President & Managing Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Bernadette Saumur is President and Managing Director of Talent Matters Inc. Bernadette co-founded Talent Matters in 2010. She is based in Toronto and leads Talent Matters in its comprehensive Staffing, Recruitment, and specialized Talent Solutions to a broad range of clients across many business industries and verticals. Bernadette is a specialist in the area of Talent Acquisition with extensive experience in the Technology, FinTech, Banking, and Finance verticals, and in Contingent Workforce Solutions.
Honed by her Big 4 experience at Ernst & Young LLP and her corporate law partnership tenure at one of Canada's most prestigious law firms, Bernadette is driven by client success. Formerly a Partner in the Business Law group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, she has extensive experience leading and resolving complex client matters.
Her philosophy of unrelenting excellence to exceed clients' expectations, and to provide extraordinary and value-added solutions, has become integral to service delivery at Talent Matters.
Prior to Talent Matters, Bernadette was a Business Law partner at McCarthy Tétrault where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions in the Banking, Financial Services, Technology, and Capital Markets verticals.
Prior to McCarthy Tétrault, Bernadette was a law associate and tax associate at Ernst & Young.
Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Commerce, from the University of Toronto. She went on to attend Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor where she graduated with a degree in law. She is a lawyer and a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
Bernadette is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto where she attended the Business Leadership for Women Lawyers Program. She is also completing the Certified Contingent Workforce Professional program with Staffing Industry Analysts, the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions.
Chief Executive Officer
Pronouns: He, Him, His
Neale Harrison is Chief Executive Officer of Talent Matters Inc. Neale co-founded Talent Matters in 2010. He is based in Toronto and provides comprehensive Staffing, Recruitment, and specialized Talent Solutions to a broad range of clients across many business industries and verticals. Neale is a specialist in the area of Talent Acquisition with extensive experience in the Technology, FinTech, Banking, and Finance verticals, and in Executive Search.
Prior to Talent Matters, Neale was part of the senior leadership team of a publicly-traded consumer packaged goods company, overseeing the Human Resources function across three independent operating companies.
Neale is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management where he attended the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management. He holds a diploma in Human Resources Management and Marketing Management through Durham College of Applied Arts & Technology, and obtained his Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation through the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).
Neale has attended numerous Leadership Development programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business and the University of Western Ontario. In addition, he has an Influential Leaders Certificate from The Niagara Institute, as well his Six Sigma Greenbelt certification in support of his Project Management/Continuous Improvement expertise.
Neale has certifications in various Leadership/Talent Development and Talent Assessment tools, including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Step I, Step II and Conflict Resolution through Psychometrics Canada Ltd., Lominger Leadership Architect®, Recruiting Architect® and Development Planner Plus® Suite through Lominger Limited Inc. and Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument® through Psychometrics Canada Ltd. He is also qualified to utilize the DiSC® personality assessment tool and the Leadership Circle Profile®, a 360-degree assessment tool, through The Leadership Circle. He utilizes these tools, among others, in the design and delivery of customized Talent Development coaching and training programs, and strategies for individuals and teams.
Neale is an Adler Trained Coach (ATC), having completed the prestigious Adler Certified Coach Program. The Adler Certified Coach Program, affiliated with the Adler Graduate Professional School and Continuing Studies Department at Western University, is fully accredited by the International Coach Federation. Neale is also completing the Issues in Diversity program through Seneca.