International Executive Search Firm to Bring World to City: People First Founder Helps Seal Alliance with Boyden World Corp.

Sep 20, 2010 | Corporate Member News

Doug Weir, Boyden Toronto; John McFerran, new Managing Director Boyden Winnipeg; Trina Gordon, Chair of Boyden Global Executive Search; and Brent Shervey, Boyden Calgary

Boyden Global Executive Search, a world-class professional search firm with 80 offices in 43 countries, will open an office in Winnipeg as part of an integrated strategic alliance with Winnipeg’s People First HR Services. As one of the best-connected firms of its kind in the world, Boyden Global Executive Search will recruit professional candidates from its worldwide network for businesses in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northwestern Ontario.

“Boyden enjoys an international reputation and strong brand presence in our markets, and we are rigorous about the people, companies and cities with whom we choose to ally,” said Trina D. Gordon, Chair, Boyden Global Executive Search, who will join People First tomorrow to formally announce the opening. “We are eager to be coming to Winnipeg, a city and a region with a stable economy, centralized commerce, range of companies with international ties and a promising future. Those tangibles, along with the best practices Dr. John McFerran and his team have established with People First HR Services, align strongly with the Boyden way.”

McFerran was instrumental in securing the Boyden-People First alliance, including a strategic move earlier this year to head executive search for People First HR Services from president of People First in order to focus on enhancing the market’s executive recruitment capabilities.

“Boyden is well positioned to make Winnipeg an international executive recruitment powerhouse,” said McFerran, who will take on the role of managing director of the Winnipeg offices of Boyden Global Executive Search. “The Boyden-People First alliance will be a tremendous advantage to existing and new clients, who will have access to more top tier candidates. The scope of the alliance is unmatchable in this region.”

Len Hoey, president of People First, is thrilled with the prospects.

“The Boyden and People First office will be integrated at all levels,” he said. “Clients will benefit from the nuances of a local office that’s part of a network and has access to resources that extend from Toronto to Calgary, Miami to Milan, Helsinki to Hong Kong, and Auckland to Buenos Aires.”

The Winnipeg offices of Boyden Global Executive Search will be located at the People First office at Portage and Main.


Boyden Global Executive Search
is a global leader in the executive search industry. Founded in 1946, Boyden specializes in high-level executive search, interim management and human capital consulting across a broad spectrum of industries. The new Winnipeg office brings Boyden’s number of offices to 80 offices. Boyden is located in 43 countries.

People First HR Services is Manitoba’s largest full-service human resources provider. The firm of dedicated HR professionals has broad industry experience across a range of business sectors, complemented by strong academic credentials and professional designations. People First delivers high quality business solutions in the practice areas of recruiting, general HR consulting and career management. In 2010, People First celebrated its 10th anniversary. 


Trina D. Gordon, Chairman, Boyden Global Executive Search, Chicago, Phone: 312-565-1300
Email: mailto:[email protected]%20

Dr. John McFerran, Managing Director of the Winnipeg offices of Boyden Global Executive Search and founder and former President of People First HR Services, 1800-360 Main St.,
Winnipeg, Phone: 204-940-3900 [email protected]

Len Hoey, President, People First HR Services Ltd.,
1800-360 Main St.,
Winnipeg, MB  Phone: 204-940-3900, toll free: 1-866-940-3950 Email: [email protected]

Media contact: Karen Palmer; Manager, Operations and Marketing; People First HR Services Ltd. Phone: 204-940-3907, Email: [email protected]

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