Client Testimonials

At Preston Human Capital Group, we work with organizations that we consider ‘best in class.’ And our client relationships almost always run deep. We often execute multiple, high-level searches for different divisions within the same client organization.

Over our 15+ years in search we have worked with clients on both sides of the aisle, for profit, and not for profit. Below you’ll find testimonials from some of our clients and candidates alike which speak to our work ethic and passion we bring to our searches.

Many who have worked with Preston Human Capital Group will testify to the passion, knowldge and work ethic the team brings to its searches.


Candidate Testimonials

The team at PHC excel by taking a personalized, comprehensive approach to their work.  From a candidate perspective, I appreciated the accessible, engaging, 'wraparound’ experience I received —  including thorough briefings based on their depth of knowledge; expert guidance, coaching and insights shared and exchanged throughout the process; and the opportunity to debrief and learn.  PHC is passionate about the non-profit sector and enjoys making great connections for people and organizations to create lasting impact — and this comes through in every aspect of their work.
Sharon Broughton
Chief Executive Officer, Prince's Trust Canada
Cathy and Lindsay Preston are an awesome duo! They have helped me navigate and successfully land what so far feels and looks like my absolute dream job. They are honest, upfront and genuinely provide unadulterated advice from a career path standpoint. In the last decade, PHC has helped me progress in my career by successfully positioning me in senior roles, in three well respected organizations. Thank you so much!
Alex Tom
Head of the Canadian Fundraising Unit, UNHCR
I was a candidate with a lot of leadership options in the Not For Profit sector. Through a colleague I was introduced to PHCAP whom I knew little about. Cathy agreed to meet me for a courtesy interview and I recall she took the time to really listen to what I was looking for. When she called me about the CEO Position at Career Edge, the role checked all the boxes that we had discussed. After an excellent briefing and interview process led by PHCAP I’ve landed what couldn’t be a better ‘fit’.
Chad Hanna
President & CEO, Career Edge
My experience with Preston Human Capital was awesome. They took the time to really understand my strengths and what I needed in my next professional role. Their caring approach and focus on cultural fit ensured that I was put forward for opportunities where I would thrive. Because of their thoughtful due diligence in the process, I feel confident in my successful placement with Big Brothers, Big Sisters Toronto. I’m excited for my next career adventure!
Leanne Nicolle
President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto

Client Testimonials

It's been a treat working with Preston Human Capital Group. I've so enjoyed working together - your professionalism, your care for people, your directness, your listening ability...I could go on. Looking forward to doing more in the future.
Ronan Ryan
Chief Marketing and Development Officer
When Cathy Preston and her team at PHC took on the very strategic and critical search for a VP Brand Strategy & Chief Communications Officer for Kids Help Phone, they not only brought an in-depth understanding of the landscape and an extraordinary network, they also brought their strategic heart and soul. I felt like I had a true partner who was solely focused on advancing the mission of youth and mental health – Kids Help Phone. I think that is the value equation PHC brings to a search – they are one of the top executive search teams in the sector coupled with an authentic belief in the work we do. They want success – because PHC wants to advance the mission and, in our case, help kids! PHC are now honorary members of our Kids Help Phone team – and I am grateful!
Katherine Hay
President & CEO, Kids Help Phone
We selected Cathy and co as part of a competitive process, which included a number of global search firms. They demonstrated the passion, drive and networks that we were looking for. We were not disappointed. Cathy and co presented an impressive range of CEO candidates, including our perfect match, and advised us every step of the way.
Dermot Finch
Interim Executive Director, Prince's Trust Canada
Cathy knows the world of the business and not-for-profit sectors and brings discipline and candor to the search process. PHC is a small and hardworking team that combines personal service, integrity, and great understanding of the importance of culture and fit to find the right candidate.
Nicholas Offord
President, The Offord Group Inc.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is in the process of finishing our search for a new CEO. From her first meeting with the Board Search committee through to candidate selection we have been about to rely on Cathy’s professionalism, optimism and ability to “stealthily” guide our search to a successful conclusion. This was our first search experience with Cathy; it certainly won’t be the last!
Jessie Morrison
Vice President, HR Christian Children’s Fund of Canada
When I think of Cathy Preston I think: Thorough; gets the business and the importance of talent in driving and delivering results; big picture thinker; knows the field and the people in it very well; definitely “an added-value, top notch professional.
Darrell Gregersen
President & CEO, CAMH Foundation
Hiring the right talent is crucial. It takes a special skill set, a strong knowledge of the sector, an understanding of organizational culture, and the drive to ensure the process is completed. PHC brought all three to the table – resulting in a candidate with right skill set, the right fit with team, and the process completed on time.
Susan Larkin
Senior Director, Philanthropy, Canadian Red Cross
I had the pleasure of working with Preston Human Capital Group to hire two senior-level fundraisers. Both Cathy and Lindsay are extremely professional, responsive and results-oriented. They are also very client-oriented as they took the time to really understand our organization and needs. Not only was the job completed on time, but the services provided was of the highest quality. PHC exceeded all expectations and I won’t hesitate to work with them again in the future.
Anu Surendran
Senior Private Sector Partnerships Officer, Americas UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency
We had unique search requirements when sourcing the new CEO for our not-for-profit organization. As a social enterprise we needed both private sector and not-for-profit experience. Preston Human Capital Group worked closely with our Search Committee and provided a tremendous slate of candidates. Efficient and professional, Preston Human Capital Group was a true partner in our search process.
As Chair of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto I was part a search committee tasked originally with hiring a Chief Development Officer, but ultimately, as our needs evolved, with the new task of hiring a new President & CEO. The need to pivot quickly as the summer months approached was something with which most service providers would have struggled. Instead, Cathy and Lindsay moved quickly into solution mode and were extremely responsive, flexible and engaged in the process. They understood the challenges we faced, including the need to engage a multitude of senior stakeholders, and had a strong grasp of the qualities and abilities the new President & CEO would need in order to be successful. The search progressed in a very timely manner, from start to finish – and the attention to detail and organized manner that they exhibited consistently throughout the process was very impressive. I highly recommend the PHCAP team and would happily use them again.
Dave Sturdee
Board Chair, Big Brothers & Big Sisters Toronto

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