Kelly Gauthier

Kelly Gauthier

Sr. Director, Client Services
Recruitment Specialties
Data Scientists, Data Engineers, Machine Learning Engineers, Data Architects, Senior Data Analysts, Heads of Analytics, and Chief Data Officers.


Kelly is a seasoned specialist headhunter dedicated to finding and placing the very best Data Science and Big Data talent with exciting companies of all shapes and sizes in Canada, the US and Europe. After graduating from Queen’s University’s Concurrent Education program, Kelly enjoyed a brief but fulfilling career as a high school Drama teacher in London, England, before moving into the cut-throat tech recruitment industry in London in 2011.

Over the past 7 years, Kelly has built a successful Big Data and Data Science recruitment business, capitalizing on the huge demand for AI, Data Science and Analytics talent which continues to be in short supply. She has helped blue chip companies like Barclays, Bain & Company and Experian, as well as numerous high-growth start-ups, to grow analytics and data science teams from scratch.

Kelly credits her success to applying a consistent and methodical executive search approach to every vacancy in the niche Big Data space. She prides herself on keeping up-to-date with the latest technology and market trends, and ensuring she continually meets and networks with top Data Scientists in the AI world. Kelly develops long term relationships with high-performing candidates, and acts as a trusted partner throughout their careers. Likewise, she prides herself on gaining an in-depth understanding of her clients’ DNA in order to act as a seamless extension of their brands in the market.

"Kelly helped me transition from my academic research background into a Data Science position at Experian DataLabs. She took the time to meet me in person and really understand my areas of experience, goals, and the type of position I was looking for.

She also clearly understood the needs of the employers she was working with and was able to connect me with opportunities that I would have otherwise missed. Throughout the application process, she kept me up to date and organised everything on my behalf.

Out of a number of recruiters I spoke to, Kelly was the most effective to work with, and was also a genuinely easy to get along with on a personal level."
- Gareth Jones, Data Scientist at Experian

"Kelly helped me get my current role as a Data Scientist at Featurespace, which I am very excited about. Aside from her knowledge, professionalism, attention to detail and dedication, what made her stand out from others is that you realize that you are not just another entry in her ledger, but that she truly cares about landing you in a role, and on terms, that both you and your potential new employer will be very happy with. She really believes in what she is doing, and I believe this is what allows her to excel. Would work with her again in a heart beat."
- Hassan Mahmud, Data Scientist at Featurespace

Check out Kelly's blog posts including the popular Watch: Not Getting Promoted? It May be Due to These 4 Negative Behaviours.


Business development, relationship building, being organised, asking tough questions, and going the extra mile for candidates and clients.


Needing to be in control. Also, rice crackers, wine and 90s hip-hop / R&B (the golden era of music).


Running, hot yoga, spending time with her son Duncan and husband Tom, finding the best coffee in Toronto, theatre in any format and staying up too late.