Anyone who’s worked with Cathy Preston and her team will testify to the passion, knowledge and work ethic Preston Human Capital Group brings to its searches. Please view these video testimonials from both clients and candidates.
President & CEO
Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
Former President Ariad
Founder and former President
As Chair of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto I was part a search committee tasked originally with hiring a Chief Development officer, but ultimately, as our needs evolved, with hiring a new President & CEO. The need to pivot quickly as the summer months approached was something with which most service providers would have struggled. Instead, Cathy and Lindsay moved quickly into solution mode and were extremely responsive, flexible and engaged in the process. They understood the challenges we faced, including the need to engage a multitude of senior stakeholders, and had a strong grasp of the qualities and abilities the new President & CEO would need in order to be successful. The search progressed in a very timely manner, from start to finish – and the attention to detail and organized manner that they exhibited consistently throughout the process was very impressive. I highly recommend the PHCAP team and would happily use them again.
Dave Sturdee, Board Chair, Big Brothers & Big Sisters Toronto
I was a candidate with a lot of leadership options in the Not For Profit sector. Through a colleague I was introduced to PHCAP whom I knew little about. Cathy agreed to meet me for a courtesy interview and I recall she took the time to really listen to what I was looking for. When she called me about the CEO Position at Career Edge, the role checked all the boxes that we had discussed. After an excellent briefing and interview process led by PHCAP I’ve landed what couldn’t be a better ‘fit’.
Chad Hanna, President & CEO, Career Edge
Cathy and Lindsay Preston are an awesome duo! They have helped me navigate and successfully land what so far feels and looks like my absolute dream job. They are honest, upfront and genuinely provide unadulterated advice from a career path standpoint. In the last decade, PHC has helped me progress in my career by successfully positioning me in senior roles, in three well respected organizations. Thank you so much!
Alex Tom, Head of the Canadian Fundraising Unit, UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency
We had unique search requirements when sourcing the new CEO for our not-for-profit organization. As a social enterprise we needed both private sector and not-for-profit experience. Preston Human Capital Group worked closely with our Search Committee and provided a tremendous slate of candidates. Efficient and professional, Preston Human Capital Group was a true partner in our search process.
The Search Committee, Career Edge
I had the pleasure of working with Preston Human Capital Group to hire two senior-level fundraisers. Both Cathy and Lindsay are extremely professional, responsive and results-oriented. They are also very client-oriented as they took the time to really understand our organization and needs. Not only was the job completed on time, but the services provided was of the highest quality. PHC exceeded all expectations and I won’t hesitate to work with them again in the future.
Anu Surendran, Senior, Private Sector Partnerships Officer - Americas UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency
Hiring the right talent is crucial. It takes a special skill set, a strong knowledge of the sector, an understanding of organizational culture, and the drive to ensure the process is completed. PHC brought all three to the table – resulting in a candidate with right skill set, the right fit with team, and the process completed on time.
Susan Larkin, Senior Director, Philanthropy Canadian Red Cross
When I think of Cathy Preston I think: Thorough; gets the business and the importance of talent in driving and delivering results; big picture thinker; knows the field and the people in it very well; definitely “an added-value, top notch professional.
Darrell Gregersen, President & CEO Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH)
Today’s market is more competitive and complex than ever. When working with Cathy, you can be assured that your organization will be able to access some of the best talent out there – people that can drive your organization forward and align with its values. Cathy’s persistence, professionalism, transparency and integrity are key to delivering the right talent fit. She always exceeds expectation.
Caroline Riseboro, President & CEO, PLAN International Canada
I recently worked with Cathy on a search for a VP Marketing. She did an exceptional job in finding a talented pool of candidates for us. She managed the process very efficiently, beating our already tight timelines. Many of the candidates complimented Cathy and her team on the process and their professionalism.
Stacey Mowbray, President of the Americas, Weight Watchers International
Cathy and PHC are incredibly reliable and consistent when you engage them to deliver talent to your organization. They understand the needs of each assignment, the market and are able to deliver great quality people that exceed your expectations. Professional, dedicated and a real pleasure to have as a partner.
Sherry Macdonald, President and CEO, C.S.T. Consultants Inc.
When I think of engaging Cathy and PHC, I know that my needs will be well understood, that my thinking will be challenged and improved, and that the job will be done quickly and with quality. PHC has helped me improve the talent and caliber of my team and hence our outcomes.
Cathy knows the world of the business and not-for-profit sectors and brings discipline and candor to the search process. PHC is a small and hardworking team that combines personal service, integrity, and great understanding of the importance of culture and fit to find the right candidate.
Nicholas Offord, President, The Offord Group Inc.
I have partnered with Cathy in three different businesses. In every case, she has been both a great advisor and supporter of my company brands and strategies while helping me find the best possible executives to join my teams. She has an amazing ability to understand the needs of your business while contrasting your needs and abilities as a leader. As we all know, finding smart, hardworking, skilled executives is really only a small portion of the task. Making sure they fit the organizational culture, the existing leadership team, and knowing what your company really needs versus what I might want, is where her magic happens. After 20 years of working with her I still feel the magic.
Michael Smith, CEO, Dragon FX Software and Appetite Lab
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is in the process of finishing our search for a new CEO. From her first meeting with the Board Search committee through to candidate selection we have been about to rely on Cathy’s professionalism, optimism and ability to “stealthily” guide our search to a successful conclusion. This was our first search experience with Cathy; it certainly won’t be the last!
Jessie Morrison, Vice President, Human Resources Christian Children's Fund of Canada
My experience with Preston Human Capital was awesome. They took the time to really understand my strengths and what I needed in my next professional role. Their caring approach and focus on cultural fit ensured that I was put forward for opportunities where I would thrive. Because of their thoughtful due diligence in the process, I feel confident in my successful placement with Big Brothers, Big Sisters Toronto. I’m excited for my next career adventure!
Leanne Nicolle, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto