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Kathryn Tremblay | Canada | Organic Growth

CEO and Co-Founder of Altis Recruitment & Technology | Speaker


Kathryn Tremblay is a visionary Canadian entrepreneur and business leader boasting over three decades of expertise, particularly in the human aspect of human resources. As the CEO and co-founder of Altis Recruitment and Altis Technology, she has transformed her organization into one of Canada's largest privately held recruitment and staffing firms. Born and raised in Ottawa, Kathryn embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in 1989 alongside her late husband, Toni Guimaraes, establishing a small staffing firm. Through organic growth, they expanded the company across the GTA and Vancouver, venturing into new niche industries and sectors. Today, Altis Recruitment operates in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, with over 200 team members and a remote-by-choice workforce. The organization annually places more than 8,500 talented candidates in meaningful roles.

Kathryn's leadership extends to being a significant staffing supplier to the federal government and across various public and private sectors. Her organization specializes in IT, specialized professional roles in finance, accounting, construction, HR, communications, and procurement, along with administrative and customer service placements.


Recognized as the 2021 CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Board of Trade, Kathryn has consistently achieved recognition as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies (Platinum Club Member) by Deloitte since 2006. Additionally, she holds Women Business Enterprise certification from WBE Canada.

Beyond her professional achievements, Kathryn is a devoted champion of people, fostering professional growth through initiatives like the Newcomer to Canada Intensive Apprentice Program, providing fully paid 3-month internships. Her commitment extends to one-on-one coaching for young women pursuing academic dreams, and active support for community-minded organizations.

Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa in 1995 and holds certifications, including Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) from the Association of Canadian Search, Employment, and Staffing Services (ACSESS).

In the face of the pandemic, Kathryn showcased exceptional leadership, guiding her companies through unprecedented challenges. She implemented transformative measures like flexible work programs and "digital detox days," displaying her commitment to employee well-being.

Her strategic approach not only retained clients but also diversified into new markets, contributing to the group's projected record revenues of $150 million in fiscal 2021. Kathryn's resilience, compassion, and dedication to excellence have not only garnered industry acclaim but have also positioned her as a pivotal figure in Ottawa's business community.

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Instagram: @kath.e.tremblay


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