Les Gombik is the managing partner of Caldwell’s prairie region. With more than 25 years of executive & board search and human resources experience, Les has a broad perspective on the most pressing talent issues in executive management today. His particular focus is on board and senior executive positions for commercially oriented, public, private and private equity-backed enterprises within the industrial, consumer and financial services sectors.
Prior to joining Caldwell, Les worked for a leading international human resources consulting firm, where he engaged with hundreds of organizations to help them address their talent and engagement issues.
Les has a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies from Western University and is also their former local Chapter Alumni president. He obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
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An active volunteer, Les is a passionate contributor to a number of programs, associations and charities, including the Loran Foundation, the United Way, and various Human Resources Associations across the country. He a former board member of Make-A-Wish Canada, is the founder and president of the BULL Club, the Board Chair Council the Caldwell Leadership Roundtable.
“Les and Meghan are fantastic to work with. Very responsive, great network and an all-around blessing to work with!” – Mike Stahl, Director – Operations Finance
“Les is always well versed on what the client is seeking and very candid on what the role entails. I never feel I’m being sold a bill of goods.” – Ferio Pugliese, Senior Vice President, People and Culture
“We have undertaken more than 10 searches through Caldwell and each has concluded with an exceptional candidate placed each time.” – Steve Sousa, Valard Construction
“My experience with Caldwell was, end to end, very clear, supportive and attentive. Both Maryse and Les were personable and professional, adeptly supporting both their client and myself as one of their candidates.” – Chief Financial Officer, IT consulting firm
Leading in the New Normal. In March 2020, when COVID-19 sent the world home for an unknowable period of time, we launched a webinar series to bring business leaders together to share information, hear from a variety of experts, and help mitigate the isolation. Learn from board directors and CEOs from across North America about new board and management priorities, the return-to-office puzzle, and the biggest lessons learned from the pandemic and economic crisis. -read more-
Webinar: Diversity and Anti-Black Racism in the Boardroom & C-Suite with Wes Hall and Cornell Wright. In conversation with Wes Hall and Cornell Wright. An open dialogue on change in corporate Canada: Diversity and anti-Black racism in the boardroom and C-suite. -more-
The Globe & Mail: Cannabis Executive Turnover Continues as Supreme CEO Departs and Investors Abandon Sector. Executive turnover in Canada’s cannabis sector is accelerating, with another chief executive pushed out amid an industry-wide effort to turn money-losing pot producers into profitable ones. -read more-
Cannabis 2.0. With the initial gold rush mentality gone, cannabis companies seeking to survive and flourish are readdressing strategic challenges- including talent management. -more-
Clear-sighted Cannabis Strategies. Legalized North American cannabis markets have hit their share of speed bumps in these early days. Learning from those experiences, executives in the US and Canada now aim to flourish by readdressing strategic challenges—including talent management. -more-
The Modern Board Agenda. Roundtable gatherings of board chairs reveal their concerns and priorities for 2017 and beyond. -read more-
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