Brad Ezard, chief operating officer, Keynote Group

Brad Ezard
Brad Ezard
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Since joining Keynote Group two years ago, Brad Ezard has elevated the company’s business profile, expanding it into new revenue streams and a new location. 

Hailing from Latham & Watkins LLP, where he advised on multimillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions, and MCA Dental Group, where he set up the company’s operations, Ezard joined Keynote Group in 2018, taking on the challenge of overhauling the Ottawa-based recruitment firm’s operations.

Within the first three months, he implemented a full restructuring of the business, which has resulted in an increase in profits of more than 100 per cent and nearly a twofold jump in the company’s client base. 

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With Ezard’s leadership, Keynote Group was recognized for its substantial growth, being named one of Ottawa’s fastest-growing companies by OBJ in 2019 as well as receiving an Employee’s Choice Award. 

One of his biggest tasks when joining Keynote Group was preparing the company for expansion. Ezard developed a marketing strategy that assisted in the opening of a Toronto office, which the CEO now oversees – leaving Ezard accountable for the entire Ottawa operation. 

Outside of work, Ezard is the vice-chair of 100 Men Who Care, a social group that provides and sources annual donations for local charities. He also sits on the board of directors for the Bruyére Hospital Foundation.

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