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James Hayes

Managing Director, Merrion Executive Search Inc., Canada

James Hayes

Managing Director, Merrion Executive Search Inc., Canada


Located at

Yonge Richmond Centre, Suite 1100
151 Yonge Street
M5C 2W7 Toronto



James Hayes

Whilst born and raised in Dublin, James also lived in European financial centres before settling in Canada.

Beginning in 2003, James worked for a leading professional search firm, handling assignments across Europe. Upon relocating to Canada, he joined a global search company as a lead consultant for national searches. In 2016 he founded Merrion Executive Search, headquartered in Toronto. He oversees national and global assignments across diverse areas of financial services and financial technology. 

As Merrion’s Founder and Managing Director, James Hayes manages senior and executive level searches for international banks, wealth, investment and asset managers, life and health insurers and reinsurers, and for various other financial institutions specializing in areas such as capital markets, credit, private banking, private equity, payments and business intelligence and analytics. He assists global organizations launch into, and grow within the Canadian marketplace, and takes on demanding assignments in cross-functional and progressive areas of an evolving global financial marketplace.

James Hayes lives in Oakville with his wife and their two children. He is a keen traveler, reader of books relating to history, politics, social science and a fan of various sports, particularly soccer. You can find him both on the pitch, and on the sidelines, cheering on his children, who share in his sporting passion.


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