Cathy Preston

President & Founder

In addition to attaining senior leadership roles in the course of her 15+ year career in the marketing services sector Cathy has a further 15 years of executive search experience in which she has built a stellar reputation for her client service orientation and an ability to source and recruit ‘world class’ talent.

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Business Administration, Cathy spent the first three years of her business career in Marketing at Colgate Palmolive. Following she joined Richard Foster & Associates, a contingency-based search firm where her efforts were focused on marketing roles primarily within the Consumer Packaged Goods sector. In 1984 Cathy was recruited by Marketing & Promotion Group and over the following 17 years was instrumental in the company’s exponential growth, including the founding of Mosaic Direct, a sister company to Marketing & Promotion Group which became one of Canada’s leading direct marketing agencies. In 1998 she assumed the role of President, Mosaic Marketing Services, the largest marketing services company of its kind in Canada and consistently delivered increased growth and performance. In 2001 Cathy returned to the executive search industry to bring her breadth of business and client service knowledge to her clients and help them build their own teams.

Cathy is a past member of the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) Leadership Committee and a member of their Board Nominating Committee, a member of their Education Strategy Committee and a Past Board member of the CMA itself. She also served as a board member for five years for Covenant House, a resource for homeless youth and has just joined a committee to help raise funds for a new initiative that will take on the burgeoning sex trafficking problem. Cathy is a founding member of the steering committee for the Judy Project, a Rotman School of Business executive program for the Advancement of Women in Leadership. Cathy also volunteers with Scala Network, an organization targeted at helping women at multi levels advance their careers which is a personal interest and passion. She is also working to help executive women who are 50 years of age and older with beginning to strategize around their “Next Chapter”.

Ian Preston

After graduating from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Ian began his business career with General Motors where he held positions in Sales, Distribution and Customer Service departments. He then joined Spalding Canada and gained experience in sales and marketing initiatives before moving on to Nestle where, in a career that spanned nearly two decades, he held various senior positions in Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Sales. His many accomplishments at Nestlé included spearheading the significant development of Nestle Canada’s sales with Wal-Mart and subsequently in helping establish the Ice Cream business for Nestle as Director of Sales.

In 2001 Ian entered the retained search industry focusing his efforts primarily on senior Sales and Marketing roles as well as non-profit organizations. Ian possesses well honed strategic thinking abilities; communication skills; and a keenly developed, intuitively insightful ability to gauge interpersonal relationships that he has developed during his marketing, sales and search career.

Ian is also a graduate of The Gestalt Institute of Toronto’s four year Training Program as well as the Gestalt Training Program for Professionals. As an accredited Gestalt Therapist he runs a private therapy and personal growth practice that assists individuals in addressing challenges that they are experiencing in dealing with everyday life.

Ian has taught sales and marketing courses at George Brown community college and a past-board member of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.