CHPTA affiliate member companies Lock Search Group, TalentHunt Inc. and Wolf Gugler Executive Search, LLC are three exceptional employee recruitment firms who can identify, recruit, evaluate and present top-performing candidates to suppliers and retailers within the hardware & housewares industry both in Canada and the U.S.

Lock Search Group

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Lock Search Group’s mission is to provide exceptional recruitment and consulting service to clients and candidates. They apply their experience and expertise to deliver solutions with a personalized approach that focuses on clients’ needs and candidates’ goals.

Their values and practices are based on developing lasting business relationships through open, honest communication.

They pride themselves on knowing their stuff, on being well-networked, and being professional, without being too serious. Fun in business is important.

Being approachable, being part of the team, acting with integrity: all part of the Lock DNA since day one.

Lock Search Group was founded in 1983 by Richard Lock, who still leads the company as President and CEO. From a small 6-person office in Vancouver, they have grown to a network of 11 offices in Canada, and one in the United States in Kendall Square (between Harvard & MIT).

With more than 50 Recruitment Consultants and Associates on staff, LSG takes great pride in delivering a true national solution.

Many of their clients have offices in the U.S., and many of their American clients have Canadian divisions. They provide a seamless service to all.

For more information, visit their website:


You may contact any of their 12 offices (Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg & Boston) – fully bilingual in Quebec. They are the only national search firm in Canada to deliver a personalized boutique experience.

Lock Search Group’s success derives from delivering a true coast-to-coast solution.

With a team of 25 Consultants; 14  of whom are specialized in Hardgoods/CPG/Industrial/Operations/Sales & Marketing/Digital Transformation.

The firm is always re-investing in technology; their CRM now has Artificial Intelligence capabilities (Avionte from California) to find better leaders/faster.  They have invested in technology such as – ZoomInfo SaaS, Pitchbook SaaS, LinkedIn Elite.  The company is rated “above average” in SEO Strategy & Digital presence – to attract high quality true leaders.

Email or phone Lock Search Group today for a confidential discussion.

CHPTA Liaison Contacts:

Mike Davis
Recruitment Consultant
Tel: (647) 229-0032

Dave Dureno
Recruitment Consultant
Tel: (416) 434-4161


TalentHunt Inc.





TalentHunt is your talent management partner dedicated to attracting and retaining the best possible talent across North America. Their partnership is backed by years of talent acquisition, leadership coaching and mentoring program administration experience. If you’re looking to attract and retain the best talent please see their 4-step process below.

4-Step Process

1. Talent Search

Tell them your opportunity requirements during an in-depth intake call. They take this information and create a Job Blog, commence a targeted headhunt, promote to their database of top talent accumulated over years in the business, and post on social media. Additionally, they can produce a Video Job Showcase of your opportunity to reach a wider audience and engage candidates.

2. Talent Screen

Once they have identified a strong candidate pool, the TalentHunt team will meet candidates face-to-face, collect references, perform background checks, and use assessment tools to determine the best fit for your organization.

3. Talent Pool Management

Once you select your pool of candidates, they manage the process to ensure momentum and a smooth search. Meetings are scheduled, feedback is provided, offers presented and negotiated, and on-boarding planned and scheduled. They continue to keep their eye on the market during the process to ensure they are engaged with all relevant candidates. They value communication with you throughout the whole process, done digitally through an ATS or by weekly debriefing calls.

4. Talent Growth

Top talent expects coaching and development. TalentHunt provides training and administration for mentoring programs, career and leadership coaching for high potentials and millennials, and leadership coaching training for your managers and leaders.


Book a Meeting with Paul Huffman

He will discuss your needs and devise an initial plan to meet them.

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Have general questions? 

Get in touch with Paul here.

Paul Huffman, Talent Management Partner
1 888 556 4048 

Wolf Gugler Executive Search, LLC

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Premiere Talent Recruitment & Acquisition since 1997!

Wolf Gugler Executive Search is a well-established boutique executive search firm offering a comprehensive range of talent recruitment services, specifically retainer based executive search. They identify, recruit, evaluate and present high-performing candidates to retailers and their suppliers throughout Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. They’re experts at providing integrity, speed and results to their clients seeking to add outstanding talent to their employee base.

They have offices located in Toronto, Canada and Oklahoma City, USA.

They also provide customized career transition and outplacement services for companies wishing to assist displaced employees in locating their next career opportunity.

Specialty Disciplines and Focus Areas:

The typical career opportunity you’ll find them recruiting outstanding candidates for include:

  • President, General Manager
  • VP, Sales & Marketing
  • Director of Marketing
  • Retail Merchant or Buyer
  • National Sales Manager, Key Accounts Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Director, Distribution

Process and Results

First, they manage all searches confidentially and with a high sense of urgency, regardless of company size or location.

Second, they treat candidates respectfully! Working on a retained basis, you’ll find Wolf Gugler Executive Search 100% engaged on every search project they undertake, ensuring that they align the right person with the right opportunity.

Most importantly, they strive to ensure the best long-term fit occurs in each assignment they’re entrusted with. As a result of their thoroughness and confidence in their process, they back this up with our one year replacement guarantee. This is far in excess of their competitors.

Need help in hiring top performers or finding the right career opportunity for you? Helpful information for employers and job seekers alike can be found on their “Articles” page.

Wolf Gugler Executive Search is always searching for accomplished professionals in both Canada and the US. A variety of career positions can be found on their Jobs page. You can also upload your resume and video cover letter to their confidential database. Then, they’ll notify you when an appropriate position arises.

For more information, visit their website:


Wolf Gugler Executive Recruiters

200-100 Consilium Place
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M1H 3G1
(888) 848-3006

United States
1530 N. Harrison, Ste 168
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804
(405) 355-3006

Email President Wolf Gugler at: