Search Firm

Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS) has been retained by the University to assist the Presidential Selection Committee in the search process. The role of the search firm is advisory and administrative in nature. The firm provides professional advice, especially as it relates to developing the position profile, recruitment strategy, and interview process. The firm also supports the Committee by organizing and screening applications, conducting reference checks and conducting other administrative work such as placing advertisements.

Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS) leads for the Presidential search are:

Jennie Massey, Partner:

As a Partner with the Academic Executive Search Practice, Jennie serves as a strategic advisor and partner to post-secondary institutions. A skilled communicator and facilitator, she is well equipped to support the most critical leadership decisions. She is committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive recruitment processes result in the attraction and selection of the leaders today’s institutions need to succeed.

Before joining KBRS, Jennie was Associate Vice President of Western University where she led a large and diverse portfolio consisting of 10 departments. Prior to joining Western University, Jennie held several leadership roles including roles at Queen’s, Windsor, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Baylor University (Waco, Texas) and most recently Memorial University where she was the Director of Student Life.

Andrea Forbes-Hurley, Managing Partner:

Having worked with a variety of governing bodies and selection committees, Andrea brings a well-developed understanding of how to support and advise these groups to facilitate a seamless, collaborative decision-making process in a publicly accountable context. While Andrea has worked with clients across both the public and the private sectors, her particular focus is in the recruitment of leaders for post-secondary, government, health care and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition to leading and facilitating executive searches, Andrea provides strategic oversight to the firm’s executive search research and recruitment team and contributes to the day-to-day management of KBRS.

Before Andrea joined KBRS as an Executive Search Consultant, she managed recruitment efforts in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on behalf of the largest accounting firms in the country. Previous to this role, she worked for one of Canada’s largest pension and benefits firms in pension administration.