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Elan Pratzer

Managing Partner
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Elan Pratzer is Managing Partner, Canada and a member of Caldwell Partners’ Financial Services and Industrial practices, with particular expertise working in asset management, real estate and private equity portfolio companies. With over 30 years of business experience and over 25 years in executive search, Elan is a trusted advisor to many of Canada’s leading business executives, entrepreneurs and board members.

Prior to joining Caldwell Partners, Elan was the Founder and CEO of Executive Risk Group Ltd., a provider of risk management solutions for directors, officers and trustees.  Elan sold Executive Risk in 2012 to a US-based re-insurer.  He was previously the Managing Director of a private, Canadian-based merchant bank.

Elan’s executive search career began when he was 19 and included managing what became Egon Zehnder’s Toronto office. He built his own firm (Pratzer & Partners) that, through organic growth and acquisition, included offices in Toronto, Chicago and New York. He ultimately sold his firm to Korn/Ferry in 2000, wherein he became managing director, Canada responsible for offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

Elan earned a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto. He is a member of YPO, Chairman, Committee of Advisors of Hold it All Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors of Cambridge Brain Sciences. Elan has served as a board member for other private and public companies and philanthropic entities.