Our Leaders

Our leadership team personifies the same qualities you’re looking for in your executive search – vision, passion and an unwavering commitment to excellence. And that makes it easy for us to recognize the leadership potential of candidates who may be right for you.

Rick Vogel

Founding Principal

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Rick’s significant experience and expertise in the areas of executive management and leadership, financial services, operational change management, marketing and staff management is integral to his leadership of the Vogel Group.

As an executive recruitment professional, Rick has led numerous senior leadership searches for public and private companies, not-for-profit and charitable organizations, municipalities, government as well as many Board recruitments. He has the ability to spot leadership potential, and assess and evaluate the candidate’s personality and potential to ensure the right fit for the organization. Prior to launching the Vogel Group Rick was a Principal and Co-Owner of a regional retained executive search firm.

Rick’s active community involvement has included the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation (Board of Trustees), the Centre Club (Board of Governors), Alberta Triathlon Association (Vice President), the Minerva Foundation (Executive Board Member) and the Thunderbird Athletic Basketball Association (Treasurer). He is currently the Vice Chair of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation as well as serving on the Board of Directors for ITU World Triathlon Series Edmonton.

He is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and acquired his ICD.D designation. Rick has been engaged by various organizations to consult on governance issues.

Rick has represented Canada in two sports (track & field and triathlon) and continues to be active in cycling, swimming, running, and triathlon.

Rick holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to going into the search industry, Rick spent 20 years in the financial services industry in both Canada and the United States. While in the U.S., Rick owned and operated, as President and Chief Executive Officer, a financial advisory company in South Florida. Rick and Nikki have been married for almost 30 years and have two grown sons, Zach and Jordan.

Christine DeWitt

Principal

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Christine has successfully worked on search assignments at all levels including the C-Suite, in a variety of sectors, from non-profit arts organizations to senior government officials, regulatory bodies and private industry. She enjoys each and every challenge.

Born and raised in the Edmonton area, Christine headed east to New Brunswick after earning early admission to law school. In 2008 she completed an LL.B. from Université de Moncton, graduating at the top of her class. In her years of law practice Christine gained valuable experience working primarily in the areas of administrative law, municipal law and education law.

Christine remains a member of the Law Society of Alberta, and carries with her the high standards and values of professionalism, honesty, and integrity associated with that membership. She also remains actively involved in the legal community, with a specific passion for encouraging women in law. She sits on the steering committee for the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association’s Women’s Legal Forum, a bi-annual gala event that celebrates women jurists while also raising funds for non profit organizations. In its three iterations so far, the Forum has worked with Camp Fyrefly, the iHuman Youth Society, and most recently Equal Voice, a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

Christine also has a passion for comedy. In her pre-parenting days, she split much of her time between the office and the stage as a cast member of Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton’s premier improv company. She also wrote for the national CBC Radio sketch comedy program, The Irrelevant Show before it completed its seven-season run in 2017. These days, Christine limits her stage time to once or twice a month, including hosting a monthly comedy show, Weird Al Karaoke.

Christine’s many accomplishments were recognized when she was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine in October 2014.

Enthusiastic and outgoing, Christine finds true joy in working with people and solving problems. This disposition, combined with the focus, work ethic and strategic thinking she developed during her law career makes her an invaluable asset to The Vogel Group and its clients.

Though Christine loves many things, she loves nothing more than her little family: her husband and baby boy, and their very grumpy old rescue dog, Lucky.

Julie Barron

Principal

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A long and winding road has led Julie to the Vogel Group. She began her professional life as a singer and arts manager, performing throughout Europe and Asia with world-renowned ensembles from Canada, Germany and Sweden. In 1998 she moved to Belgium for a six-month contract with the International Federation for Choral Music, and as sometimes happens, ended up staying in Europe for seven years.

Along the way she acquired four languages, a wealth of life experience and a husband. Julie had the great fortune of living first in Switzerland for five years and then spending two years in Stockholm, Sweden, performing, recording, touring and also working as General Manager of an international, acclaimed ensemble World Voices.

In 2006 Julie actually did what many only dream of doing ­– she ran away with the circus. For seven years she held the position of Senior Artistic Talent Scout with Cirque du Soleil, scouring the world for unique and awe-inspiring singers, instrumentalists, actors, dancers and of course, clowns. One of her greatest achievements in the role was discovering not one, but two pairs of little people who specialized in both acrobatics and acting for Cirque’s touring show Corteo.

Working in multicultural, fast-paced environments has honed Julie’s diplomacy, strategic vision, innovative problem solving skills, and ability to work in ambiguous environments. She is optimistic, innovative, pragmatic and doggedly determined to deliver excellence in everything she does.

In 2013, Julie’s husband Michael Zaugg was appointed Artistic Director and Principal conductor of Edmonton’s Pro Coro Canada, one of only a handful of professional choirs in the country. They relocated with their two young daughters to start a new life in Edmonton. Julie joined an executive search firm, transitioning from recruiting clowns to CEOs, which isn’t as big a leap as one might imagine. She gained valuable experience recruiting executives for all sectors, including municipal, non-profit, academic, public and private companies.

A native of London, Ontario, Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario. Julie, Michael and daughters Matilda and Clara love biking through Edmonton’s river valley, appreciate the strong sense of collaboration in the community, and go skiing in the mountains as often as possible.