Find out more about Taylor | Ryan’s specialized industry segments

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Accounting + Finance

Each Practice area at Taylor Ryan is focused and specialized in either a technical specialty or an industry segment. Within the Accounting and Finance division, we combine this approach. This means a depth of knowledge around both accounting and finance positions, and specific knowledge of the industries in which these roles exist.

For CFO, VP and Director levels we offer retained recruitment services (see services) and from Controller down through Manager and Senior Accountant we work on an exclusive contingency basis.


CFO roles vary from public to private company and can often focus on different skill sets from capital markets; M&A; compliance & governance through operations and
corporate services.

Project / Change Management

Organizations constantly strive for efficiency and competitive advantage through technology. This requires upgrading or implementation of ERP or other accounting software tools. These roles often require a combined accounting and technology skill set.


Depending on the organization can be focused on debt or equity – lines of credit, loans, mortgages and mezzanine financing and candidates often transition from banking / lending environments or other corporate finance roles. MBA/CFA are common designations vs accounting but CA/CMA can be equally as common.


Roles vary depending on scope and may focus on Canadian, US, cross border or international tax compliance and/or planning. Typically, CA plus In-depth tax designations.


May overlap with Finance but also focuses on cash management, foreign currency and derivative contracts.

Corporate Accounting

Catering to each individual client, these roles typically require strong technical skills, including external reporting and consolidations, knowledge of multi-entity environments and MD&A in public settings. Strong IFRS knowledge and usually CA or CGA (CPA) designations.

Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Often referred to as management reporting and focuses on forward looking information such as cashflows, budgets, cost or revenue forecasts and decision making information.  Strong analytical skills, commercial acumen and communication skills are key. Sometimes more suited to CMA/MBA/CFA skill sets.

Project/Development Accounting

Specific to real estate development or construction environments and tends to require an analytical skill set with a focus on cost reporting. In some cases this requires a more technical modelling skill set for pro forma development.

Property Accounting

Specific to the real estate industry, roles focus on reporting for property portfolios and require an understanding of lease agreements and CAM rec’s in particular.


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Gavin Ryan

Managing Partner

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Architecture + Design

Within Architecture + Design at Taylor | Ryan we work with both local and global architecture practices and design firms on roles at all levels.

Working with local and global architecture practices and design firms, we understand and can add value to the full spectrum of hard to fill roles from Architectural Technologists, Interior Designers, BIM Managers, Senior & Project Architects, Sector Lead and Principal Architects.  Our team recognizes and understand the nuances within specialized sectors including Commercial Mixed-Use, Residential, Healthcare, Transportation and Planning and can deliver contingent and retained search across this wide landscape.




Partner, Real Estate Practice

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From entry level to executive, Taylor Ryan has team members to facilitate any level of role across Canada or the USA.

Specialty Areas:


Construction and Project Management for real estate developers. This may be in the
form of self-performing builders or owner’s representative. Roles may range from VP
Construction down to Project Manager. Typically, clients are based in Canada or the
pacific north west.

Heavy Industrial

Working with Engineering firms, contractors and owners of large scale industrial projects across mining, industrials and oil and gas sectors. Commonly in remote locations. Examples include Colorado, Utah, Ontario, BC, Alberta.

Heavy Civil Construction

Taylor Ryan has experience recruiting for large scale contractors across North America from the Eastern Seaboard, to the West Coast. Searches focus on senior roles such as Director Business Development, VP Operations, Senior Project Managers, and are conducted on a retained basis.


Primarily working with Contractors to source Project Management, Estimators, Health and Safety, Operational roles across major North American centers.


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Partner, Real Estate Practice



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Financial Services

The Partners at Taylor Ryan have a long history of recruiting into financial services companies in Europe, Asia and North America. From our Vancouver head office, we offer search and recruitment services to a broad range of clients in this sector including:

  • Commercial + Retail Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Private Lenders
  • Mezzanine/Sub-debt
  • Corporate Finance
  • Private Equity
  • Fund Managers/Fund Administrators
  • Financial Technology
  • Wealth Management
  • Pension Funds/Asset Management

Across these segments, we are able to source talent in almost all areas from back office Fund Administration, through Finance, Accounting, Credit, Underwriting to Origination and Sales.

Some of our recent successes include: Chief Credit Officer, SVP Loan Origination, Director Fund Administration, CFO, VP finance, VP Capital Markets, Fund Accountant, Financial Analyst, Investor Relations


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Gavin Ryan

Managing Partner

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Innovation + Technology

Within Innovation + Technology Taylor Ryan specializes in key positions.

Taylor I Ryan’s innovation and technology practice provides a much-needed partner to companies in BC looking to meet a demand for strategic technology professionals. Clients range from mid to late stage ventures seeking strategic leaders and department heads, to established operating companies looking for senior management, executives or specialists, hard to find technical experts.

