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Arbutus /ar•byoo•tus/

Customer-Centric Recruitment & Search Services

We are experts in seeking out excellence in candidates with distinct skills, experiences, and perspectives to support and contribute to our clients’ growing and innovative teams.

Joel PetersonFounder & CEO
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Manufacturing & Operations
  • Corporate & Administration
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Retained and Exclusive Search
  • Candidate Pipeline Building
  • Monthly Retainer

Our Commitment

to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Recruiting

We are proud to share our commitment to donating $20,000 each year to IBPOC students at The University of British Columbia. Joel and the entire team at  are dedicated to Diverse, equitable and inclusive hiring.

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Client Testimonials

  • Since the Fall of 2017, we have partnered together to fill a variety of roles for our rapidly expanding digital team. The personalized experience Joel creates for both the candidate and the client is wonderful, always ensuring that both parties are informed with regular updates. I highly recommend engaging Joel Peterson and his company for an upcoming search!

    HR Advisor - Startup in Vancouver
  • I can’t thank Joel enough for his rigorous approach and thoroughness particularly in the early screening stages which resulted in a strong pool of candidates going into interviews. This resulted in not one but 2 hires!

    Associate Director, Business Development - Sauder School of Business, UBC
  • Joel and his team were able to source highly competent project managers with the right mix of technical and business expertise.   During the process he communicated in a clear and timely manner. He worked closely with me and several of my colleagues to observe and understand the culture of the organization and what type of PM would be a good fit for the role. My hire is exceeding my expectations and has developed strong relationships and the trust of the team enabling him to provide strong technical PM leadership for one of the most visible and strategic projects in the organization.

    Program Manager - Startup in Vancouver
  • What you did differently compared to other recruiters, was your level of involvement from the beginning through to months after the placement was made as well as your sincere devotion to the candidate experience.

    Bronwyn Dunphy
    HR Manager, Tolko Industries Ltd.