What they say

“For nearly a decade our firm has utilized Paul’s skills as a coach for executives, an advisor for our ownership group, and a fractional leader for our Human Resource team. He has made measurable impact as a leader for the HR staff and he is one of the wisest advisors I’ve worked with in addressing the often complex world of human capital.”

Harold Reinders – CEO
Maple Reinders
(ICI and Civil Construction)

“Growing our People & Culture team from scratch was an opportunity to hire and cultivate young and talented staff. We turned to Paul Gibson at White Tower Strategies to provide me and the team with excellent fractional mentorship and guidance that would usually only be available to an organization through hiring a full-time executive Human Capital leader. It was an excellent decision.”

Eric Waxman – CIO
Spark Power
(Electrical and Renewables)

“Paul has provided the board and executive management with sound advice and insight relative to human capital and related topics as well as providing oversight relative to a merger process, employee transition and transformation. Paul also brought his experience regarding risk mitigation and coaching to the board table and ensured matters of governance, compensation and key projects were addressing necessary issues.”

Tony DiEmanuele – CEO
Mohawk Medbuy
(Health Shared Services)

“Paul and White Cardinal Services have supported the full suite of Human Resource needs for Auto One from policy-making and HR systems to employee relations and performance coaching. Outsourcing these services was an excellent decision and gave us access to products, knowledge and abilities we could not have produced with our lean operating team.”

Roz Patel – Managing Director
Auto One
(Luxury Vehicle Sales & Leasing)

“It’s been years since White Knight sought me out using research methods that looked deep into many talent pools. Their simulation interviewing and cultural testing required effort and time but truly examined my abilities and my match with the leadership role at Allturf. I know that Allturf’s ownership group agrees with me – White Knight showed us what real talent search looked like at a critical point in our growth as we progressed to the profitable sale of the business.”

John Alpaugh – President
Allturf
(Golf Materials & Services)

“As both a White Knight Search candidate and client I can attest to the surety and clarity delivered by their simulation interviewing programs as well as the lengths to which the firm goes to deliver an honest fit between candidates and client firms.”

Eric Dion – President
Artmetco

“Building teams and discerning between good and excellent fitting candidates is often an art. In addition to sharing some of the secrets of recruiting strategy, Paul showed us how to mix science and art in assessing potential employees and making more consistent first (and right) decisions.”

Najlaa Rauf – Director, People & Culture
Spark Power
(Electrical and Renewables)

“As Chair of our Governance & Compensation Committee, Paul demonstrated his ability to manage disparate points of view and build consensus among directors. Researching, developing and implementing important elements of our board mandate, Paul managed challenges that were unique to our board structure. His broad skill set and experience ensure that he is well suited to consult on board issues and serve as a competent director.”

Rahul Suri – Past Chair
Daisy Intelligence
(Artificial Intelligence Software)

“Paul’s wise counsel and calm guidance were essential during our restructuring, particularly the difficult decisions regarding staff and managing our external relationships with funders. As Vice-Chair, he adeptly moved fellow board members toward consensus and helped diffuse contentious discussions with thoughtful insight and pragmatic alternatives. I personally valued his astute input, sense of humour, and willingness to lead.”

Tanja McQueen – Chair
WaterTAP
(Ontario’s Water Technology Accelerator)

“Paul advised me as Board Chair, and supported the Operations Team at OpenWorm. Behind the scenes, Paul was a diplomat, advisor, and trusted counsel, always moving us forward. He helped us establish an organization that has operational rigour, kept us focused on key goals, and supported accountable board governance and exceptional recruiting. I’m grateful for his leadership, and his impact was substantial.”

Ryan Merkley – Former Chair
OpenWorm Foundation
(ArtificiaI Intelligence Research)

“As a CEO of a fast-growing FinTech, I was impressed by Paul’s ability to advise technology companies and boards as they dealt with start up and human capital issues. His guidance was instrumental in supporting rapid growth, especially dealing with the complexities of managing people and ensuring good governance. Paul speaks the language of entrepreneurs and I highly recommend him as an advisor for firms scaling up their business in the technology sector.”

David Sudbury – Retired CEO
Securefact
(Financial Systems Software)

“As Founders building a bio-tech organization, our team was directed by our board to seek the guidance of Paul at The Growth Centre. We have benefited from his ability to anticipate and solve the human capital, governance and organizational design needs of OpenWorm as we pursued funding, board effectiveness and solutions to the dynamics of strong personalities working together. Start-up and scale-up organizations can benefit by making the same call to The Growth Centre.”

Dr. Stephen Larson – Co-Founder
OpenWorm Foundation
(Artificial Intelligence Research)

“In a very short time, Paul Gibson has become our go to HR consultant. His ability to understand and empathize with both employees and management is remarkable. Paul has helped us navigate through recruitment, performance reviews and terminations.”

Joy Rosen – Co-Founder
Portfolio Entertainment
(TV & Media Production)

“A decade ago I engaged Paul Gibson to assist me in assessing the Human Capital and Leadership needs of our family’s company. He has since became a trusted advisor to me and other family members on the challenges and opportunities of addressing family business institutions (councils, trusts and foundations) and relationships within the business. His guidance has improved our family firm in more ways than I can count.”

Fred Reinders – Chair & Founder
Maple Reinders Group & Family Trust
(Construction & Philanthropy)

“Paul has been advising our firm for years in a Human Resource capacity and in the course of that work, has often assisted in the highly confidential and nuanced activities more closely associated with operating a family-run business. I can recommend him without reservation to assist private business owners in addressing their unique challenges and opportunities.”

Steve Stipsits – President
Branthaven
(Developer & Homebuilder)

“Over many years, White Knight Search has continued to find and help us attract talented people in roles through our family’s businesses. Good people are often hard to find and Paul and the team seem to have gifts for making the search easier… and more successful.”

Giocondo & Connie Niro – Founders
Roni Excavating
(Construction)

“I have found Paul to be a thoughtful, insightful colleague on matters of board governance. Drawing on his practical personal and professional expertise, he is a strong contributor and voice of experience in many areas of board and good governance practice.”

Shauneen Bruder – Chair
University of Guelph
(Comprehensive Ontario University)

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