HIRE GRAY MATTER was created to match experienced job seeking professionals with small to mid-sized companies who want to grow and who can benefit from the experience and talent of older workers.

Panthera PartnersWe started out in 2009 as Panthera Partners, recruiting senior executives for the financial services and mining industries. We gradually expanded our practice into renewable energy and digital media. 

Over the past five years, we increasingly learned about the challenges older workers faced in finding employment and saw these people as a significant resource employers were overlooking.  Our research indicated large proportion of older job seekers were no longer seeking permanent positions, but were more interested in short-term work – often in areas that yielded the most job satisfaction for them.  We saw an opportunity for these people to be engaged on an interim basis for clients who need professional expertise, but who cannot afford a full-time person.

We also observed a steady decline in the manufacturing industry in Canada, and one of our goals is to bring fresh leadership to this sector – especially to small-to mid-sized companies where the entrepreneurial spirit needs to be nurtured.



So, we rebranded as HIRE GRAY MATTER to reflect three things:

  1. Our entry into providing Interim Executives for short-term leadership assignments.
  2. Addition of Ron Jamieson as a partner in the business.
  3. Expansion into the manufacturing sector.



We take great pride in our ability to find great talent for great clients, and the best proof of this is that over 60% of the candidates we’ve placed have worked for the clients who engaged for more than five years.  It’s more than just finding good candidates, it’s our process that helps ensure good fit and great results.

Our approach is to recommend the best candidates for the client’s requirements, regardless of gender, race, national origin or age.  And when it comes to age, our slogan says it all: