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Blair Clark, CPC:
President/Practice Leader - Saskatchewan

Blair Clark is the president and founder of the Grasslands Group of Companies. He is a management and business development specialist with over 30 years of experience within the staffing, manufacturing, testing, training, retail and agribusiness sectors. He has achieved success as an entrepreneur and business owner and continues to have a keen ability to identify and pursue business trends. Blair has first-hand knowledge of western Canada and its labour market and is highly involved in the day-to-day activities of Grasslands Recruitment Specialists.

Blair is the Past President of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (A.C.S.E.S.S.) and his Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation recognizes the highest level of staffing industry knowledge and experience in North America. He is the past chair of the NPAworldwide Agribusiness Specialty Group. 

Blair actively works with clients to determine a candidate’s Corporate, Community, and Job Fit.

His full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/blair-clark.

Blair can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 4, or directly at 844.778.1031

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Mike Bachner:
Vice-President/Practice Leader - Ontario

Mike Bachner, B.Sc, has over 20 years of successful, specialized agriculture recruiting experience.

Raised in agriculture, educated in agriculture, and working in agriculture, Mike has formed endless connections within the Canadian agriculture industry. Having a diverse range of successful retail, sales, marketing and management roles, Mike knows the ag industry and more importantly, Mike Bachner knows the people in the Canadian agriculture industry.

Although Mike's education focus is on crop science, he has a proven track record in acquiring top talent for Canada's top agriculture companies across all sectors of the agricultural and horticultural market.

Attributed to much of Mike's success is his vast network of connections and his customer service, results-oriented philosophy, "...whether it is helping my client hire the ideal person to fill a critical role on their team, or helping a candidate find the job of their dreams - my role is to help them get there..."

If you are top talent or if you're looking for top talent in Ontario, Eastern Canada or the US Great Lakes area, partnering with top talent recruiter Mike Bachner simply makes sense.

His full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-bachner-12b8656/.

Mike can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 6, or directly at 866.519.2793.

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Edward Danneberg, CCPE:
Senior Search Consultant - Saskatoon, SK

Edward Danneberg has a 25+ year track record of success as a Professional Recruitment Consultant, Senior Sales Consultant, Board Member, Entrepreneur and works with an array of clients and industries in various sectors of Western Canada. Passionate about his work, he brings a strong record of success and customer service to the candidates and clients he serves. Ed strives to add value to every interaction and does the heavy-lifting required to become a trusted adviser to his clients.

Prior to joining Grasslands Recruitment Specialist, Edward was a Senior Recruitment Consultant with a competitor specializing in Manufacturing, Engineering, Operations, IT, Supply Chain, and Technical talent. He looks forward to connecting expanding his network within the agri-business space in Western Canada.

Edward has a BSc from Simon Fraser University.  Originally from BC, Edward resides in Saskatoon.

His full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/edwarddanneberg.

Edward can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 12, or direct at 306.700.4766.

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Randy Ritchie, BComm:
Senior Search Consultant - Saskatoon, SK

A Saskatoon native, Randy has a B.Comm in Accounting and General Business. Randy began his career in the Calgary executive search industry in late 1988, and, in 2002, he co-founded an Executive Search Firm where he was Managing Partner until early 2020. He has a long track record of over 600 successful search assignments including Company Directors, Presidents, COOs, and CFOs, as well as senior management and senior technical positions in engineering, geoscience, accounting, and finance. Randy also has some experience working with investment banking organizations and pension funds. He most often worked with small to intermediate-sized companies that were growing and in need of experienced talent.

He returned home in 2019, where he can safely cheer on the Riders, enjoy the company of many longtime friends, and the short commutes Saskatoon offers.

Randy understands that finding the right talent for your organization is an intricate process that requires a deep understanding of your business goals, strategy, and culture. He is excited to continue to use his executive search experience with the top agricultural specialist search firm in Canada.

His full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/randyritchie/.

Randy can also be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 7, or directly at 306.700.5151.

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Zoya Smith:
Business Manager - BC

Zoya is a Business Operation Leader with more than 15 years of Human Resource / Employment Service experience in psychometrics, employee assessments, staffing and permanent placement services. Her expertise includes employee support, operating system administration, business automation, and technical consulting, training and coaching.

Zoya’s understanding of the ‘world of work’ from a business operation perspective is invaluable for / to GRS staff, vendors, and clients.

Zoya also manages the IT, marketing, social media and 3rd party vendor relationships for our organization.

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/in/zoyasmith/.

Zoya can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 5, or directly at 844.440.0570.

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Verena Marsden, BA:
Project Coordinator - Swift Current, SK

Verena is a results-oriented and customer-focused marketing and sales professional with diversified experience in the development, creation, and coordination of event sponsorship, trade shows, incentive programs and national seminar series. Her organizational skills have been used to plan events for 50 to 200 people ranging from Weddings to Corporate year-end Galas. She has over 13 years’ experience in Sales and Marketing within the technology industry and 2 years’ experience in Cold Chain Technology.

Having worked as a mentor and coach for new hire sales reps including awareness of market trends, system applications, overcoming objections and the soft sell approach, she is now directing her skills to the staffing sector; focusing on the agribusiness industry.

She is fluently bilingual, French/English.

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/pub/verena-marsden/5/675/679.

Verena can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 8, or direct at 306.700.4779.

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Leanne Johner-Gooding, CPHR:
Project Coordinator - Regina, SK

Leanne joined GRS with 15+ years of recruiting experience within the transportation and agricultural industries. She has an adept ability to connect with people, taking the time to get to know candidates, going the extra mile to determine individual motivations. We have learned to appreciate her skill in how she can assess prospective talent for our clients.

She joins us part-time as she pursues her passion to complete her Bachelors of Education in Regina on a full-time basis.

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/leannematthes.

Leanne can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 15, or direct at 306.206.0640.

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Patricia Rawlek:
Project Coordinator - Alberta

Patricia has been in the Agriculture sector for over 25 years and graduated with honours from Olds College with a diploma in Land Management – Crop Advisory major.  

Having worked in the private and public sectors of Ag, Patricia was able to expand her professional background in Crop Production & Agronomy, Management, Government Relations and Agricultural Lending.  The majority of her career was in Municipal Government managing the Ag programs and in regional and territorial sales across the province. She has had the privilege of serving 2 terms on the North American Weed Management Association Board of Directors, serving in a variety of roles.  

Patricia is passionate about agriculture and looks forward to working with others as they pursue their career path within the ag industry.

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/patriciarawlek/

Patricia can be reached through the Contact Form, or directly at 587.442.4110.

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Katharine Bliss:
Candidate Development Representative - Quebec

Katharine was born and raised on a Dairy Farm in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. She was involved in the day-to-day operations of the family farm. As well, has worked on a Beef/Cash Crop Farm.

Katharine has extensive experience in Recruiting, Sales, Lead Generating, and Corporate Wellness.

Katharine has always been an important part of people’s lives, helping to guide them to reach their full potential whether it be their career or wellness.

Katharine is now focusing her skills and experience to the staffing sector within the Agriculture Staffing industry.

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/katharine-bliss-125aa7201

Katharine can be reached through the Contact Form, or directly at 819.803.0235.

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