Unlike many recruitment firms in BC, we do not hire for high volume, technical positions. More so, we focus on taking a proactive, in-depth approach to attracting senior level talent.

Active Industry Strategic Advisor:

Brad Cumiskey provides unique industry insight to Taylor I Ryan’s Technology & Innovation Practice. Utilizing his 15+ years of strategic leadership experience in technology, Brad has a depth of experience usually not seen within the recruitment industry. He has hired and managed dozens of technology professionals for his own teams and understands from the client perspective, how important it is to hire great people, and how to ensure they fit with corporate culture.

Alongside his lead advisory role at Taylor I Ryan, Brad leads the digital products team at Ritchie Bros., focusing on customer-facing applications globally, including,, MarketPlaceE and RB’s suite of mobile apps. Splitting time between offices in Vancouver and in the Silicon Valley, Brad is responsible for a large and diverse team of amazing Technologists, Product Managers, and User Experience professionals. Ritchie Bros. ecommerce platform achieved over 2.2 billion in online eCommerce sales in 2017.

Example sectors:

SaaS; BioTech; CleanTech; FinTech; MarTech etc

Example positions:


Management: Director/VP – Sales, Marketing, Finance, Operations, Product Management; Engineering; Architecture; Security; Infrastructure; Transformation; etc

Specialty:  Cyber Security; Data Science/Analytics; Privacy; MarTech; Venture Capital/Private Equity; Capital Markets

Executive Search: Services include detailed, proactive recruitment strategies designed to source and attract talent at a senior level or in highly skilled/challenging positions, including remote locations. Executive searches are led by a Partner or Principal in conjunction with a Research Specialist and are conducted on an exclusive, retained fee basis. This approach utilizes proactive headhunting and in-depth research across multiple markets.

Point of difference: Most search professionals sit on the outside of an industry sector, often lacking the depth of knowledge required to truly understand a client’s need. At Taylor I Ryan we are part of the technology and innovation industry. We work not only with innovative companies, but on boards and committees and with associations. Unique to Taylor Ryan, our clients and search practice guided by a technology industry veteran, and led by Taylor Ryan’s Managing Partner.


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Strategic Advisor, Technology and Innovation Practice

Gavin Ryan

Managing Partner

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Real Estate

Within Real Estate, Taylor | Ryan hires for all key positions and functions.

Development Management

Taylor | Ryan works with every kind of Developer from small independent firms to international institutions and public companies. Our clients may have a single townhouse project or be developing a $billion mixed use portfolio. We have experience across all major markets in Canada and the Pacific North West for roles ranging from Development Coordinator through to Chief Development Officer (CDO) roles.

Sales & Marketing

We work with Developers, Suppliers and Agencies to hire everything from Coordinators; Creative Specialists; Field and Sales Centre; Project Marketing; and Heads of Department. Predominantly, positions tend to be based with developers for Residential or Commercial projects.

Property Management

Taylor | Ryan has a track record of hiring Property Managers in every major city in Canada from Vancouver to Montreal, across Office, Retail and Industrial portfolios. Clients range from international institutions such as Dream and Ivanhoe Cambridge to third party managers and private landlords. We also have a strong presence in the apartment/residential management sector in Vancouver and Seattle.

Facilities and Operations

Building Operations and Facilities Management is a fast changing discipline with greater emphasis being placed on sustainability, workplace wellness and customer service. Understanding both the technical, hard skill requirements as well as the desired soft skills ensures we identify the right fit for the property/portfolio. Specialties in this area include Corporate Facility Managers, Building Operations, Engineering, Risk & Compliance, Energy Management & Sustainability.

Accounting + Finance

A core specialism for Taylor | Ryan, we are known for being the most active search firm in this field having placed more of Vancouver’s Real Estate CFO’s than any other firm. In addition, we cover Project/Development Accounting, Property Accounting and Corporate Accounting positions from mid-level through Manager, Controller, Director and Vice President of Accounting & Finance. This also includes Analyst roles supporting Acquisitions, Development or Asset Management.

Asset Management

We understand the skill set required for effective asset management and we partner with large institutional owners and private organizations to source commercially astute Asset and Portfolio Managers as well as Analysts and Research professionals.


Leasing is fundamental to driving the real estate industry and we have an in-depth knowledge of what is required at all levels in both agency and owner-side. We have placed candidates in roles ranging from Lease Administrator/Paralegal to Director and Vice President of Leasing across asset classes.

Construction Management

Our Construction Practice focuses on professional roles with developers and contractors.  Primarily: senior management positions (VP or Director); Project Managers or
Construction Managers; Coordinators; Quantity Surveyors/Estimators; and Superintendents. Other than SI’s we do not hire site based or trade positions. Most of our roles target degree or diploma qualified professionals and typically center around Residential, Commercial, Institutional or Tenant Improvement.


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Partner, Real Estate Practice