Mark Rouse

Mark Rouse

Partner - Marketing, Communications & PR
Recruitment Specialties
Executive Search & Recruitment for C-Suite to mid-senior roles in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Media, and E-commerce. Extensive experience across Automotive, Packaged Goods, Food, Insurance, Financial Services, Healthcare, Pharma, and Life Sciences.


Mark Rouse leads IQ PARTNERS’ Marketing, Communications, Media & Automotive recruitment practices. Mark’s passion lies in finding smart people that add to the strength of a team and that offer the right blend of competency and compatibility. Clients and candidates from C-Suite to mid-senior level rely on Mark’s advice, acumen, and assessment skills to make key career decisions.

Mark is a regular contributor to industry media and has been featured in The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Business, and on CBC Marketplace.

Prior to his career in recruitment, Mark spent close to two decades gaining industry experience in the Marketing & Advertising Agency businesses. At the Executive level he was responsible for hiring, developing, and retaining top talent with companies such as Young & Rubicam, Wunderman, and J. Walter Thompson.

“The caliber of candidates was great. And Mark – you have been a pleasure to work with.  Thank you for your continued patience with me.”
- CEO, Media Agency

“Adrian & Mark are the two best consultants I've had the pleasure of dealing with in my 16 years in the advertising industry. They should be teaching seminars as far as I'm concerned.”
- Agency candidate

Click to read Mark’s blog posts, including the popular Interview Do’s and Don’ts: How to Land the Candidate You Want


Strategic and big-picture problem solver; builds and develops teams as well as individuals; understands transferable skill-sets; works with a sense of urgency and gets things done; embraces the value of superb client service.


Patience (I need more and I need it now). Anything that needs to be fixed can be highly distracting.


Mark and his wife spend many hours trying to convince their two sons to play outside more often. Mark can also be found wandering the aisles of the local home improvement store, adding to a long list of power tools that he really, really, really, needs.