Meet the Team Your Temporary, Permanent & Executive Search Specialists in Northern, Central and Southern British Columbia

Karen A. Watt
CPC, CEO - Executive Search Services

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Like so many of us in recruiting, Karen Watt launched her second career in 1992, bringing a wealth of Human Resources background to Kamloops and opening Excel Personnel Inc. Supporting local businesses in Temporary, Permanent and Contract Staffing, Payrolling and Executive Search  Services to assist businesses in need of outside sourcing of candidates to fill a variety of positions from Janitors to General Managers. Now celebrating 29 years, Karen has been successful in opening additional branch offices in Kelowna and Prince George BC and soon to open Terrrace to serve their clients better with feet on the ground in each City and opening up Northern BC to local professional recruiters. With current staff to support business recruitment in Western Canada with our affiliates they thrive on their Integrity in working with each and every candidate and employer. Karen and her Team guarantees every placement and works one on one with each candidate and employer to find the right fit the first time. Current data base of candidates today exceeds 60,000 with new candidates registering with us every day. Excel Personnel can fill your next placement and look forward to building our relationship with each and every client and candidate.

When not in the office answering your calls, you will find Karen at Training Seminars to bring the latest technology to our Cities, or Traveling to clients around North America or Boating on the Shuswap Lake.

If you have the Skills, Abilities, Personality, Dress and Attitude to match our clients job description along with company fit and salary expectations, then we are sending you in for an interview.  Your recruiter is the key person to make this happen.

Karen loves the water, whether it’s a Lake or a river or an ocean, and when travelling she has to be by bodies of water, she loves boating to her rustic cabin on the Shuswap and spending time renovating the cabin and boating with friends.

Joan Hannestad
Accounting Director

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Joan joined Excel Personnel in 2017 and has been working in the Accounting field for over 25 years, being skilled in Sage 50 as a Full Cycle Bookkeeper up to Year End.

Joan graduated from BCIT in Accounting and is available to answer any questions you may have on your payroll or invoices received.

Likes to travel to foreign country beaches. And recently learned how to crochet from one of our staff members and together they have made many christmas and birthday gifts for family and friends

Beverley Proteau
Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Beverley was welcomed to the Excel Team in  2020.  She has completed her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a keen interest in HR and in particular Recruitment, Selection and Retention.  Beverley loves working with clients and candidates alike to ensure that both parties are happy.  

Beverley has lived in Prince George for 15 years and has met many wonderful people over her time there.  Her current role as the Talent Acquisition Specialist for Prince George and BC North has put her knowledge of the Northern Region and its diversity of cultures to good use.  

Don't hesitate to contact Beverley for your staffing needs.

For Employers: this has been a difficult time with Covid taking the world by storm.  In this time, the best thing to do is to have the job match the wage you are offering.  Times have changed and employers will need to rethink their employment strategy and think outside of the previous pay scales to attract those with the skills they need to join their firm.  So call Bev and ask the question - How can Excel Personnel identify our client companies next shining star, and Bev will walk you through the process to success.

For candidates: when sending in your resume, taylor it to the position you are applying for.  Make sure that you edit your resume for any spelling errors and see that it looks clean and fresh.  

Beverley loves home decorating, hiking, boating and travelling.  She has hiked through Arches, Bryce, and Zion National Parks as well as Slot Canyon in Arizona.  The desert to her is beautiful and full of surprises.  

Linda Burge

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Linda joined Excel Personnel in 2022 as our Administrator, coming from a long history of Business Administration and Accounting backgrounds over 25 years.  Linda brings a sparkling personality to our team and is the first person you see or hear on the phone when calling or visiting Excel Personnel.  Linda is here to answer all your questions, make sure you have your sign on package, get your times sheets in on time and get you paid. A welcome personality to our team and makes our days a pleasure to come to work.


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