Who We Are

JW Associates International Inc. offers in-depth expertise and a friendly, responsive approach to Executive Search, Outplacement, Management Consulting, Career Coaching and Professional Development. We have an outstanding legacy of high-performing, long-term hires, and successful career transitions.


Selective Search Support for Hiring the Best Fit

Are you looking to reap the benefits of a Retained Executive Search without the expense of a full search? Through our Hiring Services Programs, you select only the elements of the search process in which you most need expertise.

Could you benefit from the highest-level of specialized expertise in hiring the right fit to greatly increase your ability to hire and retain great additions to your company? Janet Webb, President of JW Associates, is an acknowledged expert in the field and the author of Hiring for Keeps: How to Hire Outstanding Employees Who Fit, Stay and Add to the Bottom Line. The Globe & Mail named this book as one of the Top 10 Leadership and Management Books of 2015.

We help address a wide range of hiring needs, including:

  • Defining current and future organizational requirements
  • Writing a job description that:

  • Effectively markets the position

  • Sets up performance expectations in terms of both what needs to be done and how it needs to be done

  • Provides a solid basis for ongoing feedback on both hard and soft skills

  • Writing market-focused job ads that attract the very best candidates to your organization

  • Designing a highly efficient screening process to limit the number of candidates interviewed

  • Providing revealing interview questions for hiring managers that uncover personality and fit

You can benefit from:

  • A cost-effective way to hire and retain the best candidates
  • Reduced time pressures for hiring managers and HR

  •  Expert advice on challenging parts of the search

  •  Increased organizational knowledge in how to hire the right fit

Call Janet Webb at 416-363-6532 to

discuss an enhanced plan of action for your next search.

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Sectors We've Worked In

Industry Sectors

We have extensive experience in all industry sectors, including:

  • Architecture and Design
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Brokerage
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consumer Goods
  • Distribution
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Food and Beverages
  • Forestry
  • Healthcare
  • Holding Companies
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Packaging
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Publishing
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Service
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Utilities


With over 25 years of experience, we have conducted searches for leaders in a wide range of settings, including:

  • Crown Corporations
  • Family Offices
  • High-Growth
  • Hospitals
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Owner-Managed Businesses
  • Private Companies
  • Public Companies
  • Turnaround
  • U.S. Subsidiaries

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How is our Retained Search Different?

Our well-established firm has the experience and judgment to manage targeted searches in today’s complex market. We provide exceptional value, assisting with all facets of the search, from initial consulting, writing an effective position profile and ad, and providing hiring managers with interviewing assistance, to conducting reference checks, handling final offer negotiations and onboarding.

Identifying the Right Fit - With over 25 years of experience, we are experts applying our proprietary Trait Alignment Protocol (TAP) for judging fit. Janet Webb, the author of “Hiring for Keeps,” heads up each search.

Accessing the Best Talent - We target recruit and advertise at the same time. We know how to identify and approach quality candidates in every field.

Providing Quality Service - Our judgment and insight provide you with detailed analyses and recommendations concerning the short-listed candidates.

Onboarding - We provide one-on-one onboarding coaching for the Hiring Manager and the new hire to ensure a smooth transition.

Succession Planning - We can address succession planning needs by ensuring fit with more senior leadership responsibilities as well as with the current role.

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Completed Searches and Marketplace Access


Our highly refined process for identifying LEADERSHIP FIT applies to all leadership roles in all organizations. Its versatility has resulted in in-depth knowledge of the leadership skills needed for success in the following widely varying roles:

