Client Success Stories
Here is what clients have to say about us
I was referred to ZSA by a municipal colleague, after having had three unsuccessful attempts to recruit for this position. Amrit was a pleasure to work with. She was professional, knowledgeable, dependable and responsive to our recruitment needs. She was able to source and present a number of qualified and experienced candidates for the position. I really appreciated her ongoing updates during the recruitment process. I am very impressed with Amrit and ZSA, and would use ZSA to recruit for future legal positions.
City of New Westminster
Having utilized ZSA in past searches, we initiated contact with them right away. Working with Warren was an excellent experience – he understood our needs, and the process was quick in presenting vetted candidates. He was able to provide confirmation of market data for in-house legal counsel as well as being able to share the motivations of the potential candidates. I would use the services of ZSA again, and would recommend that others contact them as well.
I would highly recommend Dominique and ZSA Legal Recruitment. Her professionalism, insight into the legal industry and prompt responses were greatly appreciated. We were very pleased with the caliber of candidates she put forward in a short amount of time. She took the time to understand our business and asked great questions.
Bilingual Recruiter | Suncor
Over the years I have given Dominique some very challenging mandates to find me the perfect candidate. She has always come through and found me some gems! There is no question that she should be the go to for recruiting!
Chief Legal Officer | Traffic Tech Inc.
Warren was responsive and attentive while handling our search in an area difficult to recruit in, and was able to successfully deliver a top notch candidate. We regularly use ZSA for our recruitment needs, and will continue to do so in the future.
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Dominique and her team handled our search with speed, efficiency and professionalism They possess expertise of the industry, market and roles and coupled this well to our need and organizational fit. They provided much appreciated insights that are highly valued to us.
Talent Acquisition Champion - Helping Business Leaders Get a Good Night's Sleep
After having little success filling our General Counsel position internally, we reached out to ZSA seeking a quality recruiter specializing in legal talent. Mike had a strong understanding of our needs and requirements and was able to leverage his network to deliver high quality candidates quickly. I would highly recommend ZSA’s services.
We recently used ZSA’s services to fill a senior counsel role within our organization. Most of the interactions were with Dominique Tardif, who provided Class-A service throughout the mandate. Often times recruitment firms tend to oversell their candidates and sometimes disregard their clients’ requirements in candidates, but this was not a concern while dealing with ZSA – they were very mindful and respectful of our preferences. They have a strong bank of candidates across a wide spectrum of seniority and our position was quickly filled.
Senior Director - Legal Affairs | UNI-SELECT CANADA
I have known Christopher Sweeney and Dominique Tardif of ZSA for many years. I have always been impressed by their knowledge of the legal market and their understanding of how legal talent will fit with their clients’ culture and organizational needs.
Business advisor, Corporate director and former CFO and Chief Administrative Officer of Gildan Activewear
I had a specific hiring need for our company’s small legal department and contacted Mike Race from ZSA to assist. Mike was terrific in understanding our position description and objectives for filling the role. We were presented with a number of excellent candidates and managed to go through the process quickly and efficiently. I found value in the quality of candidates and ZSA’s interview notes were also very good. Mike was good at providing a bit of feedback and guidance as needed. I hadn’t used other recruiters, but my experience with Mike was excellent and I would definitely use ZSA’s services again.
Ensign Energy Services
I contacted Siobhan Rea at ZSA to assist us in hiring Head of Regulatory Compliance. We had done some internal recruitment, but decided to use ZSA’s services because they have always shown us appropriate expertise in the compliance field. My experience was excellent – Siobhan responded promptly and provided quality candidates. I would use them again for future hiring needs.
Allegis @ HSBC
I worked with Warren Bongard and Travis Usher on securing a candidate for our vacancy. OBSI was specifically looking for a lawyer to fulfil a Deputy, Ombudsman role. I knew that ZSA could find candidates that had the unique characteristics we were looking for. I’ve known Warren forever and he’s always managed to find excellent candidates. My experience was excellent. ZSA has specific knowledge that allows a recruit to speed along. The fees are reasonable as compared to others. I would definitely use ZSA’s services again.
We engaged in ZSA because I was told they knew how to find legal people the best. I was insistent to get help and followed up diligently. Once I made contact with Travis Usher, everything went smoothly. Travis responded quickly and was flexible and very helpful. He sent resumes to our exact specifications. We had been trying on our own for a while and could not fill the role. Travis found the resumes and made contact quickly and the hire was done within 2 weeks. We use a few recruiters and ZSA met all our expectations. We will be using their services again.
We engaged the services of ZSA because we have used them in the past and have gotten good results. We worked with Amrit Rai to fill a Litigation and Solicitor Associate role. Working with her was excellent. Amrit was responsive and gave the impression that she was interested in our firm and our needs. She worked with us to find the people we need and was able to attract skilled people, notably a junior partner and a skilled associate. We have used other recruiters and ZSA has been more responsive and paid more attention to our specific firm culture and needs. We will definitely be using their services again.
Wildeboer and ZSA have a long history together. We contacted ZSA because Warren has familiarity with our needs and had a connection with a top candidate. We have used other recruiters in the past and our experience with ZSA has been excellent. Warren had timely responses, good advice and obviously a good rapport/trust with the candidate. I will be using ZSA’s services again.
