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 ElekJoanne is a founding partner of Ambit Search, a boutique Toronto recruitment firm specializing in Finance and Administration professionals at the mid to senior level across all industry sectors.

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 the careers that await them.

In 1999, Joanne joined a Toronto-based executive search firm with a specialty in finance and accounting. It was the perfect move and allowed her to develop a search practice built on strong, long-term relationships. Her style is highly personalized and she provides people with overall career perspective and advice. Several of the candidates she has recruited and coached over the years have become her clients and to many she is a trusted business advisor.

Joanne launched Ambit Search in 2007. Here she is able to practice executive search in a distinctly boutique environment where experience, integrity and intelligence converge. In 2018, Joanne assumed the helm at Ambit as the practice has continued to grow and thrive.

Joanne 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 Polytechnic 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. She has yet to learn to drive the tractor.

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

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Carla Murphy, MI, Senior Associate

Carla Murphy Carla is an experienced recruiter specializing in finance and administrative roles. 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.

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.

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, Director of Research and Operations

Janet McAlpine

Janet has a BA Economics from the University of Western Ontario. After two years in the brokerage industry, she joined a recruitment firm. For more than 20 years she has specialized in recruiting top-notch financial professionals from SFA to CFO in a wide variety of industries.

The wealth of experience she brings to her role as Director of Research and Operations is invaluable in providing insightful research into industries, companies and high-calibre candidates.

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 client needs and the operational demands of a busy practice.

When not in the office, you will find Janet in her garden, at the theatre or hosting a dinner party with friends and family.

To speak with Janet please call 416.203.2263. Email Janet.

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