Here is what clients have to say about us.
I engaged ZSA because of my previous experience with them. Dealing with Warren Bongard was excellent. He was responsive and is very knowledgeable of the legal industry and its talent. Warren is one of the best and so is ZSA. I found value in the level of candidate matches to role and expectations. I have used ZSA in the past and will use them again in the future.
Nathalie ClarkGeneral Counsel & Corporate Secretary | Computershare Canada
Dominique is an amazing recruiter: creative, relentless, with a great understanding of the client’s business and needs, and extremely responsive. She was supportive and friendly through every stage of the process. She has helped us fill a legal position in a very short period of time and that, during a challenging recruitment market. She was responsive to our request for diverse candidates and truly every single candidate that she has brought in was absolutely great. Dominique is a star recruiter!
Delia CristeaPartner, General Counsel and Secretary │ Power Sustainable
Aimia was in search of a Chief Legal Officer; ZSA and Dominique came highly recommended. Dominique guided us through the process and provided great insights starting with the job description and ending with the perfect hire. She understood our needs and translated them into excellent candidates for our leadership team to meet. In addition, her team provided a turn-key solution to set up interviews. Dominique’s availability, knowledge and friendly demeanour made it a joy to work with ZSA; I would highly recommend her and her team in a heartbeat and would absolutely use them again for future legal recruitment needs.
Dominique BensadounGeneral Manager, Talent & Culture and Total Rewards | Aimia
It was an excellent experience working with Orit! She was easy to work with and delivered results. I would definitely use the services of ZSA again in the future.
Jared DyklerTalent Acquisition | Export Development Canada
I reached out to ZSA for lawyer recruitment. Working with Christopher Sweeney was excellent. He is the consummate professional and our lawyer hire is working out swimmingly. Christopher’s depth and breath of experience is unparalleled in the industry, making my work easy and the match virtually guaranteed to be a good fit. I have used other recruiters in the past but ZSA’s service is truly exceptional and I would use them again in the future.
Patricia NorthPartner | LSCS Law
I reached out to ZSA as we needed to hire a partner for our firm. I dealt with Warren Bongard who is always great to work with and was helpful at discussing the compensation to offer and suggested terms with the candidate. What was particularly helpful was the feedback Warren gave on timing; the compensation to offer; and his availability to speak when needed. I’ve used other recruiters in the past however, ZSA was a good part of the process and it is always nice to work with Warren directly.
Daniel LubinPartner | Whitten & Lublin
We were looking to hire an office manager and had posted on a CBA job board. Working with Mike was excellent. Not only was he quick to respond but if we needed additional information, he was on it right away. We valued the quality candidates he brought to the hiring process. We will use ZSA in the future.
Barbara McNabSynergy Business Lawyers
I engaged Warren Bongard of ZSA as colleagues spoke highly of him from previous engagements. Working with Warren was excellent. He is professional, flexible, and has been effective for us. What I found to be of value in the hiring process was the high quality candidates, greater volume of candidates, and it was all well coordinated. Warren’s experience and his appreciation for our high-bar needs was key. I would use ZSA again in the future.
Blair LillChief Operating Officer | Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
Mike had stayed in touch with us and became aware of our need to hire a junior associate. Working with Mike was excellent. He was efficient, communicated clearly and understood our firm’s unique culture and requirements. What I found particularly helpful in the process was Mike’s facilitating discussions with the candidates. We have used other recruiters in the past but I enjoyed working with Mike and would trust him with future searches.
Maryam ZargarManaging Partner | Zargar Lawyers
We had been recruiting for this position for over three months with no success when we decided to contact several recruiters. We approached ZSA and Mike was willing to work with us and give us the right support and feedback during the hiring process. Dealing with Mike was excellent and his experience and negotiation skills were vital in the hiring process. I will use ZSA again in the future.
Claudia FleischerCaron & Partners
We were hiring for an associate lawyer position and reached out to ZSA because of our past experience, their reputation, and they don’t send me unqualified candidates. Working with Warren was excellent in that I was only referred candidates who met the criteria I was looking for. There were no efforts to “sell’ me on people who didn’t meet the profile and we found the perfect person to fill the role. We tried to find the right person ourselves, and via our network, without success and ZSA was able to find the right person for us almost immediately. We have used other recruiters in the past but ZSA is much better and we will use then again in the future.
Robert L. ColsonPartner | Teplitsky, Colson LLP
I dealt with Warren Bongard and Orit Sinai at ZSA because of their stellar reputation and access to a broad net of candidates. Working with them was excellent – as good as can be due to their expedient service which resulted in getting a great new hire. They brought tremendous value to the hiring process in that they identified a good pool of candidates that fit our hiring criteria. We have used other recruiters in the past but ZSA is results driven and was able to provide the best pool of candidates. We will definitely use their services again in the future.
Eli CranleySenior Legal Counsel | Canerector Inc.
We reached out to ZSA because of its known expertise in the legal field. Our experience working with Travis was exceptional. He did all of the work and we simply had to pick from a roster of excellent candidates. We are very very happy with our pick. Travis’ ability to find good candidates and do all of the foundational work for the interviews was of great value. We have used other recruiters in the past for non- lawyer positions but would definitely use ZSA again in the future and just contacted Travis for another lawyer hire.
