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What We Do

What the “&” Means to Us

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You & Me

It means we work with you. Whether “you” are a client, candidate, or a conversation.

Search & Find

It seamlessly ties together the elements of what we do best – search and find.

Brand & Identity

It’s quite simply the bold symbol that represents us and our commitment to working with you.

Cause & Effect

It’s a reminder that upon alignment of high calibre talent with organizational specific goals, we unleash you to do what you do best – if not better.

Our Services

We serve clients and candidates alike because you can't have one without the other.

Executive Search

Pursuing and aligning high calibre talent within worthy organizations for long-term transformation or succession planning.

Recruitment Consulting

Consulting with and serving organizations to develop talent acquisition plans, screen executive candidates, or oversee the whole in-house recruitment process. 

Birkman Method® Assessments

Providing personality assessments with personal consultation for individuals or entire executive leadership teams to improve people skills and the alignment of roles.

Executive Resume Development

Coaching you – the candidate – to create and hone your story, enhancing your ability to translate your strengths and experiences into confidence.

Intentionally carving out time to meet one-on-one about jobs, resumes, or hires. Stop by and chat – I’ll even buy the coffee! 


Listening when you need the opportunity to talk with someone who understands the issues and frustrations of the job search process. 

Our Approach

We are trailblazers in executive recruitment within the not-for-profit sector. We do "search" differently.

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We Make Connections with Exceptional People . . .

Our approach to search is a little different, or so we’re told.

For example, you won’t find any job postings listed on our site. You’ll rarely find our profiles posted to job boards. You won’t be added to an impersonal database full of thousands of names and e-mail addresses.

Why? In our opinion, that’s just not the way to treat people, and we happen to like people a lot.

Instead we consistently make connections with real people; with exceptional people. We make these connections every single day. Sometimes we find them, sometimes they find us.

Thus, when we’re engaged in a search, we reach out to our very real, very personal connections, who in turn, reach out to their connections, and so forth.

The result?

A shortlist of not only qualified candidates, but unique candidates. The type of candidates you only find through organic connectivity.

That, quite simply, is what makes our approach a little different.

Our selection process is personal – one that truly listens to the needs of our clients and desires of our candidates.

Philip J.W. Smith & Co.

Meet Our Team

Get to know us. We think you'll like us.

Philip J.W. Smith | President

Philip J.W. Smith | President | 1-416-312-6632 View Details
Steven D. Hubley | Senior Associate

Steven D. Hubley | Senior Associate | 1-905-717-7104 View Details
Amber Smith | Creative Strategist

Amber Smith | Creative Strategist | 1-647-400-6632 View Details
Philip J.W. Smith | President

Philip J.W. Smith | President | 1-416-312-6632
Since coming to the search profession in 1997, Philip J.W. Smith has continually built and developed his skills in sourcing and securing the right fit for each organization that has engaged his services. His desire is to make a lasting impact on the development of not-for-profit organizations and vital businesses, through the strategic placement of senior leadership and high-calibre talent. His strengths in sourcing, negotiation, contract development, and offer presentation mean that both clients and candidates alike benefit from his proven professionalism.

Philip has honed his craft in executive search through engagements with well recognized firms, including Hutchinson Smith Inc., through which he served as both partner and principal. Throughout his career, he has also applied his communication and tactical coaching skills to efforts that strengthen professionals in both the search and human resources professions.

Not only does Philip desire to make a lasting impact through executive search and recruitment consulting, but he is also passionate about developing organizations on a volunteer basis. Philip has served as Vice President for the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Toronto, as a Director of the Board of the Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation, has also held the role of VP for the Board of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, and has done volunteer corporate fundraising for the Hospice Association of Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Theology degree.

Canadian Business (2000) – Not Your Father’s Headhunter: ”Philip Smith – Stealth Recruiter”

Profit Magazine (2006) – Contributor to Ultimate Hiring Guide series article entitled “The Perfect Job Ad”

Canadian HR Reporter (2013) – Guest writer for article entitled “Candidate Screening in an Age of Social Networking”

Steven D. Hubley | Senior Associate

Steven D. Hubley | Senior Associate | 1-905-717-7104
Steve has devoted his life to ethically serving the fundraising needs of the non-profit sector with excellence, vision, passion, and integrity. Having worked with and cultivated relationships with many of the sector’s leaders for the past 35 years, he has directly helped raise more than $200 million for North American charities.

