About Us

Our Team

Brenda LaRose



204-515-3828 EXT 103

Ms. Brenda LaRose brings over twenty-five years of experience leading executive search engagements across a broad range of industries and sectors and throughout most regions in Canada as well as internationally. With strong knowledge of governance and business, Ms. LaRose brings expertise in working closely with Boards and executive teams to assess and identify strategies that will attract and retain the right leaders.

Before joining Leaders International, Ms. LaRose founded Higgins Executive Search and developed a national practice that is now recognized as a Canadian leader in the recruitment of diversity and Indigenous executives and Board members.

Ms. LaRose currently serves as the Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Seven Oaks Hospital, The Wellness Institute, and The Seven Oaks Foundation and is the current Chair of the Governance Committee. She serves as Board Member on the Executive of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (serving on the HR and Compensation committee), and also a Board Member of Air North – Yukon’s Airline and is a founding member of Métis Infinity Investments LLP.

Ms. LaRose is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), from the Directors Education College of The Haskayne School of Business and is an active member in both the ICD Manitoba chapter. Ms. Brenda LaRose is a co-Founder of SheDay in 2015, an annual conference that brings pre-executive, executive and entrepreneurial women who aspire to leadership roles in business, non-profit organizations and the community. SheDay 2018 had 1,500 delegates that attended.

Ms. LaRose is a Métis Anishinaabe citizen who is born in Winnipeg and raised in Regina. Ms. LaRose recognizes her humble beginnings and is extremely grateful for her full and continuing career and all the accomplishments she has attained. She would tell you that she is most of all proud to be a wife, mother, and grandmother and shepherding her family with the culture and heritage from which she comes.

Laurie Sterritt



(236) 317-1103

Laurie Sterritt is a values-based leader with over 25 years’ experience in the fields of Indigenous, government and community relations; business planning & strategy; organizational & leadership development; and, executive search. She has managed teams, both large and small, and brings positive energy and empathy to all her work.

In 2018, Laurie formed a non-profit association to launch the first-of-its-kind Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit (IWLS). The mandate of IWLS is to inspire and uplift Indigenous women throughout their personal and professional journeys. Prior to that, Laurie developed and implemented the Indigenous Employment and Business Development strategy for BC Hydro and led the start-up and growth of the Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association (AMTA) and its subsidiary social enterprise, First Resources Impact Ventures (FRIV). AMTA provided life-changing education, training and mentorship programs to more than 2700 Indigenous candidates and successfully transitioned more than 1050 trainees into full-time employment in the mining, energy, forestry and industrial construction industries. FRIV was dedicated to assisting First Nation communities to build their own sustainable businesses within the natural resources sectors.

Active in her community, Laurie is a Director for the (new) Canadian Centre for Arts and Technology (CANCAT) and a Council Member on the Real Estate Council of BC. She was previously a Director for the Industry Training Authority and Governor and 1st Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

A member of the Kispiox Band of the Gitxsan Nation, Laurie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Professional Fund Raising from the University of Indiana. Laurie has been recognized for her commitment to creating respectful and inclusive workplaces and, most notably, was a nominee for the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Nicole Perry



613-788-8254 Ext 105

Ms. Nicole Perry is an executive search professional who has completed executive search assignments across Canada at the Director, Executive Director, Vice President, and Chief Executive Officer levels. Her experience spans multiple industries including retail, finance, and academia as well as working with clients in regulated sectors such as gaming and natural resources.

Prior to her career in executive search, Ms. Perry held various positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including working as a management consultant assisting corporations and federal government departments in areas of project advisory, risk assessment and business performance. It was this foundation in client and stakeholder relations, analysis, and project management that lead Ms. Perry to a career in executive search.

Ms. Perry has earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. She has studied overseas in both England and France, and is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Michael Eagar



613-788-8254 Ext 102

Mr. Michael Eagar is an executive search professional with experience across Canada. He has completed executive search assignments at the Director, Executive Director, Vice President, and C-suite levels spanning across multiple industries including retail, engineering, academia, and non-profit.

