Partner, Spencer Stuart, Toronto office
John Koopman is a Partner (and former Office Manager) in Spencer Stuart's Toronto office and is active in both the Board Practice and Chief Financial Officer Practice in Canada. Throughout his career, he has placed about 500 directors and executive leaders in companies such as Blackberry, Cadillac Fairview, Celestica, Crombie REIT, C.S.A., Harry Winston, Intrawest, Mattamy Homes, Open Text, Porter Airlines, QuadReal, Sobeys, Softchoice, TD, Wescast, West Fraser Timber and Woodbridge.
Prior to entering the world of executive search in 1997, John spent eight years as an international strategy consultant, first for McKinsey in its Amsterdam office and later for Mercer Management Consulting. He led strategy projects in industries as diverse as airlines, railways, fashion, professional sports, chemicals, textiles, banking, and property and casualty insurance throughout his consulting career. Among his other duties with Mercer Management Consulting, he was the partner in charge of Canadian recruiting.
For six years, John served with Mexx, an international clothing manufacturer, and wholesaler. His positions with Mexx ranged from International Marketing Manager, headquartered in The Hague, to Vice President Sales and Marketing, and Vice-President Finance in Paris.
John began his career as a corporate and commercial lawyer in Calgary, Alberta, with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer, one of western Canada's leading law firms. He is a member of the Law Societies of Alberta and Upper Canada.
John is an active commentator and student of business and public policy issues. His articles have been printed in publications as diverse as the Globe & Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, MacLeans Magazine, Journal of Commerce and Canadian Manager. He was also on the faculty of Webster University, where he taught a course on corporate strategy in the M.B.A. program.
He is a former President of the Empire Club of Canada and a Queen's Jubilee award recipient. He received his L.L.B. from Queen's University at Kingston in 1980 and received an M.B.A. (Honours) from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1985. He speaks English, French and Dutch.