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

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, Vice President, Executive Search at Richter

Joanne Elek

Principled, Pragmatic, Long-termist.

Joanne is highly respected within the executive search industry and is known for her integrity, honesty, professionalism, and discretion. With more than 20 years of executive search experience, her expertise is in the recruitment of senior level operational, finance and accounting professionals across several industry sectors including manufacturing, media and entertainment, technology, healthcare and professional services. She has assisted clients in the Greater Toronto Area, throughout Southern Ontario, Greater Montreal Area and as far away as Yellowknife.

Joanne has developed a search practice built on strong, long-term relationships. Her style is highly personalized, providing people with insightful career perspective and advice. Joanne 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.

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 416.844.9599. Email Joanne.

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Carla Murphy, BJ(Hon), MI, Senior Search Consultant, Executive Search at Richter

Carla Murphy

Curious, Trusted, Empathetic.

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), Senior Advisor, Executive Search at Richter

Janet McAlpine

Insightful, Positive, Dedicated

Janet 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, 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 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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