We engaged the services of ZSA and Lana Driscoll because we felt that Lana was very familiar with our firm. We’ve used other recruiters in the past, however we value our firm’s relationship with Lana as her extensive knowledge, guidance and networks function as an extension of our own recruitment efforts. Our experience working with her was excellent – Lana’s expertise and knowledge of our firm’s culture and fit was a great asset. We would definitely use ZSA’s services again.
Formerly at Miller Thomson LLP
Mary Lou Davis
I was referred by another firm, who has used ZSA in the past, and I engaged Lana Driscoll’s services to fill an open Litigation Assistant position. My experience with ZSA was excellent; other firms did not offer the same quality of candidates and Lana provided very fast service. She provided us with two candidates, and we successfully hired the first interviewed – we saved so much time with the interviewing/hiring process. I would definitely use ZSA’s services again.
Formerly at Sommers Roth & Elmaleh Professional Corporation
Over the last 3 years, Avigilon has created a formidable in-house legal team. ZSA Recruitment has proven to be a valuable partner, time and again, assisting us with hiring numerous legal professionals including lawyers, legal assistants and IP professionals. I am very pleased with the personal service we have received from ZSA. Their national approach, coupled with their local knowledge, has helped us grow our fantastic in-house legal team. I highly recommend using ZSA.
Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary | Avigilon Corporation
After checking with my own contacts, I enlisted Warren to assist in our search to hire a labour lawyer. Working with Warren was an excellent experience; we got what we needed in good time and he was able to accomplish what I hadn’t been able to do on my own. I will use the services of ZSA again.
Warren Bongard handled our search for an Employment and Pensions Counsel. We engaged ZSA because we have a longstanding relationship and have always been pleased with the results, professionalism and cost. Warren provided us with a good selection of candidates and a trusted view of their strengths, weaknesses and fit to us. We will continue to use ZSA in the future.
Travis handled our search for a mid-level corporate/securities associate. The market is light on qualified candidates at this level so we felt the assistance of a recruiter would be helpful. Working with Travis was excellent! He was very responsive, forthright, and pleasant to deal with. Travis was candid with both me and the candidate about the role, and the candidate’s fitness for the role. He also appeared to be quite helpful with the candidate as he weighed his options and worked through his decision process. My experience with ZSA has always been positive, and I will continue to use them again in the future.
We knew ZSA would find us a great candidate. All of the candidates presented by ZSA fit our search very well, as Warren was able to find candidates that were exactly what we were looking for. We will definitely use ZSA’s services again!
Partner | Isaacs & Co.
ZSA brings a lot of value to the hiring process. Rather than simply filling my inbox with resumes like some other recruiters, ZSA worked to ensure I only saw resumes they had vetted and believed were suitable. Warren also provided me with tables and spreadsheets of candidate assessments and summaries with rankings and high-level notes. ZSA’s approach is different than my experience with other recruiters, which has involved little analysis or follow up. Working with Warren and ZSA in general was excellent and I will use them again.
Canadian Pacific Railway
We worked with Warren in our search for an associate lawyer. Having used ZSA in the past successfully, we went straight to ZSA again. Our experience with ZSA has been excellent. Warren is great at narrowing down the field of suitable candidates and completing salary negotiations. We have always used ZSA and will continue to do so.
Isaacs & Co.
We worked with ZSA in our search for a Senior Legal Assistant (business law). They provided excellent service! We will definitely recommend ZSA to other firms and use their services again.
Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP
Dominique did a fantastic job recruiting a great group of candidates for our in-house counsel. She took the time to understand our context and pro-actively recruited candidates that fit our need. We really appreciated her advice and support since this was our first time hiring an in-house counsel.
Chief Operating Officer | Brain Canada Foundation
I have known Warren for a long time, and my experience with him has been excellent. ZSA is the leader in legal recruitment and they have the best candidates. They were also able to meet our insanely tight timeline. Of particular value is ZSA’s organization throughout the recruitment process, including coordination with candidates, and assistance/advice when making the final deal with the preferred candidate. ZSA is exponentially better compared to other recruiters and we will continue to use their services.
Senior Vice President, Financial Operations | SkyPower
I worked with ZSA in our search for a Legal Administrative Assistant, and received excellent client service as always! I would use ZSA again and recommend ZSA to other companies.
Having known Warren for many years, we engaged ZSA because of their reputation for excellence, and they did not disappoint. Warren was extremely well-informed about the candidates, and honest about their capabilities. What we found very valuable was Warren’s solid understanding of our firm’s needs and his honesty and integrity in advancing particular candidates to satisfy those needs. We would definitely use ZSA’s services again in the future
Gardiner Roberts LLP
ZSA’s approach was very reasonable and accommodating. They were able to set up meetings with candidates despite us not being in Vancouver. We recommend ZSA and will use them again in the future!
Doak Shirreff Lawyers LLP
ZSA worked on our search for a VP Legal & Policy, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. They brought forward highly qualified candidates, all of whom were excellent and brought something unique to the role. They were also extremely pragmatic and forthright in their evaluation and assessments of the candidates. The summaries they provided and the rankings of the first round of candidates were very helpful. ZSA was upfront about what they thought we needed to do in order to close and made sure it came together. Overall, the services provided by ZSA were excellent! We will use ZSA for all future legal candidate searches.
