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David Perry - Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance). Ottawa, ON, CA

David Perry

Board Member Chief Talent Officer, CATAAlliance // Managing Partner | Perry-Martel International Inc.

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Rogue Recruiter or Personnel Hit Man



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Nicknamed the Rogue Recruiter by The Wall Street Journal, David Perry is managing partner of Perry-Martel International one of North America’s top executive search, recruiting and placement firms.

He is the author of seven books including: Hiring Greatness: How to Recruit Your Dream Team and Crush the Competition, Executive Recruiting for Dummies and Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0.

A CATA Advisor since 1991, David is currently a board director at CATA as well as Women in Communications and Technology. He previously chaired several national boards dealing with HR and talent issues.

He graduated from McGill in 1982 with a BA in Economics and Industrial Relations. He received his Commission in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve winning the Sword of Honor in 1980. In 2014 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award

Industry Expertise (22)

Talent Management


Executive Search

Human Resources

Professional Training and Coaching

Employment Services

Information Technology and Services


Real Estate Dev/Ops

Corporate Leadership

Construction - Commercial

Computer Software

Computer Hardware



Computer Gaming

Computer Networking

Computer/Network Security

Construction - Residential


VC and Private Equity


Areas of Expertise (10)


Job Search


Employee Engagement

Talent Acquisition

Executive Recruiting

Industry 4.0


C-Level recruiting

Executive Search

Accomplishments (1)

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal


Education (1)

McGill University: B.A., Economics and Industrial Relations 1982

Affiliations (4)

  • Perry - Martel International Inc. : Managing Partner
  • Women in Communications and Technology : Board of Directors
  • Put America Back to Work : Founder
  • Guerilla Job Search International : Founder

Selected Media Appearances (3)

Why You Need to Think Like the Raptors to Attract Top Talent

IT Business  


Most job recruiters and organizations hunting for talent don’t go about it much differently than a poker player relying on blind luck. They simply play the talent they’re dealt – which often isn’t great, considering they’re hiring from a limited deck of prospects usually collected through a quick LinkedIn keyword search, a job board posting, or a call for resumes on social media...

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Lessons Learned in Auditioning for Job

The New York Times  


“If it makes you feel uncomfortable or you think you’re being taken advantage of, then you are,” said David Perry, a managing partner in the executive search firm Perry-Martel International, based in Ontario. He suggested looking in Google for the name of the company and “interview tactics” or “free internships” to see if there was any buzz about the company’s practices...

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How To Make Your Job Outsource-Proof



"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change," Charles Darwin once wrote. In today's global economy, when jobs can vanish down a fiber-optic cable to India before breakfast tomorrow, it's not how strong or smart you are that matters. It's how adaptable you are to change...

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