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Elan Pratzer

Managing Partner, Canada
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Elan Pratzer is Managing Partner, Canada and a member of Caldwell Partners’ Financial Services, Private Equity, Industrial and Real Estate practices, with particular expertise leading assignments to find transformational C-suite talent. With over 30 years of business experience and over 25 years in executive search, Elan is a trusted advisor to many of Canada’s leading business executives, entrepreneurs and board members. Recent assignments include: CEO, Home Capital; Head of  Blackrock Canada; CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald Canada and the CEO of Torstar.

Prior to joining Caldwell Partners, Elan was the Founder and CEO of Executive Risk Group Ltd., a provider of risk management solutions for directors, officers and trustees.  Elan sold Executive Risk in 2012 to a US-based re-insurer.  He was previously the Managing Director of a private, Canadian-based merchant bank.

Elan’s executive search career began when he was 19 and included managing what became Egon Zehnder’s Toronto office. He built his own firm (Pratzer & Partners) that, through organic growth and acquisition, included offices in Toronto, Chicago and New York. He ultimately sold his firm to Korn/Ferry in 2000, wherein he became managing director, Canada responsible for offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

Elan earned a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto. He is a member of YPO, Chairman, Committee of Advisors of Hold it All Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors of Cambridge Brain Sciences. Elan has served as a board member for other private and public companies and philanthropic entities.