Our Team

Superior Talent Acquisition.

MANDRAKE  |  MONTREAL

 

Normand Lebeau
President & Chief Guardian of the Mandrake Experience
514.878.4224, ext.234

Danny Savard
Vice President &
Practice Leader

514.878.4224, ext.231

Isabelle Girard
Vice President &
Practice Leader

514.878.4224, ext.237

Maxime Lebeau
Director, Executive Search & Operations
514.878.4224, ext.239

Jennifer Palaisy
Research strategy and talent acquisition
514.878.4224, ext.235

Sophie Turcotte
Executive Assistant
& Office Manager
514.878.4224, ext.233

Linda Arsenault
Executive Onboarding Coach
514.942.2152

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LINDA ARSENAULT

Executive Onboarding Coach 

Linda is our Executive Onboarding Coach. She has been partnering with us for the past 10 years, working closely with our Executives during the integration period. She is a certified MCC coach with more than 4000 hours of practice. With Linda, we have developed an onboarding program that is recognized and appreciated by our clients in the preparation of the first 100-day action plan. This process gives the Executives time to step back, discuss, and maximize the benefits of the onboarding period along with being aware of the risks.

BIO


NORMAND LEBEAU 

President & Chief Guardian of the Mandrake Experience

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at West Florida University (Tennis Scholarship, NCAA Division II), Normand Lebeau joined the team of Trans-Canada Glass Inc. as an intern in marketing management focusing on brand image and business development.

In 1986, Mr. Lebeau left Trans-Canada and, with the help of another partner, founded what was to become one of the largest point-of-sale promotional materials companies in Canada. After having contributed to the growth of the business in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa, he divested his financial interests in the business towards the end of 1996 to join the Mandrake team as partner and general manager at the Montreal office. He has since developed a multi-specialist practice in the search for middle and senior executives in the Quebec market.

In September 2014, Mr. Lebeau was elected President of the International Executive Search Federation at the Annual General Meeting in Delhi, India. He served as Global President of the IESF through 2018 inclusively. He now sits on the Leadership Council of the organization. IESF is the largest retained executive search group in the world identifying talent and leadership through its 80 offices in 22 countries globally. In 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Cross-border Assignment trophy at the IESF annual congress in Bangkok, Milan, Montreal, Hamburg, and Sydney.

Throughout his career, Mr. Lebeau has served as Executive Vice President of the Montreal Young Chamber of Commerce in 1991, as well as Chairman of the Chamber's 1989 and 1990 fundraising campaigns. In March of 2000, the Quebec division of the SCSP gave him their Leadership Award for his enthusiasm and contribution as a member of the Quebec business community. Since 2008, Mr. Lebeau has been a mentor in the Montreal Young Chamber of commerce program. Currently, Mr. Lebeau is the Chairman of the Board of the Montreal Board of Trade’s Foundation as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Economic Institute also serving as the Chairman of the Admission’s and Human Resources Committees.

SEARCH EXPERIENCE

General Management:

  • President and CEO for Biotechnology company
  • President of a Packaged Goods company
  • Chief Operating Officer for a leading Global security company
  • Chief Operating Officer for a distribution company (pharma)
  • Executive Vice President, software Solution Company
  • General Manager for a Canadian subsidiary of a European Pharmaceutical company
  • General Manager for a market leading entertainment company
  • Executive Vice President for retail automotive company

Marketing:

  • Vice President Marketing for a cable company
  • Vice President Marketing for major consumer packaged goods company
  • Vice President Marketing for a Pulp and paper company
  • Vice President Marketing for Telecom company
  • Vice President Marketing for a Software company (telecom)
  • Vice President Marketing for a Canadian retail bank
  • Vice President Marketing for a major fashion retail company
  • Vice President Marketing/Communication for an entertainment company

Sales:

  • Vice President Sales, fashion retail company
  • Vice President Retail Sales and business development for a cable company
  • Vice President Sales for a telecom-Wireless Company
  • Vice President Sales for a consumer packaged goods company
  • Vice President Sales for a sport equipment manufacturer
  • Vice President Sales for a major Canadian brewery
  • Vice President Sales for a construction equipment manufacturer

Finance:

  • Chief Financial Officer for a global security corporation
  • Chief Financial Officer for a North American nutritional company
  • Chief Financial Officer for a construction company
  • Senior Vice President of finance for a cable company
  • Senior Vice President of Finance for a pulp and paper company
  • National Corporate Controller for a major Canadian brewery

Human Resources:

  • Vice President Human Resources for a Canadian Airline
  • Vice President Human Resources for a leading Packaged goods company
  • Vice President Human Resources for a Diagnostics company
  • Vice President Human Resources for an international entertainment/travel company
  • Vice President Human Resources for a media company
  • Vice President Human Resources for a Health Care company
  • Vice President Human Resources for a fashion retail organization
  • Vice President Human Resources for a communication company

Operations and Information Technology:

  • Vice President Supply Chain Management for a pulp and paper company
  • Vice President of Supply Chain for a Diagnostics company
  • Vice President Operations for a Canadian automotive retail company
  • Vice President Operations for a communication company
  • Vice President Technology for a Communication company
  • Vice President Operations for a construction product manufacturer
  • Vice President Information Technology for a hardware products distribution company

Other Functions:

  • Vice President Medical Affairs for a Global Pharmaceutical company
  • Vice President Scientific Affairs for a diagnostics company
  • Vice President operational risk assessment for a Canadian retail bank
  • Vice President knowledge management for a Global leader in entertainment

Normand Lebeau
President & Chief Guardian of the Mandrake Experience
514.878.4224, ext.234

DANNY SAVARD, P.Eng.

