About Adaptive Talent

Founded in 2008 and based in Vancouver, Canada Adaptive Talent is a talent acquisition and leadership development consultancy designed to help entrepreneurs and their teams achieve amazing results and enable ongoing adaptability.

We’ve worked with companies of every size, trajectory, culture, and in most sectors, but tend to do a lot of work with tech, creative, and consumer packaged goods companies. We love partnering with leaders who hustle, who are open minded and committed to growth, and who find a way to get things done. You can count on the same thing from us.

Finally, and most importantly, we are honest, ethical, and committed to your long-term success. Our repeat business and referrals tell us we’re doing something right and we encourage you to ask our clients directly.

Brad Herbert

Partner, Leadership Coach

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Brad Herbert is a certified Leadership Coach (CPCC, PCC) with 27 years in HR spanning multiple sectors, countries, fast-growth start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies. He was the VP, Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness for Electronic Arts’ 9,000 employees, and prior to that the VP of HR for its 15 worldwide studios.

He’s been the HR Leader for two start-ups and began his career in Silicon Valley working at Netscape and EA during their hyper-growth years. It’s been quite a ride, and since 2008 he’s had the incredible privilege of contributing to others’ success via his own practice, where he specializes in cultivating adaptability via leadership assessments (including pre-hire, online, and stakeholder interviews), leadership coaching for individuals and teams, and custom leadership development programs.

His clients are usually CEOs and their direct reports in high-growth organizations. They are committed to achieving goals in all areas of their lives, and creating thriving, adaptable businesses where people love to work. Promoted to a Vice President and relocated to a new country at age 35, Brad truly understands the experience and pressure executives feel when trying to simultaneously execute strategies and develop the capacity of themselves and the company.  Blending progressive talent theory and strategies, pragmatism, and a positive, casual style Brad’s partnership helps leaders achieve results, develop outstanding leaders, and strategically approach people and culture development to stay ahead of the growth curve.

Brad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Michigan State University, a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, is a Certified Co-Active Coaching Professional and graduate of the Leadership Program from the Coaches Training Institute, is certified as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, and holds certifications in The Leadership Circle ProfileThe Leadership SystemHogan assessments, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tools. He has deep interest and additional training in adult development (in particular the Immunity to Change and Mindshift methodologies), neuroscience, and progressive approaches to organizational adaptability, leadership, and culture.  Brad is married, loves learning, travel, dogs, and experimenting with nutrition, exercise, and meditation. He is a member of the ICF Vancouver chapter where he was a finalist for the 2016 Coach Impact Award.

Mark McEachran

Partner, Senior Recruitment Consultant

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Mark McEachran is a Senior Recruitment Consultant with 17 years of experience spanning the tech, consumer packaged goods, and engineering sectors, and companies ranging from 10M to $10B in revenue. His clients are usually fast-growing high-tech and CPG firms who are looking for top talent in key senior design, development, product management, sales, and marketing positions to start new products, improve execution, and manage change.

Mark’s in-house and agency experience involved critical, hard-to-fill positions, and the creation of successful employer branding and onboarding practices. As a result, he operates with urgency, is transparent, and designs outstanding candidate experiences. This has resulted in former candidates inviting him to recruit for their employers, and many clients working with him on a long-term and exclusive basis, thus allowing him to truly understand their business, team dynamics, and culture.

Having spent the last 5 years primarily focused on executive searches, Mark has developed a robust, North American wide network of thought leaders in sales, design, marketing, product management, human resources, and finance. His genuine, thoughtful approach of connecting talent with the right opportunity, while maintaining contact after a successful placement, has built a high level of trust between candidate, client and recruiter.

Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree from Trent University, a diploma in Human Resources from BCIT, and has taken additional coach training from CTI.

A trained chef, nutritional enthusiast, snow boarder, urban planning and architecture fan, and dog lover, you’ll find Mark outdoors enjoying BC’s natural beauty and culinary scene.

Sara Lawson

Leadership Coach

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Sara brings 20+ years’ leadership experience to support organizations and individuals with big dreams and ambitious goals. Sara is passionate about the role that purpose-inspired leaders, organizations, and companies have in strengthening communities. She also knows that leadership can be fulfilling AND frustrating, even for dedicated, skilled, and creative people. Sara is a consultant, coach, facilitator, speaker, and the creator of Gauge Leadership Lab. Sara’s guidance offers her clients the tools and inspiration to address big challenges, do their best work, make a meaningful difference, and have fun doing it. Sara has served as an executive director, interim executive director, front-line volunteer, board chair, program director, and mentor. She draws upon leadership experience in the arts, higher education, health care, and public radio, and has honed her expertise through her work with clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Sara’s focus areas are:

  • Leadership development: self-awareness (leadership capacities, limiting patterns); interpersonal and systems awareness; skill development (navigating conflict, fostering clarity, creating alignment); strengthening leadership presence and practice (applying insights to real-world challenges).
  • Team effectiveness: tools and practices for building trust, strengthening communication, clarifying alignment, creating shared priorities.
  • Coalition-building: design and facilitation of sector-based communities of practice (fostering trust; building shared knowledge; identifying shared interests and opportunities).

