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Michael Naufal

Managing Partner


Michael Naufal is a Managing Partner of Boyden’s Ottawa and Toronto offices, leading the executive search process for all levels of senior management and board positions.

Mike has a well-earned reputation for expert management of all aspects of the executive search process, for all levels of senior management and board leadership. He has amassed significant experience working with local, national, and international boards and selection committees, and has partnered with many prominent organizations in the not-for-profit, healthcare, and education sectors. His broad sector knowledge and extensive relationships serve him well, and ensure a targeted and focused approach. 

Mike is recognized for his professionalism, adaptability, and his dedication to making certain that clients and candidates alike achieve the results they seek. Mike is also known for his skilful interview and assessment techniques, and seeks to identify relevant attributes and behaviours that fit within his client organization’s culture.

In addition to his search work, Mike conducts research and has written a number of search-related articles. His publications serve as a useful tool for clients as they seek to recruit the best candidate to meet their organization’s specific needs.  His articles include:

  • The Chair-CEO Relationship: Ten Commitments for a Better Partnership

  • The Successful Executive: A CEO’s Checklist

  • The Executive Team: What Makes It Work?

  • Chairing a Selection Committee: A Guide to Improving the Outcome

  • Successful Leaders in the Non-profit Sector: Ten Qualities for Top Performance

  • Want to be an executive? Here is what CEOS are looking for

A lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario, Mike holds an Honours degree in economics from Queen's University. He has served on a number of boards and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Michael Naufal


Managing Partner

Suite 905
120 Adelaide St West
Toronto, ON M5H 1T1
Phone: +1 416.363.3229

Practice Areas

Board Search
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Public Sector