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 25 years, Karen has been successful in opening additional branch offices in Kelowna and Prince George BC to serve their clients better with feet on the ground in each City and opening up Northern BC to local professional recruiters. With 7 staff to support business recruitment in Western Canada through to Eastern 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.

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.

Celina Denault
Team Administrator

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Geoff Simpson
Business Development - Recruitment Consultant

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Based out of our Prince George office, Geoff Simpson heads up Excel Personnel’s Northern BC Operations and brings with him extensive experience in Sales, Communications, Operations and mid-level Management along with a Client Centric business focus.

Born and raised in the North, along with his wife, Lisa and son, Emmett, Geoff believes strongly in the industries and communities we service, and views our working relationships with our clients and candidates as a partnership and not a transaction.


Your recruiter is your ambassador to the client and the client’s ambassador to you. Remember when sitting across the desk, on the phone or on video chatting on skype with a recruiter, it’s an interview…dress and act the part and leave a positive and lasting impression. Even if you don’t get the role you’re interviewing for, you will remain top of mind for the next opportunity.

After High School, Geoff wanted to become an actor and actually read for a role on the hit 90’s television series, Beverly Hills 90210. Needless to say he didn’t get the part and now has a life-long hatred of Brian Austin Green.

Erin Adelman
Recruitment Consultant - Temporary Staffing Division

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Erin is based in our Prince George Office heading the Temporary Staffing Division in Northern BC. Born and raised in Vanderhoof, her background has lead her back to Prince George, from Kamloops, where she enjoys her life and family. Having worked in administration, client care mining, hospitality, advertising and sales for the past 8 years, she strives to give clients and candidates the best experience possible. Erin is looking forward to building on those connections within the Northern market. Out of the office, you'll find her at the lake, with family and friends, or soaking up the sun.

Always give 100% at every job you are placed in.  It may just be one day, or a few hours, but you are getting a foot in the door at a company that could have your dream job.  Make a positive impression and you might be the first person they think of when they are hiring.  You never know where your next opportunity will come from!

I recently got married, and we forgot the cake knife so my husband and I cut it with a sword that we got as a wedding gift.  A real sword.

Laura Lawrence
Recruitment Consultant - Temporary Staffing Division

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Based out of our Prince George office, Laura Lawrence joined the growing Temporary Staffing division in the fall of 2017. Laura comes to Excel with a passion for business development and human resource management. With experience in the private and non-profit business sectors; Laura brings with her a solid understanding of client needs, a large network and is adept at identifying and placing stellar candidates for any project.

Things like Experience, professional demeanor and having a well put together resume are always going to be important. What you lack in experience can be improved upon by volunteering and hitting it out of the park when you have good rapport. Every interaction with an interviewer, temporary placement or recruiter is a possibility so make a positive impact.

In her off time Laura loves staying up way too late into the night to catch a glimpse of a meteor shower, the Aurora Borealis or any other astronomical event that is worth freezing under a blanket for.  

Gillian Graeme
Finance Department

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Gillian brings 25 years experience in Full Cycle Simply Sage Accounting from A/R, A/P, Payroll, Remittances, Corporate Tax, GST, Rev Canada non- penalty remittances to bank reconciliations and office budgets to year ends. Gillian is a skilled accounting professional and works with management on the day to day operations of all three branches of Excel Personnel successfully while keeping everyone apprised on a daily basis.

Sidne Hack
Human Resources Assistant

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Sidne joins us with 5 years Hospitality and Customer Service background that is skilled in Communication and Team Work while having an attention to detail managing tasks  from qualifying orders to exceptional customer services skills while completing her 4th Year of Bachelor of Business Administration focusing on Human Resources in Employee and Labour Relations, HR Planning and Staffing, Employment Law and Business Ethics and Society.  Sidne is excited to be joining Excel Personnel to be a strong voice in assisting with the Temporary Staffing Division with her positive attitude and time efficient manner. You too will enjoy speaking and working with Sidne.

Karson Hawgood
Human Resources Assistant

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With more than 8 years of sales experience Karson has an interactive passion for marketing and human resources.  A driven individual with a devotion to customer satisfaction.  Karson is admired for her innovative way of thinking, and her tenacity that shines through her work.  Like a piece in the puzzle each client has their own unique position to occupy, at Excel Personnel Karson works to place all the pieces of the puzzle together.


You never have a second chance to make a first impression, so represent yourself in a way you want to be remembered! Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, and how you leave others after and experience with you becomes your trademark.

“A lot of times people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”- Steve Jobs

Karson was Born in Las Vegas, Nevada and lived in the United States for 12 years of her life.  Her lifelong childhood dream of becoming a princess is still in the works. 


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