Emily Kwan | Colliers International | Vancouver

Emily Kwan

Head of Executive Talent, Canada

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Professional Summary

With a diverse background in consulting and recruitment, Emily joined Colliers in 2016 as a Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, helping to fulfill the hiring needs of the rapidly-growing Corporate Shared Services division.

At the end of 2017, Emily transitioned to the Head of Executive Talent role on the Canada Scouting Team, whereby she strategically networks, communicates and connects with exceptional executive talent for current and future business opportunities. Working closely with the senior executive team, as a business partner, across all Canadian business lines.

Highly accomplished Talent Acquisition Business Partner with close to 2 decades of full-cycle, high-level recruiting experience both locally and internationally. Having spent 11 years in Asia Pacific  overseeing Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, and Korea covering the following industries: semiconductor, telecommunications, electronics, FMCG, and luxury goods.




  • Top Recruiter Nominee Canada 2019
  • Avid user of LinkedIn with over 10,000 connections

Specialties include: Talent sourcing and pipelining, recruitment strategy, full-cycle recruitment and selection, employment branding, social recruiting, technical recruitment, candidate relationship management, talent management, candidate experience, on-boarding and training, company culture, salary negotiation, offer negotiation, compensation, project management, benefits, human resources, talent acquisition.


  • Certified Predictive Index Analyst (Sept. 2016)
  • BSc, Business Management - Univeristy of Phoenix (2008)


David Bowden – CEO, Colliers Canada
Emily approaches recruiting with remarkable passion and energy. She is highly resourceful and works as effectively in teams or independently.

Scott Addison – President, Brokerage Services

Emily has been an exceptional addition to Colliers recruiting team. She has used her skill and determination to find candidates we would not have found and expanded our search to find exceptional people who would not normally be considered by Colliers. Emily has added diversity and new thinking to our management team in Canada, which is improving our results and helping us win more often.

Synthia Kloot – SVP, Operations

Emily is a great partner to work with. She has institutional knowledge of HR best practices, and a highly specialized set of skills required to both source and attract high caliber candidates. Her methods and ability to screen applicants and conduct psychometric interviews are outstanding. She is also takes great care to ensure thorough on-boarding of new employees and getting them fully integrated to succeed in the roles. Emily is resourceful and works with integrity and passion. The commitment to her work is admirable.

Franklin Holtforster – President, Colliers Project Leaders
It is no longer sufficient for a recruiter to merely identify talent. Effective recruiting demands committed advocacy for the organization. Emily Kwan is dedicated and enthusiastic in her pursuit of the top talent for Colliers. As an effective advocate she not only identifies candidates but also pursues those who have the potential to contribute to our growth. She differentiates herself by being strategic, pursuing innovative sourcing strategies including searching where others might not search. Her success is evidenced by her ability to influence qualified, but passive, candidates to pursue executive-level opportunities.

Greg Healy – Head of Supply Chain and Logistics
Emily is an amazing HR professional. She has a lot of natural charisma and emotional intelligence which helps her quickly acertain if a candidate is not just qualified, but also a fit for the organization. She spends time understanding the needs of the position prior to finding candidates- knowing that it is more than just a job description that we are trying to match. Sourcing candidates shouldn't be so much fun, but with Emily, she lessens the stress and makes the process less painful! She provides thorough and appropriate communication throughout the process, which makes it easier on the team she supports. It is great to work with such a dynamic and talented resource. I look forward to being able to work with her in the future as well. I would NOT recommend her for another company, because I wouldn't want to LOSE her!

Hira Mubasher – Head of Executive Scouting, Canada

Emily brings fantastic energy to each conversation and is intuitive when it comes to balancing the needs of candidates as well as our business. She's curious and very comfortable with questioning the status quo! A passionate brand ambassador, she will leave no stone unturned when sourcing candidates for hard to fill roles.

Randy Gladman – VP of Development Management

Emily consistently demonstrates all of the key characteristics required by high quality recruitment professionals keen to deliver service excellence. She approaches searches with intelligence, passion, energy, charm, and deep knowledge. She is an excellent negotiator and connects on a human level instantly.

Tyler Dolan – Managing Director, Victoria

My experience with Emily as a recruiter was amazing. Emily followed through on everything and was very transparent through the process.

Corinne Dinino - Manager, People Services

Emily is a dream to work with! When I was a candidate for a role, she made the entire recruitment process easy and gave a realistic preview of what working for the Company would be like. 2.5 years later I am still here I can say that without a doubt her overview was accurate and my experience within this set expectation has been met! working within the Company, Emily's recruitment is known to be impeccable and any feedback on her efforts are positive. From hiring managers to the candidates experience, Emily provides the best to both worlds.

