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"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
OMERS

Gary McCracken
Board & Senior Executive Search

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After more than twenty (20) years in the executive search business, Gary has personally executed successful search assignments for virtually all "C-suite" executive roles and their direct reports, across a broad range of industries and settings. He has recruited senior executives and Board Directors for organizations of every size, including inaugural CEOs and even entire Boards of Directors for newly formed entities. He is genuinely as comfortable - and effective - with young, rapidly changing businesses, as he is with more established companies dealing with team development and succession issues.

Gary is a self-proclaimed "recovering banker". In his last operating role prior to the executive search industry, Gary was an Executive Vice President with Barclays Bank of Canada and ran Barclays' core Canadian operations, delivered through eleven (11) fully-staffed offices located across Canada. He additionally held executive responsibility for the Toronto-based respected Real Estate and Equipment Finance businesses, as well as Barclays' passive investment in a captive equipment finance company.

Gary has served as a volunteer Board Member on charitable Boards and enthusiastically participated in their fund-raising campaigns, in addition to providing personal financial contributions as well as pro-bono Board Director search services.

Gary holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Economics, also from Western.

 

Paul Bruner
Advising Associate

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Paul is a highly talented executive search consultant with more than a decade of experience leading executive search assignments in most corporate functional positions, across a wide variety of industries, in addition to a number of professional positions in institutional settings. 

In 2011, Paul joined us as a Partner and was subsequently appointed Senior Client Partner, reflecting his numerous contributions and leadership. In the fall of 2017, Paul joined Arlington Partners International as a Managing Partner and a key, full-time member of that firm. He remains a friend and advisor to this firm however and we are grateful for his continued association.

Paul is also an experienced operating executive, having enjoyed personal success in a wide range of settings from multinational consulting firms, through real estate development to venture capital/private equity backed start-ups.

Paul began his business career with Accenture, working on strategy and information systems projects in the advertising, brand management, professional services, manufacturing and distribution sectors. Later, he co-founded and ran successful businesses in the real estate development, hotel, technology and human resource sectors.

An avid tennis player, skier and golfer, Paul spent many years coaching children’s hockey and soccer. Over the course of his career, he has also contributed to numerous charities and is a committed advocate for environmental sustainability.

Paul holds an HBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

 

Robert Millward
Associate Partner

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Bob joined us as an Associate Partner in 2003 and acts as both a confidante and valued advisor to the firm, keeping us abreast of planning, development and related urban activities and issues.

Bob is best known as the founder and principal 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 in 1997, Bob spent almost a decade as Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Toronto, 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 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.