Matthew Lester

Matthew Lester

Director, Client Services
Recruitment Specialties
Startup and venture services, including full-cycle startup recruitment; building and growing senior leadership, sales, and technology teams for entrepreneurial technology-driven startups and venture-backed organizations. Highly represented in Executive Search & Recruitment within Financial Services & Insurance, including Banking, Credit Unions, and Asset Management.

Biography

Matthew is an award winning, service and results driven individual with an aptitude for business. After graduating from the University of Guelph with an Honours degree in Commerce, Matthew went on to pursue a Certified Management Accountant Designation. He began his career in Hospitality working within a series of management roles which brought him to the realization that people are his passion.

Matthew knows that preparation breeds success, which is why finding employees who fit perfectly with a company’s goals and culture is the largest contributor to a company’s long term success. After spending 5 years working in executive search within the Financial Services & Insurance industries, Matthew dedicated himself to leading Canada's top entrepreneur focused recruitment team. Having been raised in an entrepreneurial family, Matthew is driven by the commitment to help others (and indistinguishable fear of failure). He knows the joys, excitement, but also the terror and pain of what it takes to build and scale a successful business. He hustles hard, he hardly sleeps, and he sweats constantly. Matthew defines success as improving the lives of the people around him every day and strives to make Toronto the foremost global marketplace for early stage growth companies.

"Matthew has been great to work with and we’ve had really good feedback from the senior leaders here that have had the opportunity to use his services. He really gets our culture and helps us out in any way that he can."
- Head of Talent Acquisition, national financial services company

"Matt wants to do the right thing, which will pay back in dividends. Instead of just focusing on the placement, his approach ensures a better match because he cares – which his great in my opinion."
- Chief Financial Officer, SaaS company

Click to read Matthew's blog posts, including the popular 5 Things Candidates Should STOP Saying in Interviews (video)

Strengths

Has a values-driven, customer-centric approach; always sees the glass as full (half of water and half of air); trustworthy and reliable; hustles hard and is a glutton for punishment.

Weaknesses

Gets hangry and is a sucker for chocolate milk -- it's suspiciously delicious.

Weekends

Anything outdoors and active including biking, hiking, golfing, and snowboarding; an avid reader, cheese eater, and meme connoisseur.