Sarah McCurrie – Director of HR

Emily is exceptional at what she does. She is passionate, and high energy and gets candidates as excited as she is about the role and the company. She is very skilled in selecting candidates who will fit the company culture, and who will bring innovative and complementary skill sets to a team.

Nick Dauphinee - Executive Managing Director, Solutions Development

Emily is a pleasure to work with, very knowledgeable in the recruitment industry around candidate identification and the hiring process. Emily is an excellent communicator and is highly recommended as the leader in this space at Colliers International. I leveraged her services for finding members in my team + worked directly with her when i was recruited to come back to Colliers from Cushman.

Kerris Hougardy – Director of Talent Acquisition, NA

Emily's role is to source and select senior level talent for Colliers International Canada, working closely with executive hiring managers to identify the right search strategy and candidate profile. Emily is tenacious, curious, inquisitive, collaborative and creative in her approach, delivering some exceptional results!

Sissi Arra - Senior Director North America Accounting
I have been working with Emily hiring 10+ people for my team. She would always take the time to fully understand the requirements, only present qualified applicants and go on line and look for potential candidates for me. The position of Accounting Manager - Revenue and Commission has historically been a difficult position to hire into for our company. Emily found me 2 great candidates within 2 weeks of search and we hired one. So far the best person we have had in this position and still with the company to date doing a fantastic job. Emily always kept me informed at all stages of the hiring process and made sure all formalities were fulfilled on our behalf.

Bede Searchfield - Senior Manager, End User Experience, NA
I have had the pleasure of working with Emily Kwan over the past years during my time at Colliers International. Emily’s passionate ‘can do’ attitude is always present in all my interactions and engagements I have had with her. Emily has played a key role in sourcing information technology skilled workers for my department, which is not always an easy task in Vancouver, due to technology focused industries that we must compete with. Emily’s expertise and hiring strategy has helped overcome these challenges and we have successfully hired some highly skilled workers over the past years. Emily has always conducted the hiring process in an easy to follow, structured and collaborative way, that keeps me engaged throughout the hiring journey. Emily has turned what was once a stressful process into one that is now enjoyable, where I continue to learn more about how to effectively hire new candidates. Emily is well versed in the latest tools and services used for sourcing candidates and provides creative ways of attracting new talent. For example, Emily has helped transform our job description from a dry list of responsibilities and skills into a one that highlights the amazing environment, innovative technology, and culture our company has to offer. This has helped attract new talented technology workers, that we may not have had the chance of interviewing in the past, due to the way we had presented roles. On top of sourcing new talent, Emily always has one foot forward on the lookout for new ways of improving the hiring process. She has no problem stepping outside the traditional way of thinking to help tap into innovative ways of finding new talent. It’s not uncommon to find myself engaged in a conversation with Emily in the lobby or car park of our building, discussing the next big thing she is working on. I look forward to working with Emily in the future!

Dan Chubey – Managing Director, Winnipeg
Emily excels in ensuring the process of recruitment, interviewing and transition was seamless and a positive one. She communicates clearly the process and expectations ensuring both parties are aligned and a culture fit. As the first contact with Colliers, she ensures my initial impressions and expectations were strong and she's continued to stay engaged after 7 months in role. Simply put, one of the strongest HR professionals I've ever met and worked with. Well deserving of this recognition!

Dave Davies – Director, Infrastructure
In the past couple of years, we have encountered a noticeable shortage of qualified candidates for specialized and senior roles that needed to be filled. The solution to this challenge was to go to Emily. Her ability to quickly comprehend the challenge, her tenacity to overcome the odds and her continual optimism is greatly valued among the senior leadership team. We especially appreciated her dedication to not compromise on quality while still being able to deliver excellent candidates in a timely fashion. An expert in her field, we are very fortunate to benefit from her service excellence.

Chris Pelletier – Director of Development
Emily is a pleasure to work with and is truly passionate about what she does. She is professional, responsive and really understands the needs of the candidate as well as the organization.

Mihai Strusievici – Director, IT, Global
I had the pleasure to work with Emily for a couple of years and I never stopped being impressed by her capacity to find the right people for the role. She is a dedicated, extremely motivated, forward thinking and highly skilled HR professional with expertise beyond pure recruiting. Emily has the amazing capacity to manage several projects simultaneously while still thinking of new and creative way to support her client. I highly recommend her.

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