Build A Better Board...

Board recruitment has favoured CEOs, lawyers, and accountants.
They’re comfortable with financials but not always with “difficult” people-centric topics.
Boards need to be able to support executives as they work to:

Is it time for an people-centric professional to join your board?

Will you benefit from HR, Governance, Cyber, ERM, and M&A experience balanced with operations success? Let’s find out…

Paul Gibson



Certified board chair and director with governance and advisory experience on the boards of private, family, small-cap, scale-up and NFP enterprises. 

Professional board and ownership advisor with global expertise in operations and human capital challenges such as mergers, talent acquisition, organizational change, leadership succession, executive and board recruitment, and board operations.

Expert in designing attractive and economical leadership compensation systems, advising on current challenges in acquiring and retaining people in turbulent markets, and managing mergers and transformations. 

Demonstrated ability to ask for, understand, and act upon people-related data, a rare skill that has been expressly valued by past and current boards.

Executive coach and mediator, skilled in building rapport and cooperation between executives and directors, and capable of fitting into diverse cultures, industries and business scales. 

More than 30 years of expertise in the needs of entrepreneurial leaders has created “owner-whisperer” capabilities and supports the unique issues that often vex high-growth entrepreneurs and families in business.


A Board Chair, Vice-Chair & Committee Chair, specializing in Human Resources, Compensation, Governance, Nominating and Search Committees.


A provider of guidance to advisory, family and supervisory boards on governance practices, director education,
and board operations support.


A leader of a specialized recruitment practice delivering confidential and open searches for c-suite executives and board directors.

Paul's Board Roles

Pure Business

For-Profit Enterprise Boards

Complex Scopes

Education & Medical Boards


Highly-Focused Boards

The Greater Good

ESG Impact Boards

Paul's Chair Roles


AlphaPlus & WaterTAP

Led successful leadership transition, board renewal and government funding push in a shifting political landscape. Supported Executive Director in government relations, and growth plans.

HR & Comp

MTE, Daisy, Proceco & WaterTAP

Implemented complex director and executive compensation as well as redesigned equity programs for staff. Advised owner and executives on HR practices for attraction & retention.


Daisy & AlphaPlus

Developed practical CEO / ED evaluation and sustainable evergreen board candidate process. Implemented governance procedures to carry firm through to Series A raise and board dissolution.

Special / Search

Guelph, Westpark, Mohawk, OpenWorm, Goodall, OpenMedia

Led CEO and executive search programs as well as full board renewals and over $100 million in property development projects.

board competencies

industry sectors

client scopes


Family Business Advisor

An advisor to family-run businesses from $10 million to $2 billion and from a few family members to dozens. Support for family councils to address education and resolve issues, and for advisory boards to bring professional governance, disciplined practices for succession, performance appraisal, and fair compensation to family-run businesses. 

Technology Advisor

A Senior Advisor with MaRS Discovery District and Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, providing governance, talent management,  organization design, and founder guidance for growth and scale-up firms in Enterprise Software, CleanTech, FinTech, and broad entrepreneurial sectors of new and  old economy ventures.

Executive Leadership History


Sapien Capital

Founder & Managing Director​

Sapien was founded to help entrepreneurs, executives, families, and boards to address the people-related challenges of their growing firms.

We help them sleep better at night knowing they have a handle on unique private company needs such as recruitment of talent, professionalization of their HR function, design of their organization, or almost anything on the human side of rapid growth.

We support human capital projects, executive-level coaching, and fractional leadership of the HR team. We lead and operate advisory or supervisory boards, guide generational leadership transition, and help leaders lead


Mattamy Commercial


Commercial development, construction, leasing, and finance.

Mattamy Homes

Chief Human Resource Officer

International land development and homebuilding operations.


Palliser Furniture

EVP Human Resources

International HR and complex family entanglements.

Noma Industries

Corporate Director Human Resources

HR operations for consumer packaged goods manufacturer.


Fidelity Investment Canada

VP Human Resources

Led HR and the launch of
stand-alone fintech subsidiaries.

Canada Life

Director of Leadership

Accountable for leadership development of high potentials in 5 countries.

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