Executive Biographies

Patricia Conlin – President (patricia@globalconsultinggroup.ca)

Patricia Conlin attended the University of Western Ontario and graduated with an Honor’s degree. Patricia founded Global Consulting Group Inc. (GCG) in 1991 with a vision of creating a company that can provide a superior service in Recruitment Solutions. With a list of loyal clients ranging from large corporations to small innovators, she consistently delivers quality results for each client. Patricia brings passion, strategic focus and professionalism to each project. The number of client testimonials, and long‐term GCG clients, confirm Patricia’s success as an outstanding leader, mentor, and enduring business professional.

Patricia also heads up Global Consulting Workplace Wellness Solutions division, and is passionate about the improving health to achieve maximum success. She is an energetic and engaging public speaker on Boosting your Health and Productivity with the Power of Nutrition. Patricia spent the past few years completing a program to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist to help others achieve their highest health potential. She has recently written a book on Healthy Living that will be published in summer 2014.

Patricia speaks French, German and some Spanish. She was the first women in Canada to earn a Black Belt ranking in the Martial Art of Shoot Wrestling, awarded after 10 years of dedicated training and competition. She was selected in 1992 to be a part of the Canadian Olympic Team going to Barcelona as an Administrator and to represent Canada as part of an International contingent assisting youth development through UNESCO in Russia. She plays competitive soccer and is an active member of her community. She has two boys and is a dedicated mother.

Linda Smith – Director, Career Coaching (linda@globalconsultinggroup.ca)

Linda has been fascinated by careers and the path people take to personal fulfillment in their work for her entire life. She commenced her career as a professional Recruitment Consultant where she assisted some of Canada’s fastest growing companies such as GE, SAP/Triversity and Motorola to attract and retain top talent. Along the way, she learned numerous tricks of career success in writing impactful resumes, conducting winning interviews, and implementing effective job search strategies. She continued her career as a Career Coach where she was able to share career management insights with hundreds of successful job seekers.

Her clients come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and industries, and range from students and professionals through to senior executives. After over 15 years of helping people find their way, Linda remains passionate about assisting individuals in career transition to optimize their career satisfaction.

Her academic qualifications include completion of an Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business, as well as completion of diverse courses in resume writing, career coaching and interviewing.  Her work experience spans two decades with a common focus on results-based career coaching that ensures her clients attain highly satisfying roles within their desired time-lines.  She has provided consulting services to leaders in the Career Transition field including DBM/LHH, Workopolis, and CPI Hazell & Associates, as well as working on her own to assist companies and individuals in career transition situations.  Linda has spoken to groups of job seekers at York University, the Markham Small Business Centre, and DBM with audiences including students, new Canadians, IT Professionals and executives.  Her network is extensive and she can call upon experts in many fields to attain esoteric industry advice or terminology to benefit her clients.

Linda’s clients respond that her resumes have helped them open doors and successfully attain desired new positions.  They have been grateful for her advice in developing strong career search strategies, interview skills, and self-motivation tactics.  Many clients have found that their time to locate new work and their success in landing in a desirable new position have been greatly enhanced due to the advice, guidance, and enthusiasm that Linda has provided.

Steve Cooper – Client Engagement Manager steve.cooper@globalconsultinggroup.ca)

Steve graduated from McMaster University with a dual major (B.Comm: Marketing, Psychology) and has since continued his education in communication, leadership, usability and software design. Steve is a passionate and creative individual with a broad range of business experience covering senior roles in sales and marketing, project management and customer experience strategies and design.

Steve pursues process excellence and has worked with GCG clients in the Technology, Healthcare and Finance sectors such as VISA, BCE Emergis and Cancer Care Ontario. He also supports our Career Coaching and HR Consulting team in client productivity, growth and retention strategies.

His career in web project management started with Scotiabank in 1997 as the first full-time manager of their public website. Other progressive positions followed, focusing on web-based financial applications for banks and debit and credit card companies. His work with start-ups provided a broad perspective in a variety of ventures including technology, real estate, software and website development.

Two years as a mentor to small businesses helped hone his skills in consulting. Sales experience spanned bank services, personal and group insurance, business contact databases as well as office equipment where he won a company-wide sales contest. Marketing experience includes consulting for many companies in a variety of fields such as technology, online marketing, education, healthcare and strategic business growth. He has created dramatic growth for clients using online marketing strategies.

Personal passions embrace innovation, inventing new products, playing competitive hockey, music and courses in leadership, coaching and communication.