Our Team

Professionals With The Experience You Need

Recruiting and HR Team

Our team of highly experienced and caring Recruiting & HR Consultants provide an exceptional experience from start to finish.

David Ford CEO

David Ford

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.

Albert Gidge GM, SVP Verus Recruiting Consultants Inc.

Albert Gidge

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.

Anna Race SVP, HR Services Verus Recruiting Consultants Inc.

Anna Race

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, HR & Outplacement

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.

Jayson French, Head of Sales, Verus Consultants

Jayson French

VP, Head of Sales

An experienced and successful relationship builder and solution-provider, Jayson joins Verus with over 14 years of senior sales experience.
With an extensive background in both inside and outside sales, Jayson enjoys combining his analytical and problem solving abilities with a consultative, needs-based approach in order to offer creative solutions that set clients up for long term success.
With experience coaching, training, and providing career development for other sales professionals, Jayson has spent over a decade managing sales regions for some of the largest institutions in Canada.
Having worked with and within large organizations as well as very small and mid-sized companies, Jayson understands the challenges that Business Owners, HR and Executives face on a daily basis. Not least among those challenges is the difficulty of finding, training and retaining highly qualified and effective candidates and employees.
Penelope Sisk, Director of HR Services, Verus

Penelope Sisk CHRP

VP, 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.

With her ability and desire to connect, she is also an employee advocate who champions staff confidence and designs strategies to attract and retain critical talent in highly competitive business markets.
Penelope specializes in tackling time-sensitive and high-profile projects with enthusiasm and the confidence of her experience.  She enjoys a challenging opportunity to work with a forward thinking and innovative organizations where she can apply her skills and experience to help increase effectiveness and encourage healthy growth.
Robin Davison

Robin Davison BA, CPM, CAE

VP, Employee Relations, Canada/USA

Robin was Head of Employee Relations for Canada within a global financial company with a focus on labour law, investigations, restructuring and terminations. Robin can quickly and accurately assess any situation to determine what needs to get done and motivates others to do the 'right' thing.

Robin specializes in the Employee Relations field.   She has successfully managed redeployment projects, for as few as one employee and up to 200 employees at one time. To date, Robin has worked with organizations impacting thousands and thousands of employees. With expert skill in planning, executing and communicating she brings your structural changes to life, utilizing a highly professional and respectful approach.

Never afraid to ask the tough questions or provide direct feedback, Robin gets the hard jobs done.  With experience in multiple industries, she knows how to navigate Management Teams and translate decisions into actionable plans.

Robin also has deep experience facilitating many different workshops such as Workplace Investigations, Supervisory Training, Conflict Resolution, Teamwork, and more. If you’re looking for the best, but at affordable rates, Robin is your first call.


Aliya Anderson Director of Talent Acquisition, Canada | USA

Aliya Anderson

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.

With experience recruiting for both large city markets and rural locations in both Canada & USA, Aliya can support sourcing strategies for local and remote positions.


Heidi Blakemore, Senior Recruiting Consultant

Heidi Blakemore

Senior Recruiting Consultant, Canada/ USA

Heidi has more than 30 years in the Customer Service field, with an extensive background in Logistics and the Heavy Equipment Industries.
Having worked for one of the top 10 global logistics companies and one of the premier distributors of new and used construction and mining equipment in the US and Canada, no Recruiter in this sector has more experience than Heidi. With this level of intimate industry knowledge comes a very high success rate as well as a smooth, professional Recruitment experience. 
When Heidi is not developing trusting relationships with her clients and sourcing perfectly matched candidates,  you will find her on her motorcycle enjoying the scenery and sunsets.