Leaders don’t create followers,
they create more leaders.

– Tom Peters

Grant McKeracher 
– Managing Partner

The President and Co-Founder of Keen is a 19 year Sales veteran within the IT space. Grant brings leadership and know-how to Keen, that shows in the exceptional growth Keen has enjoyed to date. Starting his career in the early 90’s, Grant has worked for mid and large I.T organizations where he learned the value of customer service, commitment, industry knowledge and that hard work truly pays off. Grant takes pride in the sacrifices he and Blake had to endure in building Keen and covering every possible role, from recruitment to sales, to washing dishes and vacuuming the office before a client visit.
“You cannot create a ‘startup’ and expect it to grow on its own. The payoff comes from the growth of your company and the growth for your staff, who are truly the backbone of your success.”
Grant enjoys spending time with his family and beautiful children. Grant is an avid golfer, skier and hockey player, who also enjoys travel and reading.

“Victory has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan” – JFK. Words that carry me daily, as we all own our successes, but very few own their failures with equal exuberance.

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Blake Appleton
– Managing Partner

As Managing Partner, Blake oversees Keen’s overall success in areas including service offerings, process, strategy and key client development.
Blake is a veteran of the IT staffing market in Canada with a broad range of experience both on the agency and corporate sides of the business. Blake started his career in the 90s as one of the original Canadian members of a large U.S.-based IT staffing firm in Canada. Blake progressed from an IT Recruiter to one of Canada’s top Senior Account Executives for the company, leading the growth of their Canadian operations.
Through his years of experience on the front lines in the staffing industry, Blake provides leadership and demonstrable results in building the key elements of differentiation that Keen delivers.
Prior to joining Keen, Blake provided consulting services to one of Canada’s largest retailers, Canadian Tire. In this role, he oversaw the development of a renewed structure, process and delivery model for IT Consulting and contract services in their Canadian operations.
Blake holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Western Ontario.

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Tania Tonello
– Director, Business Development

Tania truly understands the value of a customer-centric approach and that hard work produces results. Having come from a rewarding and successful career in education, she eagerly joined Keen to explore a new career aspiration and contribute to the growth of Keen’s Executive Search division. Graduating with an Honours Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Psychology minor, Tania marries these complimentary backgrounds within her role as Executive Search Director. Her diverse work experiences within the fields of; operations, marketing, retail, education, communications and hospitality have contributed to her understanding of the interconnection of these industries and how to transfer such skillsets. As a certified Personality Dimensions trainer, Tania developed an astute understanding and appreciation of all personality types, which has contributed to her working seamlessly with front line management to those within C-level roles. In her spare time, you can find Tania improvising at Toronto’s Second City Training Centre, enjoying a workout or perusing her favourite fashion shops across the city.

“Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.” -Frank Ocean

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