessibility to clients and candidates has helped him to be highly successful in his ‘headhunting’ tactics. Zubair makes no excuses while sourcing potential candidates for clients and has access to a variety of sources for talent acquisition and headhunting, as well as a ‘mega’ personal and professional network.
Zubair is very client-focused and keeps current with market changes to ponder talent vs demand and works with his clients closely to achieve their goals.
Zubair’s scope of work focuses not only in Canada and USA, but within South Asia and Central Asia as well. He loves business travel as well as supporting distance Recruitment and HR clients.
He has strong communication and negotiation skills and believes, “relationship comes first and then the business”. For Zubair, maintaining a long-lasting relationship built on trust is a key priority.
Senior Recruiting Consultant, Canada/USA
Senior Recruiting Consultant, Canada/USA
Tracy Holden brings 25+ years of expertise in the Sales & Management in the marketing field. She has worked with firms of all sizes across Canada and the USA in a Senior Sales and Management capacity.
Tracy specializes in spotting untapped business development opportunities for her clients by identifying each customer’s unique strengths; that sets them apart from their competition. She takes the time to listen to their needs and truly understand their corporate mandates in order to provide them with the best possible personalized service from start to finish. She takes great pride in being The Consultant to her clients forging long-term working relationships.
She has experience and understands all aspects of sales & marketing from initial contact, relationship marketing, production control, budgeting; recruiting, training and managing sales teams. She is well aware of the competitive and fast moving market place and the importance of providing ample dedication to each and every client. Working efficiently, following up and meeting deadlines.
Tracy is outgoing, gregarious and exudes confidence. She is very intuitive and able to quickly put clients and candidates at ease and foster confidence in her abilities.
Director of Talent Acquisition, Canada/ USA
As a recruiter working in the North American market for the past 10 years, Aliya is specialized in networking, sourcing, and developing relationships within IT, SaaS/tech sales, digital marketing, geoscience, and data-driven analysis.
Aliya brings to the team a strategic approach to recruitment and utilizes social media channels, referrals, direct headhunting and data mining to optimize the candidate pool for each search. Since the onset of her career as a recruiter, Aliya has maintained that the stocks & skills found in the individuals of an organization provide a company their greatest competitive edge. She works to build long-standing relationships within the industry. With a true appreciation for what goes into a fruitful career, Aliya works with candidates to identify what the critical points are, where their passions lay, and pairs them with organizations who embody similar mindsets. It comes down to fit, values, work ethic, and transferable skills.