to Phoenix Executive Network

Leaders Supporting Leaders

Phoenix Executive Network (PEN) is Toronto's leading Transition Support Network for Executives. Since its inception in 2007, PEN remains by invitation only.

By design, we are represented by a mosaic of talented executives from all functional areas (eg General Management, Finance, Sales, Marketing, HR, Legal, Operations, IT, etc). Members are empowered through shared resources and networks, across disciplines, markets and geography.

PEN is member-led without bureaucratic hierarchy while we actively engage each other to ensure support is provided to the members. We meet once a week to share network contacts, leverage best-in-class ideas and importantly, referrals. Senior thought leaders and guest speakers attend regularly to share unique insights on career advancement and network building.

In our approachable and collegial environment, close and long term relationships are built within a proactive executive culture whose members leverage the strength and diversity they bring to the team. Access to our online network of hundreds of Alumni and Associate Members extends opportunities for members to connect across a broad spectrum of individuals.

Prospective members can begin their application through our website. If you are an Executive in transition, apply to PEN today – and build relationships for a lifetime.

If you are a Executive currently in transition, apply now!

We Look For

Membership Criteria

  • Members must have been a member of an Executive Leadership team (C-suite, VP, Country Head, GM level & above)

  • Members must be prepared and able to actively participate and contribute to the search activities of fellow members

  • Members must be active in their job search and have been looking for a reasonable time

  • Members become alumni once they accept a new position and agree to provide networking assistance to current members

  • Functional Experience and Target Position of Applicant vis-à-vis current Membership is also considered

  • Total active membership does not exceed 20

Application Process

  • Apply online

  • An active member will contact you and become your sponsor. The sponsor and at least one other active member will meet with you to discuss your candidacy and if appropriate arrange for you to attend a PEN meeting

  • At the meeting you will:

    • Present a 5-6 minute synopsis including - background, roles you are seeking (your 'elevator pitch'), transition activities to date, what you can bring to PEN, what you are looking to get out of PEN

    • Engage in questions and answers

  • PEN will review your overall application and your sponsor will contact you with the outcome

upcoming speakers

  • 20june

    John Bardawill

    TMG International

    Topic: The pitfalls and upsides of T5 versus T4

  • 16may

    Allan Small

    Stonewood Group

    Topic: How executive search firms can become more candidate friendly

  • 18apr

    Angela Eckford

    Eckford & Associates

    Topic: The Rise of the Boutique Search Firm

  • 11apr

    Jason Peetsma

    Odgers Interim

    Topic: Odgers Interim Practice.