Passion + Knowledge + Process + Work Ethic
= 100% client satisfaction

Candidate and Client Feedback

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“Cathy and Lindsay recently helped us find our next Executive Director.  Our current Executive Director (who PHC placed in 2011 and is retiring) has been truly outstanding so finding the right person seemed a challenge and a half!   

During our process, they demonstrated the following exceptional skills:

  • Access to the best talent, a keen knowledge of the market for talent relevant to our needs.

  • Representing our organization in the marketplace.  Seeming like an extension of our brand, what we stand for.

  • Gaining and sustaining the trust of candidates.  Fielding exceptional candidates.

  • Excellent interviewing, candidate assessment, and sound judgement.

  • Preparing/managing our selection team.  Participating in our selection deliberations in just the right way.

  • Helping us with concluding candidate selection with our Board.

  • Overall, methodically and relentlessly driving our process to an outstanding conclusion.

Over the years, I have worked with a number of search organizations.  This experience with PHCAP is as good as I have ever seen.  Thank you!”

kenneth morell, board chair, covenant house toronto

“From and client and candidate perspective, Preston Human Capital Group stand apart as a search firm within the industry. Focused, thoughtful, smart and versatile, Cathy and her team are experts in their ability to manage and deliver on the entire process from beginning to end. She and her full service team do an amazing job of assessing organizational culture and need, searching and screening for the best prospects while skillfully matching all of that for consideration and finalization of the hiring committee. Both sophisticated and flexible in their approach to representing individuals and organizations, Cathy and the team are simply masters at getting the job done....above and beyond!”


“Today’s market is more competitive and complex than ever. When working with Preston Human Capital Group, 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. Their persistence, professionalism, transparency and integrity are key to delivering the right talent fit. Preston Human Capital Group always exceeds expectation."

Caroline Riseboro President & CEO

“Last month the 3rd of the three leaders that PHC helped to recruit celebrated their 1 year “Planiversary” with our team. With the perspective that a year brings I can say with absolute clarity that all three are high impact people that are transforming our organization and greatly enhancing our capability.

 Looking back I felt that PHC brought expertise and insights to all phases of the hiring process. From assessing our needs and developing the initial specs, through analyzing the market, attracting candidates and making the hiring decisions, our approach was stronger and success was intentional as a result of your guidance. What a high value impact this partnership has had! Thank you!”

john nicholson vp talent & culture


“I’ve known Cathy for more than 15 years and have used her services to fill a number of key positions over that period of time including the entire leadership team of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. More recently, her firm helped to place the first-ever Chief Operating Officer for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. That hire is already starting to pay significant benefits.

Cathy is passionate, relentless in her ability to find the right talent and she is honest about her assessment of potential candidates. I rely on Cathy to help me with the most important decision I have to make as a leader – finding and securing the very best talent available to join our team.”

— Michael burns former CEO of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017
current President and CEO of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

“Preston Human Capital Group builds long term relationships with both clients and candidates.  My relationship began with Cathy Preston two years before I was recruited to Princess Margaret when she contacted me to source for another posting, and it was through that conversation that she effectively understood my skills and aspirations. Throughout the search process I knew that Cathy’s top priority was to represent Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, but I also always felt she was effectively representing me as a candidate. She is highly professional, extremely organized, and driven to identify a true match on both sides to create the foundation for a long-term employment relationship.  Cathy is an exemplary search professional, and will be the first person I will call to fill strategic roles in the future.”

Meaghan Stovel McKnight Chief Operating Officer

“When I think of Preston Human Capital 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 Former President & CEO

"I was part a search committee tasked originally with hiring a Chief Development Officer, but ultimately, as our needs evolved, with the new task of 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

"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

“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

“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. They agreed to meet me for a courtesy interview and I recall they took the time to really listen to what I was looking for. When PHC 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

“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

“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

“Cathy knows the world of the business and not-for-profit sectors and brings discipline and candour 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

“Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is in the process of finishing our search for a new CEO. From our first meeting with the Board Search committee through to candidate selection we have been about to rely on PHC’s professionalism, optimism and ability to “stealthily” guide our search to a successful conclusion. This was our first search experience with PHC; it certainly won’t be the last!”

