Matthew Lester

Matthew Lester

Partner – Startup Practice Lead
Recruitment Specialties
Executive Search within venture-backed startups and rapid growth companies throughout North America, specifically top down builds of Sales, Marketing, Engineering / Development, Finance, and Operations.


Matthew leads a team of Canada's most passionate, dedicated and resourceful Startup Recruiters who recruit executives for positions across the C-Suite within venture-backed startups and rapid growth companies throughout North America.

His clients range from early stage startups and venture-backed disrupters to multi-billion dollar public companies. He believes in people-powered innovation and that diversity is strength. That's why his team specializes across a range of functions, allowing them to resource each search with a uniquely tailored team of experts.

Having been raised in an entrepreneurial family, Matthew is driven by the commitment to help others (and an 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.

"Matt has been a fantastic resource and a true partner to our business. In working with Matt on recruiting for a number of Senior Leadership roles I’ve always found him to appreciate the unique challenges and importance of “fit” in a fast moving and entrepreneurial environment. Even when things didn’t go according to plan he adapted quickly and was actively involved in crafting creative solutions. I know I can trust him to deliver on promises and put our needs first."
- Heramb Ramachandran, CFO, XPV Water Partners

"Matt adds tremendous value to any business. He routinely dives deep into his clients' focus areas to better equip a business for top tier talent acquisition. Matt has played an important role in mentoring/coaching me to acquire and retain the city's best talent. He has had a hand in helping scale our team from a 4 to just under 30 in a few short months. Despite being a lean startup, Matt and his firm are the first team I call when needing talent acquisition assistance."
- Saad Siddiqui, Founder & CEO, Shop Bonsai

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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.


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


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