Meet the Team: Leslie Billy

The first interview in our Meet the Team series is with the Director of our Operations Division, Leslie Billy! So, everyone, this is Leslie. Leslie, meet everyone.

Katie: First things first, why were you initially interested in joining Impact Recruitment?

Leslie: I saw it as a really good opportunity to expand my career. I’ve been in the industry for 12 years and most of it has been on the temporary side of things, so I was very excited for an opportunity to explore the permanent side of recruitment, while also using the knowledge and experience I already have.

K: Using your experience in temporary and contract recruitment, do you feel that you’ll be able to help grow and improve Impact’s sister company, Impactemps?

L: Yes I do, definitely, and that was one of the reasons I chose to come on board with Impact. I felt there was a very entrepreneurial spirit at this company, and that’s something that is so important to me. I did have other offers on the table, but after I got the chance to meet with Jeff Harris (CEO of Impact Recruitment and Impactemps) I really began to understand what the core values of Impact were and I made the decision to come on board here where I knew my opinion and experience would be valued.

K: Impact is growing rapidly, so much so that we’ve made the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s fastest-growing companies for several years in a row. Is that exciting for you, or is it kind of intimidating?

L: No, not intimidating at all. I love it. I feel like it’s a great thing because, you know, companies need to grow and need to change and need to innovate, it needs to be happening constantly. A company, no matter how good it is, can’t just stay stuck where it is, because even if you’re on the right track if you don’t keep moving it’s only a matter of time before you get hit.

K: What is your favourite thing about working at this company?

L: The culture, I love the people. I honestly love the people I work with. Within my first week I felt like I’d been here so much longer than just three days! We do big team lunches, have company events, we go for drinks together. We have a real work hard, play hard mentality, and that’s me, that’s who I am as a person and I love that the culture at Impact embodies that.

K: On a lighter note, what is something about you that you would consider a skill that nobody knows you have? Or at least nobody at Impact knows.

L: Oh, wow. Ummm, well I used to do mixed martial arts? I think that’s the most unique “skill” that I have. At my last job they called me the Karate Kid.

K: Leslie the Karate Kid. Can we start using that here at Impact?

L: Please don’t (laughs).

K: For you personally, outside of Impact, what are your favourite things to do?

L: Uh (laughs) Netflix? Netflix and wine with my cat, if I’m being honest. Those are my favourite things to do.

K: I love that honesty! What do you hope to see for Impact in the future?

L: I want to see it keep its entrepreneurial spirit, no matter how much the company grows and expands, I want us to always keep forging forward and really dominate the industry. We can always strive to be better, and everybody who’s here is here for a reason. We’re all part of this team and together we can win and win, and keep on winning.

K: Say someone applies for an internal role here at Impact, and they’re preparing to go into an interview with our CEO, Jeff Harris, what would your advice be for them?

L: The recruitment industry is all about wanting to win, and the best advice I have is to make sure you convey that competitive nature in the interview, and really make sure it comes across that you’re driven, and you’re a team player, and at the end of the day you’re here to win.

Connect with Leslie on LinkedIn, or send her an email at lbilly@impactrecruitment.ca. If you have any questions about working at Impact Recruitment or would like to inquire about internal positions, feel free to give us a call at (604) 689-8687.

Watch out, Whistler…

Impact started off the year with a great (and very busy!) January and we were eager to keep the momentum going, but the question was how? Our CEO and People & Culture Specialist put their heads together and came up with a brilliant idea. They planned a contest where at the end of the month, if we hit our revenue target, the entire company was promised an all-expenses paid trip to Whistler. Needless to say, our team was very inspired! The month flew by, and February was a whirlwind of anticipation, excitement, and both individual and team successes. It was down to the wire, but when all was said and done we found that we had exceeded our goal; the trip to Whistler was a go!

When the big day finally arrived, we woke up early (some would say far too early) to catch our bus, and then were on our way. Once we arrived in Whistler we enjoyed a much-needed brunch, and then split up – a bunch of us hurried off to hit the slopes, another group was eager to get some golf in, and the rest of the team opted for a relaxing day at the spa. The weather was beautiful, meaning that whether we were skiing at Blackcomb or relaxing in the hot tub a wonderful time was had by all. Once we had all made our way back to the Fairmont, we met for a few après cocktails in the Mallard Lounge before heading out to the Bearfoot Bistro for a beautiful dinner. The food was amazing, the company was delightful and the bar was open (that never hurts! Until the next day…). After dinner there was dessert, dancing, more cocktails and, from what we hear, a lot of late night pizza purchased! And, most importantly, we all made it back to the hotel in one piece.

