Executive Search Firm

It’s all about making connections

Essence Recruitment was established with a vision of becoming Western Canada’s most trusted professional and executive search firm. Founder, Tracy Arno, was working with international corporations, but she wanted to provide more personalized service.

I wanted to use my industry experience and my extensive network to provide a more tailored service,” explains Tracy. “I built a team of experts who get to know the people behind the organizations we work with. We make meaningful connections, develop real trust, and become invested in our clients’ success.

Saskatoon was booming in 2011 and companies throughout Western Canada were looking to grow their leadership teams. Tracy knew it was the perfect time to launch her own company. She created a boutique recruitment agency that specializes in customized recruitment plans for small and medium-sized companies and not-for-profits in her community.

Tracy and her team work hard to find well-qualified candidates who will also be great fits for their clients’ culture and values. “Our reputation matches this value proposition and it’s why we’ve been so successful,” she explains.

Because of that success, Essence was able to expand and open a second office in Calgary in 2019.

Essence Recruitment
  • We are passionate about the people we serve
  • We pride ourselves on the quality of our work
  • We are committed to our values: honesty, integrity, community, diversity, and respect

Why Essence?

We are your local recruitment experts

We know Western Canada is a great place to live and work, but the advantages aren’t always obvious. While the big national agencies have offices across the country, can you trust a recruiter from Toronto to genuinely be able to persuade an amazing candidate that the prairies are a great place to live?

We are community minded

We don’t just have offices in Saskatoon and Calgary, this is where we live and we care about our communities. We recognize the value of getting involved and giving back—whether that’s volunteering at the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, advocating for business as part of the North Saskatoon Business Association, sponsoring the READ Saskatoon Golf Tournament for Literacy or other local events, or serving as members of a number of local boards. Making time to volunteer is an important part of our organizational culture.

We are people focused

To be successful, we need to get to know our clients and understand who they are, not just what they do. We can’t get that kind of insight without building strong relationships. We will work with you and guide you through each step—from an initial phone call, through the interviews, and even after the offer has been accepted.

We find the right fit for your organizational culture.

We tailor each of our recruitment plans to your organization’s culture—your values, goals, practices, and behaviours.

People typically spend at least 40 hours a week at work. That’s a lot of time to spend with the same people, so candidates are looking for a culture that “feels right” for them.

Turnover because of a poor cultural fit costs time, money, and other resources. More importantly, it affects the morale and performance of everyone in the organization.

Our mission is to place the right candidates with the right companies.

We can help you make the right impression

The recruiting firm you choose is a direct reflection of your company and brand.
To attract the top performers you need to make a great impression. Remember, candidates are evaluating you at the same time as you’re evaluating them.

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