The most onerous obstacle for me lay in ultimately choosing two candidates from the lists of several extremely well-qualified and diverse individuals. The RainMaker principals with whom I dealt were very knowledgeable of the market conditions and very helpful to me in guiding me both in the quality of the candidates and in the contractual terms of these positions…Both individuals are thriving in their respective roles and, with hindsight, it is difficult to imagine more appropriate placements.
Kenneth C. Cancellara, Q.C.
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Biovail Corporation
RainMaker Group led a very important search for our Senior Vice President and General Counsel. It was a very complex selection process and they presented a select group of impressive senior lawyers for our consideration. The excellent quality of the finalists clearly demonstrated that Adam and Coreen understood our needs and those of their candidates. As a result, we hired an exceptional lawyer, manager and business contributor for our executive leadership team. We are completely satisfied with our new SVP & General Counsel and the way the entire process was managed by RainMaker.
Thomas C. MacMillan
President & CEO, CIBC Mellon
The people at RainMaker did an excellent job of helping us define our needs, and then going out and finding the right person to fill the job. They sourced and presented notable and talented candidates, which ended up making our decision a difficult, but rewarding one for our company.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Retirement Residences Real Estate Investment Trust
RainMaker has worked with Norton Rose’s Toronto office for many years. As one who has had the pleasure of working with Adam Lepofsky and his team during this time, I can attest to the high level of services that RainMaker provides to its clients. I have always found the team at RainMaker to be professional, service oriented and a pleasure to deal with.
Ava G. Yaskiel, Norton Rose
In the legal talent wars Adam Lepofsky is a key strategist. We rely on his direct, no-nonsense approach in accurately assessing the likely fit of potential candidates (for their sake and ours) so that we can continue building our team with exceptional lateral hires.
Hugh L. MacKinnon
Chairman / CEO, Bennett Jones LLP
RainMaker Group has been a true strategic partner. Adam and his team took the time to understand our business and the challenges that we face. They listened to us, and at the same time, pushed our thinking toward the ways to better serve our clients. Most importantly, they gave us a choice of top talent.
John L. Howard
SVP and General Counsel, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
It was a pleasure dealing with Adam and Anne on our search for Vice President, General Counsel. They did a thorough search including discussions with other senior executives at Apotex, and presented a first class slate of candidates. Due to their attention to detail and awareness of the personalities involved, we could have gone with any of the top candidates. The search was handled with a high degree of professionalism as well a sense of humor, both of which were greatly appreciated. We are very pleased with the outcome of the search, and would deal with Rainmaker again without hesitation.
President, Apotex Holdings Inc.
RainMaker Group provided an outstanding level of service in assisting us with our search for General Counsel. We were very pleased not only with the consistently high level of candidates they produced, but also with their keen understanding of our corporate culture. This, of course, assisted greatly in finding the candidate that was the “right fit”. RainMaker was also extremely effective in communicating the right expectations to the candidates, which meant that we ended up with a General Counsel who is highly satisfied with her position, and a senior management team that is extremely happy with its choice of General Counsel. We would encourage any firm or corporation seeking legal counsel to take advantage of the services offered by RainMaker Group.
Founder and CEO, FUN Technologies Inc.
Over the last few years, I have had the pleasure to work with RainMaker on several occasions to assist in expanding RioCan’s legal department. In all cases, the searches were extensive, thoughtful and resulted in an exceptional slate of candidates to be interviewed and, ultimately, selected. Adam truly understood our unique business needs and, as importantly, the right “fit” for the organization in every case. His knowledge of the real estate market, excellent judgment and highest level of service combined to deliver outstanding results in each case. RainMaker has been a valuable and longstanding partner of RioCan, which I expect to continue well into the future.
Jennifer Suess, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, RioCan,
RainMaker has been our exclusive agent for recruiting in-house counsel for several years. Over that time we have added a number of lawyers on both a permanent and contract basis and, in each case, the lawyer has been a success. They take the time to understand our needs and culture – and approach each assignment with professionalism and as an opportunity to maintain and improve RainMaker’s relationship with us.
