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Bruce McAlpine, MBA, CPC, is the President of Fulcrum Search Science Inc. He has managed the executive search practice since 1988 as well as “working a desk”. Bruce is very active in the recruiting industry and has served on national industry-leading boards for over 20 years.

More About Bruce

Bruce is a past President of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS) and the Association of Professional Placement Agencies and Consultants (APPAC). He currently chairs the ACSESS Ethics Committee. He led the ACSESS Professional Search Practice Special Interest Group for many years, and has been a national trainer for the industry certification program. Previously Bruce was President of Marketing Systems Inc., serving clients like Kodak Canada Inc., the Royal Bank of Canada, Canada Post and Marine Midland Bank in the U.S.A.

Bruce also worked for Xerox Canada Inc. in sales and marketing. In the ‘70s, he held command roles on three continents as an army officer with the Francophone Royal 22nd Regiment. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has taught at the University of Toronto and at Primorski State University in Russia. A fitness enthusiast, he has run a marathon on all seven continents including Antarctica, as well as hiked the West Coast Trail, the Chikoot Trail from Alaska to the Yukon, and the Landmannalaugar Trail in Iceland.

Bruce is active in several Christian charitable organizations, serving at the Board and operational levels, and he volunteered actively with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto for more than a decade.


  • General management, and sales & marketing
  • All functions of senior leadership including c-suite
  • Vast cross-industry experience with a special focus on manufacturing

Achievements & Associations

  • ACSESS Honourary Life Member
  • ACSESS Award of Excellence
  • ACSESS Leadership Award
  • ACSESS Special Recognition Award
  • Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada President’s Award

I have known Bruce for 30 years and he is a professional in every way providing great service and a very high level of integrity.

It is not an easy thing to do, but Bruce does a great job representing the requirements of his clients and at the same time considering the candidates he is presenting and what they are looking for in a position and company.

-Ian Bell, CPA, CMA, former CFO, Callaway Golf Canada.

Bruce is an individual of high integrity and superior dedication to clients. He consistently goes the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction. I have recommended Bruce to my clients, and they have been very satisfied with the results. If you are looking for a recruiter and recruiting company with a proven systematic approach that produces excellent results, Bruce and Fulcrum Search Science are a great choice.

-Mike Craig, President, Synergy Work Solutions Inc.


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July 25, 2019

Algorithms, Chatbots and AI screening: Have job candidates become a commodity in our digital world?

The article which follows was written for the Globe & Mail “Leadership Lab” series by Mary McIninch, Executive Director of ACSESS (the national Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing…
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May 15, 2019

A Second Look at Lou Adler’s “Hire with your Head”

I first wrote about Lou Adler’s book “Hire with your Head” almost 5 years ago.  The title clearly promises a hiring methodology diametrically opposed to “gut feel”.  Now, a decade…
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March 19, 2019

Trading Reputation for Money

Warren Buffett is CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns a large number of companies which in turn employ over 300,000 people.  With that many companies and that many employees, it…