Granite International Executive Search Inc. (Granite International) is a leading executive search firm specializing in Insurance and Reinsurance. We conduct searches in North America and Europe and source candidates globally.

Granite International is a trusted partner with our clients, candidates and other business contacts such referees and industry professionals in the searches we conduct. We safeguard confidential information and hold ourselves to the highest standards of data protection in a manner consistent with our commitment to excellence.

Our data protection and privacy management policy covers clients, candidates, referees and industry contacts.


What data does Granite International collect and how is it collected?


Granite International obtains relevant personal data in a variety of ways:


For Candidates, we collect your name, contact information, education, resume, work history and, at the appropriate time, references. We collect information through direct contact with you and capture information from several sources such as email, notes from telephone conversations or in person meetings, or information you choose to provide through our website. With your agreement, we retain your relevant information to maintain an in-depth understanding of you as a candidate. We will share information you choose to provide if it is relevant to the search and your candidacy, with your permission.

We may also collect information from publicly available sources or industry sources.

We will ask you if there are any restrictive covenants that could impact your ability to fulfill your responsibilities in the new role or your ability to work for the Company.

We will conduct reference checks, using references that you provide and explicitly give us permission to contact. We may also contact you as a source of information or reference for other candidates.


For Referees, provided you and the candidate both provide authorization, we share with the client your name, occupation, professional qualifications, relevant employment history and your connection to the candidate. We do not attribute reference specific comments back to the source but summarize the information from a number of sources in an anonymized manner. This anonymized information is then shared with the relevant people involved in the hiring decision.


For Clients, we collect information about the position, team and Company that will provide the necessary context for candidates to determine their interest and fit for the position.


What data does Granite International not collect?


We do not ask personal sensitive information and encourage candidates not to provide us with sensitive personal information that is not relevant to the position such as religious or political beliefs, health information, and sexual orientation or ethnic origin.
We do not conduct education checks, background checks or financial checks. However the hiring Company may do so, and may contract with an independent third party to do those checks.


How does Granite International use the information?



For Candidates, we use the information you provide to assess qualifications and fit for the position. We make this information available to the client to support their consideration of you as a candidate.


For Referees, we use the information you provide as an anonymized source as a reference for the candidate to enable the client to make the best decision for the search.


For Clients, we use the information you provide for the candidates awareness so candidates can assess their fit of the position and determine how well it aligns with their career goals and objectives.


Your consent


By sharing your information with us, you explicitly consent to our use of the data for the purposes of conducting our business. You may withdraw your permission at any time by contacting us directly. See contact information at the end of this policy.


How long does Granite International keep the information?


We keep your information as long as it is relevant to our business operations. If you choose to revoke your consent, we will delete your information.


Does Granite International use cookies?


We may use cookies to authenticate you and capture user related information as it pertains to our website. This helps us better serve you.


Our commitment to protect your interests


We only collect data that is relevant to the search and candidate careers to ensure that it is adequate and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which it is being used.

We abide by the privacy laws of the countries in which we do business.

We take reasonable measures to keep our information up to date and relevant.

We do not retain information in an identifiable format for longer than is necessary in connection with the purpose for which it is being processed.

We ensure our security practices are up to date.


Appointment of third party processors


Granite International only engages processors who provide sufficient guarantees to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures in such a manner that processing of relevant personal data meets the requirements of our policy and applicable privacy laws. Your information will be stored in databases in North America and are supported and managed by approved third parties who have demonstrated adherence to robust security and data protection controls. We incorporate safeguards to prevent unauthorized access or unintended loss of information.

We use Square Space to help us analyze how you use the website. We use LinkedIn for professional information and on occasion, may use Twitter.


Electronic direct marketing


Granite International limits its direct marketing to clients and candidates to ensure it is providing significant added value. The recipient will always have the option to opt out or unsubscribe upon request.


Your rights


You can

  • Obtain information about your data
  • Opt out from electronic direct marketing
  • Request that errors or inaccuracies are corrected
  • Request that data be erased or processing cease
  • Submit withdrawal of consent complaints to data protection authorities


International data transfers


Granite International will comply with the legal requirements of the countries in which we do business with respect to restrictions on international transfer of your data.


Security and confidentiality of your data


Granite International has implemented appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data and is committed to keeping these practices current.

Granite International is committed to keeping your data confidential at all times.

Granite International will anonymize your information when conducting analytics and when identity is not material to the use of the information.

Granite International commits to regularly review its data protection practices.

Granite International is committed to implementing security measures and standards required by law and best practices appropriate for its business.


Data retention


Granite International shall retain your data only for as long as it’s needed in connection with the purposes for which it is processed plus the applicable limitation period which considers:

  • Duration of the relationship
  • Applicable limitation period
  • Requirements of Engagement Agreement


Amendments to this policy


From time to time we may update or amend this policy. We will maintain the current policy on our website with an effective date noted.

The Data Privacy Officer is Gavin Naimer

How to contact us:
By email:
Our website is


Granite International

141 Adelaide Street West, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON M5H 3L5
Telephone 416 572 2040


Granite International

245 Park Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10167
Telephone 212 672 1992