BC Safety Authority
Lana was excellent! She presented us with high quality candidates in a timely manner. Lana clearly understood what we were looking for, and consistently provided us with updates. We highly recommend ZSA to other companies.
ICICI Bank Canada
It is an absolute pleasure to deal with ZSA! They have gone above and beyond in helping us find the right employees and consistently demonstrate their dedication to ensuring that we are successful in our recruitment needs. ZSA sends me candidates they know will not only be able to do the work well, but who will be a good fit with our firm. It was especially helpful when ZSA visited our office in order to get a feel of the culture of our firm, and who we are as people and employers. No other recruiters have ever taken the time to do this! ZSA is head and shoulders above any other companies I have used. Thank you ZSA!
Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould
ZSA is very professional and were a tremendous help with the entire recruitment process. The candidates they sent to us were of a very high quality. ZSA has definitely met our standards! We highly recommend ZSA to other companies.
Chicken Farmers of Ontario
ZSA was excellent to work with! They took the time to meet with our Vancouver team in person to learn more about our company and the role we were looking to fill. I felt this better guided the ensuing search process. ZSA quickly provided us with candidate leads in an area we previously had very little exposure to. We would highly recommend ZSA to other companies!
ACM Advisors Ltd.
It was an excellent experience working with ZSA! We were in search of a new Legal Counsel, and ZSA did a masterful job of matching qualified candidates with the position. We would definitely use ZSA’s services again and recommend ZSA to other companies.
S&P Real Estate
ZSA was very responsive and helpful throughout the entire recruitment process. They proactively identified the candidate and reinvigorated our interest at a time when we were somewhat unclear about our next steps. They also clearly understood the specific requirements for the candidate we needed, and did not waste our time with candidates who were not what we were looking for. We will definitely use ZSA’s services again, and recommend ZSA to other companies!
It was an excellent experience working with ZSA! They were very responsive and presented a great short-list of applicants that met our job requirements, which made the recruitment process move quickly. ZSA also provided us with the use their offices during our first round interviews, and everyone at ZSA was very accommodating. We were so happy with everyone at ZSA, and we are now using their services again for another search.
ZSA is very attentive and made everything easy for us by dealing with all of the little details. We have worked with other recruiters in the past, but ZSA goes the extra mile in terms of keeping us in the loop. We would definitely recommend ZSA’s services to other companies!
Formerly at Owen Bird Law Corporation
I really enjoyed working with Warren. Warren and his team at ZSA were very patient, professional and client-focused. I would definitely use ZSA’s services again and recommend ZSA to other companies.
The Weather Network
It was an excellent experience working with Warren Bongard at ZSA. Warren’s in-depth understanding of the applicants and his attention to the specific requirements for the role were particularly helpful during the hiring process. I would definitely recommend ZSA to other companies and use their services again.
Winchester Financial Group
Warren Bongard managed our search for Lead Counsel. It was an excellent experience working with Warren! Warren provided trustworthy advice and guidance throughout the entire process. We will definitely use ZSA’s services again.
It was an excellent experience working with ZSA. They responded to us very quickly with well qualified candidates, and handled everything for us. They provided transcripts, assisted in arranging for an initial interview, communicated the candidate’s views on the opportunity we were providing, and advised the candidate of our offer of employment. We will definitely use the services of ZSA again!
ZSA helped us find a Legal Assistant. I have worked with. It was an excellent experience working with ZSA! They are always on top of everything. ZSA is definitely at the top of their game, and I would certainly use ZSA’s services again.
Synergy Business Lawyers
With ZSA’s assistance, we were able to locate the right legal counsel for our organization. They provided unprecedented customer service and provided us with excellent candidates. They truly understood the needs of our business and we were super impressed with the entire ZSA team. What we found particularly helpful was that they understood our requirements and explained our company, salary expectations and culture to the candidates before we met with them. This really helped move things smoothly, as our compensation package is a little lower than industry standard. We would definitely use ZSA again!
We hired a Senior Banking Associate through ZSA. We engaged ZSA as it was a difficult search and we were looking for someone “outside the box.” We had used other recruiters as well as searched on our own but had not found someone. Overall, working with ZSA was excellent! They really listened to our needs and came to us, met with our senior banking partner and tried to think of candidates who would be personal fits at the firm as well as having good skills. What we found particularly helpful was that they were eager to fill a difficult spot and clearly put thought into the process. They offered the candidate a lot of guidance as well, which we appreciated. ZSA is certainly very on top of things, friendly and hard-working to find the right person. We would definitely use ZSA again!
Former Director Professional Development, Lawson Lundell LLP
Having been on both sides of the recruitment process, I can honestly say that ZSA sets themselves apart through their consummate professionalism, responsiveness, and genuine concern for clients and candidates. They are in tune with the market and provide a strategic approach that keeps at the forefront everyone’s objectives. Aside from their talents in recruitment, they are also very approachable and grounded. I highly recommend their services.
VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Sandvine
We were looking to hire a Tort Assistant. Before I was in contact with ZSA, I tried placing ads on popular websites without success. ZSA was excellent and efficient. This was my first time using a recruiter and I found it to be a great experience!
