Our Calgary Team
From the ground up, our business has been built with unquestionable intentionality, and our team is no exception. Our professional recruiters have gained extensive experience in a range of popular fields including oil and gas, accounting and finance, manufacturing, construction, operations, and more.
It is this experience that affords our team an unparalleled level of understanding as to what our clients require in building a strong foundation, driving profitability, and scaling up.
Connect with one of our team members to start the conversation about how our professional recruiters can unlock your business’s potential today.
About Esmond Desilva
Esmond has been a Calgary-based top recruiter since 2007, specializing in recruiting senior level management. For over 6 years, he served as a Managing Partner, growing an international company to one of the top accounting recruiting firms in Calgary. Esmond joins our team growing multiple divisions including Sales and Operations, Supply Chain, Human Resources and IT. Esmond excels in customer service, fostering business relationships and providing a commitment to placing top level talent.
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About Rae Shungur, MBA
Entering the world of recruitment in 2006, Rae began his career on the West Coast in construction and civil projects, then quickly transitioned to the Canadian energy sector with a move to Alberta. His experience spans several unique sectors with a solid passion for business development. Rae is determined to create “intentional” work environments–where meaningful relationships, exciting careers and corporate goals can all be realized. He believes his success is due to a desire to serve others, to all the great people he has met, and to his genuine curiosity about people.
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About Jay Borchert
Jay brings over 25 years’ broad industry experience to his role as Managing Director of the executive search practice. Prior to joining RPI Executive Search, Jay worked for a Fortune 500 recruitment firm for 10 years, where he successfully delivered executive and professional level search engagements across a variety of sectors. Most recently he led their executive search practice in Calgary, working with clients to discover top talent on a national basis. Jay was also a prior Principal with another leading executive search firm. His specializations include leading retained search mandates for C-Suite executives, along with senior leadership roles in finance, general management, marketing, sales & business development, human resources, health and safety, engineering, and supply chain. He has worked with clients across Canada, focusing primarily on energy, agriculture, real estate development, construction, hospitality, technology, industrial, transportation, and financial services.
Over the course of his career, Jay has served the community through volunteer board leadership with a focus on capacity building, executive selection and coaching, strategic planning, financial stewardship, and other business issues.
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About Tony Marikar
With over 18 years of corporate banking and wealth management experience, Tony has worked in a variety of roles from a professional financial planner to a senior treasury role with two of the top financial institutions within Canada and Alberta. His background in banking has given him the ability to understand the complex needs of his clients and customize a tailored solution in matching the right employer with top talent. Fostering business relationships and achieving a high level of trust is something that has made Tony successful over the years.
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Accounting & Finance, Permanent Placement
About Ryan Puffalt, CPA, CA
Ryan received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2005 after time in both audit and tax with a Big 4 firm in Calgary. He spent a few years in the energy sector before transitioning to the airline industry where he was afforded various development opportunities in different finance and accounting roles, where he found his passion for leadership and coaching. Ryan was given the opportunity to expand his career to the area of Human Resources where he honed his ability to help leaders identify, hire, develop, and retain talent. He later spent time with a mid-sized accounting firm in Calgary. Ryan enjoys truly connecting with both clients and candidates and ensuring a proper fit for both parties. He has focused on both temporary and permanent searches and excels in the area of senior accounting/finance leader positions. He is a natural connector and enjoys coaching his kid’s various sports teams.
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About Trent Mounter, BBA, HR
Prior to joining Recruitment Partners, Trent was employed as a Corporate Administrator for a Canadian Wastewater disposal company where he gained valuable experience recruiting for operations roles across North America. Prior to beginning his career Trent completed his Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources through Mount Royal University. Trent shared his educational responsibilities with his University Men’s volleyball career, which reinforced his leadership and resiliency. Trent’s charismatic personality embodies a natural instinct for networking and building valued relationships. It is these qualities and his passion for people that make him a valuable part of the team.
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About Rylie Dobson
Rylie completed her Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Mount Royal University with a focus on Human Resource Management. Upon graduation, she joined the not-for-profit sector in a Human Resources support role at STARS Air Ambulance, where she quickly realized that recruitment was her path forward. Rylie enjoys the social aspect of recruitment, and is driven by finding a great fit between person and culture. Her well-rounded work ethic and leadership skills make her a valuable contributor to Recruitment Partners.
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About Ben Eckstrand, CPA, CA
Ben received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2006 after splitting his time between Red Deer and Calgary working in public practice. Following a Big 4 firm exit, Ben worked in public and private organizations in the oil and gas, real estate, professional services, health care and manufacturing sectors. Specific experience has encompassed capital budgeting, procurement, monthly and quarterly financial reporting, cash management, cash forecasting, debt issuance, and treasury, not to mention a significant amount of time on the ice coaching minor hockey teams. Ben has a genuine interest in getting to know people of all backgrounds and in building meaningful relationships. Ben is a true team player, easily adaptable and focused on building equity for those around him.
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About Julie Shepherd
Julie holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a focus in Human Resources & Organizational Dynamics from the University of Calgary. She has a passion for people and strong focus on cultivating lasting relationships. Her loyalty, work ethic and customer focus make her a great fit for the Recruitment Partners Team.
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About Lexie Robertson
Lexie joined Recruitment Partners in 2021 and is a valuable member of the RPI Executive Search practice. Lexie is involved in all aspects of the search process, from search kick-off all the way through to selected candidate onboarding and project closure. She is involved with searches in a variety of sectors across Canada. Her specialty areas include target candidate, company research, search strategy development and mapping, initial candidate outreach, and ensuring an elevated client and candidate experience. The majority of customized client documentation and data compiled during our projects cross Lexie’s desk. Lexie holds her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Human Resources and has previously worked as an HR Administrator for a live media broadcasting agency.
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About Adil Dhanani
Adil has spent over 15 years in the service industry taking care of customers and nurturing employees to be their very best. He holds a Bachelor of Communication and Culture with Minors in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Calgary. Adil believes strongly in uplifting others and working together toward what’s best for everyone. He has a passion for networking and building communities, and his ability to connect with people makes him a great fit for the Recruitment Partners Team.
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About Shae Nesselbeck
Prior to joining Recruitment Partners, Shae carried out various Executive Assistant roles in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She attended BCIT in Burnaby, BC in the Business & Accounting program, where she gained valuable knowledge of the accounting profession. Shae thrives off connecting with others and will use her 10 years of administrative and customer support experience to create lasting relationships in the recruitment world.
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About Ella Besler
Ella finished her BA (Sociology) and BEd (Junior/Intermediate) from Nipissing University. She recently moved to Calgary from Ontario where she was an educator for the last 13 years. Ella is a dynamic, goal-driven, and detail-oriented professional with a broad skill set. She values building rapport and fostering relationships in all aspects of her life. Ella enjoys supporting the Calgary team with their administrative duties and feels fortunate to be working with such hard-working and passionate colleagues.