Executive Search Firm

for Western Canada
It’s all about making connections

Established in 2011, Essence Recruitment is the trusted executive search firm for non-profit and small and mid-sized businesses.

  • As a boutique firm, we personalize the services for your needs and manage all aspects of the process
  • We have a strong network that supports candidate recruitment across North America
  • We’re proud of our 98% placement rate with over 95% of our placements staying in their role past the guarantee period
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Why Choose Essence Recruitment?

You have a lot of choice for executive search firms. When the time comes to choose who to work with, we want you to know that Essence Recruitment is about making long-standing connections: with our clients, with our community, and between you and your next great team member.

All-inclusive recruitment services

We understand you’re busy and may not have the time or expertise to manage your executive recruitment process. From start to finish, we take care of the details - from recruitment planning to identifying and screening candidates to hiring and onboarding. Each recruitment plan is custom-tailored to your needs.

Western Canada recruitment specialists

We know Western Canada is a great place to live and work, but the advantages aren’t always obvious. Unlike a recruiter from Toronto, we can show an amazing candidate that the prairies are the perfect place for them to live and work.

Finding the perfect fit

We won’t just find you a shortlist of qualified resumes to interview, we search and screen candidates for a team member that fits with and enhances your culture, brings the skills and expertise to excel at the role, and is ready to commit to your organization long term.

Community minded

We don’t just have offices in Saskatoon and Calgary, we live and give back to these communities. It’s part of our culture to make time to give back to organizations like the Canadian Cancer Society, North Saskatoon Business Association, READ Saskatoon, Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, and others. We are a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

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Meet Our Team

  • Tracy Arno

    Tracy Arno

    CEO and Founder

    Tracy Arno is a business leader, entrepreneur, and owner of one of the leading boutique search firms in Western Canada, Essence Recruitment.

    She leads by her values and believes in helping others in her community through her expertise in recruitment and training.

    Tracy is passionate about her community and has extensive involvement in several boards and countless hours volunteering for various causes and community events. In 2022, she received her ICD.D designation. Tracy’s most recent appointments include the Chair of the NSBA (North Saskatoon Business Association), the board of directors for Sask Water, Saskatoon Prairieland Park, and Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation. She is also the past president of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and represents the province on Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judicial Council. Additionally, she currently enjoys being a mentor for the Raj Manek program and is a volunteer for several other community initiatives. Most important to her are he husband and two children.

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  • Leanne Enns

    Leanne Enns

    Professional Recruitment Consultant

    Leanne is a seasoned professional with more than a decade of experience in business management, human resources, and team development locally and internationally. In environments from small businesses to large multi-national corporations, she has honed her leadership abilities by building strong teams that leverage the strengths of each unique individual.

    What truly makes Leanne stand out are her acute observation and critical thinking skills, vast experience and knowledge base, and practical problem-solving mindset which leads to authentic connection and collaboration with her clients. When working with her, you’re sure to feel respected and heard.

    Leanne’s hometown is Saskatoon, though being fluent in Spanish she spent several years working and living in Panama which was an enriching experience. She is passionate about giving back to her community, currently sitting on the Board of Directors for Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives (SAI) and serving as a volunteer with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (which is an especially good fit for this classically-trained pianist).

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  • Ashley Britz

    Ashley Britz

    Recruitment Coordinator

    Ashley comes to Essence with a background in recruitment, education, event planning, customer service, and project management. With her experience hiring and training new employees and her passion to help people achieve their career goals, she understands the importance of finding the right fit for both the company and the candidate.

    Ashley’s approach focuses on open communication, an organized and thorough process, and a full understanding of the needs of her clients.

    Ashley was born and raised in Saskatchewan and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor’s in Education. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys cycling, cooking, and spending time with her pets. She volunteers with the Saskatoon Street Cat Rescue (SCAT), a fitting role for her as an avid animal lover.

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  • Kendra Parfitt

    Kendra Parfitt

    Office Assistant

    Kendra Parfitt is an experienced administrative professional with a Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma and over 16 years of extensive knowledge in executive and project administration, donor stewardship, community engagement, and event management in the non-profit healthcare and engineering sectors. She demonstrates the importance of cultivating strong relationships with clients, donors, and the community.

    Kendra’s goal is to help elevate the company’s community presence, streamline and create efficient processes and manage the administrative tasks, so the team has the time and freedom to focus on delivering key outcomes and effectively continuing to build and nurture client and candidate relationships.

    Kendra resides on a farm with her fiancé and daughter in Holdfast, Saskatchewan. She enjoys family trips, baking and gardening in her spare time.

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