Diamond & Diamond
Our organization was looking for an attorney based in Saskatoon. We did attempt to advertise internally prior to contacting ZSA, but then chose to engage ZSA as a result of our previous successful relationship. We really enjoyed working with them. They were responsive and easy to work with, flexible to what we needed and with respect to the time difference as I am based in Australia. I would definitely use ZSA again.
Formerly at BHP Billiton
We have hired a few different positions through ZSA, and most recently a junior to mid-level energy Associate. We engaged ZSA because of their reliability and convenience. We contacted a few other recruiting firms and had meetings with candidates who we thought might be interested. We had a great experience. They continually provided good results and candidates to us. ZSA brought us 2 good candidates that we would not have otherwise encountered without them. We have used other recruiters and found our experiences with ZSA to be as good if not better in almost all cases.
Partner | DLA Piper
We engaged ZSA because of their specific focus on legal talent. We spent some effort with external advertising ourselves, but with the vacancy prolonging, the fill became quite urgent. The response rate was very good, as ZSA was prompt during the critical stages of the recruitment process which helped expedite the process. We use agencies semi-regularly for highly specialized vacancies and I would rank ZSA amongst one of our better experiences as this fill went very smoothly. I would use ZSA again for similar vacancies!
ZSA is amazing. They are strategic and very detailed oriented. I would highly recommend them.
Head of Legal, Corporate, and Corporate Secretary | Vale
We needed to hire a Litigation Law Clerk. I had established a relationship with a ZSA consultant from a previous hire and wanted to continue with great service and candidates, which I hired again from ZSA. They were very quick to respond, very responsive and answered all of my questions. In addition, they tried to find candidates that suited my needs. I have used other recruiters and ZSA is on the top of my list. I would use the services of ZSA again.
Formerly at Krylov & Company
We were looking to hire a legal assistant in litigation. I had researched organizations that specifically recruited in the Legal field. I also contacted a few other agencies that also had a legal connection. ZSA was great, they provided candidates quickly and responded in an appropriate time frame. ZSA compared to other recruitment firms was quick to respond with candidates and quick to follow up with candidates. My experience with ZSA was good! I would certainly use the services again.
Human Resources Coordinator | Bennett Jones
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help over the past several months. I have dealt with many different placement agencies over this time and I have been exposed to many unprofessional people. I can honestly say that this is not true of ZSA. You have been a pleasure to deal with and have always treated me fairly and professionally.
Corporate Counsel | Competition Bureau of Canada
I was very impressed with the professional treatment I received from ZSA Legal Recruitment. They took the time to understand our business and culture. It showed in the applicants they presented to us. All of them were great and, frankly, it was tough to choose. I found the consultants at ZSA very helpful and knowledgeable in assisting us select the best candidate. Their legal training and experience in recruiting really showed. We had a great experience with ZSA Legal Recruitment and I wouldn’t hesitate to use their services again.
MBA, CHRP | Formerly at Pacific Human Resources
I have been extremely impressed with your organization – just unbelievable. Organized, detailed, thorough, fun, and the follow-up was first class in every way, shape and form. I was extremely well treated by your offices. Thank you.
Former Vice-President, Human Resources | Ivanhoe Cambridge
We have used ZSA Legal Recruitment to fill several positions in our legal department. Timeliness in responding to inquiries, an honest professional approach and demeanor, and superior ability to subjectively evaluate a candidates’ match to our corporate and legal department culture and values, are part of the services received that would keep ZSA at the forefront of our search process in the future.
Former Vice-President, General Counsel & Secretary | Nexen Canada Ltd.
In the past, Enbridge has not made extensive use of recruiting firms to recruit in-house lawyers. However, recently we used ZSA to recruit two senior regulatory lawyers in a very tight market. We were very impressed with the value added, efficiency, quality of service and it was a real pleasure dealing with all the staff at ZSA. We highly recommend the services of ZSA
Former Associate General Counsel | Enbridge Pipelines
The partners of ZSA have shown during the recruiting period imagination and creativity. We found their advices and tools very useful. The fact that they know how to listen, their knowledge of the industry as well as their understanding of our needs made the recruiting period much easier for us. They were there for us all the way through this period.
Former Corporate Secretary | BCE Inc. and Bell Canada
ZSA has worked closely with Davis & Company in both of our Edmonton and our Calgary offices. We have been extremely pleased with the calibre of the candidates they have presented. ZSA has handled its role as intermediary with exemplary professionalism. On the whole, working with ZSA has been a very satisfactory experience.
Managing Partner | Davis & Company
Ogilvy Renault has always found ZSA to provide high quality, professional recruitment services. In our experience, ZSA is dedicated to understanding their client¹s needs and culture to ensure the best possible fit.
We have been very pleased with the services that ZSA has provided to us. In particular, ZSA recently assisted us in bringing on board an exceptionally talented and uniquely qualified lawyer. We couldn’t have done it without their help. The consultants were knowledgeable, professional and tireless in their efforts to ensure that the deal was successfully concluded. We were thoroughly impressed.
Former Partner | McCarthy Tetrault
Over the past three years, ZSA has successfully placed more than 10 lawyers with Fogler Rubinoff, ranging from those with existing portable practices to early year associates. Without exception, each lawyer is an excellent fit within our culture and is contributing to the continued success of our firm.