His early career began as staff member within several charities but his entrepreneurial spirit and intentionality for broad impact soon led him to start his own business dedicated to providing development counsel to numerous charities – many of which would rank among an impressive “who’s who” list. Along the way he has seen the best (and worst) of non-profit leaders and leadership.

Steve’s strategic thinking skills, commitment to innovation, and personal investment in people continue to make a significant impact on scores of organizations. Together with his deep desire to make a difference in our world and to see men and women reach their full potential, Steve’s rich experience and professional talents also make him an ideal associate in the effective search for and strategic placement of top non-profit professionals – whether inside non-profits or inside for-profit companies who serve them.
Amber Smith | Creative Strategist

Amber Smith | Creative Strategist | 1-647-400-6632
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
- George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright

Creative ideas.

Whether they’re her own ideas or the brainchild of someone else, Amber loves nothing more than to see innovative and creative ideas come to life for the greater good.

As the Communications & Social Content Strategist at Philip J.W. Smith & Co., Amber intentionally uses the versatility and creativity of social communications to enhance the company’s existing national and diverse network, as well as maintain daily connections with exceptional charities and talented individuals.

Amber applies her communication experience from the recruitment sector within the Communication Department of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Employment Services at Durham College where she teaches as a contract professor.

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Our Musings

Our writing speaks for itself. Browse our favourite posts below.

Perfecting Leadership

Perfecting Leadership

  • Perfecting Leadership: Featured Blog Pot

I can’t tell you why I hadn’t understood this before, but I only recently discovered that it is impossible for me to be the perfect leader to any given organization.

Dying to know why!?

It’s because there is no such thing as the perfect leader.

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Social Recruiting Series

Social Recruiting Series

  • Social Recruiting Series: Featured Blog Post Series

In the red corner stands the poster-child for popularity itself – Social Media Man! He’s robust; has diverse online talent; is known for having a viral effect on the general public; and let’s not forget to mention how all the teenagers love him!

His opponent?!

Ladies and gentlemen, I draw your attention now to the blue corner where awaiting his moment in cyberspace victory is none other than Social Communication Guy! He can tweet, like, post, share, comment, connect, stumble, pin, and follow all while still performing his day job. He’s connected at every moment to everyone and everything.

Where are you placing your bets?!

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The Angry, Alienated Job Applicant

The Angry, Alienated Job Applicant

  • Angry, Alienated Job Applicant: Featured Blog Post

Every industry has it’s good and it’s bad. In the recruiting sector, dealing with a mass influx of job applicants is generally something that recruiters are not very good at.

As a retained executive recruiter that goes to market on behalf of other companies and organizations, it is always my goal to provide a level of service and a personal touch that far exceeds a potential candidate’s expectations because I understand that a candidate’s experience not only reflects my own brand and company, but also that of my client’s.

Yet, for larger companies with HR and recruiting departments who often have dozens of job orders on-the-go at any given time, it can be difficult to respond to every single applicant. The danger, however, of not taking the time to appropriately respond to potential candidates can have an adverse impact on your company as a whole.

In a post entitled, The High Cost of Treating Job-Seekers Like Cattle, written by Lauren Weber and posted to The Wall Street Journal, the ramifications an angry, alienated job applicant can have on a company is explored.

Don’t believe me?

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Maximizing Creativity

Maximizing Creativity

  • Maximizing Creativity: Featured Blog Post

Now more than ever, candidates engaging in the job search or recruitment process are expected to be creative.

There are likely a number of reasons why creativity is in such high demand. For one, it allows a candidate to stand out from the rest. No longer does having a bachelor degree or even a masters degree set you a part from others on the short-list. It’s likely even your experience is comparable to that of the other candidates in the process. Perhaps you hope your skills would prove to give you an edge, but you probably all have the typical 3-5 years of experience in something; a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite; and have mastered punctuality. So, what’s the secret to standing out among the rest in a job search process?


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Why I Recruit Charity Executives

Why I Recruit Charity Executives

  • Why I Recruit Charity Executives: Featured Blog Post

Want to know why I primarily recruit executives for the charitable sector?

