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 Elek, Carla 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 finance and accounting at the mid-to-senior level with a focus in healthcare, professional services, pharma & cannabis, manufacturing and technology.

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 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 recruiter specializing in finance and administrative roles. She has successfully identified and attracted talent for a wide variety of roles, ranging from senior financial analyst to director-level. Carla takes great pride in fostering a close relationship with both candidates and clients to gain a thorough understanding of the strategic objectives of both, thereby ensuring the best possible fit.

Prior to joining Ambit Search, Carla earned a Bachelor of Journalism, Honours and Master of Information and brings expertise in research, interviewing, and discovering what makes companies and people tick to every search she undertakes.

Three themes have run throughout Carla’s professional life – a keen interest in the unique characteristics of people and organizations, finding the information needed to make cognizant decisions, and synthesizing the two to help her clients fulfill their goals.

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 Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario.  She has more than 25 years of experience recruiting senior finance professionals across all industry sectors.  From her years of business development and candidate recruiting she draws upon her knowledge to focus on managing operations and providing insights and recommendations in support of business development opportunities.

Janet is known for her insight and rigor in implementing business processes allowing for the delivery of exceptional quality service both internally and externally.  She provides industry reporting, market mapping, and analysis of information to the Ambit team in support of the search process.

When not in the office, Janet enjoys baking, gardening, or 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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