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, Cathy Hampson, Steve Rosen, or Carla Murphy.


Joanne Elek, Managing Partner, Co-Founder

Joanne ElekJoanne is the Managing Partner and a co-Founder of Ambit Search.  She is a highly experienced executive recruiter with over 30 years of business expertise.

Joanne worked for several years in healthcare and labour relations at The Toronto Hospital. She then joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants to manage Human Resources where she really got to know and understand the accounting profession. So when she was offered a position at a recruitment firm that specialized in accounting and finance, she took it. It was the perfect move, and since then Joanne has developed a search practice based on strong, straightforward, and long-term relationships.

“I care a lot that both the client and the candidate are thrilled with their decision to join forces. Not ‘just content’. Not ‘this will do’. Thrilled.”

Joanne founded Ambit in 2007 and enjoys practicing the art of executive recruitment in a boutique environment where experience, integrity and intelligence are the hallmarks of her search work.

Most recently, Joanne graduated from the Executive Human Resources Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is also on the advisory board of the Members in Industry Board at CPA Canada.

When she’s not working, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family at their apple farm in Collingwood and across the pond in the UK.

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

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Cathy Hampson, CPA, CA, MBA, Partner

Cathy HampsonCathy has over 15 years’ experience in the executive search and financial industries. Prior to joining Ambit Search she spent 13 years in the investment banking, investment management and accounting industries.

Cathy began her career articling at Ernst & Young LLP in the audit group in Toronto where she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation. After completing an MBA at Ivey Business School, she joined Nesbitt Burns Inc. in the investment banking group where she completed public and private financings and advisory and merger and acquisitions mandates for corporate clients in a range of industries including financial services, consumer products and manufacturing. She then transitioned to a high net worth private client investment management subsidiary of Bank of Montreal.

Cathy draws on her broad experience to understand and meet the needs of clients and candidates.

Outside of work, Cathy spends her time on the sidelines of various sports venues watching her children.

To speak with Cathy on her direct line, please call 416.548.5992. Email Cathy.

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Carla Murphy, MI, Senior Associate

Carla MurphyCarla has a Bachelor of Journalism (Hon) from Carleton University and a Master of Information from the University of Toronto. Having worked in publishing and public relations, she has a strong understanding of the importance of clear and concise communications, both verbal and written.

Three themes have run throughout her 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 colleagues and clients successfully fulfill their goals. She is excited to be bringing these skills to Ambit to help bring candidates and clients together.

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 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, Manager, Operations & Administration

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 specializing in accounting and finance in downtown Toronto.

Janet decided to take her career in a new direction when she joined Ambit Search. Drawing upon more than two decades of executive search experience she moved out of recruitment and client development into operations. In her role as Manager, Operations & Administration she excels at improving office efficiencies and anticipating the needs of the Ambit team.

Working within Ambit’s collaborative environment Janet balances the demands of a multi-project workplace by drawing upon her outstanding organizational and analytical skills to develop and recommend innovative, pragmatic ideas for the business.

When not in the office, Janet enjoys playing a variety of sports and hosting dinner parties with family and friends.

To speak with Janet on her direct line, please call 416.703.5050 Email Janet.

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