Professional Profile

David Kinley joined ZRG Partners in December 2015 as a Managing Director in our Canada office, focused on our Private Equity Practice Area. Prior to this, David was Chief Executive Officer at Bluenose & Company, and is a fast-moving veteran of the private equity world who understands the skills required in successful growth companies in a variety of industries.

Long associated with fast paced communities in the U.S. and Canada, David is a former Board Member and Managing Partner of the world’s largest technology-based executive search firm. His experience additionally encompasses work in Asia and Europe. He is also a former search partner and practice leader at a Canadian public search firm. Prior to his 20+ years in executive search, David held leadership roles in the technology and medical imaging markets.

Areas of Expertise

David’s recent experience recruiting leadership and working with Boards in the U.S., Canada and Asia-Pacific include companies in both pre- and post-IPO stages. From his extensive network of world class contacts in North America, he fully understands the leadership needs of fast-moving sectors.

As a former member of the Leadership Advisory Board, University of Toronto, David keeps his finger on the pulse of evolving leadership and governance issues and grasps the significant changes associated with leadership change.

“Successful leadership search and placement begins with complete diagnostics of the company in its market cycle and of its personality,” he states. “Such change must be accompanied by advance planning and a clear transition plan post-appointment to enhance its success for the organization and for the new executive.”


A recent graduate of the Corporate Governance Program at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, David is a member of the Commercialization Committee for Robarts Research Institute, Canada’s premiere research institute split off from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a founder of “Emagine”, a not-for-profit public fund. David is a graduate of Dalhousie University.