You can begin by reading Brady Jospheson’s post entitled, Dear MoneySense, You Are Wrecking Philanthropy, found on his blog. His post is a copy of an open letter he sent to MoneySense on their rating system which they use to evaluate charities.

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Size Really Does Matter

Size Really Does Matter

  • Size Really Does Matter: Featured Blog Post

Ever since I got my iPad, I’ve grown an genuine appreciation for Pinterest (much to wife’s sheer delight).

Now, while she tends to spend her time on the social platform exploring categories such as “Things that Sparkle” and “Healthy Meals that Taste Gross to the Rest of the Family”, I on the other hand, have been indulging in my love of infographics.

It just so happens that I stumbled upon a fantastic little infographic that makes a great case for my little boutique executive search firm; concisely explaining what I already knew – that size really does matter when it comes to recruitment!

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Our Fans

We're grateful for referrals. It's encouraging to know we make a difference in the daily lives our clients and candidates.

Director | Donor Base Development

& Phil is an innovative recruiter who provides hiring Companies a coveted service – finding the right candidate quickly. In the competitive Not-for-Profit market, finding a candidate who will yield results is no easy task yet Phil delivers! He uses his extensive executive network and an industry leaders insight to search out the candidates that will be a perfect match of culture and skill.

Potential candidates, I would wholly recommend connecting with Phil; he will push you to be your best now and in your future roles.

Potential clients, choosing Phil to fill a vacancy will have a positive result for your business!

Financial Advisor

& Philip’s intuition and ability to match skills sets with opportunity and need are the reason that I happily find myself in my current position.  He is a creative problem solver and demonstrates strong instinct for finding the right fit between companies and individuals.


& Philip J.W. Smith & Co. was engaged to identify candidates for a specialized fundraising role at Opportunity International.  Phil Smith identified four qualified candidates, each uniquely different from the others.  It was a joy to interview all four of them and then proceed to a successful hire with one of them.

Phil spent the time up front to understand our needs so as to understand the skill set required, and develop a written profile to take to the marketplace.  More than that, however, he took the time to understand the organization’s current reality in terms of human resources, financial performance, and challenges and opportunities facing the organization so that the candidate he recommended would indeed fit our needs.

We were very pleased with the outcome and would most definitely recommend Phil.

Chief Executive Officer

& We have engaged Philip Smith several times for recruiting assignments and been quite successful in each case. I am a proponent in building relationships with outside resources that are able to come to a significant understanding of not only your technical requirements and strategic directions but just as importantly, your cultural realities. In each case Phil has worked diligently to understand what we need and who would “fit”.

The bottom line is that all of the candidates Phil has presented on short lists have been qualified and good fits.  He not only has an impressive web of contacts but an understanding of who they are and where they are at.

Canada’s Passion Coach®


My husband’s new position did not simply entail a new office and staff. It meant we had to uproot our family and move across the country. Phil not only worked to ensure the right fit in my husband’s work environment, but also with our family to find the perfect house for me and school for our daughter. Had it not been for his attention to each of the details that impacted all of our lives – rather than just the issues of employment – we wouldn’t have had the courage to take this enormous step, which turned out to be the very best decision for all of us.

former Senior Leader | Compliance Regulatory Affairs & Resources

& According to LinkedIn, Phil would be considered a service provider. During the time I have known him, however, he goes far beyond that definition. Every time I called on Phil to assist with a recruit it was because it was an extremely difficult role to fill.

He was always prepared to take up the challenge and find that ideal candidate, even when we could not clearly define what that person looked like, or when the requirements would change midstream. Other times I just had questions about the market: ‘Are there potentials out there?’; ‘What would the going rate be for a specific role?’ He gladly answered these questions.

Even after Phil would place someone with us he took the time to ensure not just our satisfaction, but that the hired candidate was happy with the decision to accept the position. I viewed Phil as an extension of our HR team – not just a service provider. I would recommend him to any organization, big or small, looking for the ideal addition to their team.

Director of Development – Western Canada

&  Philip and his team took the time to find a nonprofit and a leadership team which were extremely compatible with my experience, passion, and career goals. From start to placement, this was truly a remarkable experience and they put me at ease throughout the entire process. They have a superb understanding of the nonprofit world and their connections, guidance, drive, and professionalism were invaluable during this time.


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