Our Leaders

Our leadership team exemplifies the qualities you’re looking for in your own leaders—vision, passion, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. We bring decades of experience in leadership search and an unmatched dedication to our clients.

We promise that you’ll never work with anyone but our Principals. Instead of pushing work to junior staff, our leaders personally conduct every leadership search. It’s all part of our commitment to providing the highest quality experience for our clients and finding the best candidate for every role.

Rick (he/him/his)

Founding Principal

Email | 780.665.4965 ext 101

As Founding Principal, Rick Vogel leads search assignments, client development, management, and day-to-day operations at our Edmonton office.

Prior to joining 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 a financial advisory company in South Florida as President and Chief Executive Officer. Now, he shares his considerable expertise in executive management and leadership, financial services, marketing and staff management, and operational change management through leadership recruitment.

For over 17 years, Rick has led senior leadership searches for public and private companies, not-for-profit and charitable organizations, boards, governments, and municipalities.

Top Recruiter has named Rick as the #1 Agency Recruiter in Canada for 2019 – and Edmonton’s Top Agency Recruiter in  2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and  2022.

Rick is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds an ICD.D designation. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta.

Throughout the years, Rick has contributed his time and talents to the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, the Centre Club Board of Governors, the Minerva Foundation Executive Board, and interVivos. He has also served as Vice President of the Alberta Triathlon Association, Treasurer of the Thunderbird Athletic Basketball Association, and Trustee and Board Chair of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. He is currently a Director of Do North Edmonton.

He has represented Canada in both track and field and triathlon and continues to be active in cycling, swimming, running, and triathlon. He’s been married to his wife Nikki for more than 35 years, and has two grown sons, Zach and Jordan.

Tracy (she/her)

Principal

Email | 289.238.9407 ext n/a

As Principal at The Vogel Group’s Hamilton office, Tracy Hussey leads search assignments, client development, management, advising services, and day-to-day operations in Hamilton.

Tracy has worked in the health, non-profit, and charitable sectors for more than 20 years, primarily in human resources, recruitment, and retention. Throughout her career, she has worked at large start-ups, managed organizational expansion and reorganization, and reported to boards. She has also served as a board member herself for several non-profit organizations.

Tracy is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association and is a Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR). Additionally, she has formal training and years of experience in governance, management and leadership, DEI, project management, quality improvement, occupational health and safety, and privacy. She has recently passed a rigorous process and exam and is now credentialed as a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP).  This designation demonstrates her breadth and depth of experience in diversity , equity  and inclusion (DEI).

Tracy is committed to finding the right leaders to meet the needs of her clients. Having hired, managed, and retained hundreds of team members throughout her career, she understands the key to identifying top candidates and getting them on board. She’s proud to say that many of her hires have gone on to serve in their roles for 15 years or more.

Tracy holds a Master of Health Sciences, and she is a regulated health professional (RD).

Outside of work, Tracy loves spending time with her two teenagers, her partner, and their adopted Dominican street dog. She also loves cooking, creating new recipes, hiking, and spending time with friends.

France (she/her)

Principal

Email | 780.665.4965 ext 103

France Bourgeois has over 20 years of leadership and change management roles. Building teams, leading evolution and change management, managing multiple million-dollar industries as well as having a proven track record in Relationship Management have all led her to having a keen and skillful eye for recognizing leaders.

Over the last decade, France has advocated and continues to be involved with not-for-profit sectors. She has been the Executive Director for the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Foundation and for Kids Up Front Edmonton. Prior to her years as an Executive Director, her focus was on Fund Development and community partnership for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division, and the Military Family Resource Centre. She is renowned for generating meaningful change in cause-driven organizations.

Since 2018 France has been leveraging her entrepreneurial and creative skills building her sporting network as an event manager for the CFL Alumni Association Legends Luncheon and Heroes Hockey Challenge.

France holds a Business diploma from Confederation College, a Marketing Degree from Mount Royal University, and a Project Management Certificate from NAIT.

As a Metis from the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg and the Fort William First Nation, on Robinson-Superior Treaty Territory ,  Thunder Bay Ontario, France moved to Edmonton in 2010 with her 2 daughters, Alexys and Madison.  With her family she enjoys sporting events, fishing, and hiking.

Lori (she/her)

Project Coordinator / Office Manager

Email | 780.665.4965 ext 100

As Project Coordinator / Office Manager Lori Poulin manages administration and reporting for The Vogel Group.

Amidst the global uncertainty in 2020, Lori realized that life is too precious and short to be far from family—so she moved from Ontario to Edmonton to be close to her adult children.

With over 20 years experience in office management, administration, and project research, Lori brings a wealth of knowledge and a range of skills to The Vogel Group. In her role, Lori supports the search process by assisting the principals and external partners, coordinating agendas and meetings, and drafting reports. Her exceptional organizational abilities and sharp sense of humour help the team stay at the top of their game.

Outside the office, Lori relishes the chance to explore her new home. Moving west has offered new opportunities, and she has been thrilled to visit Banff and Jasper, and even travel through the Rockies to Vancouver, checking some key items off her bucket list. Drumheller was never on her list, but after her recent visit, Lori is convinced that everyone should see the Hoodoos . Most of all, she feels grateful that she has been able to see it all with her kids by her side.