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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Examples of recent placements:
In her spare time, you can find Michelle on the volleyball court, hiking with her pup Skye, ranting on LinkedIn and wine tasting. Michelle also volunteers with various health organizations such as St. Paul’s Hospital and Positive Living.
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.
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:
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:
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.
She has a proven track record of placing the following skill sets:
Phuong has a passion for creating meaningful relationships and finding ways to better herself and others around her. Outside of the office, you can find her grounding herself through yoga and meditation, spin cycling to hip hop music, or finding her next adventure.
Areas of Expertise Recruitment:
Outside of work Paul can be found on the softball field, in the gym, hiking, swimming, playing pool, playing golf or jumping on a plane to an exotic location. After successfully running his own softball team for three years Paul is now a member multiple teams as a star player and always available should anyone require a sub as it is a fantastic way to meet and connect with new people.
Fun fact: Paul is always looking for ways to stay in shape and is currently on a 100 push up / 2 min plank per day for 30 days challenge.
At STRIVE Recruitment Lindsay is a member of the Construction and Design Team and typically recruits:
When she’s not in the office, Lindsay can be found hiking around local mountains, running 10ks half marathons, kayaking, or working out at the gym. Lindsay looks forward to being a big part of the STRIVE team and seeing what new adventures come from it.
Examples of recent placements:
When Jessica isn’t working, you can find her enjoying quality time with family and friends, playing volleyball, and planning her next travel adventure. Jessica strongly believes in helping others. You can find her organizing and participating in initiatives within the community to help those that are struggling. Her mantra is “it’s nice to be nice” and believes that a smile can go a long way.
With 6 years of experience in customer service, Harveen decided to jump into Recruitment with the passion of assisting people on a regular basis. You will never find Harveen not smiling or laughing!
Outside of work, you can find her watching hockey at the nearest arena/restaurant, attending live concerts, travelling the world, or planning her next travel adventure to check a new city off her bucket list!