Corporate Recruiters
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Our Team

Our team members have a cumulative average of 19 years’ experience recruiting technology professionals. There is no recruitment firm, large or small, that can match the depth and focus of the Corporate Recruiters team.

 

Founder, president, ceo

Don Safnuk

Don Safnuk founded Corporate Recruiters in 1980 with a model that was, at the time, unique – a recruiting business focused entirely on the technology sector. This depth of focus and history provides BC based small and mid cap technology clients with executive-level search services that merge North American wide reach with an in depth understanding of the local business environment.

Don’s work history includes being a CEO of a public electronic manufacturer and co-founder of a boutique investment banking firm. He has also served as a director on numerous public and private companies plus trade association and charitable not-for-profit boards. Over the years Don was involved with the merger of Software BC and the Electronic Manufacturers Association into what is now the British Columbia Technology Industries Association (BCTIA) and later served for 6 years on BCTIA’s board of directors. He also on served on the VIATeC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council) board for 6 years, and the Premier’s Technology Council for 8 years.

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Executive Leadership, Engineering & Operations

Kim Brooks

“Entrepreneurial organizations are usually navigating uncharted water with limited time and resources. It takes special skills, experience and the right mindset to deliver quality products that the market wants in a nebulous and constantly changing environment.”

Through over 25 years with Corporate Recruiters, Kim Brooks has grown up with BC’s technology innovators from the early days of electronic manufacturing to our cutting edge BC-Tech 2.0. Innovation runs in her personal life as well – for her own home, she has developed a sustainable and revolutionary green building material. She is a champion of our technology industry and sees the future in harnessing our ultimate renewable resource – the brainpower of BC’s tech entrepreneurs.

Having served on numerous industry Boards, and won Awards for consulting excellence, Kim has helped to build some of BC’s best tech successes stories by focusing on innovative technology leadership.

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software, web development

Amanda Du Toit

“Even in searches for Java Developers, QA Leads or Project Managers, understanding the CEO’s vision is essential – the fit is that important.”

Amanda Du Toit brings 20 years of international recruitment experience with a focus on commercial software development. From senior developers, project and development leads, up to senior technical managers, Amanda knows BC’s tech companies rely on solid, tight-knit teams of people for efficient success. She also knows the days of software companies burning through their people are past. Today’s teams not only possess interlocking skill sets, they also share values and passion – in other words, fit.

An active participant in interactive networking, Amanda stays in touch with companies and individuals for the long term. This relationship approach is what fuels her ability to identify just the right convergence of opportunity and talent. For Amanda, if a position is worth filling, it’s worth filling well.

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Executive Leadership, Sales & Marketing

Colin Farrell

“You are looking to build the very best company you can and I am here to help you make that happen.”

Colin has 30+ years experience in the hi-tech sector and 13+ years experience delivering results as an executive leadership, sales, and marketing recruiter. He is especially skilled at finding star performers who are ready to embrace a company’s culture and add to the heartbeat of an organization.

With his exceptional ability to quickly understand a business, its values and needs, Colin has found and placed sales, business development, marketing, and product management professionals all over North America. Colin’s network and reach is wide and deep and he can successfully find and deliver the very best candidates for your search.

“You are a hi-tech entrepreneur looking to hit it out of the park, and I am a professional headhunter/recruiter looking to help you do that. Call me and let’s talk.”

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Executive Leadership & Finance

Tim Swanson

“For our local tech community, the future is global.”

Tim mastered his career in Tokyo Japan, working at Asia’s #1 ranked international search firm for some of the biggest multinationals on the globe. Energetic, analytical and process driven, Tim is a natural to focus on finance and operations roles within tech companies and is the resident content expert in cleantech and life sciences. From international boardrooms to BC startups, Tim’s experience brings a ‘big picture’ recruitment perspective to tech companies who create locally and sell globally. Tim is fluent in Japanese and lives in a bilingual household where he and his son Ivar are helping other aspiring martial artists on their road to black belts in Tae Kwan Do. He is passionate about childhood education, sustainable technology and helping take BC technology to the world.

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— Brian Clare, CEO - 0ne45.com