While attending the University of Ottawa, he worked in various industries including retail and insurance. Mr. Eagar's experience working in the inspection and engineering departments provided him with a strong basis for research, analysis, project management, information technology, and customer service. He also enjoyed many leadership roles while in school including sitting on the organizing committee for the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race and the Chemical Engineering Student Society. Mr. Eagar's academic career continues as he progresses towards becoming a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Joy Beshie

Research Associate


613-788-8254 Ext 109

Ms. Joy Beshie is a Research Associate with Higgins Executive Search. Ms. Beshie was the recipient of the M.P. Mike Wallace Citizenship Award in Burlington, ON for services to the community and holds Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Ottawa. During her time at the University of Ottawa, Ms. Beshie was the Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of the engineering newspaper, The Iron Otis, and was also the Charities Commissioner for the Engineering Students’ Society where she helped fundraise for various organizations. She was also a member of the concrete canoe team where she aided with hull design at the university for three years. Her previous experience focuses on research, design, sales, and management. She also brings experience in graphic design and photography where her work was featured by various organizations and is used in-house to create custom designs for our clients.

Tess Lepore-Maheux

Client Services Manager


613-788-8254 Ext 106

Tess Lepore-Maheux is a veteran Administrator with over 15 years’ experience managing in an office setting. She is seasoned in project administration and has a consistent track record of on-time, quality delivery. Her proficiency in the planning, implementation and execution of multiple projects allows her to effectively meet the needs of our clients.

Prior to joining us as a Client Services Manager, Ms. Lepore-Maheux held various senior level administrative positions in both the public and private sectors enabling her to develop strong organizational and administrative support skills. She is a results-driven professional with a client-centric focus who excels in supporting company operations.

Ms. Tess Lepore-Maheux holds a certificate in Associate Project Management from McMaster University and is fluently bilingual in both English and French.

Wenda Lee Cameron

Client Services Administrator


204-515-3828 Ex 107

Ms. Wenda Lee Cameron is an Administrator with over 10 years’ experience in a professional office setting. Ms. Cameron enjoys the meticulous nature of anything administrative and takes joy in exceeding expectations. She joined our team in 2017 and brings with her the skills and experience to multitask and meet time sensitive deadlines.

Prior to joining us as a Client Services Administrator, Ms. Cameron provided outstanding customer service in a fast paced business environment. Ms. Cameron’s perceptive nature allows her to be a pro-active team member and in turn give exceptional service to our clients.

Wanda Berthaudin

Client Services Administrator


204 832-4252

Wanda joined our team in 2005 as Executive Assistant. She held this position until 2011 when she took on the duties of Accounts and Billings Administrator. She possesses over twenty-five (25+) years providing administrative support to various companies.

Prior to moving to Winnipeg, she and her family lived in northern Manitoba for 28 years and she was employed by the Province of Manitoba, followed by several years with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting – Ruttan Division.

Community activities included serving on the Health Centre Board of Directors, Secretary-Treasurer of the Golf and Ski Club and the Minor Hockey Association, Head Leader of the 4-H Club, Board Member of the Figure Skating Association. After taking First Responder training she volunteered for several years as an Ambulance Attendant.

Our Values

Higgins Executive Search is a national retainer executive search practice with partner networks both nationally and internationally. We have developed a proven track record over a broad range of sectors successfully placing talented leaders at the board and executive levels.

Our Values and Principles:

  • Customer Focused
    We have clients for life and are their trusted advisors

  • Passion
    We are committed to doing great work

  • Trust & Integrity
    We are always open, honest, caring and transparent

  • Accountability
    We own our actions and our results

  • Innovation
    We continuously look for new ideas and better ways to do our work

  • Teamwork
    We are dependable, respect each other, listen and help one another

  • Personal Development
    We are committed to our continuous personal development and our well-being

Some of our clients

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Government, Post-Secondary and Non-Profit:

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