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.



Stephen J. Renard

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

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.

Pina Mercuri

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!

Sylvia Menezes

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.

Brian Renard

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.

Ashok Sharma

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.

Lisa Renard

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!

Cornelia Volino

Cornelia specializes in Culinary and Hospitality Recruitment. She is a Certified Vegan Chef, Canadian Red Seal Certified Chef and Plant-Based Professional. Cornelia identifies management professionals and key personnel for national and international corporate clients in the Hospitality Industry.

An active volunteer for the World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs), Cornelia is currently the Worldchefs Secretary General, Program Manager and Chief Advisor for Worldchefs Academy. Through the collective efforts of World Chefs Without Borders, she also strives to help those effected by natural disasters and encourages global aid relief.

As a Worldchefs Certified International Judge for Vegan/Plant-Based Cuisine, Culinary Arts and Hot Kitchen, Cornelia shares her expertise at International Culinary Competitions and is Lead Instructor for the Worldchefs Vegan/Plant-Based Competition Seminar.

Yasmin Khambatta

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.

Yudeisy Lugo

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

Bianca Morini

Bianca joined Renard International in 2019 as our new Social Media Specialist. She is currently in the process of earning her Marketing Degree in Business and has grown a strong desire and keen interest towards the hospitality industry in Canada and around the world. Bianca is responsible in overseeing all of Renard International's social media marketing and generating fresh and interesting content on all digital platforms. Her main focus is to drive and increase the company's worldwide visibility and improve communication with its valued clients and applicants. She will also be a part of the team that will be promoting Renard International's 50th Year Anniversary!

Meera Rocha

Prior to moving to Canada in 2010, Meera worked in Bahrain with over 10 years of experience in office administration, customer service and data entry. Meera has recently joined Renard International in 2019 and works closely with President, Steve Renard. Her knowledge and expertise is a great help to our candidates too; entering their information into our database, routing resumes to the recruiters and re-formatting resumes. Meera is your go-to person.