Meet the Team


The Team Captain


Michael is the founder and Managing Director of STRIVE recruitment and brings a creative, entrepreneurial spirit to his role. With over a decade of experience in the recruitment industry, Michael also brings a wealth of knowledge to his practice and team. After receiving his BBA, Michael jumped head first into an opportunity to work for a global recruitment agency. His commitment to success earned him 2 National Top Recruiter awards at his firm—but even this didn’t satisfy his ambition. Michael eventually became unsatisfied with the broad, high-level focus of a global conglomerate and left to build a recruitment firm of his own. By blending his big business ambition with the focus, drive, and creativity of a start-up, Michael turned STRIVE into a well oiled recruitment machine that’s successfully sourced the best and brightest for a spectrum of clients that range from top local Vancouver talent to internationally renown Fortune 500 companies

When Michael isn’t in the office, he can be found playing beer league soccer, pretending to be a foodie at local restaurants, or traveling to the many places he hasn’t seen around the world. Michael runs a Half Marathon every year in support of a local charity and leads STRIVE’s partnership with the Children’s Wish Foundation all year round.


Director of Business Development

Sarita DeVries is the Director of Business Development at STRIVE. Sarita leads all  sales and marketing initiatives and overseas the recruitment operations of the Corporate Administration division.

Sarita takes the time to listen & identify customer pain points, apply thoughtful solutions and has always found a way to bring value into the relationships that she fosters. Sarita has over 12 years of experience within the staffing and recruiting industry; managing clients of all sizes, from SMEs to large, government entities.

Sarita’s success can be attributed to her genuine customer care and advocacy into her consultative sales approach. She has worked in a sales capacity most of her life and it might be even argued that business development is in her blood!

Sarita will tell you that her #1 job is being a mother to her two children. In addition to the handful they provide, Sarita has worked as a Community Champion for BabyGoRound since 2014. She is a member of 100 Women Who Care Vancouver, a giving concept that enables her to find joy in the act of giving back.


Recruitment Specialist- Construction

Ross brings an exciting and positive energy to the STRIVE team! With 10+ years experience in sales as a top performer, Ross has a strong desire to excel and a proven work ethic making him a successful recruiter. Ross believes in having good character and finding candidates who carry good characteristics.  He gets excited when meeting new people in the industry who he feels he can help throughout their careers. With 5+ years experience in recruitment, Ross brings the same expertise to STRIVE. As a Construction Recruitment Specialist with a niche focus on the following:


  • Project Managers
  • Site Superintendents
  • Project Coordinators
  • Estimators

In his spare time, you can find Ross cheering for his home town Canucks. Ross also has a strong family culture and enjoys spending time with them. He believes in health and fitness and enjoys going on hikes with his dog or lifting weights with his friends. Ross looks forward to being a big part of the STRIVE team for many years to come.





Recruitment Specialist – Accounting and Finance

Ben has spent the majority of his career recruiting in the UK prior to making the move across the pond to the beautiful Vancouver, which he now calls home.

He always STRIVEs to go the extra mile for his candidates and clients, assisting with any queries they may have, enabling him to establish strong and long-lasting relationships.

At STRIVE Recruitment Ben is a member of the Accounting and Finance team and typically recruits:

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Project Accountant
  • Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Property Accountant
  • Development Accountant


In his spare time, Ben likes to enjoy an active lifestyle and is often found snowboarding, hiking, surfing, playing soccer or out on the golf course. He has recently spent a year in Australia where he traveled the country and took in spots such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and the World Heritage Raintree Rainforest.


Senior Recruitment Specialist – Operations


Pearl has been the head recruiter for job placement in Manufacturing, Operations, and Skilled
Trades industries at STRIVE since 2010. Pearl is first and foremost a people person. Her ability to
connect with and understand both her clients and candidates is one of the many reasons she’s
succeeded in finding top talent locally and internationally. Gaining invaluable insight into
manufacturing and distribution industries over the years, Pearl has developed a keen eye for
talent and a proven track record of delivering successful recruitment solutions. Working with
Pearl guarantees exceptional applicants for her clients, and exciting new opportunities for her
candidates. Ask any candidates or clients she’s worked with, and they’ll tell you right away that
she’s “the best in the biz.”

Pearl’s most recent placements include:

• Red Seal Millwright – food manufacturing company

• Red Seal Electrician – hardware manufacturing company

• Corporate Chef – food manufacturing company

• Operations Manager – logistics company

• Plant Manager – manufacturing company

• Building Operator – real estate company

On the weekends, Pearl is usually cheering (screaming) on her son at his soccer games, enjoying
time with her daughter and going for long walks and around Vancouver’s Sea Wall. Pearl has
been a long-time supporter of BC Children’s Hospital, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, as well as
the Dress for Success Vancouver initiative.


