"Working with McCracken Search, we recruited some of our best and brightest investment professionals and built a world scale team."
Tom Gunn
former Chief Investment Officer

Gary W. McCracken
President (Retired)

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Over more than 25 years in the Executive and Board search profession, Gary personally executed successful assignments across a very broad range of industries and settings. He recruited senior Executives and Board Directors for organizations of every size, including inaugural CEO's, senior management teams and even entire Boards of Directors for newly formed entities. He was as comfortable and effective working with young, rapidly evolving businesses as with mid-sized and large organizations dealing with team development and succession.

In his last corporate role prior to entering the search industry, Gary was an Executive Vice President with Barclays, with corporate and operating responsibility for its then core business in Canada.

In addition to volunteer service on Not-for-Profit Boards and Board Committees (Member & Chair), he enthusiastically participated in their fund-raising campaigns, made related direct personal financial contributions and, when requested, provided pro-bono Board Director search services.

Gary holds an MBA degree from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, in addition to an Economics degree, also from Western.


Robert E. Millward
Associate Partner

Bob was a valued partner and advisor from 2003, until we wound down in 2023.

While McCracken Search was active, Bob was a critical source of market knowledge and insight with respect to urban planning, development and related city building activities and issues. In particular, Bob was key to our initially securing our relationship with Waterfront Toronto (or the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, as it was then known), as well as our highly successful execution of the inaugural executive team assembly work with which we were entrusted.

Bob is the President of R. E. Millward & Associates, a highly respected Toronto-based consultancy providing development and planning services to investors, developers, businesses, municipal governments and community groups. Prior to founding R. E. Millward & Associates, Bob spent almost a decade as Toronto's Commissioner of Planning and Development, in which capacity he was actively involved in all aspects of policy formulation, project management and economic development in Toronto. During his term as Commissioner, Bob was the City of Toronto’s chief planning and deveolpment strategist and negotiator, successfully dealing with city building issues at the conceptual, administrative, political and technical levels in conjunction with major development projects such as BCE (now Brookfield) Place, the CBC Centre, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Air Canada Centre, to name a few.

Bob also served as Director of the Central Core and Waterfront Division of the former Toronto Planning & Development Department and Director of Planning for the Toronto Housing Department. A native son of upstate New York, prior to relocating to Toronto in the late 1970s, Bob was Director of Planning for Staten Island, NYC and held other positions in New York City's Department of Planning and Development.

One of Canada’s most accomplished authorities on land use policy and a Full Member of the Washington, DC-based Urban Land Institute (ULI) since the mid-1980s, in 2013 Bob was appointed as ULI Toronto’s inaugural Executive Director.

A long-time member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, in 2007 Bob was elevated to Fellow status (FCIP) — the highest honour that can be bestowed by the Institute — in recognition of his outstanding career which, in the words of the Institute, has seen achievements with “professional implications Canada-wide and beyond.” Bob is also an active contributor to the Toronto Board of Trade where he is a member of the Infrastructure Committee and a past Chair of the Planning and Development Committee.

Bob holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University and a BA from the University of Rochester, N. Y.