Recruiting firm Venor, with offices in Halifax, Dartmouth, Moncton, and St. John’s has now expanded into the Greater Toronto Area via the acquisition of Syntek Search Group Inc. Syntek was founded by Junior Roberts in 2018 with a focus on recruitment in the technology sector with a talent emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Over the past two years, we have had an opportunity to partner with Syntek on several searches for our clients”, says Venor Co-Founder, Craig Coady. “Remote roles in tech are here to stay, and we want to continue expanding into other markets where we can continue to focus on talent relationships, but still have more global reach for our clients”.
Syntek founder Junior Roberts is an entrepreneurial leader, advisor and mentor in Central Canada within IT & HR. Proud of his East Coast Canada and West Indian upbringing, Junior grew up in a melting-pot which was the foundation for his passion for Diversity and Inclusion. Junior has worked within IT for companies such as Microsoft, BlackBerry and RBC and also worked as a HR consultant over the last decade.
“I have been continually impressed by all my interactions with the Venor team over the past 2 years – how resourceful they are, the type of trust they earn with their clients, their transparency and integrity”, says Roberts. “I also had an opportunity to coach their team on Diversity & Inclusion and knew that was genuinely important to them. So our values are aligned, and when I learned they were going to come into Toronto with or without me, I decided the time was right to formalize the relationship”.
In addition to Technical Recruitment and D&I, Syntek offers HR as a Service, Startup Advisory, and eLearning & Training, which all mesh well with Venor’s growing portfolio of services.
“The need for talent is reaching record numbers and expansion outside of Atlantic Canada is a natural next step for us,” says the other Venor Co-Founder, Ian Sullivan. “We want to do more with the client relationships we have and find new ways to add value to them.”
Venor was founded by Ian Sullivan and Craig Coady in 2012 and celebrated their 10 year anniversary in March. Wayne Crawley, Shardeigh McGillivray, Erika Hildebrand and Nick Misener are the firm’s other equity partners.