Carl has a degree in business from McGill University, and spent his early career with the Xerox Corporation. He held progressively more senior management responsibilities within the company in both Canada and the United States. Carl left Xerox to pursue a career in executive search, firstly with the Caldwell Partners International where he played a key role as a partner in building the firm.
In 1990, Carl, along with some of Canada's most successful and experienced executive search professionals, founded Ray & Berndtson Canada now Odgers Berndtson. The organization is now Canada's leading and largest executive search firm. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Ottawa, the firm serves a wide ranging client base including major Canadian and international corporations and Canada's largest public sector organizations. Carl is the Chairman of Odgers Berndtson Canada and a Director of the Global Firm. He also continues to lead a broad range of senior executive and board search projects. His clients include organizations in the fields of technology and communications, financial services, manufacturing, transportation and other sectors.
Carl sits on the board of Odgers Berndtson International and is the Chair of AESC – Americas Council, (The Association of Executive Search Consultants), the international representational and standard setting organization for the executive search industry.
Carl also maintains a range of business and professional involvements outside of Odgers Berndtson, including current and past directorships such as CIBC Trust Corporation, the Sunnybrook Foundation, and Tourism Toronto where he is past chair.