Principal, Industrial and ESG & Sustainability Solutions

James Sweetman is a Principal based in Calgary and a member of the global Industrial and ESG & Sustainability Solutions practices.

With a decade of experience in executive search, leadership advisory and sustainability consulting, Mr. Sweetman works with clients with a broad cross-section of talent needs. He recruits leaders at the C-suite, Board of Directors, and other senior levels, as well as specialists in the ESG and Sustainability function. He also supports clients with organizational needs such as executive assessment and succession planning, and leadership development programming. Lastly, he also helps clients with ESG and sustainability strategy, ESG literacy and culture transformation enablement.

Mr. Sweetman partners with companies across the North American industrial sector with a particular focus on the agribusiness and energy value chains. He also works with industrial companies that support these sectors, such as the manufacturing, technology, construction, and transportation industries.

In addition, he works extensively in the cleantech sector, including growing industries such as agtech and foodtech, RNG and biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials, CCUS and carbon markets. Lastly, he also works with the private equity and venture capital firms that invest in these companies.

Mr. Sweetman started his professional career in the British Army before immigrating to Canada in 2012. He joined a specialist recruitment agency and then a global contingent workforce and project management consultancy before starting his executive search and leadership advisory career at a boutique firm. Prior to Korn Ferry, James worked at another global executive search and leadership advisory firm.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of York and holds a Certificate in Sustainable Business form the University of Toronto.