One of the best things about working for Impact is what a close-knit group we are. It’s incredible that even with the company growing so much in the last year, we’re still as close as ever. Until next time, you know where to find us – and feel free to get in touch if you think you’d be another awesome addition to our ever-growing team!

  • Watch out, Whistler!

  • Gettin’ a snow day in at Blackcomb

  • If you need us, we’ll be lounging

  • The Building Division is basically always golfing.

  • Fancy dinner at Bearfoot Bistro!

  • White wine all around!

  • Hellooo, ladies

 

The end of one adventure, and the start of another

When Jeff Harris and Grant Tufts founded Impact Recruitment in 2009, it was with a shared vision. Their goal was to build a company that would provide the highest quality recruitment service in the country. Under their leadership, Impact has grown rapidly – expanding into new industries and verticals, establishing a satellite office in Toronto, partnering with the Vancouver Canucks and being named one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by Canadian Business and PROFIT magazine for two consecutive years.

Taking a genuine interest in his employees, Grant encouraged their professional development and was always eager to create opportunities for his staff to grow their role within the company. A firm believer in the power of personal connections, Grant ensured employees knew that he appreciated their hard work and valued their extra efforts. Grant’s support empowered recruiters and business developers alike to thrive in their roles at Impact.

After eight and a half wonderful years, Grant has made the decision to leave Impact Recruitment, and move on to other exciting endeavours. We are incredibly thankful for the time he spent with us here, as a mentor, a leader, a partner and also as a friend. We at Impact Recruitment and Impactemps wish him the very best as he takes his next step in the journey of business.

Happy holidays, from us to you

With the new year less than two weeks away, it’s a perfect time to reflect on everything that’s happened during 2017 (and it certainly went quickly!).  It seems like the weeks are going by faster and faster, and we’ve been busier than ever here at Impact Recruitment. It was a big year for us, and we’re thrilled to be growing as quickly as we are. It’s been an absolute delight making new partnerships, celebrating long-standing relationships and networking with inspiring, like-minded people. We were thrilled to land a spot on the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies for the second year in a row, and very excited to become the Official Recruitment Partner of the Vancouver Canucks. We feel so lucky to get to work with fantastic clients and introduce them to candidates that we know will be a perfect fit for their company. We’re also happy to announce that we’ve welcomed a bunch of new additions to our team as well! Introducing additional Account Managers, Recruitment Specialists and Administrative Professionals means that our Impact family is bigger than ever, and we couldn’t be happier about it (the more the merrier, as the saying goes). As always, we’re dedicated to our “work hard, play hard” mentality, so the end of another successful year was definitely something to celebrate. Up went the Christmas tree and on went the festive music, and off we went to drink champagne and dance the night away at Brix & Mortar. What a beautiful venue; the dinner was fantastic and it was a lovely evening of toasts and laughs, enjoying the company of our colleagues and their loved ones. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year such a good one, have a magical holiday season. From us to you, happy holidays!

Two years running!

Impact Recruitment Ranks No. 104 on the 2017 PROFIT 500

–Canadian Business unveils 29th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –

Vancouver (September 14, 2017) Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked Impact Recruitment No. 104 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Impact Recruitment has made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list for the second year in a row with a five-year revenue growth of 694%.

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada—and the world—needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“We are honoured to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking for the second consecutive year,” says Impact Recruitment Founder and President Grant Tufts. “We have some exciting plans to continue our growth and keep Impact Recruitment on the PROFIT 500 list for a third year and beyond.”

About Impact Recruitment

Established in 2009 by co-founders Grant Tufts and Jeff Harris, Impact Recruitment entered the market with a singular vision – to provide the highest quality recruitment service in North America. Today, with over forty team-members, five specialized divisions and the addition of Impactemps, Impact Recruitment is recognized as Western Canada’s premier search firm for experienced professionals and managers.

About the PROFIT 500

For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit PROFIT500.com or CanadianBusiness.com.

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

Questions?

For more information about Impact Recruitment, please contact Katie MacAlister at kmacalister@impactrecruitment.ca, or by phone at (604) 689 – 8687.

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Is the grass greener?

Why do people change jobs, or want to change jobs? Working in the recruitment industry, we hear these questions on a daily (sometimes hourly!) basis. After all of our years of experience, we know that no one-size-fits-all answer exists. Making the decision to embark on a career change journey is not something that should be taken lightly. At Impact Recruitment, we have found it beneficial to encourage our candidates to first deeply consider why they have decided to make a change before taking any next steps… or leaps.

