Key Staff

We operate across Canada with head office in Toronto and affiliate offices in Vancouver and Montreal and Calgary.

The firm's professional staff includes:

John D. Armitage
Managing Director

John has been active as a management and executive search consultant for over 40 years. He started in management consulting with KPMG and moved into executive search as a specialty in 1972. In 1976, he launched Armitage Associates as a high-end specialty search practice.

John is a co-founder of Talent Technology Corporation and serves on the Advisory Board of ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship) – an association geared to encouraging entrepreneurship/business startups at the undergraduate level in universities across Canada.

He was formerly in accounting and financial positions with Merck Frosst Limited – a multinational pharma. John has an MBA from the University of Texas (Austin) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University in Montreal.

Natalie Kusick
Research Associate/Database- Project Coordinator

Natalie coordinates the firm’s candidate database and Internet research as a member of our research team. She has been with the firm over 9 years.

Natalie has her BA from York University.

Chelsea Armitage

Chelsea has a B.A. (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario and also a post-graduate diploma from Humber College.

Matt McTaggart

Matthew joined the firm in early 2013. Previously, he had worked in executive search for the last 10 years – initially in a senior-level recruitment role with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPPB). More recently, he was a search consultant with two established Canadian search/recruitment firms. His areas of focus are financial services/investment management and the professional services sector as well as supporting our other practice areas.

Matthew holds both a BA in English from McMaster University and an MBA from the University of Windsor.

Ron Cuperfain

Ron Cuperfain has over 20 years experience in both retailing and research/executive search. He handles assignments in the financial services, real estate, health care, and manufacturing sectors.

Ron received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Dalhousie University and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Toronto.

Michael Goodman

Michael has been a senior search practitioner in the Quebec market for the last 30 years. He specializes in financial services, real estate, healthcare, and retailing. He was formerly in in-house HR roles at the Mercantile Bank and Royal Trust.

Michael has a law degree from the University of Montreal and a BA from McGill University and is bilingual.

Paige McDonald
Calgary Associate

Paige has been active in executive search/search research –primarily in the Western Canadian market for over 10 years. She has had experience with both global and domestic search firms before affiliating with Armitage Associates.

Her practice includes both multinational and domestic clients and she has had particular focus on the energy, financial services, and technology sectors.

Paige received her Honours Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Calgary in 1999.

Cameron Laker
Vancouver Associate

Cameron is a Managing Director of Mindfield Group -a Vancouver-based affiliate. Mindfield is a Recruiting Process Outsourcing firm which offers mid-market recruiting to customers looking to outsource volume-based clerical and mid-range staffing activity to a 3rd party firm. He assists Armitage on assignments undertaken in Western Canada.

Armitage Affiliates

We have established alliances with other high end independent search and related consulting/advisory firms in the United States and overseas. Their level of involvement is determined by the requirements of the assignment/client situation.

On cross border search assignments, we utilize these firms to source and interview prospects in their local markets or, in some cases, co-lead the project with us.

Talent Technology Corporation

Mindfield Group

Michael Goodman