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Frank Galati, CMA, MBA

Managing Partner

Frank Galati, CMA, MBA

Managing Partner

Frank is Managing Partner of Bedford’s Resource practice. He is also Global Practice Leader for TRANSEARCH’s International Resources, Energy and Infrastructure practice. The resource practice focuses exclusively on executive search and related services for the mining industry and resource sector globally.

Frank holds a BA, B Comm from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Windsor. He also attended Harvard's executive leadership program. A Certified Management Accountant with twenty-five years experience in the C-Suite as both CFO and CEO, Frank brings a wealth of experience at both Board and operational level.

The Bedford Resource practice is a global practice; solving talent issues in South America, Asia, Mexico, Europe, Africa and North America. The practice has developed the executive compensation report for the mining industry and is sponsor of the CIM Young Leader’s Award, recognizing talent and executive potential within the resource sector.

Russ Buckland

Senior Partner

Russ Buckland

Senior Partner

Russ is Senior Partner and also Global Practice Leader for TRANSEARCH International Resources, Energy and Infrastructure practice. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in executive search for the mining industry. Russ and his team of specialists also provide services to global engineering and construction firms, major oil and gas and energy clients, including oil-sands developers, energy producers and others involved in industrial services construction and products.

Russ joined Bedford in 1989, after a successful career with a number of leading Canadian and international resources, engineering and construction firms. His career in industry included roles as Vice President and Manager for Bechtel, Falconbridge, Canada Development Corporation, Kidd Creek Mines and The Irving Group Saint John Ship Building.

His combination of industry and executive-search experience provides a wealth of insight and knowledge to help clients solve critical staffing issues at corporate, project and operations levels.

Russ graduated from Carleton University, studied law at the University of Ottawa and completed Western University’s Executive Business program. He lives in Oakville, Ontario.



Principals

Navinder Binning

Principal

Erik Buckland

Principal

Erik Buckland

Principal

Erik joined us in 2004 and focuses on clients involved in mining and metals. Raised in Falconbridge in Northern Ontario, Erik is a graduate of Sheridan College. He has developed extensive understanding of the issues having an impact on mining and resource clients. Eric coordinates global searches with various TRANSEARCH partners.

Juan Moreno

Principal

Juan Moreno

Principal

Prior to joining Bedford, Juan spent over two years as a manager for the The Printing House. While supporting the day-to-day operations of the Brampton branch, Juan was also in charge of bringing new business opportunities to the company. Prior to his venture into management, Juan was a business development associate with The Printing House, where his task was to provide customer support as well as corporate account development to the management team.

Juan is a graduate from the University of Guelph, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing management. He also competed in the Golf Varsity team for the University of Guelph.

Strategic partners

Dr. John O. Burdett

Bedford Leadership Advisor

Dr. John O. Burdett

Bedford Leadership Advisor

John O. Burdett has a wealth of business experience as a senior executive on both sides of the Atlantic. As a consultant he has worked in thirty countries for clients that are household names.

John holds a Doctoral degree in Management Development and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).

A recipient of the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” from FINTRA (Finland), John also received a teaching excellence award for his work on the executive programs at the University of Toronto. His teaching on the Executive MBA at the Helsinki University of Technology received like feedback.

John’s book on executive integration New Role, New Reality was shortlisted as book of the year by the US Society of Human Resource Management. His book Leaders Must Lead! (published in 2003) reached number three on one popular business best-seller list. His latest book Myth, Magic, Mindset: A template for organizational culture change (2008) is already in its second printing.

Howard Lichtman, LLB, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer

Howard Lichtman, LLB, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer

Howard Lichtman serves as Bedford’s Virtual Chief Marketing Officer through his organization, The Lightning Group. Prior to founding The Lightning Group, Howard was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Cineplex Odeon for much of his career. His numerous responsibilities at this publicly traded North American movie chain included marketing, promotions, sponsorships, internal and external communications, public relations, and investor and media relations.

Howard has also served on a number of Boards and advisory councils including: The Ontario Science Centre, as Vice-Chairman of the Board; The Toronto International Film Festival Marketing Committee; and the Schulich Business School Alumni Advisory Group.

In addition to his corporate successes, Howard’s educational background includes an MBA in Marketing (Schulich Business School) and a law degree (Osgoode Hall).

Steve Litwin

Information Technology Consultant

Steve Litwin

Information Technology Consultant

Steve Litwin is a senior information technology executive with over 28 years experience. He helps our clients manage their technology challenges and provides a high level of expertise that allows organizations to achieve their technology-enabled business goals.

Prior to founding Litcom Information Services in 2003, Steve led the Canadian I.T. practice for Cap Gemini Canada (formerly Ernst & Young Management Consultants). Previously, he worked with a number of leading I.T. Solution providers including Deloitte & Touche Consulting, SHL Systemhouse, and Synerlogic (a division of Accenture). Steve has also lectured at University of Toronto on a number of I.T. related subjects.

Steve is a Certified Management Consultant and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto as well as a Diploma in Computer Programming from Control Data Institute.

International

Nigel Bradburn

Director—London, UK

Nigel Bradburn

Director—London, UK

Nigel has been with Norman Broadbent’s Energy & Natural Resources practice since 2000. He has conducted an extensive range of senior assignments in engineering, geosciences, and other disciplines for client operations as well as for service companies and engineering consultancies in the UK and overseas. Nigel is based in London.

Barbara Burge

Head of Research and
Project Manager—Johannesburg, SA

Barbara Burge

Head of Research and Project Manager—Johannesburg, SA

Barbara completed her BA degree in 1976 with a major in Sociology and Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed a post-graduate Diploma in Management at its Graduate School of Business. Before joining TRANSEARCH Africa, she worked for a number of leading construction and industrial equipment firms in human resources and was Human Resource Manager for the Carlton and The Westin Hotel Group in South Africa. Barbara joined TRANSEARCH Africa in 1998 and has progressed through roles as a researcher to her present position.

Mike Shearing

Consultant—Johannesburg, SA

Mike Shearing

Consultant—Johannesburg, SA

Mike graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc (Hons) degree in Geology, and joined De Beers as an Exploration Geologist in South Africa, Angola and Swaziland. Following his MBA at UCT, he joined Anglo American and was responsible for the recruitment of head-office-based technical staff for its mining operations. He was the HR member of various project teams for activities in Namibia, Mali and South Africa.

Administration

Edythe Bickmore

Project Coordinator for
Frank Galati and Russ Buckland

Edythe Bickmore

Project Coordinator for Frank Galati and Russ Buckland

Edythe joined Bedford in 2011 to provide executive support to Frank Galati and Russ Buckland in the Resources, Energy, and Infrastructure practice. Before joining Bedford, Edythe spent fifteen years working with a Toronto-based executive search firm and over ten years administratively supporting financial sector executives based in Canada and the United Kingdom.

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