John Howard


Office Location: Toronto , Chicago

Phone: +1 416 3614700

John Howard is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Toronto office. He is the global managing partner of the Mining and Metals Practice and also leads the firm’s efforts in the general industrial market in Canada.

John joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2014 as a partner in the Industrial Practice, returning to his native Toronto after residing in the US for 25 years.

He has placed leaders in senior management, executive-level and board of director positions for regional as well as global manufacturing, natural resources and engineering companies. This includes non-executive director, CEO, president and vice president (operations, human resources, finance, sales and marketing, HSE) level positions within the North American market as well as expatriate positions in Asia and the Middle East.  Specific industries he has served include steel and aluminum production and processing, automotive and aerospace manufacturing, and mining and capital equipment manufacturers for various industries. In addition to working with public companies, John has led senior-level searches for private equity-backed portfolio companies in the industrial market.

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, John spent 12 years in executive search as a managing director with a search firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to entering executive search, John had a 20-year career in the metals and engineered equipment industries. He was previously vice president and general manager of a division of Danieli Corporation of Pittsburgh. Before joining Danieli, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Fuchs Systems, Inc. in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Prior to his sales career, John held positions in project management, engineering and maintenance, both for equipment supply companies and steel mills.  His experience in the metals business includes process improvement, capital equipment supply, engineering and construction of Greenfield and Brownfield facilities.


John is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

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