Vice President & Practice Leader

After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, Mr. Savard held a variety of positions, primarily in the areas of strategic sales organization and management, business turnaround, and the organization and management of operations management. He has worked for several leading organizations such as Hewitt Equipment, Mecfor, Cegertec WorleyParsons, Wajax Equipment, Goodfellow and Symbiose & Strategies. He has held positions in sales management, general management, sales/marketing vice presidency, executive presidency and presidency.

Throughout his career, Mr. Savard has been exposed in the front line to the real and practical challenges of a business manager focused on concrete results: strategic development of organizations, implementation of operational processes and performance indicators, and selection/development of employees.

With the combination of all his past experiences, he is able to fully understand the operational requirements of his clients. His practical expertise allows him to advise and support his clients in the definition and realization of their executive search mandates. In addition, his extensive network of contacts in the fields of engineering, equipment, industrial production, logistics, mining & metals and information technology allows him to constantly keep abreast of technological developments and market trends.

Mr. Savard has developed a strong passion for interpersonal relationships and talent management. In addition to intimately understanding the needs of his clients, he is able to draw an accurate portrait of the profiles sought and recommend the appropriate candidates who will integrate perfectly in the organization.

Danny Savard
Vice President & Practice Leader
514.878.4224, ext.231

ISABELLE GIRARD

Vice President & Practice Leader

Isabelle Girard has provided executive search services to companies in all sectors of the economy. She has also collaborated with many Canadians and International companies in identifying top talent that has brought significant value to the organizations. Isabelle Girard worked for two of the major international executive search firms, Korn/Ferry International and Russell Reynolds Associates where she was responsible for recruiting senior executives. She also worked for local search firms. Mrs Girard began her career with an international conference planning firm. She carried out research and consultations with leaders in all areas of the economy for the purpose of producing conferences tailored to selected audiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from the Université de Montréal, a certificate in occupational health and safety and a certificate in marketing, both from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Isabelle Girard has hands-on experience in executive recruitment. With her training in Industrial Relations, she has acquired a very good understanding of companies’ organisational structures and of the relationship between key roles and executives. Her broad skills, knowledge and experience in all facets of strategic research and recruitment of executives make her a versatile, adaptable and efficient consultant much appreciated by her clientele. She is recognized for her relational skills and her capacity to establish business connections based on trust and honesty.

Isabelle Girard has successfully recruited executives for Canadian and international clients in the private (for which some are quoted on Stock Exchanges), public and para governmental sectors. She has developed customized search strategies based on the needs of local and international clienteles and recommended top talent with impressive records of achievement. She also recruited several candidates outside big city centers.

Isabelle Girard
Vice President & Practice Leader
514.878.4224, ext.237

MAXIME LEBEAU

Director, Executive Search & Operations

Fascinated by Executive Recruitment and Interpersonal Relations, Maxime has supported or led more than 100 assignments since his beginning in 2015.

Before joining the team, Maxime completed a bachelor's degree in Demography at the Université de Montréal, a university recognized for having laid down the first demography department in North America. As part of the completion of his baccalaureate, Maxime had the chance to spend two years abroad: at first in Nice, France, at the University Sophie Antipolis in economics, and second, in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota in urban geography.

Since 2017, Maxime has been involved in various organizations and groups of a political nature and economic development such as the "Groupe la Relève en famille, en affaires! ".

Since 2015, Maxime has been an active member of the “Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal” (JCCM). In addition to serving on the JCCM's Executive Committee in 2016, Maxime will hold several management positions within the JCCM. Since 2019, Maxime has been involved in his community by sitting on the board of directors of a NPO in the Villeray-Parc-Extension neighbourhood, which helps disadvantaged youth to give them the tools and resources to reach university.

Maxime wants to actively participate in the international reputation of local businesses by matching the needs of these companies with the profile of the ideal candidate.

Maxime is an ambassador of Mandrake's values as a Consultant in Strategy for Research and Talent Acquisition.

Maxime Lebeau
Director, Executive Search & Operations
514.878.4224, ext.239

JENNIFER PALAISY

Research strategy and talent acquisition

Jennifer had been working in research and data analysis since 2015 for Canada's largest corporate health service provider and, prior to this, worked extensively in customer relations, both B2B and B2C. Throughout these years, she gained wide-ranging knowledge of the companies and industries throughout Canada.

Joining the Mandrake team in 2020 as a Research Strategy and Talent Acquisition Consultant was a creative marriage of her thorough research skills and passion for working with people, as well as an ideal outlet for her outside-the-box research methods and her convivial approach to interpersonal relations.

Her creativity in her work is a direct reflection of her character outside the office; she can regularly be found taking in local art and anthropological exhibitions, or creating artwork of her own out of paint, clay, even chocolate.

She is an avid ambassador of local environmentally conscious businesses and initiatives and acts as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for les Jardins de Bakel, a non-profit organization which aims to support groups of working women to achieve food autonomy through gardening initiatives in Bakel,

Jennifer Palaisy
Research strategy and talent acquisition
514.813.1430