"We were very pleased with the executive search firm that we engaged, being TWC International Executive Search. The TWC team led an extensive and sensitive process that we followed in partnership in order to create a just and deserving legacy to Lorelei's memory. TWC understood the importance to us of building upon the outstanding work that Lorelei had started during her tenure with our company."
Chief Executive Officer, BioPharma Services Inc.
"We recently used TWC International for the first time in our search for a Vice President - Operations at Array. Richard and his colleagues impressed us greatly with their thorough and professional approach on this important assignment. I was especially impressed by how much time Richard personally spent up front gaining a full understanding of the type of candidate we favoured for this role. He quickly grasped the key operational drivers in our business and focused TWC's search accordingly with an impressive end result. It was encouraging to receive a number of candidates from a wide selection of manufacturing arenas which again suggested the search was truly comprehensive. We look forward to working with Richard and the TWC team in the future."
Chief Executive Officer, Array Marketing Group Inc.
“We are very pleased with the executive search services provided by TWC International. The successful candidate whom they identified and recruited for us to head our Canadian operations has jumped right into matters and is doing a great job of learning the business and meeting all of the key players. I'm sure he's cemented Gold status on Air Canada for next year given the many site visits he's already made. Seriously, he has thus far demonstrated all of the energy, experience and smarts that we picked up during the interview process. We couldn't be happier. Thanks to TWC International for finding him!”
Chief Operating Officer, SSP America; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (fmr.), HMSHost Corporation
“We have been working with Richard Wajs and the TWC International team on an ongoing basis across the country for a number of years. We have been impressed with his overall professionalism. He has taken the time to learn our business and to understand our vision. That has allowed him to act as a real partner in our expansion and corporate development. When he conducts our corporate searches it is always within the context of a clear knowledge of our broader objectives as an organization.”
Counsel, Dentons LLP; Managing Partner (fmr.), Heenan Blaikie LLP
"TWC International is a unique firm in the Executive search space. Small and personal, but also able to operate on an international scale. Have worked with TWC International in Canada and the US on difficult searches and had great results. Richard does what others say they'll do - hands on research and finds candidates who aren't looking - and he can do it both in English and in French.“
Vice President, Human Resources, North America, Alstom Transportation Inc.
"Our company has utilized Richard and TWC International's services in the past, in conducting searches for suitable Board Members. Of prime concern to us, was not only finding candidates with appropriate experience, but also finding Board candidates that brought the requisite combination of leadership, creativity and integrity to their role as a Board Member. In all respects, Richard was able to locate individuals that have become valued members of our Board.“
President, Faircourt Asset Management
"We are really pleased with the professional manner in which Richard Wajs and TWC International conducted our search for us. He found several very qualified applicants who were tailored to our highly-specific needs. We would also wholeheartedly depend on him in the future because Richard was great to deal with.”
Executive Vice President (fmr.), BNP Paribas
“It is with great ease that I put forth a testimonial for Richard Wajs and the TWC executive search team. Over the past couple of years I have had the good fortune of partnering with the latter said group as a part of our strategic recruitment of specialized intellectual capital for global growth. These assignments although difficult at best, were completed on time, all the time. Furthermore, Richard’s business acumen enables him to be astutely aware of bottom lines, while providing top notch service. Thus, it is without hesitation that I recommend Richard and his associates as the quintessential search partners.”
Daniel B. Gilliece,
Director of Human Resources “Americas”, Exova Group Limited
“Richard really got to understand our business and our culture. Because of that he was able to identify people that would be a great fit which was very important to us. He truly is a partner through the process and thanks to him we have had great success with the searches he has conducted for us.”
Senior Vice President, People (fmr.), Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Further to successfully recruiting a new Chief Financial Officer for Tourism Toronto:
"Thank you both (Lisa Newey and Richard Wajs) for your assistance during this process. You provided me with great candidates from the start and we were able to operate in a very efficient and effective manner."
Johanne R. Belanger, CPA, CA
President & CEO, Tourism Toronto
"I hired Chris Garvin to lead a search for a VP of Digital and a VP of Sales while I was the Chief Operating Officer of a mid-market media company. I would highly recommend Chris, given the quality of the candidates we ended up with. Both of these hires excelled -- we ended up growing the bottom line by 50% over three years (compared to declining results before my tenure). I would hire either of these employees again.
While the most important metric is the quality of the hires, I do think it's important to note that Chris was a true problem solver along the way. He pushed and challenged me to refine the role and the type of candidate we were looking for. It did not feel like he was a "sales guy" just trying to find a candidate asap so he could earn his fee. He wanted us to think through what we really needed and see a range of candidates before we hired. He also did a good job at following up after the hire to ensure onboarding and initial fit worked out.
In the end, Chris has earned my highest recommendation."
CEO, The Sterling Woods Group, LLC
"TWC International and Richard Wajs have been dedicated and driven in the search for our new Marketing Director for Carlsberg Canada. The search assignment was one with very specific and multiple prerequisites on experience level, marketing knowledge, cultural awareness and drive/eagerness. Also, we needed someone to bring the team to a next level using a different leadership style, and someone who would be able to collaborate well with the sales teams. Whereas this modern marketing director profile is not necessarily easy to find, TWC International was able to provide us with the right set of candidates in a professional way, and showed resilience and flexibility when it was required. We are now very confident about moving the needle forward for our business with our new marketing director, who, upon joining us immediately made an impact upon our organization at the right content level and with an effective leadership style. That’s exactly what I asked for. I would therefore definitely recommend TWC International for any senior management search."
President & CEO, Carlsberg Canada
“TWC International just completed an extremely tough International search for us and found an amazing candidate. Richard Wajs went way above and beyond what we would have expected to ensure that we found the right person for our critical position. He presented a strong slate of candidates, found the right candidate in Chile and then ensured that the candidate and his wife fully understood the Canadian experience as part of their decision making process. This candidate had a number of global opportunities and chose us to a good measure because of Richard’s dedication and focus.”