Q.C., Managing Partner | Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
Robert J. Hall
In my experience, ZSA’s prompt service, effective screening and overall business ethics remain unrivalled. ZSA consistently demonstrates their knack for bringing quality lawyers to Scott Hall. Each of the five lawyers they have placed with our firm is a proven success. I highly recommend their services.
Q.C., Former Partner | Scott Venturo LLP
Services such as ZSA that specialize in collecting resumes from a wide range of candidates are…invaluable as they have a network that we can’t possibly reach.
Former Co-National Chair, Business Law Group | Ogilvy Renault
ZSA delivers. Even within our strict timelines, they continue to impress with their quick response and quality selection of excellent candidates for Legal Counsel positions. The team at ZSA has developed a strong feel for the culture of our company and they go beyond examining the skill set of candidates to consider the appropriateness of ‘fit’ within our firm. We will continue to use their valuable services.
Former Human Resources Consultant | Alias
ZSA brings a valuable skill set when it comes to sourcing legal professionals. Their specialized process for attracting and screening brings us high caliber and appropriately qualified candidates. Warren Bongard at ZSA has always been very intuitive and thorough in his commitment to understanding our needs at UBS. In my experience with ZSA, the outcome is worth the investment.
Former Executive Director, Legal Counsel, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer | UBS Global Asset Management
I must say I am thrilled with the results of Eigen’s relationship with ZSA. Their industry expertise is invaluable and the service we received from Siobhan Rea was nothing short of stellar. Ms. Rea did a superb job of uncovering our needs and ultimately delivering the ideal candidate for our In-house Counsel role. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with Ms. Rea and the ZSA team.
President | Eigen Development
We are pleased with ZSA’s success in placing qualified candidates within our company. Their ability to clearly understand our needs makes for a very efficient search process. In particular, I appreciate ZSA’s thorough analysis of each candidate prior to the interview stage. These analysis reports are always helpful and demonstrate ZSA’s solid understanding of our recruiting objectives and corporate goals. We have enjoyed a very successful history with ZSA and I happily recommend their services.
Former Human Resources Department | Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
I was most impressed with ZSA’s speed of service as they guided us through a successful search for our Corporate Counsel position. Where our previous internal efforts took three months, Warren Bongard helped us achieve a result in three weeks. We looked for ZSA to guide us through the process and keep the project on track and Warren responded swiftly. From the outset, Warren’s depth of knowledge proved invaluable. The considerable time he spent with us at the outset to help us clearly define our requirements ultimately made for a very efficient search and a desirable outcome.
CEO | Summit Reit
We became an income trust in August 2005 after decades as a division of Nexen Inc. As a standalone, publicly traded company, a critical requirement for our organization was the addition of the VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary role. ZSA worked diligently to understand the vision, culture and needs of our income trust and sourced a very strong pool of candidates in a timely manner. Our team is now complete and our expectations have been exceeded. I would not hesitate to recommend ZSA to other companies in search of top legal talent.
Former VP, Human Resources | Canexus Limited
We were looking for a lawyer with specialized skills in the area of taxation and planning. ZSA delivered an excellent candidate with this skill set from within their database of legal professionals. Tapping into ZSA’s expertise and resources proved to be far more efficient and cost-effective than conducting our own national recruiting campaign. In addition to being very thorough and accommodating in their dealings with us, ZSA provided invaluable assistance in facilitating negotiations with the candidate.
Former Managing Director | Pitblado LLP
In our search for an in-house legal counsel, we were looking to bring aboard a legal professional with a commercial skill set, a positive attitude and a desire to accurately complete legal tasks in a timely manner. When I contacted Siobhan Rea from ZSA, she immediately presented several possible candidates for consideration. She also provided insightful comments as to which candidates would likely be a suitable match for our needs at the Overwaitea Food Group. ZSA has been an excellent source for candidates, and I would recommend their services to anyone looking to source legal professionals in the BC market.
General Counsel - Legal Department | Overwaitea Food Group LP
Throughout our experience with ZSA, Siobhan Rea regularly demonstrated her talent for organizing and facilitating a successful recruitment initiative. She quickly delivered a selection of highly qualified individuals for our Corporate/Commercial Counsel position. In addition, Ms. Rea provided useful evaluations on each candidate which complemented our internal interview procedures. We are very pleased with the legal professional who ultimately joined our team. Having derived excellent value from ZSA’s assistance and expertise, I happily recommend their services.
Former VP, Legal Services and Corporate Secretary | CHC Helicopter
I was fully satisfied with our experience in retaining ZSA to assist in the recruitment of a Chief Legal Counsel for Gildan. The recruitment process was conducted in a highly professional manner, the consultants with whom we worked ensured that they had a proper understanding of our Company’s specific needs and culture, and the search mandate was completed successfully in line with our selection criteria and recruitment timetable.
Former Executive VP, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer | Gildan
Simon A. Fish
ZSA is our preferred choice of legal recruiting partner. I have always found them enormously responsive, thorough and pragmatic. ZSA recruiters have a keen understanding of our business and are very diligent in their efforts to understand our hiring needs. This shows in the quality and suitability of the candidates that they present to us for consideration.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel | BMO Financial Group
ZSA is renowned for the professionalism of its consultants and its level of expertise in the legal recruitment field. As a former recruitment professional, I can appreciate the level of thorough knowledge of their recruiter, Dominique Tardif. ZSA understands the client’s needs, responsibilities, work environment, industry sector, etc. ZSA is sure to identify candidates that closely correspond to the position profile, while respecting the needs of its candidates. ZSA exemplifies qualify versus quantity, ensuring exchanges between professionals in order to choose the best candidate. ZSA is effective and efficient!
