About Heather

Heather is a partner in the Toronto office and has been a member of the Caldwell team for more than 25 years. Heather leads the firm’s Academic, Not-for-Profit, Social Enterprise, and Culture (ANSEC) Practice. She has many years of experience supporting search committees.

Working across North America, Heather focuses primarily on leadership roles in higher education (both academic and functional leadership roles), arts and culture organizations (including museums, art galleries, theatre companies, presenting houses, ballet companies, and festivals), social services, foundations, associations, healthcare, and government agencies. Heather is also a member of Caldwell Partners’ Board search team, the Data, Digital, and Technology Team, the Life Sciences and Healthcare team, and Caldwell Partners’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.


Following an early career in academic publishing, Heather joined Caldwell from the Research Department of Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley). She has been instrumental in the development of Caldwell’s executive search methodology and supporting technology. ​Her work with boards and committees and her research experience have earned her a reputation for careful listening and a passion for reaching a deep understanding of the organization and its culture.


Heather is a graduate of Western University (English and Drama), and her professional development includes training in organizational behavior, unconscious bias, behavioral interviewing, psychometric assessment, and negotiation.

More About Heather

Heather served eight years on the board of The Arthritis Society (Ontario), including three years as Chair. She is a Governors’ Council member of The Shaw Festival and a past member of the Human Resources Professionals Association.

Recent Feedback

Heather has an uncanny ability to understand and synthesize what the disparate voices of senior staff and board members are saying they want in their next CEO. Being given the chance to hone in on what you find most important is a rare gift. You feel her commitment to your success in every email and every meeting.” – Noreen Taylor, Board Chair, SE Health

“Professional, thoughtful and timely partnership with the Caldwell team led to a very successful CEO selection process and result. Heather and Adam were excellent listeners and used their extensive experience to guide us and their deep contacts to bring us impressive candidates for consideration.” – David Guscott, Chair, Governance & HR Committee, Technical Safety BC

Unparalleled customer care, professionalism and people placement – for culture and competency. What more can you ask? Heather Ring is among the best in the biz, with strategy and smile, barely showing a bead of sweat.” – CEO, Greater Toronto region not-for-profit organization

“We received very professional, great service. We were led and guided through the recruitment process well, challenged when we needed it, provided guidance as appropriate but also let us work through the process as a team. Most importantly Kelly and Heather provided us a great pool of candidates.” – Chair, CURIE (Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange)

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