Ottawa Recruiter with Centuries of Experience

Decades of Results

Founded in 1988 by David Perry and Anita Martel, Perry-Martel International is an Ottawa based boutique international executive search, recruiting, and management consulting firm. “We started out as clients of recruiting agencies, but were disappointed with their lack of results and accountability. We decided to do it better.” Perry-Martel’s approach pairs the partners’ search experience with a team of specialist recruiters dedicated to each project helping PMI consistently punch above our weight class.

1500+ Projects Completed - Five Continents

The Perry-Martel Partners


managing Partner

David Perry

Managing Partner of Perry-Martel David always takes responsibility for new clients. He is a seasoned search professional and has completed more than 1500 projects and negotiated more than $400 million in salaries. He is a bestselling author and his books have been translated into French, Hungarian, Vietnamese and Chinese.

David is a student of leadership and its effect on organizations ranging from private equity ventures to global technology corporations. David has built an extensive personal network of leading CEOs as well as up-and-coming future executives, permitting him to find the most qualified candidates to grow a company and increase stakeholder value. PMI’s Inside-Out Approach™ methodology allows clients to rapidly assess critical human qualities, track record and leadership experience.

David is frequently quoted on trends and issues regarding executive search, recruiting and HR in leading business publications including Daily commercial News, The Wall Street Journal, Canadian Business, EETimes, BOMA Monthly, HR Today, and appears regularly as an executive search and labor market analyst for CBC News World and CTV Television.
As HR Policy Advisor of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), David has developed an extensive knowledge of leadership, innovation and technology – like SMART Buildings. This ever-evolving expertise keeps him at the pulse of most innovative and successful leaders. David recently served two terms on the board of Women in Communications and Technology. David is past Chair of the Canadian Technology Human Resources Board and board member of the Software Human Resource Council. He was chair/vice chair of South Hull Elementary School for fourteen years.

David graduated from McGill University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and industrial relations. As well, David is a Commissioned Officer in the Canadian Reserve, where he graduated top in his class and awarded the Sword of Honor by Brigadier General JB Dabros. He recently received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Senior Partner

Anita Martel

Anita Martel is a senior partner at Perry-Martel International Inc. and a performance consultant in Emotional Intelligence. She is also a partner in Guerrilla Job Search International and is a member of the team of professional recruiters that put together the Guerrilla Job Search System of products and services using leading edge job search techniques.  

Through her +35-year career Anita has focused on program development and management, education and counseling within the human resources, academic and addictions fields.  Anita is an international speaker on executive recruiting and job search techniques. She is the author of the Absolute Job Search Guide, a contributing author for all three editions of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters (WILEY 2005, 2009, 2011), co-author of Don’t Hire a Liar (PMI 2003) and Beyond Great: Hiring the Best Leaders (PMI 2001). 

Anita graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology & Women’s Studies, was a Commissioned Officer holding the rank of Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves, is a Registered Guild Recruiter and member of the Canadian Advance Technology Alliance.

The Research Team



Peter was a research librarian for Private Equity and Venture Capital firms  whom we liberated to work with us and leverage his little black book to finance his golden years. As such, he has ears and contacts in every major technology company around the globe.



As board director for one of America’s largest engineering firms, Lynda continues to leave her mark on the skyline while providing us with even more incredible business intelligence. If you build it, she will come.  

Commercial/Residential Real Estate


Starting out as a broker, Romain is a Director of Acquisitions with at one of the U.S’ largest real-estate developers. He’s been involved in projects across the globe, from New York to Shenzhen.  



Livia is the newest member of the research team and our resident purple squirrel. Livia is an inside sales expert with a background in SAAS and Telecommunications. Oh and industrial engineering. Oh and commercial real-estate. Oh and IoT. Like we said, purple squirrel.  



With over 20 years of experience as a marketing executive under his belt Thomas has worked with nearly every major marketing firm in North America. If it’s flashy, eye catching and trying to sell you something, chances are Thomas has worked with the company that made it. 


Chris and Chris

Start-ups are tricky, and require more eyes than other projects. So we got more eyes. Chris(tine) and Chris(topher) are both former founders with successful exits under their belts. From supply chain to marketing, Chris & Chris know exactly who start-ups need at exactly the right time to succeed.  

Our Extended Team

Ron Weins

Ron Wiens

Author, Speaker, & Advisor on Cultural Change

Ron’s focus is on helping leaders build high-performance cultures.

Ron has spent the past 35 years helping organizations effect positive, sustainable and bottom-line-enhancing change. He has been involved in organizational transformation in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Europe and South Africa.

Ron also works with the managers of these organizations, taking them through a process of personal transformation that enables them to build the behaviours and competencies needed for leadership in times of rapid and ongoing change.

Ron is a noted speaker on the topics of leadership and cultural change. His work on organizational transformation has been featured in CIO Canada and his white papers on leadership and cultural change have been published in the UK’s Local Government Chronicle and Outsource magazines.

His most recent book, ‘Building Organisations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound’ is a leader’s guide to the building of a high-performance culture.


jim durbin

Jim Durbin

Director Talent Acquisition

A life-long learner and early adopter of the Internet, Jim has been at the forefront of social change in the United States.

As an early blogger and social media expert, Jim co-founded and ran the operations for a digital marketing firm for 12 years, while running an executive search firm focused on the social technology space.

As social media swept across the internet in the 2000’s, Jim taught thousands of tech executives, salespeople, headhunters, and start-up founders how to find and connect with prospects and employees. Using cutting edge tools, he helped train the next generation of digital natives on how to integrate social habits into the work environment.

In the last few years, Jim specialized in hiring, managing, and training teams for fast growing companies. As a writer and speaker, he provided clear direction on technology trends, focused on how to apply technology to job performance.

What he found was a world awash with data, so much so that our employees struggled to do what were once simple tasks. To address this, he moved into a corporate position to build teams and technology hiring over 200,000 people a year.

josef kadlec

Josef Kadlec

Co-Founder at GoodCall,
Recruitment Academy and Datacruit

José is a former ethical hacker, digital forensic examiner and hardcore Linux engineer who went head over heels into the talent sourcing and recruitment industry utilizing his cross-field experience. Along with Milan Novak, the former board member of Grafton Recruitment, he co-founded the international recruitment agency, GoodCall, currently having 140+ employees and specializing in social recruitment for 5-person start-ups as well as 10,000 person Fortune 500s.

He grew up on open source and loves to share his knowledge, implementing new software and hardware innovations into his staffing procedures – seeing companies not able to hire Java engineers and build their amazing next-gen products is just too painful otherwise. This is also the reason that he established the Recruitment Academy, to cultivate, collaborate, and raise the bar for sourcing and recruiting in Central & Eastern Europe.

His claim to fame is as the author of a controversial book People as Merchandise: Crack the Code to LinkedIn Recruitment recommended by Barbara Corcoran from ABC’s Shark Tank, the rogue recruiter and best-selling author David E. Perry and HR directors of companies such as IBM, Google, Barclays, Hewlett-Packard, T-Mobile, Manpower and AVG.

He still spends a few days per week as a speaker and trainer helping companies like ExxonMobil, Foxconn, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Nestle, Volkswagen, Adecco, Red Bull, Raiffeisenbank, Randstad, Merck, Ikea, Lenovo, Hilton and others to advance their talent sourcing capabilities. José also hasn’t fully left the software business as he’s an advisor and investor in a data-driven, people analytics ATS called Datacruit.

Josef lives in Prague, Czech Republic and likes beer.


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