Former Resources Manager | AVEOS
We’ve relied on ZSA to help us find and hire very capable and professional legal support staff for Digital Ocean. They definitely worked hard to understand our culture, which resulted in the delivery of well-suited candidates who possessed the right mix of hard and soft skills. What impressed me most was their dedication to client service. They were extremely prompt in responding to my questions, and very knowledgeable about the employee hiring process. ZSA as a firm seems to do a terrific job at understanding both client needs and candidate strengths. I expect this is why they are a leader in this field. I highly recommend them.
Former General Counsel | Digital Ocean Marketing
We greatly appreciate the collaboration with ZSA, more particularly with Dominique Tardif. She helped us to recruit several professionals to complete our legal team. She had a clear understanding of our challenges and proposed candidates whose experience corresponded to our requirements. Thanks to her accessibility and know-how, she was able to fulfill our needs with effectiveness and diligence.
Director, Legal Affairs, Corporate Sector | Caisse dépôt et de placements du Québec
When we needed an experienced Administrative Assistant for our professional services firm, ZSA was our saving grace. For two years we experienced regular turnover within this role while several professional placement agencies tried unsuccessfully to source an ideal candidate to support our professional management consultants. All of this changed when we finally contacted ZSA. ZSA immediately responded to our urgent request for help, providing a selection of qualified candidates within 48 hours!
The best testament to this recruiting experience with ZSA is the tenure and quality of the individual we ultimately hired. This assistant sourced from ZSA has just passed the one-year tenure mark and is, in our opinion, a great fit for the culture of our firm. I wholeheartedly recommend ZSA’s recruiting services to other professional services firms.
Former Consultant & Management Psychologist | RHR International
On several occasions I have retained ZSA to place lawyers with our firm. Each time, they have demonstrated a level of professionalism and service that is above what I experience with other recruiters from around the world. Lindsey Petherick and Siobhan Rea, despite being located on the other side of the world, maintain a closeness with our company that helps them truly understand our legal environment, our culture and our goals. They have excelled in delivering candidates that are an ideal fit for Afridi & Angell. Working with ZSA, we are able to move more quickly through the recruitment process and conduct a more in depth assessment of candidates. I recommend them highly.
Partner | Afridi & Angell (Dubai)
We used the services of ZSA for the first time in 2008 to find someone for our Chief of Legal Services position. We have been impressed by the quality of the services offered, and more particularly with ZSA’s understanding of the specific needs we had identified for the position. This particular attention to our needs has been greatly reflected in the calibre and the relevancy of the suggested candidates throughout the selection process. We would not hesitate to use the services of ZSA again in the future.
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Former CFO | Belron Canada
I wanted to drop you a short note to express my gratitude of the stellar performance ZSA demonstrated with sourcing my lead General Counsel. Right from the Get-Go, the service met and exceeded my expectations. I especially appreciated the format and investment of time in putting together the candidates profiles. Working with ZSA saved me time and energy to allow me to focus on my business while achieving optimal results in finding this key position for ACASS. Thank you but again and I wish you all the success moving forward.
President | ACASS Headquarters
ZSA assisted us in finding a suitable candidate. We have used ZSA in the past and overall it was a very good experience. They were prompt, provided good candidates and responded to all of my questions. The value that ZSA brought to the hiring process was indeed the selection of candidates that they presented to me. In the future, I would use the services of ZSA again.
The nature of the position that we were hiring was for a Resource Assistant. ZSA takes into account my specific requirements and finds candidates that are best suited. They take into account what I am looking for (skill set and personality) and submit candidates that are appropriate. They are very good at following up and keeping me in the loop. I can be honest and feel that they look after McCarthy’s interests. What I found particularly helpful was their willingness to work with my requirements, yet makes suggestions that allow for common goals. I would definitely use the services of ZSA again.
Former Manager | McCarthy Tetrault LLP
We reached out to ZSA, in the hopes of hiring a reception/office admin employee. We engaged ZSA after an extensive search, and they were able to provide us with a staffing solution that was tailored to our firm and supported the process with their communication to and from both sides. ZSA was excellent, they were prompt, informative, and receptive to our input and goals. Overall, they did an excellent job for us on this hire. We will use ZSA services again in the future!
Partner | Cuming & Gillespie, Calgary, AB
We were looking to hire a Paralegal. I contacted ZSA because I have heard good things, and they are an industry leader in Legal Recruiting. My experience in working with them was 5/5! Their follow up was always very quick, they were friendly, and very attentive. I highly enjoyed my experience working with ZSA. They had valuable feedback and input, presented a very strong candidate and demonstrated a great understanding of our needs. I have used other recruiters in the past, but ZSA was the best. I would definitely use ZSA again!
Former Manager, Talent Planning & Acquisition | Home Depot of Canada
I have been working with ZSA on a number of occasions and would like to take a moment to thank them for the incredible service they have provided. ZSA always puts clients first to get the job done right. You can always rely on them to send you exceptional applicants. I would highly recommend any business seeking employees to use the services provided by ZSA.