Greg TereposkyPartner | Tereposky & DeRose LLP
Dear Me Tardif,
On behalf of the team at Kugler Kandestin, I wanted to thank you for recently finding us what appears to be an excellent young new lawyer to join our law firm.
As you know, because of the growing needs of our firm, we have contacted your company several times over the last few years in order to assist in our search for new lawyers to join our firm. Each time a mandate was given to ZSA, knowing the type of boutique firm we are and the specializations of our law practise, you presented us with excellent possible candidates. The candidates you recommended and to whom we offered positions have all developed and matured into fine lawyers.
ZSA’s focus and professionalism in helping us attract new attorneys has been very impressive. We would strongly recommend your services to any law firm seeking to engage a new lawyer.
Your assistance has been extremely appreciated by all of us at Kugler Kandestin.
Thanks again and best regards
Arthur J. Wechsler
Me Arthur J. Wechsler
My experience with Christopher was excellent – he understood our needs and was creative and responsive in devising solutions, really went above and beyond. I had used a recruiter once previously, but ZSA was superior by far, and I would use their services again.
Howard LevittLevitt LLP
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!
Lori Posluns, LL.B., MBAChief Legal Officer
We engaged ZSA as we had worked with them before, and my experience with Lindsay was excellent – I found her to be prompt and thoughtful. Lindsay understood what we were looking for and made sure we got it. I had worked with other recruiters in the past, and ZSA compares very favorably – I would use their services again.
Peter ViitrePartner | Sotos LLP
It was a pleasure working with Dominique and her team. They were always professional and responsive, and took care of everything that we may not have time, expertise, or desire to get involved with. More importantly, Dominique really understood our needs and consistently recommended candidates who were a great fit. I would not hesitate to work with Dominique and her team again in the future. Thank you for everything.
Evelyne MorinGeneral Counsel, Innocap Investment Management
Warren handled our search for an Employment Law lawyer. Our search needed to be confidential and although we reached out within our external counsel network, we could not find a suitable candidate. Working with Warren was excellent. He was very responsive and only qualified candidates were brought forward who were high quality and well screened. The screening was particularly of great value and saved considerable time and effort in the recruiting process. I would use ZSA again in the future as the need arises.
Eric NotkinCGI Inc.
Warren handled our search for a Senior VP and General Counsel. I engaged ZSA due to their specialization in legal affairs. Working was Warren was really good – especially with the sourcing and screening process. I would definitely use the services of ZSA again!
Stacy BrownLivingston International Inc.
We engaged ZSA looking to support the ongoing lateral growth of our firm. Warren was excellent, as he was able to identify and recruit strong candidates in a short order. Over the years, ZSA has been a strong partner in our firm’s growth. I have used other recruiters in the past, and ZSA compares favourably.
Mark ShapiroPartner and Canadian Litigation Practice Group Chair | Dickinson Wright LLP
Excellent service! I highly recommend using ZSA. It made the process of finding the ideal candidate easy and efficient. Very much appreciated the level of responsiveness and truly being treated as a valued customer.
I reached out to ZSA as I was very familiar with Orit’s capabilities and connections in the industry and was confident she would be able to fill the vacancy. Orit was key to finding the right person for Gallagher and she made the process so easy. She knew my personality and took the time to understand what sort of character would fit in at Gallagher and went out to find the right fit. The personal factor was key. Qualified candidates that have the requisite technical expertise are easy to come by – finding the right person that has the technical abilities along with the right character, personality and business acumen is difficult – Orit nailed it. Overall, working with Orit and the ZSA team was a pleasure. Orit was able to understand Gallagher’s needs and quickly provide a variety of candidates that brought the breadth and depth of experience we were looking for. We were incredibly pleased with the pool of candidates presented and we were able to hire someone that is an up and coming talent in the legal profession – all due to the efforts of Orit and the team at ZSA.
Frank RedaChief Legal & Compliance Officer | Gallagher Canada
We needed a lawyer in Alberta for our expanding practice and the assignment was quite unique. Online posting on LinkedIn didn’t produce many results, so we reached out to ZSA. Amrit was attentive and understood the needs. She was up front that it was challenging to find applicants, but she kept at it. Ultimately I believe that potential candidates likely took the opportunity more seriously because it was posted by ZSA, and I would use their services again.
David SharePresident | Share Lawyers
After researching multiple firms in order to source a General Counsel, we chose ZSA based on their local presence. Working with Mike was an excellent experience – he was able to stay on top of things the whole way through and presented excellent candidates that fit our criteria. Mike really understood the fit with our culture that we were looking for – out of the 6 candidates he presented, 5 could have been hired. We have worked with other recruiters in the past, but ZSA presented the most qualified and best fit candidates to date – we would definitely use their services again.
Marnie StarihaConwest Contracting
After trying to source internally, and posting ads in legal journals with no luck, we reached out to ZSA. Working with Travis was an excellent experience – he was able to provide us with an expanded group of high quality candidates. While we have used other recruiters in the past, ZSA is the best I have worked with and we would use their services again.
