Our Team

Leading Search Resource, Total Client Satisfaction, Cost-Effectiveness, Integrity & Honesty, Confidential & Discreet, Search – Inspired Talent, Total Commitment, Focused Relationship, Decades of Knowledge and Search – this is all we do.

Lisa Renard Hospitality Search Consultant

Lisa Renard grew up in hospitality travelling globally and learning it firsthand from an early age. After earning her Bachelor of Commerce Degree, she joined Renard International where her entrepreneurship, creativity and social skills allowed her to make contacts internationally in the finest of hotels and restaurants. She has an eye for style and can be found trying out the “trendiest restaurants” from Las Vegas to Dubai!


Jon Patrick Luff Administrative Assistant

Prior to moving to Canada in 2015, Jon worked for the NHS in England in the fast paced Department of Surgery at Southend University Hospital, managing the workloads of 11 surgeons.  Deciding to further his education, enrolling in the Hotel Management program at George Brown College in Toronto seemed to bridge his experience in the Hospital with his interest in Hospitality.  As a result of his hard work, dedication and motivation to succeed, he was awarded the academic distinction of being added to the Dean’s List for each of his semesters and graduated with honors in spring of 2017.



Cornelia Volino Hospitality Search Consultant

Cornelia is actively involved in the World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs), the Canadian Culinary Federation and its Toronto Branch. Her volunteer work to support the culinary profession and related trade associations in Canada, and around the world, has been her lifelong passion. Through the collective efforts of World Chefs Without Borders, Cornelia strives to help those effected by natural disasters and encourage aid relief.  As a Worldchefs and Canadian Culinary Federation Approved Judge, she shares her insight and knowledge at international culinary showcases and competitions. As an International Hospitality Search Consultant, Cornelia provides global opportunities for culinary and hospitality professionals while identifying key candidates for international corporate clients.


Ashok Sharma Executive Consultant

An ex-Hotelier with rich experience in International Hotel Operations as a Senior Vice President-Operations, Ashok has completed over a decade with the Renard International Group. He specializes in Service Excellence Evaluations of luxury hotels besides offering mentorship to many up and coming young hoteliers. He strongly believes in Evaluate – Train – Excel to attain Total Customer Satisfaction in the service industry. He is also actively involved in International Executive Searches of Hospitality Professionals for the Global Hospitality Industry at Renard International.

Pina Mercuri Controller

Pina joined this team in 1997 as the Financial Controller.  In this role, she is responsible for a broad range of functions including accounting and day to day operations of Renard International Hospitality Search Consultants. Her main focus is on streamlining operations to ensure financial success for the whole team!

Sue Klimczuk Project Coordination Manager

Joining us in 1983 and throughout her years of service, Sue has worn many hats during her tenure.   Currently holding a title of Project Coordination Manager, as well as, executive assistant to the President, Sue has overseen many successful projects specialized in the hospitality industry.   She has an impressive responsiveness of managing both clients and candidates to meet their needs and requirements.  Her experience and deep understanding of the different positions held within the industry has been leveraged through identifying the right candidates for clients through formal project management that has proven to be invaluable.

Brian Renard Senior Executive Consultant

Brian is an integral component of the Renard Team for almost 25 years and has developed success in finding just the right applicants to fill the most challenging assignments in the shortest amount of time. Born in Toronto, Canada, his global reach has enabled him to work in over 50 countries and he still takes a great deal of pride in offering personal service to each new and/or existing client. As a past time, Brian likes to travel, play golf and is an avid runner.

Yudeisy Lugo Administrative Assistant

A dedicated Administrative Assistant who is bilingual and will assist us in ensuring that all of our services are available in Spanish and English.

Stephen J. Renard President

Toronto-born and holding a Business Degree from U of T, Steve Renard is the Founder/President of Renard International; the leading executive recruitment firm serving the hospitality industry worldwide.  Celebrating our 48th Anniversary, we are proud to say that, “our company has placed at least one person in every country in the World!”.  This is unique since many of the countries that we have done business with did not exist when we first opened in 1970.  Steve, who has traveled to over 30 countries meeting with clients and candidates believes that emails are a great tool for communicating, but personal contact is paramount to staying well-informed on current trends, practices and maintaining strong business relationships.   

Robin Sheardown Executive Vice President of Renard international

For many years, Robin has served in a key management leadership role and brings a wealth of experience with a heavy focus on client and candidate relations within the hospitality industry in North America and around the world. Originally from London, England, Robin’s approach to executive search is simple, “hire the very best people for the very best companies”.  With decades of experience, he brings a unique sensibility to recruitment and understands the impact of hiring the right individual is paramount to established clients where value added services are second to none.

Paul Renard Senior Development Manager

Through his commitment at Renard International Hospitality Search Consultants, Paul has gained experience through years of learning from some of the most well-informed and well-known names in the business.  He has used his knowledge and innovative ideas to modernize the company which is important for its growth, as well as, to assist job seekers worldwide to find their “Dream Role”.  Whether it’s a role with Hotels, Casinos, or Cruise ships, Paul has the expertise and global network to help you take the next step or to fill that crucial role on your team.

Sylvia Menezes Director of Worldwide Recruitment

Sylvia is a senior executive and one of our top producers. Sylvia has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Management training with Oberoi hotels and specialization in Information Technology at New York University. The Taj Group of Hotels hired her to develop and implement their HMS in India and the United States. In addition, her expertise in executive search since 2003 has led to a successful career in recruitment for top hotels, resorts and casinos. Her superior knowledge and acumen also allows her to extend “value added services” and unsurpassed recruitment expertise worldwide.

Yasmin Khambatta Assistant to the President / Hospitality Search Consultant

Following a bachelor’s degree in arts, Yasmin joined the Chase Manhattan Bank specializing in finance and administration, and receiving the Membership of Association of Administrative Professionals Asia-Pacific. Subsequently joining the hospitality industry and two decades later, Yasmin has proven to be a highly motivated and dedicated assistant to the president utilizing her strong administrative skills which are invaluable. She is also an accomplished consultant in hospitality recruitment having successful business relations with both clients and candidates that earned her several awards. Her passion for cooking, interior design, gardening and travelling has led her to visit major countries worldwide.

Chris Watson Executive Director Asia

A Scottish national working in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and is a well-known personality in our industry.  He has held General Manager and Corporate HR roles in Europe, Middle East and Africa with Intercontinental Hotels, Raffles Hotels, Jing Jiang Hotels, Millennium & Copthorne and Hilton Hotels.  He has been based in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai and most recently, Kuala Lumpur.

Chris has always had a passion for recruitment while it may be a slightly overused expression to say Chris is a people person, but he truly is.  He is at his best when seeking win-win solutions, matching people to roles and finding the best fit.  Over the years, he has maintained a strong global network and we are pleased and honoured to have him join our team!


Name Email Address 416-364-8325, Ext. #’s
Ashok Sharma ashok@renardinternational.com 229
Brian Renard brian@renardinternational.com 226
Cornelia Volino cornelia@renardinternational.com 221
Jon Luff jon@renardinternational.com 200
Lisa Renard lisa@renardinternational.com 224
Paul Renard paul@renardinternational.com 250
Pina Mercuri pmercuri@renardinternational.com 233
Robin Sheardown robin@renardinternational.com 251
Stephen J. Renard steve@renardinternational.com 228
Sue Klimczuk sue@renardinternational.com 247
Sylvia Menezes sylvia@renardinternational.com 252
Yasmin Khambatta yasmin@renardinternational.com 230
Yudeisy Lugo yudeisy@renardinternational.com 220
Christopher Watson chris@renardinternational.com +66 (0) 967 716 888