What Alumni are saying

Kevin Watson, Alumni

Kevin Watson

Chief Financial Officer
FirstOnSite Restoration LP
The opportunity to work with a diverse group of senior executives and the resulting sharing of ideas and contacts, made joining PEN the turning point in my recent transition. Equally important, the connections made have provided lasting friendships and an invaluable network for the rest of my career.
David Long, Alumni

David Long

Chief Financial Officer
Therapure Biopharma Inc
PEN was extremely beneficial to me. It helped put structure into my search, and expanded my reach into the business community. There was a shared sense of responsibility in helping each member land their next great opportunity, so I never felt alone in my search.


Sheryl Johnson, Alumni

Sheryl Johnson

VP Marketing and Guest Experience
Buddy’s Kitchen Direct
Networking works!

I found the Phoenix Executive Network (PEN) through networking and through PEN I found my job. You know that statistic, 80% of jobs are found through networking…well its true.

As an executive, you have a significant advantage as a member of PEN when looking for your next VP or higher role because of the depth of networks each member brings. Cross industry, cross country and internationally, the group of individuals within PEN represent multiple disciplines and experiences. PEN members are accepted to join PEN because of what they contribute to every meeting and their extensive network. The team’s willingness to make warm introductions on your behalf to the right people at the right level, will help you expand your network and possibly meet the right person connected to your next role. That’s how I found my current role.

As a member of PEN you are required to clearly articulate what you bring as well as what you are looking for (role, industry, experience). By being clear, focused and detailed, the team can and will introduce you to the right people in their network.

Accelerate the impact and depth of your networking by joining the Phoenix Executive Network.
Robert J Clark, Alumni

Robert J Clark

Clark Industry
The Phoenix Executive Network is an excellent, resource of information, talent and network of senior executive experience. For any executive, especially at a senior level, entering a period of transition this is a challenging and, dare I say, a traumatic time in a person’s life. The help and support from the Phoenix network, both present and the Alumni is invaluable. The meetings are well planned and organized in a corporate environment in order to maintain executive engagement. The introductions and referrals are outstanding. As a senior executive officer going through a first time transition experience this network provided me exceptional support and guidance. They are the essence of understanding: 'what you know, what you don't know, about something that is important to you!'
David Smith, Alumni

David Smith

VP Human Resources
Trindent Consulting
PEN is a great organization - for an executive in career transition it provides access to like-minded executives and their contacts, connections and advice. The regular Monday morning meetings replicate the executives natural habitat - a boardroom. The discussions are interactive, direct and supportive - everyone is working together for a common goal.

For executive recruiters and researchers PEN should become one of their prime sources of talent - think of it as LinkedIn live.

PEN was great for me and I consider my fellow PEN active and alumni both colleagues and friends.


Nancy Altilia, Alumni

Nancy Altilia

Marketing Leader
AON Hewitt Canada
What I discovered about networking from my PEN cohort turned the dog paddle into a fast, efficient freestyle stroke. Effortless, enjoyable and much easier to get where you are going.
Howard Cadesky, Alumni

Howard Cadesky

Chief Operating Officer
Manion Wilkins & Associates
Joining the Phoenix Network gave my networking a kick-start. I gained new insights on how to approach networking and gained valuable information from the various speakers who attended our meetings. I highly recommend Phoenix to anyone who wants to expand the scope of their networking and search efforts.


Drew Munro, Alumni

Drew Munro

Lighthouse Nine Group
In transition you will likely have the opportunity to join, or come across networking groups. The decision you have to make is whether you want to join one?

The first benefit is discipline, attending (normally) weekly meetings and being held accountable for your productivity in networking by your peers. The second benefit is advice, on a range of search related topics from application to negotiation of offer. The third benefit is networking/connecting with executives in companies and around opportunities that you are targeting, working with the group's networks.

PEN is unrivalled in the sense that it can re-frame your search; in terms of being held accountable to be productive in networking, providing depth of experience through peer advice/coaching and being explosive in creating new networking opportunities.

PEN is about landing in a great role, not about meeting weekly to discuss search and transition. If you want results, PEN can help speed you on your way.