Martin RitchieJCM Power
I have worked with Dominique for a recruiting process and the level of professionalism and quality she offered was extremely high. Dominique has a high ethic and she is determined to help people in their research and we have been impressed by her dedication and efficiency in finding a good solid candidate. I hope to work with her again in the future.
Catherine BarilSenior Director, Human Resources and Administration | Lundbeck Canada
We reached out to Warren Bongard and Orit Sinai, as we were looking to hire a General Counsel for our company. ZSA came highly recommended and overall, our experience working with both Warren and Orit was excellent – they were clearly very experienced and made the process very predictable and smooth. They approach the project with a great attitude and knowledge of the field. They were intuitive and quickly developed a good feel for our company and what we were looking for. The process moved fast but did not feel rushed. Warren and Orit fully understood the nuances of what we were looking for. Our request was to start with a wide variety of choices and then – after interviews started – narrow down the scope. I thought ZSA did a great job of giving us a broad spectrum of candidates so that we could get a three-dimensional feel for the “right” candidate. Also – everything was extremely “user-friendly.” The interview summaries and CVs were very helpful, as were the efforts to arrange the interviews throughout the organization. We would definitely use ZSA again.
David MillerCo-Founder, General Counsel | The Flowr Corporation
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.
Richard FongCity 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.
Alicia FlynnHuman Resources Manager | NWMO
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.
Linda CatyFormer Corporate Secretary | BCE Inc. and Bell Canada
I often recommend Dominique to legal professionals seeking new career opportunities as well as employers looking to fill legal positions. From a job seeker’s standpoint, Dominique’s no-nonsense attitude and her concise, precise and on-point comments and advice on employers, interviewers and the legal job market in preparation for interviews allow a rare insight and advantage to any candidate able to listen and use her comments to his or her advantage. What’s more, Dominique is a pleasure to work with. If you are looking for an ace in legal recruitment, look no further.
Brigitte BlakeLegal counsel | Abbott Laboratoires
Dominique was able to understand our firm and our needs well beyond the specific mandate that we hired her for. She was able to spot an unforeseen opportunity and turn it into a perfect fit for our firm and the candidate. Dominique’s knowledge of the industry and the community greatly enhance the chances of a successful fit.
Doug MitchellPartner, Irving Mitchell Kalichman
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.
Paul ShayChief Operating Officer | Brain Canada Foundation
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.
Hanna VinebergTalent Acquisition Champion - Helping Business Leaders Get a Good Night's Sleep
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!
Lori PoslunsChief Legal Officer | Traffic Tech Inc.
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.
Hilary LunguBilingual Recruiter | Suncor
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.
Michelle SimardFormerly at Krylov & Company
We were hiring a senior lease administrator. We engaged ZSA because we knew they had the legal expertise. We obtained 3 other recruiters before contacting ZSA and they were excellent compared to past recruiters. Our experience with them was excellent and we would absolutely use ZSA’s services again!
Anne LopesAllied Properties REIT
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.
Sylvia Pagnotta-FeracoFormer Human Resources Department | Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
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.
Joel SchusterChief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary | Avigilon Corporation
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.
Suzanne DaviesEnsign Energy Services
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.
Amanda ShowalterDC Bank
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.
Patti MacDonaldGowling WLG
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.
Natalie ArisEquitable Bank
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.
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.
Bernard PinskyCorporate Finance/Securities Department Head | Clark Wilson LLP
Working with ZSA was a delight. Throughout the process I was impressed with the rapid response from 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!
Janice BeerVice President, People Potential | A&W Food Services Canada Inc.
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.
Jaye DensonAllegis @ HSBC
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.
Winn OughtredFormer Managing Partner | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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!
Tracy Connelly McGilleyVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary | Vector Aerospace
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.
Krista DerksenDirector, Human Resources | Canadian Bankers Association
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.
Paul DykemanCEO | Summit Reit
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.
Thomas JohnstonFormer Executive Director, Legal Counsel, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer | UBS Global Asset Management
ZSA helped us with that and we had a lovely experience. Warren was very proactive and also very helpful in setting expectations – my expectations and the candidates expectations as to compensation, culture and development opportunities. We will use the services of ZSA again!
Donna ParishAssociate General Counsel, Litigation Management, P&C Canada | BMO
Warren Bongard of ZSA Placement has successfully placed about 30 lawyers with the firm of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP (“FR”), of which I am the Managing Partner. The vast majority of the lawyers that Warren has placed with FR are still with us, and many have become equity partners. I would have no hesitation in recommending ZSA Placement, and in particular Warren Bongard, to anyone seeking to hire legal talent or to any lawyers interested in re-locating their practices.
Michael H. Appleton, Q.C.Managing Partner | Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
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 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.
Aurelio BaglioneWinchester Financial Group
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.
Christy O’Connor-KhanThe Weather Network
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.
Paul StoyanGardiner Roberts LLP
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.
Jeffrey EllisCanadian Pacific Railway
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!
Heather DevinePartner | Isaacs & Co.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin DaneWildeboer Dellelce
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.
Mike RichardsDLA Piper (Canada) LLP
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.