Sara obtained her MPA from the University of Alaska Southeast and a BA in Psychology from Trinity College. She received her executive coach training and certification through the ICF-accredited Coaches Training Institute and completed their year-long leadership development program. Sara is certified in Leadership Circle Profile; StrengthsFinder 2.0; and DiSC Workstyle Profile. A dedicated advocate of life-long learning, Sara teaches graduate-level courses on nonprofit leadership at Seattle University. Her commitment to social justice and racial equity has been profoundly shaped by nine years of service on the board of Arts Corps, as well as through continuing education with Cultures Connecting and the People’s Institute Northwest. She has also studied peacemaking practices from the Tagish Tlingit tradition of the Yukon Territory, with several circle keepers and restorative justice practitioners in the Pacific Northwest. A workshop enthusiast, she has pursued an eclectic range of interests, including improv comedy, meditation, and marketing. Still on the shortlist: Italian, mediation, yoga teacher training, and metal casting.

Glenn St. Onge

Leadership Coach

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Glenn’s HR journey stared in Toronto at the Hudson’s Bay Company, then moved west to BC Transit and WorkSafe BC.  It was during his 9-years at QLT Inc, a Vancouver-based biotechnology company, that Glenn’s hunger for a unique way to do HR was born.  This hunger continued in his role, as Head of HR at Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp. (AFCC), a Daimler AF and Ford Motor company joint-venture, where it collided with coaching to become his new passion.  

Glenn’s 2012 AFCC-HR strategy envisioned coaching and leadership development as catalysts to unlock the potential of individuals, teams and the entire organization.  This resulted in the creation of a robust coaching and leadership culture, which was recognized by the International Coach Federation with the 2016 Vancouver Chapter Prism Award and the 2017 International Prism Award.  The International Prism Award is the highest honor a coach can achieve and recognizes organizations with coaching programs that:

  • Fulfill rigorous professional standards
  • Address key strategic goals
  • Shape organizational culture
  • Yield discernible and measurable positive impacts

Since leaving AFCC in 2018, Glenn continues to work with leadership clients in engagements large and small.  He has developed and refined highly effective coaching and leadership development methods to increase leadership impact, improve business performance, and accelerate organizational change.  It’s about focusing on results that matter most in all areas of their lives.

Glenn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from York University, is a Certified Co-Active Coaching Professional and graduate of the Leadership Program from the Coaches Training Institute, is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation, is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, and holds certifications in The Leadership Circle Profile, and The Leadership System.   To balance his work-life, Glenn loves to ride his bike, listen to audiobooks, explore the amazing hiking trails in beautiful BC and travel the world. 

Brian Schneider

Senior Recruitment Consultant

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Brian Schneider has spent over 20 years helping companies identify, hire, and retain great talent. He has worked with companies in several industries, skewing towards engineering and design-focused organizations in technology and media. His current focus is helping growth-phase companies to define and refine a clear talent strategy that spans the candidate-to-employee spectrum.

He has both depth and breadth across the entire employee life cycle, market challenges, and restructurings with companies like Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Change.org, Zynga, and Vevo. This has given him the ability to connect the dots across the full range of employee experiences, from pre-hire to post-exit, and at different corporate evolution stages as well.

Efficient processes, as well as systems and tools, particularly those that provide metrics and insights – are passions for him. His technical interests and depth have led to his involvement with many HR tech systems selections and implementations. He also understands that software tools are not a replacement for sound talent-management strategies, skills, and responsibilities.  

Geographically, Brian has hands-on experience across both the U.S. and Canada and has overseen team efforts internationally. Most recently, he’s been entrenched in the fast-paced talent ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Working as a leader in a software company with big aspirations is a challenge both professionally and personally. I have come to realize that there is a great benefit to having someone in your corner who works regularly with you on a confidential basis, helping you to be a better leader and better human being…all while maintaining your sanity.

Brad has been my executive coach for almost four years. He has been instrumental in helping me to navigate the many twists and turns of the business. With Brad it’s all about learning and growing. Every time we finish a session I have a sense of renewal and confidence in my ability to get myself and the company to the next level.

Whether it’s critical HR issues, working with your board and investors, building culture or just needing a shoulder to cry on, Brad is your man!

Barry Jinks

President and CEO, Colligo Networks

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Teddy Roosvelt