Exciting news! Our very own Mark Fenwick, Team Lead of Impact Recruitment’s Legal Division, is a contributing author in the Fall 2017 edition of the BCPA’s Paralegal Press.

Read the full article here.

Impact hits the links – without leaving the office!

And just like that, it’s June. Between meetings, interviews and welcoming a bunch of new faces to our team, it’s been a crazy couple of months here at Impact! This time our sister company, Impactemps, was tasked with organizing the bi-monthly team building event. They jumped right into planning a fun outdoor activity, but after noticing the weather forecast was calling for rain on the day of the party they scrapped their original idea and came up with something even better! Led by the Impact jack-of-all-trades, Jarrett, they went about designing an elaborate indoor mini-golf course around the office.

It’s been said that the US Open boasts conditions more difficult than any other golf tournament. We think whoever made this claim has very clearly never played 9 holes at Impact Recruitment. Impactemps crafted their course chock full of obstacles and hazards, twists and turns, and attempted to distract the players with “adult beverages” like Jello shots, beergaritas and Caesars.

In typical Impact fashion (no pun intended), the teams of golfers jumped at the opportunity to dress up in costume. From safety vests and helmets to Blue Jays socks and basketball jerseys, no one will ever claim that we aren’t an enthusiastic bunch.

When all the teams had completed the course (and had more than enough Jello shots), the sun was out and we were able to enjoy a delicious dinner of BBQ, salads and sundaes on the patio. It was another wonderful evening with everybody at Impact, we’re thrilled to be growing and adding many new faces to our team. Thanks to Impactemps for putting on an incredible party – that will definitely be a difficult act to follow!

  • Master plans

  • Jello shot while you play, miss?

  • Handsome gents.

  • Baseball socks during a golf game?

  • Typical Building Division.

  • It was a bit hectic.

  • Halfway through!

  • We have almost mastered the art of the group selfie...

  • Stella manned the BBQ while we golfed! What a champ.

  • The winners!

  • And the losers.

A botched scavenger hunt, a broken elevator and a patio party

We take our parties pretty seriously here at Impact Recruitment: in October the Building Division got us to dress up in costumes and sing our hearts out at karaoke; in December our management team arranged an amazing Christmas party at Lift; mid-February the Operations Division put our bowling skills to the test at Commodore Lanes, and come April Professional Services was determined to throw a company party that would be just as memorable.

The plan was to break into teams and complete an elaborate scavenger hunt around the city, then race back to the office for a BBQ, beers, and the first official patio party of the year. Needless to say, things didn’t quite go to plan. Being a fairly competitive bunch, the clock struck 4pm and the entire office raced for the doors at lightning speed. Three teams crammed their way into one elevator, and almost immediately, three teams found themselves stuck in that same elevator for the next hour and a half.

Only one team was spared this claustrophobic fate and, unaware that their colleagues were currently imprisoned somewhere between the first and second floor of the building, they wasted no time getting started. Sprinting around the city completing a serious of hilarious (read: embarrassing) challenges, the girls posed with Gassy Jack, practiced yoga in lululemon, and even did the macarena in a crowded Gastown bar. It’s rumoured that at one point Katie O’Brien exclaimed gleefully to her team, “I think we’re going to win!”. Yes, Katie, we think so too. If only by default.

After a brief appearance by the fire brigade, the anticlimactic rescue of 75% of the Impact Recruitment staff, and breaking the news to Katie’s team that they were in fact the only team actually participating, everyone was more than ready to hit the patio with a beer in hand and some burgers on the grill.

Though it didn’t exactly go to plan, it was a great evening of delicious food and lots of laughs. Many thanks to Professional Services for hosting a company party that will certainly go down in history as one of the true “Legends of Impact”. Cheers to botched plans making the best stories and to team building activities being a delight when you work with such a wonderful bunch of people.

‘Til next time, we’ll see you around. But not in the elevator, because we’ll be taking the stairs.

‘Tis the season!

It’s always go-go-go here at Impact, and the holiday season is certainly no exception! Despite everybody’s busy schedules, we knew it was important to spend some time together as a team looking back on the past year and enjoying some Christmas festivities (and maybe an egg nog or two). Over the month of December we enjoyed a Secret Santa gift exchange, an amazing Christmas party at LIFT Bar and Grill, and we welcomed Deb, our newest addition, to Impactemps! We’ve been so lucky to have such a wonderful 2016, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store. From all of us at Impact, have a very happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!