Sean McLean is the partner in charge of Heidrick & Struggles’ Calgary office and a member of the global Industrial and Financial Officers practices. With more than 15 years of executive search experience, Sean also serves clients in collaboration with members of the Toronto office.


Sean focuses on board, c-suite, and P&L/business unit leadership roles in the Canadian industrial sector, with particular expertise in natural resources, energy, industrial services, and some consumer markets. He frequently works with investment management firms to recruit key executives that deliver superior returns to their portfolio companies.

Sean joined Heidrick & Struggles from an international executive search firm where he was a managing partner in the Calgary office and led the oil and gas practice. Before his career in executive search, Sean had a progressive leadership and executive career in the non-profit and professional services sectors.


Walden University, MS

Saint Francis Xavier University, BS

Philanthropy and Service

Sean is active within the community serving as vice chair of TELUS Spark, a leading Canadian science centre, and is a former board member of Calgary Science School, Calgary Learning Centre and Edge School. Sean volunteers with UNICEF Canada and participates annually in the United Way Leadership Giving program.