Jessa is an accomplished executive search consultant with a track record of hundreds of successful placements, primarily in the public and not-for-profit sectors, having recruited across Canada’s top universities and colleges, governments, and NGOs. She is distinguished by her exceptional insights into building high-performing teams, strategic recruiting, and talent management. Jessa is a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms and partners with organizations committed to having a demonstrable and positive social impact.
Jessa has spent the last fifteen years recruiting in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Previously, Jessa was Canada’s Education Lead and Partner with an executive search firm focusing primarily on searches in higher education. She has also held senior human resources roles in the Government of Nunavut, Toronto Metropolitan University, and the BC Public Service. She has worked on over 400 executive searches.
At Toronto Metropolitan University, as the Strategic Lead, Recruitment, Retention, Immigration and Employment Equity, Jessa was the leader of the two highly innovative HR programs, focused on career development for all employees (Career Conversations) as well as the award-winning HR program for faculty and staff going through a gender affirmation process at a post-secondary institution (a program that received the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Employee Award).
Jessa holds an Honours BA in Indigenous Studies (now the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies) and a Master of Arts degree in Indigenous Studies and Canadian Studies both from Trent University. Jessa studied for a Ph.D. (ABD) in the Department of History at McMaster University. She has published several articles in the field of the history of medicine and disability. Jessa herself is a woman living with a physical disability.
Jessica Horton is a Chicago-based Executive Recruiter and Consultant with BIPOC Executive Search and brings nearly 10 years of experience as a higher education professional having worked with institutions in Ohio, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Florida. She has served in a variety of areas including Advancement and Student Affairs.
Prior to joining BIPOC, she recruited for a boutique firm where she partnered with multinational corporations on critical vacancies in a variety of functions. Before arriving to her new home in the Windy City, she worked for Phillips & Cohen Associates as a Learning and Development leader. While there, she implemented an A.I.-based learning management system “Clever Nelly”, along with other company wide training initiatives.
Hailing from Dover, Delaware, Jessica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education from Delaware State University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethune-Cookman University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and an emerging creative within the comedy community who believes storytelling is a vital part of healing and disrupting the status quo.
Marissa Hall has worked in and for a range of organization types, from family-owned small businesses, medium-sized firms, and multinational conglomerates in the capacity of HR Business Partner as well as Lead Recruiter. Given the breadth of her experience across 14 different industries (including creative, pharmaceutical, retail, CPG, e-commerce, healthcare, and so on), Marissa has developed the skill of identifying unique opportunities for both candidates and client-organizations both within as well as outside the sectors in which they’ve gained most exposure. Marissa is known for creating deep and meaningful relationships with people and embeds the too-often-missed ‘human element’ into all HR and recruitment practices.
Marissa holds a Master of Science in HR Management from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.
As a mental health advocate and award-winning presenter, Stacy-Ann brings an array of experience to the service and training sections of BIPOC Executive Search. Her award-winning documentary, The Blind Stigma, made Canadian history when it debuted as the first documentary produced in Canada that examined mental health in the Black community. She is listed as one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada, one of the 150 Black Women Making Canada Better and one of the 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health.
As a highly respected motivational speaker with engagements that include TEDx and Bell Let’s Talk, Stacy-Ann’s work encompasses dismantling how mental health is perceived within the Black diaspora, stimulating dialogue in an effort to fuel resources, and orchestrating safe spaces for black voices to be amplified and helping them reclaim their narratives.
Stacy-Ann enjoys giving back to the community, and is a co-donor of The Buchanan Scholarship—a scholarship awarded to a first-year university student entering a Liberal Arts or Fine Arts program.
Laurie Toulouse is Anishinaabe kwe, a member of Serpent River First Nation. She grew up on the lands of the Kwikwetlem First Nation and Coast Salish Peoples and currently calls T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory her home.
