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Corporate Recruiting

Beqaj International is an executive search and consulting organization, a trusted advisor connecting people in capital markets.

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With offices in Toronto, New York and London, Beqaj draws on in-depth industry knowledge and experience as executive advisors and recruiters for financial institutions.

By forging strong relationships with clients and a deep network of potential candidates, Beqaj finds good people, smart people, experienced people, but most importantly, people who fit.

Working as a strategic partner for senior management, Beqaj offers a unique perspective on human capital. Providing insight and thoughtful advice, Beqaj assists with planning, restructuring, repositioning and energizing companies in international capital markets. Whether meeting one-on-one with your senior executives, helping manage your board, speaking at your management retreat or leading groups through major restructuring, Beqaj delivers.


Jim Beqaj founded Beqaj International in 2002 to advise companies on strategic directions for future development, to recruit talent and to provide leadership coaching. As a trusted advisor, he uses his talents, experience and energy to meet his clients’ most relentless challenge – finding and attracting talented teams and individuals who fit the business and culture. He has personally hired over 900 people in his career and has great insight into business cultures and individuals.

As former President and Chief Operating Officer of Wood Gundy, Jim led the integration with CIBC and expansion into the U.S. in the early 1990s. When he hired over 450 people in 18 months, Jim realized that putting the right talent together was the most important part of the job and what he enjoyed the most.

He also co-founded, an online IPO and Private Placement company that revolutionized the way securities were delivered to the public. In 2000, it was ranked 11th out of the Top 25 Internet Companies.

Jim graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1977.



Bob joined Beqaj International in 2003. He has over 30 years of diverse financial services recruiting experience, working with clients across Canada and globally. His clients have included domestic and foreign banks, investment banks, asset and investment management companies, and pension funds. He has also provided recruiting services to professional service firms, and public and private corporations recruiting C-suite executives.

Bob has successfully managed and closed hundreds of senior- and mid-level recruiting engagements. His experience includes recruiting for positions in corporate finance, capital markets, including risk management, and various institutional and retail roles for asset and investment management firms. Bob has worked with clients across a broad range of industry sectors, and has extensive experience in mining, energy and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Beqaj International, Bob owned and managed an independent executive recruiting and consulting firm for several years, and was also a partner with an international executive recruiting firm.

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