About HLC Talent

 

HLC Talent, in brief

In 2020 two HR professionals, Mihaela Craciunas and Gerry Gomez, partnered to acquire Hevey, Lépine, Cencherle & Associates, a niche 20 year old executive search firm. The new name, HLC Talent reflects our mission: Providing a focused set of talent management services, to help companies and job-seekers win in an ever-evolving marketplace.

Both Mihaela and Gerry come from consulting backgrounds, where the priorities are understanding needs, building enduring relationships, and finding businesslike solutions. This spirit drives our work with both clients and talent across the market.

We work with clients and talent close to our base in Montréal, across Canada, and worldwide.

HLC is a niche firm that gives you an edge

We only take on business where our know-how gives clients an edge. Specialized, time-sensitive, and geographically-challenging assignments are the norm.

We compete by being nimble and providing flexible, customized solutions. That can mean integrating our team members with your HR staff, or providing start-to finish RPO solutions tailored to your needs. And you profit from our entrepreneurial take on today’s workplace:  

  • Talent is everything for organizations that want to stay ahead.
  • Expectations of job candidates and employees are getting harder to meet.
  • Same old, same old doesn’t work now that speed and innovation rule the world.

HLC dedicates an account manager to each client and project, to ensure accountability and continuity.  Both partners participate in every assignment, so the drive to deliver is ever-present.

Our mastery of sourcing technology is key to acquiring the right talent. As a data-driven firm, HLC uses the latest AI, social media and talent analytics technology to automate, speed and enhance candidate sourcing and engagement.  All this gives you an edge in a very competitive market.

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Mission, vision, values

Mission

Mission

Provide a focused set of talent management services, to help both companies and job-seekers win in an ever-evolving marketplace.

Vision

Vision

Become a niche talent management firm that helps our corporate partners thrive by attracting the right talent and improving HR services.

Values

Value

Accountability
We are committed to delivering for our clients and for candidates.

Integrity
We believe doing the right thing is the only way to work.

Teamwork
We do a better job when we truly work together.

Excellence
We only offer services where we have an edge and consistently excel.

Meet our team

Our HR professionals all have complementary specialties. Our multilingual diverse team has broad experience with small and large businesses in key industries, and with government agencies.

Gerry Gomez

VP Sales and Strategy

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Gerry Gomez

Gerry has nearly 20 years of talent acquisition experience in the agency, corporate and consulting markets. He has significant experience in local, national and international recruiting, and is comfortable with HR staffers as well as senior management.  Gerry is HLC’s technology lead, with longstanding skills in recruiting/sourcing applications and methodology, social media, and applicant tracking systems.

Gerry completed his BA in Human Relations (Applied Human Sciences) from Concordia University while playing hockey on its varsity team. He remains a highly competitive multitasker today, as a High Performance Certified Hockey Canada Coach & Technical Director who coaches minor hockey.

Top 5 sector experience

  • Consulting
  • Forest Products
  • Industrials
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing

Mihaela Craciunas

VP Operations and Strategy

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Mihaela Craciunas

Mihaela has built a reputation as a solutions-oriented catalyst over 20 years as a recruitment and HR professional in national and international markets. This includes talent acquisition cycle management, sourcing, and headhunting in the corporate and consulting worlds. As HLC’s HR consulting lead, she excels in performance management, training, and projects such as standardizing recruiting processes.

Mihaela has a BS in Chemical Engineering, BS in Psychology and additional education in HR Management. As someone who has built a successful career in a new country she has firsthand insight into the talent we seek in diversity and international recruiting.

Top 5 sector experience

  • Audiovisual
  • Consulting
  • EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Consulting); EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, Consulting & Management)
  • Forest products
  • Mining & Metallurgy

Maria Ligero

Director, Talent Acquisition

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Maria Ligero

Maria recruits people across the workforce – from production workers to tradespeople to administrative staff – drawing on her six years of talent acquisition experience. This includes working as an in-house recruiter, with agencies, and as an independent. All this has given Maria a broad understanding of the job market in general, of the needs of employers, and of the motivations of job-seekers.  

Maria has a solid foundation in human resources, with a Diploma in Labour Relations from Spain’s Universitat de València. Her understanding of collective agreements is a definite asset when recruiting for unionized positions. And early career experience as a representative in pharma and healthcare underlies Maria’s strong relationship-building and communications skills.  

Top 5 sector experience

  • Aerospace
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Forest products
  • Manufacturing

Patricia Rolland

Director, TA and Development

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Patricia Rolland

With more than 20 years of broad experience in talent acquisition and human resources, Patricia has specialized in recruiting over the last 15 years. Her focus is on management, professional and production positions for companies across the economy, from forest products to technology. Patricia’s personalized yet highly professional approach streamlines and simplifies the recruiting process for both employers and candidates.

Patricia is well-grounded in the HR field, having started her career in labour relations. She has a Certificate in Labour Relations from Université de Montréal and a Certificate in Human Relations and Marketing from Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Top 5 sector experience

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace
  • Financial services
  • Forest products
  • Sales
  • Technology sales

David Lépine

Sr Advisor, Strategy Consultant

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David Lépine

Before his nearly 20 years with HLC, David worked in various industries as a manager in HR, sales and marketing, and operations, then in senior management. He personally recruited and led high-performance teams for both multinationals and SMBs, in Canada and abroad. This deep business and management experience gives David credibility in searches for Canadian and international executives.

David has a BSc in Physics from Concordia University and an MBA from Université Laval. He was a founding partner at HLC from 2002-2020, and is happy to be back at his professional passion – finding and assessing the perfect candidates, and stimulating their interest in our clients.

Top 5 sector experience

  • Building products
  • Chemicals
  • Construction
  • Forest products
  • Multimedia

Mallory O’Neill

TA and Digital Content Specialist

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Mallory O’Neill

Our newest team member, Mallory's education is in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She is currently completing her graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Mallory is an experienced human resources generalist and recruiter for both hourly and management positions within unionized environments. As work experience is in remote, small town and rural communities.  

Top 5 sector experience

  • Production/ Forestry
  • Health care
  • Non-Profit organizations
  • Social Media Management
  • Insurance

Claudelle Bélanger

Sourcing Specialist

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Claudelle Bélanger

Graduated in Literary Studies from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Claudelle is our newest addition to the HLC Talent team. With her experience in sourcing and recruiting in the mining industry, Claudelle worked in international recruitment, is passionate about finding new talent, and speaks 3 languages (French, English and Spanish). Claudelle is an excellent listener, profiles analyst and is very dedicated to a job well done. With her professionalism and her passion for sourcing, Claudelle is able to find excellent candidates for the needs of our clients in different sectors. 

Sectors

  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Services