Stéfan is Chief Talent Officer & CEO at Mandrake. He holds a similar role with NEXCareer. These firms operate in the Search, Career Transition, Talent Management, and Human Capital Management businesses, nationally. Stéfan started his career in the Marketing department of Procter & Gamble. He has a B. Com. from McGill University, where he graduated with distinction.
Stéfan has over 25 years of experience in executive recruiting, and has influenced the growth of one of Canada's largest privately-held search firm. Outside of his direct involvement in the recruiting of dozens of CEO's, he has brokered several M&A's. He has also led hundreds of executive engagements in Finance, Sales, HR, Marketing, and Strategy for various service, not-for-profit, and manufacturing companies.
He is an expert on the War on Talent and the issues surrounding the changing face of human capital in today's market, and frequently published, on air, or as a speaker. He is a leader in creating and structuring competitive advantages for organizations looking to attract and retain talent.
Stéfan participated in the Gobi March, an unaided 250-kilometer foot race in the Gobi Desert of China. Upon returning from the Gobi March in 2009 where he placed first in the 40-50 age group, Stéfan was invited to share his experience to a group of peers, the members of Young President Organization. Through word of mouth, Stéfan started to share the story with broader audiences. Within a year, a few thousand people were touched by his experience, be it at company town halls, sales and team meetings, annual retreats, customer events, and annual general meetings.
Stéfan's presentations are customized, from a 40 to 90 minutes, and include a powerful audio visual background. Presentation topics include:
Overcoming fear of failure and fear of success
Choosing a winning mindset
Re-interpreting past and current events to empowered ones
Replacing defeating habits
Industry Expertise (10)
Professional Training and Coaching
Training and Development
Areas of Expertise (5)
Organizational Development and Change Management
Co-Founder - Marketing Hall of Legends of Canada (professional)
The Marketing Hall of Legends was created to honour Canadians who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of excellence in the field of marketing. It is meant to honour a body of work and a lifetime of achievements. The criteria for selection was based on those Canadians whose ideas and contributions to marketing and brand building have made a tremendous impact in the Canadian and/or global marketplace.
Chair, Education - Young Presidents’ Organization (professional)
YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) connects you with successful young chief executives in a global network unlike any other. Founded in 1950 in New York City, the organization unites approximately 19,000 business leaders in 110 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange.
Board of Directors - IMD International Search Group (professional)
IMD International Search Group is a leader in delivering exceptional value in executive search, customized to meet each client's needs, with a clarity and focus on enabling you to meet your business objectives. Stéfan is a leader in creating and structuring competitive advantages for organizations looking to attract and retain talent. He has also personally led more than a hundred executive engagements in Finance, Sales, HR, Marketing, and Strategy for a broad range of companies.
Gobi Runner: Taking a Personal and Professional Challenge to the Desert (personal)
In the midst of a devastating year for his and most businesses, Stéfan searched for a challenge that would get him in physical and mental shape for what lay ahead, inspire others, and raise funds for those in his industry. He settled on the Gobi March, an unaided 250-kilometer foot race in the Gobi Desert. In this captivating story of mind over matter, he shares how he overcame the challenges he faced, and made it to the finish line, stronger and better equipped for what lay ahead.
McGill University: Bachelor of Commerce, Commerce 1985
- Workshop Leader