About Us

Higgins Executive Search is a national retainer executive search practice with partner networks both nationally and internationally. We have developed a proven track record over a broad range of sectors successfully placing talented leaders at the board and executive levels.

  • We are partners with our clients - we are totally committed to their success

  • We value continuous learning and innovation and are committed to ongoing improvement and growth personally, professionally and as a company

  • We value successful and rewarding relationships

  • We are committed to organizations, individuals and our community

Our Team

Brenda LaRose



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Ms. Brenda LaRose brings over twenty-five years of experience leading executive search engagements across a broad range of industries and sectors and throughout most regions in Canada as well as internationally. With strong knowledge of governance and business, Ms. LaRose brings expertise in working closely with Boards and executive teams to assess and identify strategies that will attract and retain the right leaders.

Ms. LaRose founded Higgins Executive Search and developed a national practice that is now recognized as a Canadian leader in the recruitment of diversity and Indigenous executives and board members.

Ms. LaRose speaks regularly at national associations and conferences on topics related to best practices in executive and board search. She currently serves as a Trustee and on the governance committee for the Seven Oaks Hospital Board in Winnipeg, a board member of the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development and on the national Progressive Aboriginal Relations Jury for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Ms. LaRose is a member of TEC Canada and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Certified Human Resource Management Professional (CHRP). She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and active member in the Manitoba chapter.

Brock Higgins

Managing Partner


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Mr. Brock Higgins has focused on executive recruitment throughout his career with a successful track record for executive level placements across Canada. He possesses more than ten years’ experience in executive search including extensive experience managing high-profile and highly sensitive search initiatives.

Mr. Higgins has led numerous senior executive search assignments for Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Presidents, Executive Directors, Academic Faculty, and Executives as well as Boards of Directors for start-ups and medium to large sized organizations in both the public and private sectors. He brings strong knowledge of business strategies, governance, and innovative executive recruitment practices.

Mr. Higgins holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a major in Human Resources from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business at Cape Breton University and a member of the Indigenous Advisory Circle for St. Paul’s University College/University of Waterloo. He is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, is a TEC Canada Member, and is French/English bilingual. Mr. Higgins was recently named a recipient of the 40 Under 40 award by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal.

Roma Thorlakson

Senior Consultant


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Ms. Thorlakson has ten years’ senior level and executive search experience working in a wide range of sectors including education, engineering, government, industrial, natural resources, non-profit and private enterprise. She brings to her search practice over twenty years’ experience in career transition and management, leadership assessment and coaching and program development and training with national and international human resources consulting firms. Her passion is being a valued, strategic advisor and partner to clients on attracting the best leaders that will successfully contribute to the growth of their organizations and teams.

Ms. Thorlakson holds several board and committee leadership roles for professional and community organizations. She is the Chair of the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, Past Chair of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and Vice Chair of Success Skills Centre.

Ms. Thorlakson is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with distinction from St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick. She completed the Strategic Talent Management program with the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing and is a Certified Talent Consultant.

Nicole Perry



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Ms. Nicole Perry is an executive search professional who has completed executive search assignments across Canada at the Director, Executive Director, Vice President, and Chief Executive Officer levels. Her experience spans multiple industries including retail, finance, and academia as well as working with clients in regulated sectors such as gaming and natural resources.

Prior to her career in executive search, Ms. Perry held various positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including working as a management consultant assisting corporations and federal government departments in areas of project advisory, risk assessment and business performance. It was this foundation in client and stakeholder relations, analysis, and project management that lead Ms. Perry to a career in executive search.

Ms. Perry has earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. She has studied overseas in both England and France, and is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Michael Eagar



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Mr. Michael Eagar joined Higgins Executive Search as a Research Associate. While completing his studies, he worked in various industries including retail and insurance. His experience focuses on project management, research, information technology, and customer service.

Mr. Eagar earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa. He enjoyed many leadership roles while in school and currently sits on the organizing committee for the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, an international engineering competition.

Ashley Richard



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Ashley Richard is an Associate with Higgins Executive Search. Ms. Richard was a recipient of the Pauline & Roger Presland Scholarship and the 20th Anniversary Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Aboriginal Business Studies and Economic Development from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business.

Previously, Ms. Richard worked as a Project Coordinator for Former Treaty Commissioner James Wilson and for the Royal Bank of Canada. Ms. Richard also spent time working for the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development upon moving to Winnipeg from Toronto. Ms. Richard is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the Aboriginal community; she is a member of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Community Relations Committee, a Co-Founder of Red Rising Magazine, and assists in the planning of the annual gala, the Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards.

Joy Beshie

Research Associate


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Tess Lepore-Maheux

Client Services Manager


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Tess Lepore-Maheux is a veteran Administrator with over 15 years’ experience managing in an office setting. She is seasoned in project administration and has a consistent track record of on-time, quality delivery. Her proficiency in the planning, implementation and execution of multiple projects allows her to effectively meet the needs of our clients.

Prior to joining us as a Client Services Manager, Ms. Lepore-Maheux held various senior level administrative positions in both the public and private sectors enabling her to develop strong organizational and administrative support skills. She is a results-driven professional with a client-centric focus who excels in supporting company operations.

Ms. Tess Lepore-Maheux holds a certificate in Associate Project Management from McMaster University and is fluently bilingual in both English and French.

Wenda Lee Cameron

Client Services Administrator


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Wanda Berthaudin

Client Services Administrator


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Wanda joined our team in 2005 as Executive Assistant. She held this position until 2011 when she took on the duties of Accounts and Billings Administrator. She possesses over twenty-five (25+) years providing administrative support to various companies.

Prior to moving to Winnipeg, she and her family lived in northern Manitoba for 28 years and she was employed by the Province of Manitoba, followed by several years with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting – Ruttan Division.

Community activities included serving on the Health Centre Board of Directors, Secretary-Treasurer of the Golf and Ski Club and the Minor Hockey Association, Head Leader of the 4-H Club, Board Member of the Figure Skating Association. After taking First Responder training she volunteered for several years as an Ambulance Attendant.

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