Laurie is a mother, partner, teacher/coach/facilitator, and observer/learner. As a lifelong learner, she is committed to a journey of continuous personal growth and expansion. She has had an expansive management career in the retail fashion industry, with a specialty in education and development. Her lived and professional experience inform the way in which she promotes inclusive excellence at the workplace. Embodying the principles of Intentionality and thoughtfulness, she ensures that her teaching and facilitation support leaders and decision makers in shifting environments that favour inclusion and the service of all peoples.
Stephanie La (she/her) is a Toronto-based professional with a specialized background in Retail Operations and Management. With experience working at an international executive search firm, Stephanie brings project management, research, and operations experience to BIPOC Executive Search and plays an integral role in client delivery and operational support. She has served a number of industries while in the executive search business across sectors (private, public, and not-for-profit).
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Retail Management, from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and a Human Resources Management certificate from the Raymond G. Chang School.
Chad Martin Stauber, is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. He has an extensive background in recruitment both at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (Academic Affairs portfolio), as well as from executive search work in a boutique firm. Chad brings deep experience to project management and is a prolific writer and researcher.
Chad holds a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto, and an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
An Intercultural Relations graduate from Ryerson University, Zo is multilingual (Spanish, Greek, English) and has a passion for facilitating constructive client-facing experiences. Zo has invested a considerable amount of their academic, professional, and volunteer experiences conducting market research, providing literacy training, and curating sales and promotional programming for organizations in the non-profit sector, as well as for the education and food and beverage industries. Prior to working for BIPOC Executive Search, Zo’s most fulfilling professional endeavors have consisted of diversity work in the non-profit space, which included establishing inclusive educational environments for youth.
Avery Jackman is Black Queer Professional/ Creative based in the GTA that leads with love and humility because he simply wants to make the world a better place. In 2021, Avery Graduated from McMaster’s Honours Health and Society program where he was an active member and executive of multiple community organizations including the Pride Community Centre and the Black Student Association. His strategy for community and program development centers around creating holistic health-based programming that empowers, supports, and celebrates the multifaceted culture within the Black diaspora. With an emphasis on 2SLGBTQIA+ matters, mental health, decolonization and intersectionality, his professional career has been filled with highlights that reflect this approach. Avery is super excited to be joining the fabulous team at BIPOC executive search and cannot wait to contribute to the amazing the work the team has done and continues to do.
Jessie Skinner is a Toronto based writer with a background in film. His work has included professional writing in publicity, journalism and corporate content. Through this work he has transcribed the words of many artists, newsmakers, community activists and business leaders both local and international. Jessie has also produced dramatic theatrical work and greatly enjoys writing in all forms. Jessie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University.
Olivia has spent several years in consulting, specifically working with a number of people and companies across the public and private sectors for more than 15 years. She brings with her experience in management and diversity training, and also brings to her work an approach that’s steeped in creativity and a sensitivity to people and their lived realities. An avid learner who loves reading and trying new things, Olivia studied English and Book and Media Studies at the University of Toronto.
Liz Lecky is an Anishinaabe-Bodewodemi-German-Swiss community collaborator, artist, partner, mother, and member of Stoney Point First Nation (Aazhoodena). She currently lives in Clarington on the traditional territories of the Williams Treaties First Nations. Liz is passionate about inclusion, equity and belonging for historically and currently underserved communities, and has worked toward supporting these values in each role throughout her career. She has led and engaged in several frontline youth-serving programs with youth from BIPOC, 2SLGBTQA and Newcomer communities and recognizes that it is a continuous learning journey toward more inclusive practices. Her past work includes Project Coordination and Project Management at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto (T’karonto) including community art onsite and the Don River Valley Park Arts Project, youth worker mentorship and support in Ontario and Manitoba as a Program Officer for Right To Play’s Indigenous Programs team, and other community arts projects such as Circles of Influence (in partnership with Canadian Roots Exchange) and Weave & Mend (in partnership with SKETCH Working Arts). Liz is a skilled and experienced facilitator and often uses play to create fun and impactful group learning spaces when dealing with challenging content.
As a graduate of York University’s Fine Arts Program, Liz continues to create with thinking hands in her spare time, grows and harvests medicinal plants with her daughter at home and stays connected with extended family to continue the circle of learning.