Jessie Morrison Vice President, HR

“We selected Preston Human Capital Group as part of a competitive process, which included several global search firms. They demonstrated the passion, drive and networks that we were looking for. We were not disappointed. PHC presented an impressive range of CEO candidates, including our perfect match, and advised us every step of the way.”

Dermot Finch Interim CEO

“The team at PHC excel by taking a personalized, comprehensive approach to their work. From a candidate perspective, I appreciated the accessible, engaging, ‘wraparound’ experience I received — including thorough briefings based on their depth of knowledge; expert guidance, coaching and insights shared and exchanged throughout the process; and the opportunity to debrief and learn. PHC is passionate about the non-profit sector and enjoys making great connections for people and organizations to create lasting impact — and this comes through in every aspect of their work.”

Sharon Broughton CEO

“It’s been a treat working with Preston Human Capital Group. I’ve so enjoyed working together - your professionalism, your care for people, your directness, your listening ability...I could go on. Looking forward to doing more in the future.”


“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 former, Senior Director Philanthropy

“When the team at PHC took on the very strategic and critical search for a VP Brand Strategy & Chief Communications Officer for Kids Help Phone, they not only brought an in-depth understanding of the landscape and an extraordinary network, they also brought their strategic heart and soul. I felt like I had a true partner who was solely focused on advancing the mission of youth and mental health – Kids Help Phone. I think that is the value equation PHC brings to a search – they are one of the top executive search teams in the sector coupled with an authentic belief in the work we do. They want success – because PHC wants to advance the mission and, in our case, help kids! PHC are now honorary members of our Kids Help Phone team – and I am grateful!”

Katherine Hay President & CEO

“As a candidate who has worked with PHC twice over 8 years I can attest to the consistency and commitment Cathy and Lindsay bring to their work. In both placements, the process was clear and swift - Cathy and Lindsay map out everything and keep you informed along the way. In both placements I felt seen and valued - Cathy and Lindsay strive to find a values fit through true partnership. It’s a rare talent to represent both client and candidate equally - and PHC do it with respect, professionalism, and integrity.”



“The Executive Director of our organization recently announced her decision to retire and we undertook a search process to replace what had been a long-standing community leader.  Right from the beginning, Preston Human Capital Group understood what we were going through and what we needed.  Every step of the way, they guided us through a seamless and organized search process.  Our ability to work with the PHC ensured that we were able to thoroughly consider a number of interesting candidates and successfully find a new leader for our organization.  Thank you to Cathy and Lindsay for their diligence, interest and professionalism."

ALAIN STRATI board chair

“My experience with Preston Human Capital Group, specifically with Lindsay Preston was fantastic. I have dealt with many recruiters over the years, and nobody has provided the care and level of service that Lindsay did. She was informative, honest, approachable, and forthcoming throughout the recruitment process, which was a breath of fresh air. After an extensive interview process led by PHC, I have landed in a wonderful role with a prestigious organization. To any candidate or organization considering working with or looking to hire a recruitment firm, I would highly recommend Preston Human Capital Group.”

PAUL Buksner executive director


"I was first introduced to Cathy and Preston Human Capital Group as a candidate for an opportunity years ago. The experience was so positive that it really stood out. Always professional, respectful, upbeat, and kind, as well as having the uncanny ability to make you feel supported and at ease no matter the outcome, have always been the hallmark of their approach. So it’s no surprise that when the time came to undertake a search, I turned to PHC. We’ve now worked together on a number of searches, and we are extremely pleased with the results, but also the great working relationship that we have been able to build together. Cathy and Lindsay listen to our needs, provide advice, are confidential and efficiently and effectively jump to get the job done with gusto. They are extremely committed to our mission, but they have also become wonderful ambassadors of our cause, passionately and authentically creating excitement about our vision and what we are trying to accomplish with the in-demand talent we are trying to attract. In these competitive markets, we are grateful to have representatives working hard to make our organization stand out and who are looked to by fundraisers as a trusted source when it comes to opportunities in the charitable sector. "

KRISTA O’DONNELL chief advancement officer

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“I cannot say enough about the quality of service we received from Preston Human Capital Group.  PHC took the time to learn about our agency and our needs.  Without a proper fit to the culture and values of Youth Without Shelter, the success of a candidate simply wouldn’t be possible.  PHC matched qualified candidates to our needs and supported us throughout the entire process.  I would strongly encourage any agency or company to use Preston Human Capital Group.  They are truly a pleasure to work with.”