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • CFO and Corporate Secretary
  • Chief Accountant
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • CIO
  • Commercial and Business Director Controller
  • COO
  • Corporate Controller
  • Department Chair
  • Director, Business Development
  • Director, Canadian and International Tax
  • Director, Commercial Real Estate
  • Director, Communications and Public Affairs
  • Director, Finance
  • Director, Government Relations
  • Director, HR
  • Director, Investor Relations
  • Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Director, Operations
  • Director, Planning and Analysis
  • Director, Project Management
  • Director, Regulatory Affairs
  • Director, Sales
  • Director, Treasury
  • District Manager
  • General Counsel
  • General Manager
  • Group Controller
  • Managing Director
  • Partner, Professional Services
  • President
  • President, Canadian Operations
  • Product Director
  • SAP Specialist
  • Senior Director, Public Affairs
  • Senior Investigator
  • Senior Manager, Accounting Policy
  • Senior Manager, Strategy
  • VP and General Manager
  • VP, Audit
  • VP, Business Development
  • VP, Canada
  • VP, Communications
  • VP, Finance
  • VP, Finance and Administration
  • VP, Financial Planning
  • VP, Human Resources
  • VP, Operations
  • VP, Project Finance
  • VP, Sales
  • VP, Sales and Business Development
  • VP, Strategy
  • VP, Treasury

Marketplace Access

With over 25 years’ experience in executive search, together with our sophisticated research methods and extensive goodwill networks, we can access the right people quickly. Our ability to identify, approach and recruit the top leadership candidates extends across industries and functional areas.



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Hiring Up-and-Coming Leaders

Our FUTURE LEADERS SEARCH GROUP specializes in retained searches for high-performing business leaders of the future. Our high-profile positions provide exposure to, and mentoring from, senior management and support the rapid development of business and leadership skills.

Key Features:

  • Our Future Leaders Search Group services clients looking for long-term hires who will grow within their organization and assume leadership roles
  • We conduct each search on a retainer basis, not the usual contingency basis at this level, and so the scope of the search and the thoroughness of screening are as you would expect for very senior positions
  • Our dedication to understanding the values, goals and requirements of both the candidate and the client company results in precisely targeted short lists and a highly efficient search process for all parties
  • We recruit exceptional candidates who fit “ tracking roles” with quality companies in all industry sectors

Future Leaders exhibit the demonstrated ability to use their intelligence and skills to make a significant contribution, to think outside the box and to raise the bar. They demonstrate leadership potential, personal responsibility and a social conscience.

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  • Executive
  • Management
  • Outplacement
  • Career
  • Business

“Thanks so much for all of your effort in finding us the right candidate. It has been a real pleasure working with your company - you certainly know your stuff!"
~ Director HR, Rapidly Growing Retailer

“Working with JW Associates has provided me with the ability to critically assess candidates' resumes. I am able to discern their experience and the representational faithfulness of their resumes. In turn, we are able to conduct a more effective search allowing us to find candidates most suited for the position.”
~ President, Large Investment Company

"In the past we had found it difficult to determine which people would really fit with our company. JW Associates provided us with a practical yet measurable way to select the best people for us."
~ Senior Director, Mining Company

"Thank you for helping us set up our succession planning framework. We now feel confident that we have a great plan in place to keep the company knowledge intact."
~ Director HR, Well-Established Company

“Your Outplacement program helped me to build my confidence and find a new job. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the process.”
~ Senior Manager, Real Estate

"JW Associates helped me identify my most marketable assets, and present them in a way that gave me an edge over other candidates. They provided gentle, tactful and extremely useful one-on-one feedback for interviewing. I felt much more confident and calm during the interviewing process and found a position which is the perfect fit."
~ 2009 Outplacement Client

“Dealing with JW Associates has been a very positive experience. Thank you very much for coaching and preparation work you provided – I found it very helpful in preparing me for the CFO interview.”
~ CFO, Mid-sized Manufacturing Company

“Networking was difficult for me so my career coach and I worked out an approach that I could handle. This revamped approach coupled with my new focused resume presented so well that I got six calls and a job offer!”
~ JB,Toronto

“I had never done Onboarding before... what a difference it has made in my new job! I feel much more comfortable about working with my new boss and am confident that I can continue to make a great impression”
~ 2009 Onboarding Client

“I’ve never seen myself as a natural leader, but now I know that I can aim higher. You really showed me the importance of improving my communication style."
~ Director, Turnaround Manufacturing Company

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