Paul Pochon, Alumni

Paul Pochon

I joined Phoenix Executive network as I felt lonely in my search. I found at PEN a group of individuals mirroring an Executive Committee. All the roles are represented. The Monday morning meeting, the weekly progress report are bringing a discipline that kept me in a business mindset. Every time I had a decision to make I asked PEN members for advice. Every time I got very valuable perspectives and a variety of opinion that truly helped me in my thought process. Others questions were also enriching my own thought process as they were sharing their searches. PEN members diverse experience proved to be very helpful in expanding my network. PEN keeps all its members focused and highly motivated as they go through an unsettling search. This is the most important PEN benefit for me. I would recommend PEN to anyone who is looking to speed up their job search..


Steve Cresswell, Alumni

Steve Cresswell

With the help of the Phoenix Executive Network I was able to accelerate my networking into numerous industries that I would not normally have any visibility in. With their support and guidance, I refined my brand and value proposition which were major contributions in landing my next great role - a senior position in one of my target industries. The regular Monday morning meeting provided much need structure to a difficult process, and their honest feedback and challenging questions kept me focused in my journey. I would highly recommend PEN to anyone senior executive in transition.
Brad West, Alumni

Brad West

Director / General Manger
Westech Building Products
As a member of the Phoenix Executive Network I was part of a team of executives in transition with a broad range of experiences from diverse backgrounds. Being able to network through this group was instrumental in accelerating my career search, keeping me on target and on task.

The weekly Monday morning meetings provided structure and accountability to my career search. Having the opportunity to seek advice and feedback from fellow PEN members in a friendly, welcoming environment was invaluable. The PEN group significantly increased my networking reach as all members were willing to share their contacts and provide meaningful introductions to many individuals within their own professional networks.

I would highly recommend PEN to any senior executive in transition.


Anne Bloom, Alumni

Anne Bloom

Lead, HR Transformation
I joined PEN to help me find my next opportunity. Building my network, sharing ideas, job leads and being part of an executive group that provided me with support, insights, knowledge sharing and lasting friendships led to my success in finding that new opportunity. PEN helps executives in transition be successful in their job search - the structure of the group; the ability to know that your fellow colleagues are there to provide insight, guidance and support assisted me immensely. I would highly recommend PEN to an executive in transition.
Michael Issaev, Alumni

Michael Issaev

I found my experience at Phoenix Executive Network very rewarding. It helped me on a number of fronts. Early Monday morning sessions energized me for a productive week. Interaction with PEN members offered strong networking opportunities as most members were senior, well connected and respected executives. Perhaps, the most important part of PEN experience for me was connecting with people on a personal level. All PEN members faced similar challenges during transition period, and understanding that I was not alone in this journey and getting support from others was invaluable.


Ian Campbell, Alumni

Ian Campbell

I was very fortunate to learn about Phoenix Executive Network (PEN) through a tier-1 executive recruiter. I heeded his advice, joined the PEN and then my learning process began. Participating in the group provided the opportunity to support others and learn through their experiences. The board-room setting, weekly-reporting and Monday morning-meetings provided the focus and emotional boost I needed to push through the transitional process. The quality of the advice from the team was fantastic and the depth of the knowledge and networking opportunities seemed limitless. Most importantly I worked alongside a team of individuals who had the same goals and whom I call friends and look forward to continuing our relationships. I highly recommend the Phoenix Executive Network to all executives facing a transition.
Peter Osborn, Alumni

Peter Osborn

The Phoenix Executive Network proved to be a very good use of my time and energy. My goals of 'sharpening' the focus of my next career move and broadening my professional network were met through interacting with this professional and diverse group. It was energizing to meet, engage and discuss strategy and tactics on a weekly basis.

There were some excellent and insightful speakers that engaged and provoked us as a group. This further served to bolster and leverage our collective strengths. It was a tremendous lift knowing that you had some pretty high-powered help as part of your immediate network. It was equally gratifying, in turn, to be able to use your own personal and professional experience to assist fellow members land in their next roles.

To any executive in transition, I would strongly recommend they take a close look at joining this select group.