Bedford Consulting hires David MacPherson as newest partner

07 June 2018

Human resources advisory firm Bedford Consulting has brought in David MacPherson as its newest partner. MacPherson, who boasts 20 years of senior executive search experience, will join the leadership team of the talent management-focused Toronto-based consultancy.

Talent management consultants helps companies reach their strategic goals by supporting the recruitment, retention, and development of workers. Especially in the case of executive hires, it’s critical to find the right people to guide the fate of the company. As a result, many firms that specialize in talent recruitment are using advanced tools and software, in addition to the know-how and experience of veteran talent searchers, in order to place the ideal candidate. 

Now, HR specialist advisory firm Bedford Consulting has found its ideal Partner candidate in David MacPherson. In his new role, MacPherson will lead the firm’s global power and industrial practice from its offices in Toronto and Oakville, ON. The firm’s latest partner has over 20 years of senior executive search experience, finding and placing exceptional candidate for clients in the energy and technology industries. The seasoned headhunter has completed successful assignments in areas ranging from smart grid services to automation software products.Bedford Consulting hires David MacPherson as newest partnerPrior to joining Bedford, MacPherson was a Principal at DJM Consulting for four years, responsible for talent acquisition and sales channel assessment and development. Before that, he was a Director at software firm EPS Analytics and Diagnostics for almost two years. From 2012 to 2014, MacPherson was a Partner at Stonewood group, where he served as the Energy and Infrastructure Practice Leader, finding ideal executive candidates for clients across North America, Europe, and emerging markets.

From 2006-2012, he was Managing Director, Americas at Norman Broadbent, completing executive searches for energy and technology SMEs and Fortune 500 companies around the world – with assignments in Atlanta, Denver, London, Shanghai, Bangalore, and Calgary. Prior to that, MacPherson served as Vice President, Energy and Automation, at Addison Kelly Executive Search for four years.

“A key market-focus for David has been the global electricity sector, which is in the early stages of its most dramatic transformation in over a century,” said Bedford Consulting. “The rapid expansion of distributed energy, combined with the newfound availability of data and analytics for utilities, will reshape how the world generates, distributes, and consumes power.”

Many of the candidates MacPherson has placed continue to hold senior positions with client firms years later, demonstrating his expert understanding of ‘fit’ from both candidate and client sides, added the firm.

In addition to its Toronto and Oakville locations, Bedford also has an office in Vancouver. Founded in 1979, the firm offers a wide array of talent management services, including succession planning, executive search, compensation advisory, culture assessment, and organizational design. Bedford leverages leading recruitment software tools like SmartAssessment – the most rigorous executive assessment tool used by the Fortune 500, and the most accurate predictor of talent performance.

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Engineering consultancy Arup appoints Craig Forrest as Canada leader

17 April 2019

Global design and engineering consultancy Arup has named Craig Forrest as the leader of its Canadian operations.

Founded in London in 1946, Arup is one of the world’s largest engineering consultancies, with 16,000 global employees, including 1,700 in the Americas. Over the course of seven decades, the built environment specialist has worked on projects in more than 160 countries.

Arup opened its first Canadian office in 1999, and today has more than 320 employees in locations in Toronto and Montreal. The firm’s Canadian offices have seen strong organic growth in recent years, with Arup further projecting approximately 20% growth for 2019. The firm has completed many notable projects in Canada, including the structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering work on the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Engineering consultancy Arup appoints Craig Forrest as Canada leader

The consultancy has now appointed company veteran Craig Forrest as its Canada Group leader effective April 1. Forrest, who has been with Arup for 12 years, was most recently the global leader of its business and investor advisory practice, which is based out of London.  Forrest brings more than 24 years of experience in infrastructure advisory, tackling projects across energy, aviation, water, transport, and cities to his new role as the head of Arup in Canada. He will be based out of the Toronto office.

Forrest takes over from Andrew McAlpine, who will remain at Arup as a principal.

"We are excited to welcome Craig to the Toronto office as we continue to grow our business and investor advisory work throughout Canada," Andy Howard, chair of Arup Americas, said. "Craig's track record of providing owners, operators, and investors with strategic market and financial advice combined with his deep technical knowledge positions him well to champion Arup's growing influence in Canada."

Forrest joined Arup in 2007 as the commercial director of its infrastructure practice in Europe. Before that, he was a general manager at Rolls Royce Power Ventures, where he oversaw the development, construction, project financing, and operation of investments across the EMEA region. Forrest started his engineering consulting career at Mott MacDonald

"I am honored to be joining the Canadian team at this exciting moment as the region is poised to achieve significant growth," Forrest said. "The Canadian market is experiencing robust levels of public and private sector investment, and I am confident Arup will continue to deliver a broadening spectrum of highly valued services to our clients to help them conceive, plan and deliver important projects of all types."

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