Saskatchewan and Calgary’s
Executive Search Firm

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.

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.

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Meet Our Team

  • Tracy Arno

    Tracy Arno

    CEO and Founder

    Tracy Arno is a Saskatchewan business leader, entrepreneur, and owner of Essence Recruitment. She leads her successful practice based on the core values of honesty, transparency, community, diversity, and respect.

    Tracy’s extensive Canadian network stems from her vast involvement and dedication to her community. She is currently a board director for Sask Water, Saskatoon Prairieland Park, Chair of the NSBA (North Saskatoon Business Association), Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, and RAP (Restoration Action Program). Tracy is also past president of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she enjoys being involved as a mentor for the Raj Manek program and is a volunteer for several other community initiatives.

  • 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).

  • 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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Frequent Questions About Essence Recruitment

At Essence, we work with Not-for-Profit organizations and small to medium sized businesses. We focus on serving local clients from our branches in Saskatoon and Calgary.

The Essence team owns your entire recruitment process from start to finish. When you work with Essence you don’t have to worry about the details – we handle every step from job descriptions to compensation packages and training plans. Our clients appreciate that we step in, take the lead, but keep them engaged and updated throughout the entire process.

We believe in transparency of services and giving you full services for your fee.

The Essence team are experts at recruiting not-for-profit and SMB executives into the Saskatchewan and Calgary markets.