President & CEO, Morneau Shepell Inc.; (fmr.), Vice President, Human Resources, ConAgra Foods
“Richard Wajs and his team at TWC International took the time to understand our business needs and the type of candidate we were searching. TWC International was able to find senior level candidates on a timely basis that matched our demanding requirements. Richard and his team were meticulous in their approach and straightforward in their dealings with us. Based on our experience and the excellent level and quality of the candidate found, we would highly recommend TWC International.”
Executive Vice President, Financing and Consulting (fmr.), Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
"We have enjoyed working with Richard Wajs and the team at TWC International who consistently provide us with highly qualified and talented candidates. Richard never hesitates to do whatever is necessary to assess and understand our needs and is always willing to customize approaches to fit the context and requirements of each situation. I'm looking forward to continuing our relationship with TWC International.“
Vice President, La Tete Chercheuse; Vice President, Human Resources (fmr.), Astral Television Networks
“Richard Wajs came to see us and scoped out our needs for the CFO position in our company, understanding the type of CFO we required and the potential for the candidate to assist our company. All candidates submitted were suitable for the role and the incumbent turned out to be a key asset of our firm. We were extremely satisfied with the level of diligence in the file and overall service of TWC International throughout the transaction.”
Chief Executive Officer, SecureOps Inc.
"I will always remember Richard’s first assignment with me when I was looking for a National Sales Director. Originally, the assignment had been managed by one of Richard’s colleagues at his previous firm. The mandate had been going nowhere for months. The relationship with Richard’s firm was strained to the breaking point. Richard came aboard and in no time he got me a perfect match. He did everything: he searched, pre-selected, interviewed and even got the candidates going through psychometric tests. The candidate was so good, that when I left my company I re-hired the candidate with my new employer. On top of that Richard saved the relationship between his firm and my company. As a bonus a friendship between he and I developed and we have been friends since then."
Vice President, Sales & Marketing (fmr.), Norwich Union Canada
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"Richard Wajs est un excellent recruteur. Nous lui avons confié un mandat en ressources humaines pour un cadre supérieur canadien ayant une expérience internationale et travaillant présentement aux États-Unis. Il nous a présenté des candidats très intéressants, dans des délais raisonnables, et le candidat retenu correspondait exactement au profil recherché. Vous pouvez, à juste titre, lui faire confiance."
"Richard Wajs is an excellent recruiter. We gave him a mandate in human resources for a Canadian senior executive having an international experience and presently working in the United States. He presented us very interesting candidates, in reasonable delays, and the successful applicant corresponded exactly to required profile. You can, rightly, rely on him."
Vice President, Human Resources (fmr.), Bombardier Recreational Products
"In a previous role as Executive Vice President of First Marathon Securities Limited with responsibility for the Investment Banking Department, we retained Mr. Richard Wajs' prior firm to assist us in a high level search for a senior executive to be responsible for our operations in the Province of Quebec. Richard was the most active of the professionals involved at the firm and conducted the search thoroughly and professionally. He identified and contacted a number of very suitable candidates and provided valuable insight into their capabilities and interests. He was a pleasure to deal with and kept in close contact with me during all phases of the project. I would highly recommend Richard as an executive search professional, without qualification."
President and Chief Executive Officer, Diligent Capital Inc.
“Richard Wajs and his team at TWC International have the ability to tap into the best talent and match them to the right opportunities. This results in candidates who hit the ground running, fit the culture and produce results quickly all of which are critical in todays business environment. In my follow up with senior folks I have hired the resounding differentiator with the TWC experience is the personal touch and frequent communication. I value the TWC search approach and believe the candidate experience prior to joining the company is very important, it can make a difference if you want to attract the best talent.”
VP Global HR Business Solutions & Workforce Analytics, Corporate Division, Manulife Financial; Vice President, Human Resources (fmr.), Grand & Toy Inc.
"TWC International and Richard Wajs have successfully completed multiple senior assignments for me and my team at BDC Capital. I have been very impressed with the firm's work ethic and the professional process that the firm engages in to find the right candidates and enable us to engage effectively with them. Given who we are, we need candidates who can connect with the mandate and thrive to make an outsized contribution. The winning candidates have each proved to be key impact players for us. I would strongly recommend the executive search services of TWC International."
Executive Vice President, BDC Capital, Business Development Bank of Canada
"I engaged TWC International on an assignment to seek an executive as Vice President of Poker to be a critical member of the senior management team. It was an unique and newly-created role as , at the time , online poker was the critical engine of growth for our company and required a serious , experienced leader. It was a formidable challenge. I did not want just an accomplished and knowledgeable poker player alone. I did not want an executive leader with a knowledge of poker. I wanted both - coupled with a solid executive as visionary and team player.
Richard led the search personally. He was fully available and kept me informed throughout the search. It was truly a global search. After a wide ranging search , including interviews with serious and experienced candidates from Europe, Scandinavia and Russia , the successful candidate was an American CPA who qualified with a Big Four accounting firm in the U.S. , was a CFO at the time and who himself had played over 500,000 hands of poker online and who had even been involved in the establishment of an online poker start-up. In other words, we found the " needle in the haystack."
The candidate moved to Toronto from the US and he turned out to be an excellent executive , leader and contributor to our growth, well respected among our global blue chip clients. Our market capitalization increased from $90 million to over $400 million over a 5 year period , much of which was attributable to the growth in our poker revenue under his leadership.
Needless to say, I remain thrilled by the outcome and would recommend Richard and his team for any assignment , particularly unique or challenging ones."
President & CEO (fmr), Cryptologic Inc.