Headhunting among the executive search firms

Earlier, we reported New Democrat public accounts committee member Bruce Ralston was questioning the use of an executive search firm to select British Columbia's next auditor general. The reason: back in 2001, four headhunters - The Caldwell Partners International Inc., Korn/Ferry International Inc., Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. and Patrick O'Callaghan and Associates - donated their time to identify potential senior bureaucrats on behalf of the incoming Campbell administration. And that administration has been good for the executive search industry. According to a Public Eye review of government financial records, between fiscal 2001/02 and 2004/05, $3.3 million was transferred to headhunting specialists on a current list of pre-qualified executive search firms, with the biggest winner being Caldwell at $759,509. By comparison, when the New Democrats were in power, those same specialists received just $435,384 between fiscal 1997/98 and 2000/01. And now, the industry even has one of its own sitting in Liberal caucus: Iain Black, who was a partner at Caldwell until 1999 and is now a...er...member of the public accounts committee.

Fiscal 1997/98

Caldwell Partners International Inc. $63,334
Pinton Forrest & Madden Group Inc. $25,340

Fiscal 1998/99

Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. $60,803

Fiscal 1999/00

The Caldwell Partners International Inc. $35,724
Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. $25,151

Fiscal 2000/01

The Caldwell Partners International Inc. $53,853
CNC Global Ltd. $123,816
Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. $47,363

Fiscal 2001/02

The Caldwell Partners International Inc. $212,628
CNC Global Ltd. $109,714
Korn/Ferry International Inc. $76,293
Manpower Professional Inc. $50,466
Pinton Forrest & Madden Group Inc. $86,651
Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. $104,668
Western Executive Selection Inc. $25,000

Fiscal 2002/03

Angus One Ltd. $80,848
The Caldwell Partners International Inc. $122,000
CNC Global Ltd. $149,834
Korn/Ferry International Inc. $109,768
Pinton Forrest & Madden Group Inc. $72,175
Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. $90,731
Western Executive Selection Inc. $47,619

Fiscal 2003/04

Angus One Ltd. $197,410
The Caldwell Partners International Inc. $177,881
CNC Global Ltd. $192,967
Korn/Ferry International Inc. $105,332
Pinton Forrest & Madden Group Inc. $211,494
Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. $169,093
Western Executive Selection Inc. $41,948

Fiscal 2004/05

Angus One Ltd. $118,266
The Caldwell Partners International Inc. $247,000
CNC Global Ltd. $139,862
Korn/Ferry International $59,314
Pinton Forrest & Madden Group Inc. $119,856
Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. $82,834
The 500 Staffing Services Inc. $137,764

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