Practice Lead – Construction and Design

Kirsten brings 8 years of successful recruitment experience to her role as Practice Lead at
STRIVE. She’s an active member in the construction industry and has developed an in depth
knowledge for that sector through her involvement in the CCW, NAIOP, BOMA, ULI, UDI, and
CREW associations. Her main area of focus is recruitment for the construction, real estate,
development and design industries, but her expertise knows no bounds.
Kirsten thrives in a Contingent Recruitment space and easily adopted the “No Win, No Pay”
ideology behind STRIVE’s 90 day placement guarantee—because she wins every time. Kirsten is
particularly astute in her search for leadership roles and expertly applies the S3 proactive
method to her Executive Search practice. Kristen also shows incredible versatility in her services,
and can adapt her talent search to source top candidates for even the most difficult to fill niche

Kirsten’s most recent placements include:

• Architect – Architecture Firm

• Senior Project Manager – Design Build Company

• Site Superintendent – Local Builder

• Senior Interior Designer – Design Build Company

• Manager of Design – Design Build Company

• Intermediate Interior Designer – Design Firm

When she’s not belting out ballads on Karaoke night, Kirsten can be found playing volleyball or
cycling the Sea Wall—but her most intensive cardio workouts by far come from just trying to
keep up with her two young children. Kirsten is also a huge supporter of several charities, and
favours the work of the Women and Children’s Hospital and the Covenant House.


Account Manager – Accounting and Finance

Michelle is an Account Manager at STRIVE with a passion for connecting people.  Michelle works with several of North America’s top organizations and partners with their Accounting and Finance leaders in providing top talent at various levels.

Examples of recent placements:

  • Assistant Controller
  • Internal Auditor
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Project Accountant
  • Development Accountant
  • Senior Accountant
  • Manager Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Property Accountant




Prior to working at STRIVE, Michelle was an experienced exercise physiologist and personal trainer with a hunger for competitive sports.  Although Michelle will always make fitness a part of her life she is looking forward to using her extensive client base in the recruiting industry.  In her spare time, you can find her on the volleyball court, hiking, dancing and wine tasting.  Michelle also volunteers with various health organizations such as St. Paul’s Hospital and Positive Living.


Recruitment Specialist – Accounting and Finance

LeTing is a UBC alumni and now an Accounting and Finance Recruitment pro!  After receiving her BA, she developed a strong interest in recruiting and started her career in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. As the Recruitment Specialist at STRIVE, Leting works closely with junior to intermediate candidates. LeTing has successfully placed several accounting professionals. From Accounts Payable Clerks to Corporate Controllers, Leting’s ability to understand a candidate’s career aspirations and match them to one of STRIVE’s many high-profile clients is pure perfection. Some of Leting’s recent placements are:
  • Corporate Controller
  • Accounting Manager
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Project Accountant
  • Development Accountant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Manager Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Property Accountant


During her time off, LeTing can be found practicing yoga at your neighborhood yoga studio, hiking, paddleboarding or working out at the gym. She enjoys staying fit and active throughout the year. On Sunday afternoons she enjoys spending some down time with her friends and a stroll along Jericho Beach to catch the afternoon breeze and fresh air. LeTing is also a strong supporter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Children’s Wish Foundation.





Account Manager – Operations

Andrew is an Account Manager at STRIVE with a passion for helping businesses find the right talent. During his BBA, he developed a strong interest in sales through all the out of classroom projects he participated in. After he received his degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, he started his sales career in Gastown. Andrew loves trying new things, getting out of his comfort zone and giving back to the community. During his time off, Andrew can be found playing sports competitively  with his friends, volunteering for The Vancouver Board of Trade/ The Canadian Cancer Society and working out at the gym.

 Andrew is looking to help businesses find the following talent:

·       Plant Managers

·       Production Managers

·       Production Supervisors

·       Maintenance Manager

·       Quality Assurance Manager (QA)

·       Red Seal Millwrights

·       Electrician

·       Power Engineer

·       Quality Control Technician (QC)

·       Operations Manager

·       Logistics/Distribution Manager

·       Warehouse Manager

·       Inventory Control Manager

·       Supply Chain Analyst


Recruitment Specialist – Operations

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Jenalin began her career in Business Administration and Recruiting in 2011, She has joined STRIVE in 2018 as a Recruitment Specialist in Operations and Manufacturing.
With a personable and bright personality, she fits right into the STRIVE culture.

Having 8 years of experience in Customer Service, Office Administration and Recruiting, and winning the Top Administrator award in pervious years, she is a true professional with a great ability to source and screen top talent, making sure her candidates are matched with the best company for their skills and experience. Her passion and dedication in improving people lives all around her, serves our clients well. Jenalin mainly recruits for the following:

  • Plant Managers
  • Production Supervisors
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QA)
  • Red Seal Millwrights
  • Electrician
  • Power Engineer
  • Quality Control Technician (QC)
  • Operations Manager
  • Logistics/Distribution Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Inventory Control Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst

In her spare time, she loves to go for runs, hiking, keeping active, she is a proud contributor to World Vision and World Wild Fund.