The Team Captain


Michael Dha is the 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 headfirst into an opportunity to work for a global recruitment agency. 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 a technical search system with a client-centric approach, Michael transformed STRIVE into a well-oiled recruitment machine that’s a preferred recruitment partner for top local Vancouver organizations to Fortune 500 companies

When Michael isn’t in the office, he can be found chasing after his son and his daughter, playing beer league soccer, pretending to be a foodie at local restaurants, or travelling to the many places he hasn’t seen around the world. Michael runs a Half Marathon every year in support of local charities and sits on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada.

Pearl Dha

Manager of Payroll & Administration

Pearl Dha has been a pillar at STRIVE Recruitment since 2010 when she joined the team!  Her journey started in the Operations & Manufacturing division where she succeeded in sourcing top talent across Canada for the major manufacturing and distribution industries. During her tenure, Pearl had developed a keen eye for talent and a proven track record of delivering successful recruitment solutions.

Today, Pearl is our go-to-gal for everything administrative! From Internal Recruitment, Onboarding and Training to Payroll, Administration, and Accounting (plus much more!), Pearl manages it all.  You can always find her being cheerful, personable and willing to help others, gaining her the award for “Team Player of the Year 2018”.

In her spare time, Pearl enjoys spending time with her son and daughter, long walks on the water, and catching up with friends and family.  Pearl has been a long-time supporter of BC Children’s Hospital and has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada for the past 4 years.


Kirsten Robertson

Senior Search Consultant – Construction & Development Management

Kirsten Robertson - Senior Recruitment Consultant

Kirsten Robertson is a Senior Search Consultant with STRIVE Recruitment.

Kirsten thoroughly enjoys working with people and takes pride in all that she does. Working with clients and candidates alike, she prides herself on helping both parties meet their potential through her insight.

Kirsten is a Senior Search Consultant equipped with nearly 13 years of experience recruiting in the Construction and Design space here in Vancouver.  Kirsten has shown leadership and ambassadorship for the industry in many ways over the years including her 8-year term sitting on the board for CCW (Canadian Construction Women).  Kirsten began her recruitment career working for the world’s largest recruitment firm followed by a large national firm before deciding to join STRIVE Recruitment back in 2015.  Kirsten is proud of her personal and professional growth with STRIVE and feels fortunate to be part of the family!

Kirsten recruits for Senior-level roles within Construction, Real Estate Development, Architecture and Interior Design. Typical roles include and are not limited to Construction Project Managers, Development Managers, Architects, Architectural Technologists and Interior Designers.

In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys being in the outdoors with her family. She is often found skiing, wakeboarding, downhill biking as well as playing beach volleyball!  Kirsten shares a similar passion for all things food and wine-related as well as for International Travel!



Samantha Kent

Account Manager – Corporate Administration

Samantha (Sam) is our Account Manager within the Corporate Administration division at here at STRIVE Recruitment. She has an extensive customer service background which sets her apart from other Account Managers. She takes time to get to know clients on a personal level and has a knack for creating long lasting relationships.

Sam was born and raised in North Vancouver and after 6 years of travelling and living in Victoria, she has now settled back in North Vancouver. She completed her BA in Psychology and started her professional career in the fitness industry. Sam decided to pursue a new opportunity that allows her to work with amazing businesses throughout the lower mainland. She started at STRIVE in January 2019 and has not looked back since.

She has an impressive history of working on Legal, Sales, Construction, and Administrative roles. Not only did she win rookie of the year, but she also helped leverage Corporate Administration into the top team of 2019. In her spare time, you can find her in the North Shore mountain biking, skiing and trail running.

LeTing Cheong

Senior Recruitment Specialist – Corporate Administration


LeTing Cheong or Ting for short is our Senior Recruitment Specialist for the Corporate Administration division here at STRIVE. LeTing has lived in Vancouver for 8 years, as she grew up in Singapore and travelled all over the world for her education when she finally found her home here in BC.

