Our Team

Founded by Jane Griffith, the Griffith Group provides exceptional executive search services to its clients. Focused on senior level recruitment in the broader public sector, our team has worked with executive level candidates at non-profit, academic, and broader public organizations across Canada. Our firm distinguishes itself from other firms based on our professionalism, our in-depth knowledge of the sectors we serve, and our exceptional commitment to quality.

Our Team


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Jane Griffith

Managing Partner and Founder

Jane Griffith is the Managing Partner and Founder of the Griffith Group. A veteran search leader, Jane focuses on the recruitment of senior leaders in the not-for-profit, academic, and broader public sectors. She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on hiring practices, with a specific focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives. She has spoken at conferences across Canada and at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

Prior to founding the Griffith Group, Jane has been a Partner and National Diversity Leader with three national and global search firms. She also founded Griffith Research, with clients in Australia, Dubai, Canada, and the United States.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal History from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Legal History from the University of Toronto. Jane is an active volunteer and has supported many organizations including the 30% Club Canada, Informed Opinions, Congress 2017 with AFP Toronto, and as the Founder of The Council of Women Executives.


Sam Walton


As a Partner at Griffith Group, Sam Walton draws on her deep executive search experience and diverse sector expertise to execute complex search assignments and recruit talented leaders across a broad range of functions.

Sam is driven to strengthen the future of work in the not-for-profit, academic, healthcare, and broader public sectors. Sam’s unwavering commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as her passion for creating meaningful connections with candidates contributes to Sam’s strategic recruitment approach, and to the success of the clients she supports.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Photography from Ryerson University, and is currently completing the Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion program at the University of British Columbia and the Gender Analytics Specialization:  Gender Equity Through Inclusive Design by the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) at The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She has successfully completed the LGBTQI2S Inclusion Training from Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and recently concluded the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) training course from AODA.ca.

Within the GTHA community, Sam is a member of CivicAction Leadership Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Network.


Denny Young


Denny Young brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the nonprofit sector to his role as a Griffith Group Partner. His award-winning career includes senior leadership roles in the performing arts, healthcare, and education at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sherbourne Health Centre, the National Ballet of Canada, and the University of Toronto.

For over 15 years, Denny has been a faculty member in Humber College’s Fundraising Management and Ryerson’s Nonprofit Management programs. In 2014, the GTA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented Denny with its Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award. He has published numerous articles in various publications and is a frequent speaker at conferences in Canada and the United States.. 

Denny has a BA in Communications from the University of Windsor, a MA in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, has completed the Ivey School of Business Executive Program, and has a certificate in the Foundations of Coaching from the Adler Graduate Professional School. He proudly serves as the Chair of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Board of Directors and is on the Boards of the TD Private Giving Foundation and the Maquila Solidarity Network. On weekends he plays piano as a volunteer at Kensington Health.



Tracey Trimble


As a Principal at Griffith Group, Tracey Trimble manages search assignments, client relationships and the candidate experience on behalf of the firm.

Tracey brings over 20 years of experience from the private sector, where most recently she was an Account Executive in employee benefits insurance. Her tenure includes experience working at Sun Life Financial, RBC Insurance, Manulife and the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association. Tracey started her career in radio broadcasting, serving as an on air announcer for radio stations in Toronto, Windsor and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Windsor. She is an enthusiastic support of women’s sports, including being a dedicated fan of the Canadian Women’s Soccer team.


Noshina Choudhary


As a Consultant at Griffith Group, Noshina supports the firm from end-to-end in the executive search process through research and candidate development support.

Noshina is an intersectional feminist with a passion towards attaining equality in all aspects. She has worked as an EDI researcher and a teaching assistant in various not-for-profit and academic organizations globally, including in Canada, the USA and India. Through her research work and field experience, Noshina strives to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the center of decision-making processes in the workspace. Her experience working with various not-for-profit organizations has given her immense theoretical and conceptual understanding of theories of gender, and she advocates for inclusive language, pronouns, and LGBTQ2S+ inclusion at the center of decision-making processes in the recruitment cycle. 

Born and raised in India, Noshina holds a Master’s degree in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies from York University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Women's Studies and Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.



Katherine Mackay

Manager, Search Operations

Katherine Mackay is Griffith Group's Manager of Search Operations. In this role, Katherine manages all of the administrative and operational aspects of searches for clients, candidates, and the firm.

For over two decades Katherine worked in Career Transition where she gained extensive experience in high profile environments with all levels of management and maintained complete confidentiality to its highest degree.  For the last four years Katherine has been in Executive Search support roles where her strong project coordination and organizational skills, along with her attention to detail have proven to be invaluable.  Her true passion for client and candidate interaction helps lead to the success of each client and candidate she supports.


Mary Hori

Manager, Search Operations

Mary Hori is Griffith Group's Manager of Search Operations. In this role, Mary manages all of the administrative and operational aspects of searches for clients, candidates, and the firm.

Mary has worked in Executive Search and C-Suite support roles for a decade where she honed her organizational and project management skills. Led by her passion for collaboration, Mary is well respected for her personal touch in candidate and client care.  Her attention to detail and robust customer-focused orientation have proven invaluable to organizations and clients as they navigate the many details and complexities of the executive search process.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from York University. As a multi-lingual Refugee from Southeast Asia, Mary continues to honour her roots by hosting community and private events showcasing the cuisine of her homeland.