Canada's Leader in Executive Search in the Public & Not for Profit Sector

Phillip J.W. Smith & Co.  Canada's leader in Executive search for the Not for Profit Sector.

Our Services

Executive Search

Philip J.W.Smith & Co. Executive Search services in the Not for Profit , Charitable sectors.

What we specialize in is pursuing and aligning high caliber talent within the Not for Profit, Charitable and Social-Profit sectors with the goal to enhance the greater good. Our proven skill set and reach will enhance your ability to attract and engage higher caliber talent to lead your organization. 

Social Recruiting

Philip J.W. Smith & Co. Social Recruiting options for the Not for Profit sector.

Our Social Recruiting option activates your static job post by ensuring the right audience is aligned to your search. This option  will see you reach and attract a broader range of both active and passive candidates for your organizational needs and see you reach your goal of enhancing the greater good..

Board Consultation


Our reach and experience makes us a proven asset to consult with and serve the ongoing  boardroom needs of the Not for Profit, Charitable and Social Profit sector through talent  assessments, acquisition plans, and succession plans to assist you to continue your efforts to enhance the greater good.

Our Team

Philip J.W. Smith President Philip J.W.Smith & Co Executive Search for the Not for Profit sector.


Philip J.W. Smith | President | 1-416-312-6632 

Since coming to this profession in 1997, Philip J.W. Smith has continually built and developed his skills in sourcing and securing the best fit for each of the many organizations he has served. His desire is to make impact on those organizations, and to see them flourish through the integral part that he, and his team, have played in their development and continued success. 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 through learning alongside some of the strongest and most recognized names in the industry, and through the building and development of his own successful teams over the past 15+ years. Throughout his career, he has also applied his strengths in communication and tactical coaching to efforts that strengthen professionals in both the search and human resources professions.

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, located in the Regent Park area of Toronto, and has also done volunteer corporate fundraising for the Hospice Association of Ontario. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology.

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”


Suzie Bujok | Senior Associate 


Suzie Bujok comes to Philip J.W. Smith & Co. from a strong and proven marketing & sales background, having recruited and trained sales teams across Canada.

With additional experience working within the charitable sector herself, she knows and  understands the value of the sector and has a passion for non-profits and their mission.

“Finding the perfect candidate to fit a spot within an organization is not just about credentials and experience.  It’s not a “clock in-clock out” kind of job. That individual needs to be genuinely concerned about the outcomes of what they do, as it has a direct result on the lives of others. I feel honored that we get, in some small way, to be a part of that mission when we work with an organization”. 

Suzie has spent the majority of her career working in the marketing sector, and as she builds into this new collaboration with Philip J.W. Smith & Co. she continues to work with clients in that space, directly through She has a passion for understanding the heart of a company, their leaders and creating effective branding experiences that will capture the hearts of their consumers. 

Bachelor Of Art Degree - Burman University 

Certified Health & Transformation Coach - Health Coach Institute 

Marketing Training/Certifications 

-The Fletcher Method 

- Russell Brunson 

- The Vault

Amber Smith, Social Recruitment Specialist at Philip J.W. Smith & Co.

Amber Smith | Social Recruiting Strategist 

Amber Smith’s specialty lies in the not-for-profit sector, where she both works and plays. She is on a mission to bring joy to people’s lives every day, through learning, leadership, and organizational development strategies. 

As the Social Recruiting Strategist at Philip J.W. Smith & Co., Amber intentionally uses the versatility 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 brings to Philip J.W. Smith & Co. twelve years of experience as a consultant within the not-for-profit sector. Having worked primarily with charities and organizations that provided programs and support to kids, youth, and people with special needs, Amber offers a diverse knowledge-base and skill set to executive recruitment efforts within the not-for-profit sector.

As a lifelong learner, she has pursued formal education in the fields of Theology, Adult Education, and Leadership in Learning. 

Masters of Education, Leadership in Learning

Yorkville University

Personality Dimensions Certification

Career Life Skills Inc.

Mental Health First Aid Certification

The Mental Health Commission of Canada

Teaching for Learning & Collaboration

University of Toronto - University of St. Michael’s College


The most outstanding value any search partner can bring to your needs is their connectivity. 

We have focused the last two decades on being known as professionals in our field, standing out from among those who would simply advertise your role,  by actually doing search in a manner that will bring you the professionals that will fill that role, and do so with excellence.  

Our mandate is simple:

1.   Make connections with exceptional people who have exceptional connections. 

2.  Treat people with the same level of respect and professionalism that you would expect to receive. 

3.  Keep confidence with those who have entrusted you with their goals and their desires. 

4. Ensure that you don't waste peoples time just to add names to your clients short list of potentials. 

5. Respect the value of each relationship you have built along the journey, so you can always knock on that door again. 


In our opinion, that’s just the right 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.

The end result sees us able to engage in searches and 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 and mutual respect. 

That, quite simply, is what makes our connectivity so valuable to your search needs. 

Our Motivation


 “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” 

- John Wesley -



 "Philip Smith was engaged by our not-for-profit company to help us find a President to lead the transition of our company into a direct selling organization. Philip worked closely with our Board of Directors and really listened to what we needed; he took the time to understand our culture and our requirements. Even though the position requirements we were very unique, Philip was able to find three quality candidates, including one exceptional candidate that more than met our best expectations. We appreciated the professional, dedicated and warm service of this top-quality recruiter. "

Peter J. Mogan

Partner, MOGAN ° DANIELS ° SLAGER LLP | Co-Founder & CEO, Global Mothers

" I am privileged to know Philip’s work during my years on the Board of Directors of International Justice Mission Canada. He worked diligently on our behalf in providing us with very competent key personnel in our organization - including our Vice President of Development & Marketing, our Chief Operating Officer, and most recently our search for a new President. Philip is pleasant, competent, and diligent in getting the job done. I have the highest respect for him personally and professionally. "

Barry W. Bussey

VP Legal Affairs, CCCC

 "Phil brings that extra piece that cannot be taught. He has that “sixth sense” that lets him know when an organization, position, and person are the right match each and every time he's engaged."

Eric Frans

Vice-President, Leadership Giving | Canadian Cancer Society

Testimonials for Phillip J.W. Smith & Co. Executive Search in the Not for Profit sector.
Testimonials for Phillip J.W. Smith & Co. Executive Search in the Not for Profit sector.


Some of the clients that Philip J.W.Smith & Co. has served in the Not for Profit sector in Canada.

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