While studying at UBC, LeTing was appointed VP of Recruitment within her Sorority, where she found her passion for recruitment.

LeTing thrives on high volume roles and loves working on a tight timeline. Typical roles LeTing fills range from Payroll Clerks, Property/Development Accountants, Junior-Senior Accountants up to Controllers and CFO positions. Within Administration, LeTing typically recruits for Customer Service Representatives, Human Resources, Legal Assistants, Paralegals, Receptionists, Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants.

Outside of the office, you can find LeTing practicing yoga at Oxygen Yoga, sun-bathing at Kitsilano Beach or running the stairs at Wreck Beach. Moreover, LeTing enjoys playing around with new recipes, holding movie marathons and spending an evening at the Stormcrow Tavern playing the Catan board game with friends.

Mia Villareal

Recruitment Specialist – Corporate Administration

Mia Villareal is a Recruitment Specialist in the Corporate Administration division here at STRIVE Recruitment. She has extensive experience in client relations and customer service. Mia’s experience has played a significant role in her passion for being in the business of people. Mia has a knack for building strong relationships – she enjoys growing her network, in both her professional and personal life. She will be focusing on roles such as Legal Assistants, Paralegals, Executive Assistants, Human Resources, and Sales.

Outside of work you can find Mia reading at the park, spending time with family and friends, or planning her next adventure around the globe.

Phuong Vu

Practice Lead – Manufacturing & Operations

Phuong started her career within recruitment in 2010 and has never looked back! She loves working in a high pace, dynamic and results-driven industry. She is the Practice Lead for the Manufacturing & Operations division. She has demonstrated a history of partnering with manufacturing companies to help them find and retain top talent. With over 8 years’ experience within staffing, she understands how important it is to build a strong network of candidates for her clients. She has achieved the best of staffing award on both contractor and client-side: 80% of contractor/client voted her a 9 or 10 for her service. She lives by the quote “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.”

She has a proven track record of placing She has a proven track record of placing Production Managers, Operations Manager, Plant Managers, Skilled Trades, Quality Assurance and Quality Control professionals. Contact Phuong today to fill your Manufacturing & Operations needs!

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.

Jenalin Sinclair

Senior Recruitment Specialist – Manufacturing & Operations

Jenalin Sinclair began her career in Business Administration and Recruitment in 2011. She joined the STRIVE Recruitment team in 2018 as a Recruitment Specialist within the Manufacturing & Operations division. Jenalin holds a charming and bright personality which allowed her to fit right into the STRIVE culture since day one.

Jenalin brings 8 years of experience in Customer Service, Office Administration, Recruitment, and winning the Top Administrator Award in previous roles to the team at STRIVE. She is a true professional with a great ability to source and screen top talent and diligently ensures her candidates are matched with the best company for their skills and experience. Her passion and dedication to improving people serve our clients and candidates well.

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

Savannah Cowman

Recruitment Specialist – Manufacturing & Operations

Savannah is our Manufacturing & Operations Recruitment Specialist here at STRIVE Recruitment. Savannah brings three years of co-ordination and sourcing experience to the STRIVE team where she predominately recruits for Temporary, Permanent and Contract skilled trades roles.

Savannah decided to pack up her bags and explore the world after graduating from university in Ireland where she chose to settle in Vancouver alongside friends. Savannah is enthusiastic, highly motivated and progress focused. She is passionate about recruitment as she thrives in a goal-orientated environment where she is constantly researching, learning, and progressing in her career.

Savannah is an energetic, eternal optimist and very much the epidemy of a people person. In her spare time, you can find Savannah soaking up the sun at the beach, listening to educational podcasts, eating out with friends & family, or planning her next trip.

Desmond Hynes

Recruitment Specialist – Manufacturing & Operations

Desmond is our Recruitment Specialist within the Manufacturing & Operations division here at STRIVE Recruitment. Desmond solely specializes in Temporary roles within the division, if you need an expert in temporary placements-he’s your guy!

