Valerie Phelps

Founding Partner

Founding Partner of Phelps, Valerie has been in career transition and leadership development for over 30 years.

Heather Phelps

Managing Partner

Heather Phelps is the Managing Partner responsible for Executive Search and Leadership Development. She leads the design, resourcing, and execution of human capital initiatives across Canada.

Jayson Phelps


 Jayson Phelps is a core member of Phelps’ leadership team and a Senior Partner with a track-record of successful placements in a wide array of sectors.

Dr. Jill Birch

National Director, Leadership & Strategy

Dr. Jill Birch is a leadership advisor, author and senior executive. She is Founder and CEO of BirchGrove Inc., where she helps organizations develop individual leaders and teams and supports human resource partners to realize their strategic imperatives.

Heather Connelly


Heather is a Partner based in our Toronto office, and brings over 30 years of executive search and consulting experience throughout the broader public and non-profit sectors across Canada. Heather is one of Canada’s most respected leadership search executives.

Joan Green


Joan Green leads Phelps’ Board Advisory practice and is a trusted advisor on executive search and leadership development for a diverse range of sectors, including education, health, provincial and municipal government, and not-for-profits. 

Dr. Frank Markel


Dr. Markel focuses on the Health and Municipal Sector Practice of Phelps.

Carmen Jeffery

Principal Interim Management and Director of Research

Carmen Jeffery leads Phelps’ Interim Leadership practice and the Research Team. 

Nayely Figueroa

Marketing and Operations Manager

Nayely Figueroa is responsible for designing and implementing the marketing strategy and ensuring we offer best-in-class client and candidate experiences.

Nick Ketley

Database & Development Manager and Senior Research Consultant

Nick Ketley is an active member of the Technology, Cannabis, Indigenous Leadership practices. 

Antonella Knorr

Office Administrator

Antonella Knorr is the heart and soul of Phelps, working extensively with clients and candidates. 

Cheryl Lai

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Cheryl Lai is actively involved in Phelps’ Executive Search Practice, specializing in the Firm’s Health, Education, Not-for-Profit and Regulatory practices.

Margie Peskin

Senior Consultant

Margie Peskin focuses on executive search, research and career transition projects.

Diana Rucchin

Research Coordinator

Diana Rucchin supports the Research Team with executive search. 

Marnie Smith

Marketing and Client Services

Marnie Smith leads our client experience at Phelps working with the Executive Search, Leadership Assessment and Interim Management practices.