The Talent Code unlocks HR and Talent Solutions for our clients.

Our network of experienced talent, HR and recruitment professionals develop customized solutions (we like to think of them as “codes”) to meet your unique needs. When you have the right combination of people, it’s like having all the numbers you need to open a safe. But if just one number isn’t right, that door won’t open, no matter how hard you try.

That’s where we come in. We have the insights and knowledge to help you find the right people and build great teams. Plus, we offer the skills you need to develop and retain them, help you solve talent challenges, and support you in building and maintaining a successful, happy group of people.

After all it is about finding and developing the right group of people for you.

How it Works

It is all about finding the unique combination that works for your organization. We charge hourly as consultants, so you don’t have to worry about paying any additional costs. You pull us in as you need us. Whether you want proactive recruitment support, HR expertise on an ad hoc basis, are looking for part-time (totally turnkey) HR support, or just need to pick our brains about something people-related, The Talent Code solves your challenges.

Services include

Custom Talent Acquisition

HR Strategic Counsel

Legal Compliance

Employee Relations

Policy & Procedure Development

Employee Restructure Development and Execution

Training and Development


Full HR Generalist Support


Our team of HR pros comes with some serious expertise. Every one of our people has worked in an HR department in talent acquisition, HR Generalist to HR Director, so we know that world. Just ask.

Scott McNeill

Managing Director

Sandi Danilowitz

Ergonomics & Wellness Consultant

Stacey Litrenta

Talent Acquisition Consultant

Jozef Winter

HR & Talent Consultant

Bernadette Lonergan

HR & Talent Consultant

Melanie Fowler

HR & Talent Consultant

Emily Simmons

HR & Talent Consultant

“The Talent Code has been an invaluable resource and partner. They understand our unique business demands and culture, and I can always rely on them to provide turnkey and trusted solutions when I most need them. I have previously and will continue to recommend them to talent or organizational leaders looking for flexible, high quality talent solutions across a breadth of areas.”

Leith MellorsSVP Talent – Mediabrands

“The Talent Code has developed a unique, collaborative way to manage and deliver on the recruitment process. We're delighted with the results and look forward to working with them on future needs.”

Laurie YoungCEO – Ogilvy Canada

“Working with the staff at The Talent Code has been an excellent solution for us. Their unique business model offers us great flexibility and value. We love how they’ve rethought the approach to the traditional HR / talent management model so everyone benefits. We look forward to our continued partnership.”

Caleb GoodmanPartner & Managing Director – Rethink Communications

“I have had the opportunity to work with a few The Talent Code team members over the years and can’t say enough great things. As a mid-sized marketing agency, we need a flexible model to meet all our HR needs and The Talent Code fits the bill. They have been able to provide top level HR leadership and support in all areas of the business from leadership development, senior HR counsel to recruitment. I highly recommend them.”

Stephen BrownPresident – Fuse Marketing Group Inc.

“Scott helped me through some very challenging times: a partnership buyout, a major renovation and a move into a new location. He offered wonderful advice and guidance in easing my school’s staff and students’ parents through these transitions. I was able to effectively move through some extremely stressful situations with his help. Scott helped me write and edit memos and also coached me for some challenging conversations. He has a wonderful way with people, is able to see situations from a variety of perspectives and it’s clear how much he truly cares about his clients. I will continue to work with Scott and look forward to his help as my business grows.”

Liz BoveyDirector – Westside Montessori School

“Our Board worked with Scott to search for an Executive Director in a highly competitive environment. Scott led and managed the entire process from job description to search to hiring. Thanks to his guidance, expertise, responsiveness we were able to find the ideal candidate in less than half the time we budgeted for the process. We would not hesitate to recommend Scott or to work with him again.”

Michael BattistaChair of the Board – Rainbow Railroad

“The Talent Code is a valued and trusted extension of our HR group. Scott and his team have their fingers on the pulse of what is happening in the Toronto advertising industry. They’ve been an invaluable resource for us during busy times, or when we’re trying to crack a particularly difficult recruiting brief.”

Jamie MurphyDirector of Talent & Culture - Zulu Alpha Kilo

“As our company was getting set up and experiencing significant growth, The Talent Code was an invaluable resource. They were able to lead the set up some fundamental HR infrastructure like payroll, benefits, HRIS, on boarding and provided general HR support and advice. TC was also able to support some of our recruitment initiatives. We view them as a trusted partner and I would highly recommend their services.”

Harvey CarrollPresident - FIGR Inc.

“We love working with Scott and The Talent Code because they are so collaborative, and they have deep experience in the human side of smart advertising agencies.”

Allison O'KeefeHR Director - Target Marketing & Communications Newfoundland

“Working with the Talent Code has been a game-changer for our company. Almost immediately we’ve seen improvements in employee morale and productivity. It’s amazing what professionalized HR can do for a small organization. I recommend them without hesitation!”

Beth JansonChief Executive Officer - Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

“Our experience with The Talent Code has been great. As a small business, it’s important to have a trusted HR partner who understands our industry to help us when the need arises. Whether it’s improving our employee communication or dealing with a difficult situation, we can always count on Scott and his team to provide sound, professional advice. By managing our 360 review process, we saw an immediate improvement in employee engagement and morale. Scott is always there to see an issue through from start to finish and provide us with valuable tips and tools to help us in the future. We are grateful for all of the assistance The Talent Code has provided and look forward to working with them.”

John PylypczakPresident - Concrete Design Communications