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.

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. 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, BA (Econ), Director

Janet McAlpine

Janet has a BA Economics from the University of Western Ontario. She has more than 25 years of experience recruiting senior finance professionals across all industry sectors. She is known for her insight and rigour in tackling challenging searches with an operational and strategic lens.

Janet draws upon her deep knowledge from her years of business development and candidate recruiting to focus on information and knowledge management systems, market mapping and analysis in support of the search process, identification of business development opportunities, industry reporting and market analysis, and finding solutions to support client and operational needs related to talent sourcing.

When not in the office, Janet enjoys playing Duplicate Bridge, going to the theatre 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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