Bruce Powell

Bruce Powell

Managing Partner
Recruitment Specialties
Executive Search, M&A, Corporate Counsel, Leadership & Board Recruitment. Venture-backed startups, scale-ups, growth companies, and emerging technologies, including Data, SaaS, Digital and AI. Also one of Canada's leading recruiters in Mar/Com, Media & Technology companies.


Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. Bruce began his career at Procter & Gamble and progressed into senior management roles in marketing and communications before finding his true calling in executive search.

His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of mar/com, media and technology companies, and has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies.

Bruce is an advocate of ‘smart people’ and humble intelligence. He’s a passionate entrepreneur and derives great satisfaction helping growth companies achieve success. He is an active board member and advisor to several industry associations and companies.

“An absolute pleasure to work with. I truly felt that I was taken care of by IQ Partners' highly professional and experienced team from day 1. More importantly, I felt like I was treated like a friend. I highly look forward to working with IQ Partners more in the future to hire more stellar candidates.”
- Khaled Sabawi, Founder & CEO, Open Screenplay

“We are a high performing organization… We are a very values driven culture, and IQ PARTNERS really gets that… they come across as a solutions provider, as a problem solver, as opposed to a trader in talent or people... I believe strongly that they would make a great partner to some of our other partners, and I will continue to refer them and recommend them.”
- Philip Filippopoulos, CFO, Dentsu Aegis Network Canada

Check out Bruce's blog posts including the popular 9 Hard-to-Swallow Facts About the Current Job Market in Canada.


Common-sense intelligence, practical corporate experience, strategic counsel on diverse business issues.


Time-management. He often takes on too much.


Skiing, family, woodwork, the dog and never-ending renovations.