Desmond joined the recruitment industry upon completing his Business Degree at the Dublin School of Business. After 3 years of working in Recruitment, Desmond could not be any happier with his decision to work in such a fast-paced, dynamic, people-facing industry. Desmond has worked in the crazy Recruitment world in both Canada and Ireland. Desmond decided to move to Vancouver, BC in March of 2020, however, due to external delays he finally made it to Canada in June 2020 and has loved every moment of living in this West Coast city.

When Desmond is off the clock, he enjoys playing sport such as soccer, Gaelic football, snowboarding in Whistler and hiking in Squamish. After he is done playing sport, he enjoys catching up with friends and exploring the treasured Vancouver craft breweries. Yellow Dog Brewing in Port Moody is currently Demond’s favourite BC Brewery.

Frederick Punter

Accounting & Finance Account Manager

Frederick Punter is our Account Manager for the Accounting & Finance division here at STRIVE Recruitment. Frederick (or Fred) guides the recruitment process to ensure the experience for STRIVE’s customers is timely, relatively stress-free, and ultimately successful.

Frederick has accumulated over 10 years of Accounting & Finance recruitment experience from both Canada and the UK. His Highlights include recruiting a CEO of a Crown Corporation, finding undiscovered top graduates for a graduate leadership program and securing a CPA their first dream role outside of Public Practice! In addition to his experience, Frederick has completed his education as a Chartered Human Resources Professional (CPHR Candidate) British Columbia.

Outside of the office, Frederick can be found hiking around Golden Ears, Paddle Boarding around Port Moody or counting down the days until the Rugby Sevens returns.

Ben de la Fosse

Senior Recruitment Specialist – Accounting & Finance

Ben de la Fosse is an Accounting & Finance Recruitment Specialist here at STRIVE Recruitment.

Ben is a real people-person who enjoys working with candidates and clients alike, ensuring he takes the time to truly understand their wants and needs from a recruitment point of view. This is one of the reasons Ben enjoys working in recruitment; a service based around people.

Ben is an experienced consultant who started his career working for the largest independent recruitment firm in the UK, before deciding to pack his bags and move to sunny Vancouver, a place he now calls home. Ben was welcomed into the STRIVE family and is now an integral part of the Accounting and Finance division.

Ben typically recruits for designated positions within Accounting & Finance. Designated roles include Controllers, Senior Accountants & Analysts, finance management roles, and directorate-level finance roles.

In his spare time, Ben likes to make the most of Vancouver’s beautiful landscape and is often found snowboarding, hiking, surfing, playing soccer or out on the golf course.

Jessica Volpe

Recruitment Specialist – Accounting & Finance

Jessica (Jess) is an Accounting & Finance Recruitment Specialist here at STRIVE Recruitment. Born and raised in Vancouver BC, she completed her Communications degree from Simon Fraser University along with a minor in Publishing.

Jessica brings over 14 years of experience in hospitality and customer service, having started her career as a people person working in large scale restaurants and hotel chain operations. She loves creating and nurturing genuine relationships with everyone she meets, so she decided to take her career over into the world of Recruiting in 2021! Her focus is primarily recruiting for Accounts Payable and Receivable, Payroll, and Senior Accountants.

In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of different things. She has backpacked 3 continents, can usually be found in the gym or Muay Thai kickboxing and is always in the kitchen experimenting with different cuisines while blasting Hip Hop and R&B. A self-proclaimed foodie, you’ll probably spot her on a restaurant patio with friends (and her dog).

Alanna Dunbar

Marketing Specialist

Alanna brings over 8 years of customer-facing experience and 3 years of marketing experience to the STRIVE team. Before Alanna delved into Business Development at STRIVE, she worked as a content marketer in Mumbai, India.  Alanna is successful in her role because she thrives on working with others and building strong relationships with clients.  Alanna’s favourite quote is “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it, the time will pass anyway” by Earl Nighingale

When Alanna is not busy at work, you can find her reading fiction, hiking in North Vancouver, spinning in Gastown or travelling all over the world.