Ambit Search has perfected the art and science of matching the right person with the right position.

Making the right match is a subtle art and science

At Ambit, we’re experienced executive recruiters who have perfected the art of matching the right person with the right position. This takes caring, years of experience and insight. In most cases, the science of finding the right skill set is the easy part. The real art comes in reading between the lines. And that’s where we excel.

Contact one of our team members: Joanne ElekCarla Murphy or Janet McAlpine.


Joanne Elek, Managing Director

Joanne Elek

A founding partner of Ambit Search, Joanne brings a vast amount of executive search experience as well as a strong background in business and human resources.   Her search expertise is in the recruitment of senior level finance & accounting and operational professionals across several industry sectors including manufacturing, technology, healthcare and professional services.

Joanne began her career in healthcare, holding a variety of positions in both management and labour relations at Mt. Sinai and The Toronto Hospital. In 1996, Joanne joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario to manage human resources. Her tenure with the ICAO provided her with a unique perspective on the challenging and rigorous process of becoming a designated finance professional and career opportunities after qualification that await them.

For more than 20 years, she has developed a search practice built on strong, long-term relationships. Joanne’s style is highly personalized, and she provides candidates with overall career perspective and advice. She is a trusted business advisor to clients and candidates alike.

Joanne has been a volunteer advisor for many years with CPA Canada and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Sustainable Business (ABSB). In this role, she works with members of the profession to provide insight and perspectives on issues facing the CPA profession today.  She is a graduate of the Executive Human Resources Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management as well as programs at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

When Joanne is not in the office, she can be found enjoying life with her husband and family on their apple farm in Thornbury.

To speak with Joanne on her direct line, please call 416.703.5016. Email Joanne.

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Carla Murphy, BJ(Hon), MI, Senior Consultant

Carla Murphy

Carla is an experienced senior search consultant specializing in finance, accounting and operational roles across all industry sectors. She has successfully identified and attracted talent for a wide variety of opportunities ranging from C-suite to Director level. Carla brings expertise in research and interviewing to the executive search process.

With a Bachelor of Journalism, Honours and Master of Information, Carla has a skillset for comprehensive candidate sourcing and search execution. She excels at industry and candidate research, as well as screening for both professional and cultural fit, resulting in a focused shortlist reflecting client priorities.

Carla takes pride in fostering close relationships with candidates and clients, gaining a thorough understanding of the strategic objectives of both, thereby ensuring the best possible fit.

With three active sons, Carla has learned a lot about football, soccer, and hockey over the years. When she does have some personal time, she can usually be found baking or reading a novel that doesn’t involve sports.

To speak with Carla on her direct line, please call 416.548.9728. Email Carla.

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Janet McAlpine, BA (Econ), Director of Operations

Janet McAlpine

Janet has a B.A. Economics from the University of Western Ontario.  She has more than 25 years of senior level search expertise across several industry sectors. Drawing upon her past experience in both business development and recruitment her current focus is the operations of the practice. She oversees ongoing market and business intelligence and data gathering thus providing insights and recommendations for the business.

Janet is known for her insight and rigor in implementing business processes, providing an exceptionally high level of service both internally and externally.  She prepares industry reporting, market mapping and analysis in support of the search process.

Janet successfully tackles the most complex and challenging of searches and operational issues with exceptional organizational and analytical skills, developing innovative strategies and solutions to meet both clients’ needs and the operational demands of the practice.

When not in the office, Janet enjoys landscape designing, gardening and baking and looks forward to once again hosting dinner parties with friends and family.

To speak with Janet on her direct line, please call 416.203.2263. Email Janet.

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