Carl Lovas

Carl Lovas

Chairman & CEO
Odgers Berndtson, Canada
Toronto, ON

About Carl Lovas

Carl LovasCarl Lovas is the Chairman & CEO of Odgers Berndtson in Canada and a member of the firm’s international board. He leads the Canadian business and also participates in key senior executive and Board appointments.

Carl founded Ray & Berndtson Canada in 1990 – now Odgers Berndtson – bringing together some of Canada’s most successful and experienced executive search professionals. In 2011, he launched the first executive interim business in Canada – Odgers Interim – as well as Odgers Berndtson’s global leadership practice, based in Toronto.

Under Carl’s leadership, Odgers Berndtson has doubled in size and revenues in Canada over the last four years. Today the firm is one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership advisory firms with offices in 28 countries – including five offices across Canada.

Carl is passionate about driving excellence within the search industry. As a past chair of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, he has been a tireless champion of raising the bar for search professionals around the world.

Committed to building Toronto into a top global city, Carl Lovas has been a dedicated supporter of the work of the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT) for more than 20 years with a focus on developing great leaders and talent as an economic growth driver. Carl has served as a board member and advisory board member, and through his firm, Odgers Berndtson, he has provided more than a million dollars in sponsorship to TRBOT.

An active volunteer, Carl is currently a member of the Sunnybrook Foundation Governing Council. He has also served as chair of Tourism Toronto and as a board director for CIBC Trust Corporation.

Carl is also a major donor to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Learning Circle. This program offers underprivileged children access to the arts in an environment where they are encouraged and supported to pursue higher education.

Board and Volunteer Contributions

Advisory Council
Carl Lovas McGill

McGill University

Chancellor’s Advisory Group
art gallery ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario

Learning Circle, Advisor

Partners in Art

Sunnybrook foundation
Governing Council, Member
Board of Directors

Thousand Islands Playhouse


In The News

As a Canadian business leader, Carl Lovas has been quoted and mentioned in the following media publications.


Find out what Canadian business leaders have to say about Carl Lovas and Odgers Berndtson:

  • When we were looking for a firm to do the search for our new CEO, Carl came highly recommended by one of our board members as someone who was highly experienced and personally involved with his clients. Our  company is very entrepreneurial so finding the right fit was going to be key. Carl and his team spent the time learning about our history and our approach. They didn’t just read the public documents; they met with the key leaders in our business to get to know us. In the end Odgers delivered a great candidate who fit with our culture and our values. I work with a lot of entrepreneurs and I am one myself, so I know you need to get into their head early and deliver a solution quickly, and Carl has a really good sense of that.

    Rob Wildeboer
    Executive Chairman, Martinrea International Inc.
  • “I have worked with Odgers Berndtson as both a candidate and client and I think their team is top notch. They have shown great depth and breadth when it comes to assignments and I’ve also seen some real out-of- the-box thinking. The people at Odgers really care. I never feel like they are just trying to collect a fee. I think this says a lot about Carl as I believe a great leader surrounds himself with great people. Carl also has a very personal approach himself. He stays in touch and takes the time to talk with you. He has given me some really good advice and insights over the years. And he thinks about what’s right for your company and for you personally. Anytime I have a search, I always come back to Odgers.”

    Richard Peddie
    Former President & CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Board Director & Best-Selling Author
  • I’ve known Carl for more than two decades. I first started working with him in the Ray & Berndtson days and I have seen the firm grow under Carl’s leadership, not only in Canada but globally. I hired Odgers Berndtson many times when I was at GE Capital and Carl and his team always did an outstanding job finding candidates that really fit with the company’s culture. I believe Carl’s success can be attributed to the relationships he’s built with both private and public sector executives, and through his community work in Toronto. He’s great at connecting people to share business ideas and he provides sound counsel. Carl was one of the first calls I made when I was leaving GE Capital after 20 years in the business. He mentored me around the critical next steps I needed to make and then he encouraged me to be patient in waiting for the right opportunity for me.

    Kathy Lee
    CEO at 3AHL and former President & CEO at GE Capital Canada

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