Patrick M. McGrade
Vice President, Legal Affairs & Corporate Secretary, GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
RainMaker Group was a great recruitment partner in our search for our Vice President & General Counsel. Although we initially intended to hire a lawyer at a Director level, given the strength and talent of the candidates RainMaker presented to us we decided to create an executive level position instead. They understood our business, culture and candidate requirements, and we were impressed with their commitment to service and the depth of their knowledge of the legal market. I would highly recommend RainMaker to any corporation seeking a high-calibre lawyer at any level.
Senior Vice President, Score Media Inc.
The pursuit of outstanding legal talent is one of the priorities of our business. RainMaker has been of great assistance in locating that talent and taking the time to understand the culture of our firm in order to make sure that we provide the right environment for that talent to succeed.
Gary Luftspring, Ricketts, Harris LLP
We have reached out to RainMaker Group for key support to fill strategic roles within our legal group with consistent positive results. Adam and his team can be counted on to take the time to understand our business needs and then apply critical judgment to the process in a way that comes as close as possible to being part of our actual team. This results in an efficient, effective and professional project that we can be proud to have our name associated with.
Executive Vice President, Legal & Strategic Projects, Vale
Adam has been doing placement work for Heenan for the past 5 years and I am continually impressed with his professionalism as well as his ability to bring quality candidates to the table and keep them there until the deal closes. He goes the extra few yards necessary to button down the details and bring the deal to closure. Everything in this business is about closing!
Norman Bacal, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
Whitney and Adam were great to work with. They kept me up to date during every step of the recruitment process and were very helpful by providing thoughtful insights on their client and the job opportunity. They were also very accommodating around my busy schedule and worked very hard to bridge the connection between me and their client. It was a pleasure working with them.
Senior Legal Counsel, theScore Inc.
It was very important for Acklands-Grainger Inc. to find a strong qualified candidate who embodied our corporate values and culture. Adam and Coreen really understood our needs and ultimately provided us with a group of very impressive candidates to choose from. We are delighted with our new VP & General Counsel and the professional manner that the entire process was handled by RainMaker Group. Thank you for a job well done.
Laurie A. Wright
Vice President Human Resources, Acklands-Grainger Inc.
Being located outside the GTA, we often have difficulty recruiting top talent. Rainmaker Group has been integral in our ability to filter through the talent pool to identify the best candidate for our Firm’s requirements. We have had multiple hiring successes engaging Rainmaker Group and look forward to working with them in the future.
Jared Doyle, McCarter Grespan Beynon Weir
Husky prides itself on having a strong and unique corporate culture, so finding talented people to fit into the company requires a recruitment firm with the right attitude, service and approach. RainMaker has delivered high caliber talent for two positions within Husky’s legal department. Adam and his team are knowledgeable about the market and they took the time to ensure the right fit for both the company and the candidates. From advertising to candidate screening to facilitating interviews and negotiations, RainMaker Group allowed me to stay focused on my job while they did the groundwork, and in the end they delivered with excellent results.
Michael P.J. McKendry
General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
We have used RainMaker to recruit a number of lawyers over the last four years. In all cases, the experience has been very positive. They always take time to understand the position and send us top-notch candidates. The lawyers we hired through RainMaker have all been pleased with their moves because RainMaker’s consultants also took time to ensure that they understood the job and that it would be a good fit. I highly recommend RainMaker to anyone looking to fill a legal position.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, CIBC
“Because of RainMaker Group’s extraordinary efforts in filling our last legal placement I have no hesitation in giving RainMaker my highest endorsement. We knew we were in good hands right from the start because of RainMaker Group’s emphasis on the “know your customer” process. RainMaker Group asked all the right questions and were exceptional listeners. Clearly RainMaker has substantial industry contacts and a talent for seeking out the right skill set. But RainMaker’s real value to Orlando Corporation was both in understanding our particular corporate culture and then finding precisely the right personality to suit it. The fact that they faced an extremely tight market made things all the more challenging, and we were impressed by their dedication in wanting to ‘get it right’. I am especially thankful that you Adam and Danya were so patient and persistent, never allowing us to lower our sights or to consider candidates that didn’t measure up to each of our requirements. Their vetting process was a huge timesaver and one of the many reasons why we will use RainMaker for our next hire.”
David Stewart, General Counsel, Orlando Corporation,