Formerly at Bacchus Law Corporation
ZSA has been able to provide us with some top quality legal candidates within a short time-line this year as well as in 2010. They are energetic, friendly and extremely professional. I have definitely enjoyed working with the ZSA team!
Formerly at Schneider Electric/Xantrex Technologies
ZSA had introduced a candidate to me in March when I did not have a position to fill. I interviewed the candidate and really liked her so when I needed to fill a position in June, I immediately thought of this candidate from ZSA – she was the only person I interviewed for this position. ZSA is always extremely helpful and invested time to get to know me, the firm and the positions available. They always have their eye out for the next right fit. It was a busy time for me and ZSA worked out the details seamlessly and my consultant didn’t mind calling me after hours to get the job done. I have used other recruiters in the past, but I have found that ZSA takes a more professional and personalized approach. I would definitely use the services of ZSA again!
Former Director of Operations | StevensVirgin
McMillan hired a couple of new candidates over the past couple of months, which included both a paralegal and an administrative assistant. I have been working with ZSA for years. My experience in working with ZSA was excellent. They are very thorough, give great feedback and overall, I would give them a ten out of ten. What I found particularly helpful was their ability to provide ongoing feedback, their ability to listen to our needs, their quick response time regarding the status of our search and the great candidates we received. I really enjoy using ZSA and it stands out compared to other agencies. I will definitely use the services of ZSA again!
Former Manager, Human Resources | McMillan LLP VAN
The nature of the position for which we were hiring for was a Secretary/Receptionist. I really like working with ZSA. They are very professional and I particularly like how responsive they are (considering a lot of times it’s a last minute placement and we need an answer quickly). ZSA is very efficient and I would use their services again!
Administrator | Mandell Pinder LLP
The nature of the position we were hiring for was Accounts Manager (Collections) and LAA. I really enjoyed working with ZSA, as they consistently provided very good service and quality applicants. In addition, they are very professional, and I never felt like they were trying to sell me an applicant. I’ve always had great success with ZSA and would use their services again.
ZSA has been providing my firms with recruiting services since 2007. I continue to call upon them for our recruiting needs because they consistently demonstrate their commitment to our success, they are a pleasure to work with, and get the job done well every time. Thank you ZSA!
Former Chief Operating Officer | Chandler Associates Architecture
We recently had a need for a 6 month contract position for a Legal Assistant. From start to finish, the experience in working with the team at ZSA was quick and seamless. After the first contact with ZSA and a review of requirements, this quickly resulted in fully-screened and qualified candidates for us to consider. All of this occurred in the midst of various vacation schedules and I’m pleased that we have secured a highly qualified candidate. Thanks to the ZSA team for coming through for us.
Of the many recruiting firms I have dealt with, ZSA has clearly proven to be an outstanding partner. I found the team to be very motivated and exceptionally driven to deliver. They understood our business requirements and surpassed my expectations in servicing our organization. Anyone looking to hire a legal professional should contact ZSA.
Former Group Manager and Senior Counsel | Target
The nature of the position for which we were hiring was assistant general counsel. Before contacting ZSA, we had it posted ads on different internal company websites, Workopolis, and 3 or 4 large law firm for referrals with our network and with no luck. A colleague told us about ZSA. Our experience in working with them was fantastic! They were extremely collaborative, communicative, and the turn-around response was great between the team. The fact is that search consultants make a big difference as they speak the same language and know what the profession is, and what it looks like in different industries. There is a better understanding of what the requirements are and a good knowledge of the field of industry and what the employment industry looks like for attorneys. They also provided good insight into the compensation as well. If I had to hire another attorney I would come back to ZSA. I used a different firm two years ago to fill the same role, and, although they were good a good firm, I would have rather used ZSA. I would absolutely use the services of ZSA again, and would definitely recommend them to all my HR friends.
Formerly at PHH Arval
Bell Canada was looking for Senior Counsel. We contacted ZSA as a result of our long standing relationship. Overall, our experience in working with them was great. They really understood what type of person I was and what type of candidate I was looking for. They were able to submit excellent candidates and brought a lot of value to the hiring process in several ways. I am not from Ontario so I could never have found any candidates. In addition, I found that ZSA provided great information on the candidates before the interviews and they were extremely helpful in arranging the interviews. I have only used ZSA in the past, and will continue to use ZSA for years to come.
Assistant General Counsel, Labour and Employment Law | Bell Canada
I’ve relied on ZSA Legal recruiters to perform more than 100 searches over the course of 15 years. Working with ZSA significantly reduces my time-to-hire. They move quickly, wasting no time in presenting me with quality candidates. This is evidence of the strong relationships they maintain within the market of senior-level legal professionals. I also find ZSA very adept at making new connections and finding individuals with unique skill sets when I present them with a challenging candidate profile to fulfill.
My main contact at ZSA, Warren Bongard, is a highly ethical, dedicated and professional recruiter. Over the years Warren has helped me find and hire securities lawyers, general counsel, litigators, and clerical staff – and his track record remains virtually infallible.
Director, Human Resources | Canadian Bankers Association
Tracy Connelly McGilley
Vector Aerospace was looking to hire an Associate General Counsel. We contacted Warren as I had worked with him before in the past. Overall, my experience in working with Warren was excellent! What I appreciated the most was the very qualified short list of candidates with different experience. I would definitely use ZSA again!
VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary | Vector Aerospace
Lindsey Petherick from ZSA has been an excellent legal recruiter for our firm. Our unique hiring criteria make it relatively difficult for us to find an abundance of suitable candidates. However, working with ZSA, this has not seemed to be a problem. They clearly have solid relationships with top professionals in the legal industry and they are very skilled at vetting these candidates against our rather stringent academic criteria.
The candidate profile reports that Lindsey prepares are proof to me that she understands our firm well. In short, I know when Lindsey presents a candidate, it will be a good one! This saves time, and makes my job easier, because it allows me to spend time evaluating candidates who are appropriately qualified and posses the pertinent experience and skill set.
Global Head of Human Resources | Conyers Dill & Pearman (Bermuda)
The nature of the position for which we were hiring was for a Partner. We engaged ZSA as a result of our longstanding relationship, and our experience was top notch! They were professional and went above and beyond our expectations. This was a long search from start to finish and their enthusiasm did not waver. We secured a candidate we are very happy with and I would not hesitate to recommend ZSA’s services to others. I look forward to working with them again. What we found particularly helpful was that they were consistently available and willing to do whatever was required. We would definitely use the services of ZSA again!
Director Professional Development & Recruitment | Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
Working with ZSA was a delight. Throughout the process I was impressed with the rapid response from both Stephanie Hacksel, who assessed our needs, and Siobhan Rea, who did a superb job of bringing candidates forward. Siobhan was relentless in her efforts, and ultimately delivered the ideal person for the position. Thank you ZSA for helping us find our new Manager of Administrative and Legal Services!
Vice President, People Potential | A&W Food Services Canada Inc.
Siobhan Rea is highly professional and efficient and she brought a surprising number of qualified and suitable candidates to our latest legal talent search. In addition to combing their own database, ZSA attracted legal professionals from the local area and beyond by developing and placing ads in relevant publications. We have used ZSA on several occasions and following these experiences I would recommend ZSA to anyone looking to attract quality legal talent.
Corporate Finance/Securities Department Head | Clark Wilson LLP
Robert Soccio | 2011 CGCA Tomorrow’s Leader Finalist
I would like to thank you for hosting the Canadian General Counsel Awards ceremony. It was a fantastic event and everyone I had a chance to speak with thoroughly enjoyed themselves. As one of the award winners said, as general counsel we do not have many opportunities to interact with our colleagues at other companies and so I think that we all truly appreciate the opportunity you gave us to meet with the other leaders in the legal profession – I must say that to hear from David Jamieson was truly inspirational. The entire event was well organized and professional, qualities that I have come to expect from ZSA in our professional dealings and I cannot say enough about the support that ZSA has given me over the years, especially with respect to rebuilding the ArcelorMittal Dofasco legal department. Again, the entire event from nomination process, to the promotional aspects, to the reception, and to the actually awards event was professionally organized and flawless in execution, which speaks to the talent of the ZSA team, and the caliber of the nominees and the other guests in attendance made it clear that this was the pre-eminent awards ceremony for general counsel in Canada – I am very pleased to have been a part of this very special event.
Former General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer | ArcelorMittal Dofasco
W. David Jamieson
Dan, many thanks for all your assistance with the Canadian General Counsel Awards. You were there with support from the very first announcement through the evening and the event at the Four seasons Hotel and all proceeded smoothly. Your particular advice and direction to me was most useful and timely and is very much appreciated. The Monday night event was very impressive. It was definitely a first class operation. The whole event was professionally done, well thought out and planned, and the program and the presentations were excellent. I am greatly honored to have received the Lifetime Achievement award. The tribute video preceding my award was well done. I hope that my acceptance remarks were fitting and apropos for the award and the event. Again, thanks for your guidance and assistance.
Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary | J. D. Irving, Limited
Throughout our seven-year history with ZSA, they have proven a valuable partner time and again. In particular, I am pleased with the excellent service we receive from Warren Bongard, Christopher Sweeney and others at ZSA. Their dedication to our relationship is impressive, their knowledge of the Canadian legal scene is excellent and the candidates they bring match what we are looking for. I highly recommend ZSA.
Former Managing Partner | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
I was extremely impressed with the quality and speed of service we received from ZSA in assisting our search for our V.P. General Counsel position. Warren Bongard and Christopher Sweeney were quick to understand and access our needs and culture. They presented us an excellent pool of accomplished, top quality candidates from which to choose. They were prompt, responsive and highly professional. They added significant value to our search efforts. I would highly recommend the services of ZSA to any firm or company looking to attract high quality legal talent.
Former President & CEO | Virgin Mobile Canada
When my company was looking to hire an in-house legal counsel at our ski resort in Quebec, a newly created role, ZSA immediately came to mind as the search firm of choice for us to partner with for this hire. Dominique led this search effort and was excellent to work with from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my interactions with Dominique over the three months we worked together and found her to be one of the strongest recruiters I have worked with over my 14 years in HR. As a lawyer herself, she really understood what we were looking for and sought to understand the needs of our business so she could create the best possible match. She provided us with high calibre candidates and we were very pleased with our final selection. I would work with Dominique again in the future and strongly recommend her or her office should you be in the market for legal recruiters.
Previously at Club Intrawest