Riel LaPointeDirector, Client Services
(416) 599-4700 x255

Riel is a Director of Client Services with IQ PARTNERS where he recruits across the full scope of multiple lines of business, with a particular focus in Financial Services & Insurance, IT and Human Resources.

Riel has been recruiting full-time since 2004 and lead teams of recruiters and account managers who provide full staffing services to companies across Canada.  He also has a background recruiting candidates for various roles in the Financial Services & Insurance, Finance & Accounting, IT, Real Estate and Human Resources.

With additional experience and a diverse background across multiple industries as an entrepreneur as well as a recruiter, Riel has a unique skill set which he can translate to virtually any role or company that he recruits for.

Recruitment Specialties:

Permanent and Contract recruiting; Financial Services & Insurance, Finance & Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Light Industrial, as well as administrative and clerical roles.


People skills and finding that ideal fit for clients and candidates.


Not genuinely interested in doing sales.


Spends every minute he can with his son and wife.  Whether it’s weekend trips out of town or chilling at home with them, family time prevails over everything else.


1. Who are your heroes in business?

One of my original managers from over 20 years ago by the name of Dan Ehrensperger who taught me everything he knows.  I eventually took over for him, and to this day he helps me whenever I need advice or guidance.  

My other hero is Sherri Strong who I reported into while working at The People Bank for 7 years.  Sherri is probably the nicest person on this planet who managed her team like we were all immediate family. She is a truly great role model.

2. What question should every candidate ask when a headhunter calls?

What separates you from all the other headhunters out there?

3. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen in an interview or on a resume?

A candidate with an email address that had about 40+ characters – true story!

4. What’s the one quality companies should look for when hiring a headhunter?

Genuine love for the industry and desire to match candidates with clients.

5. What trait do you most like to see in a job-seeker?

Strong work ethic and ability to follow through.