Our Team

Our Team

Chris Stafford - President

Chris Stafford


Prior to forming C.J. Stafford & Associates in 1981, Chris spent over 15 years in engineering in Canada and England. Working for engineering consultants in the mining industry he has firsthand experience of living and working in mining communities and understands the issues associated with attracting and retaining talent. In addition to recruiting he has been involved in career counselling, performance appraisals, skills analysis and has presented at the CIM conference 2015 (Sourcing talent for the next upturn). He has been interviewed for various publications and twice has appeared on BNN to share his thoughts on the mining sector. From his own experience in mining, Chris knows the difficulty employers face in finding and attracting quality people. In large part, it is this appreciation that accounts for the company's initial and continuing success.

Chris is a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Chris chaired the education committee of the CIM Toronto branch from 1996 to 2000 and continues to be active in the mining industry.

Irene Gosende Seeney

Research & Marketing Manager

Irene has over 10 years of mining industry experience and 14 years in the IT industry in various roles, including Investor Relations, Communications, Product Management, Product Marketing and Customer Service. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has experience working with stakeholders in many countries.

Irene is actively involved in the mining, minerals and metals industries. She is a member of Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Women in Mining (Canada and Toronto), Hispanics in Mining, Toronto Geological Discussion Group and Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Toronto Branch where she is currently an Executive Director. Irene is also Chair of Rocks & Stocks, an annual professional development day conference in Toronto that will also be held in Vancouver in 2020. Irene has a Hon. B.A. (Spanish/Economics) from the University of Toronto combined with an International Business Post-Diploma from Sheridan College.
James Stafford - Recruiting Consultant - Construction

James Stafford

Recruiting Consultant - Construction

James started his career in construction at the age of eighteen as an electrical apprentice, a role that provided valuable insight into the labour and trades side of the industry. After graduating from the Construction Management Course at George Brown College he spent 3 years working in the construction industry as Assistant Site Superintendent and as a Site Coordinator.

James joined C.J. Stafford & Associates in 2013 bringing with him his construction experience, insight and network and has proven to become a valuable member of the team.

Steve Petrovic

Senior Consultant

Steve Petrovic has a B.Sc. from U of T and an M.B.A. from McMaster. During 20 years of business experience Steve has worked mostly in the heavy industrial, resource and engineering industries, including business development, executive search and management. Specific industries he has worked in include: mining and metals, oil and gas, ship building, civil engineering, steel and transportation. The breadth and depth of his experience has provided a solid business insight into the many challenges that management faces when seeking to improve performance, increase efficiency and optimize talent. This knowledge and experience, combined with his passion for customer service and commitment to excellence, is what he now offers our clients, domestic and international.