Executive Search: Controller for The Toronto Hunt


The Toronto Hunt
Toronto, Ontario

The Club

Since opening its doors in 1843, The Toronto Hunt has been one of Canada’s most historic member clubs for nearly two centuries. The Club is located along Lake Ontario, a short distance from downtown Toronto and walking distance from the city’s Beaches community. The goal of The Toronto Hunt is to provide an exceptional member experience that includes superior golf, dining, and social events. Amenities at the Club include a nine-hole golf course perched on the bluffs overlooking the lake, as well as a historic clubhouse providing spectacular views of the lake. For those seeking a location for their wedding, the Club offers a ceremony area overlooking Lake Ontario, and a main dining area in the clubhouse that can accommodate up to 180 guests.

Golf Magazine has ranked The Toronto Hunt’s golf course as the 35th best nine-hole course in the world. Easily walked, the course can be played fairly quickly, and varying tee options provide variety for those looking to play multiple rounds. The course is also friendly to more recreational or social golfers, as the lack of forced carries and ideal land make it easy to spend an afternoon with friends. The Club’s dining, cuisine, and wine list have been equally praised and second-to-none.

The Position

We are recruiting an accomplished full time Controller to take charge of the Club’s accounting and finance functions. The Controller plays an integral role within The Toronto Hunt, in assisting with the management of the Club’s finances, budgets, and with the implementation of controls and systems that enable the operation to run smoothly, while being responsible for the general accounting and financial reporting of the Club. The Controller reports directly to the CEO/General Manager, and works closely with the Finance Committee, Board of Directors, and Senior Management team. The Controller will have several direct reports, including the Accounting/HR Coordinator (Payroll/Accounts Payables, HR), Administrative Assistant (Accounts Receivable and Health & Safety Coordinator), and Administrative Support (Part time receivables/payables). The Controller is a full-time position with a work schedule Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm., with certain job requirements/deadlines that may necessitate longer hours, including attendance at various routine Finance Committee/Board meetings.

The Controller will be responsible for the following:

  • Financial Accounting – preparation of all journal entries, full accounting cycle including monthly financial statements (analysis/interpretation of those results), annual Operating and Capital Budgets, interim projections/forecasts, cash flow projections, reporting to monthly Finance Committee meetings and preparation of all minutes
  • Compliance – remittance, in a timely manner, of all tax (source deductions, HST, EHT, WSIB, and income taxes), completion of regulatory filings and other reporting requirements
  • Audit – preparation of all documentation required for the annual Audit, approval of draft financial statements for Board approval, preparation of annual Certificate of Compliance, attendance at Annual General Meeting
  • Accounts Receivable – preparation of annual dues billings, posting all monthly or annual billings to accounts, as well as adjustments, entrance fee instalments, misc. club charges, preparation of timely monthly statements of account, assistance with responding to member account queries, following up with those in arrears adhering to the Member Account Collection policy, processing of monthly preauthorized payments
  • Accounts Payable – review and approval of all invoices for timely payment, and ensure departmental approval and appropriate allocation of costs; oversee the payment of all invoices/taxes/source deductions, updating and maintain a weekly/monthly cash flow to ensure adequate funds are available
  • Payroll – oversee the payroll administration of 120-150 staff at peak season
  • Human Resources – Plan Administrator for the Group Insurance Plan and Group RSP, act as support for the HR Coordinator
  • Membership – maintain membership files, all membership records and reports, provide all statistical data of membership changes, activity, status for the Membership Committee and the Board, prepare all new member invoices and account adjustments for membership changes in status
  • IT – provide ongoing support for Club’s IT needs, assist with the maintenance and upgrades of Club’s equipment and software, ensure back up of all data, liaise with third party IT support
  • Banking – act as signing officer for the Club, handle all banking documentation, responsible for the Club’s investments, cash management, Club credit card(s), line of credit
  • Administration/Misc. – review property and liability insurance requirements and prepare annual renewal, prepare annual Risk Assessment Review
  • General – Compliance with all company policies, work closely with the needs of the members, departmental managers and various club committees; general duties as assigned

Candidate Profile

  • Proficiency in Jonas Club software, Microsoft Office, strong typing/data entry skills
  • Several years working experience in accounting and financial reporting, strong accounting background, knowledge of ASNPO and the private club/hospitality industry
  • Professionalism, strong organizational, verbal, and interpersonal communication, and problem solving/analytical skills
  • Familiar with payroll laws, labor standards, and guidelines
  • Ability to perform within time constraints and in meeting deadlines
  • Detail oriented, productive, efficient, ability to multi-task
  • Strong work ethic, ability to adhere to strict industry accounting standards and Club policies
  • Ability to deal with confidential information
  • Must be responsible, accountable, dependable and display a positive attitude and professional manner and appearance
  • Ability to provide member satisfaction in dealing with account/membership inquiries, provide co-operation and assistance to Club Management, the Board of Directors, and various committees of the Club
  • This position requires almost full-time computer work including typing and data entry. It involves sitting for long periods


The Club will offer an attractive compensation package, commensurate with experience, which will include a competitive base salary, bonus, and benefits.


IMPORTANT: Interested candidates should submit resumes along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Friday, June 10th at 5:00pm EDT. If you require any accommodations to be considered for this position please include that information in your submission.  Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Toronto Hunt Controller Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Toronto Hunt Controller Resume”) respectively to: execsearch@globalgolfadvisors.com

We thank all applicants for their interest but will only contact those selected for an interview.  Please email resume with references.

Lead Search Consultants: 






Michael Gregory
GGA Partners™






Liz McDowell, CPA, CA, CCM
GGA Partners™

For more information on The Toronto Hunt Club, visit www.torontohunt.com.

Executive Search: CEO/GM at The Toronto Hunt

Toronto, ON


The Toronto Hunt:

The Toronto Hunt (“the Club”) has been in operation for over 175 years. The Club has one of the finest locations in the Greater Toronto Area, with a spectacular setting and unrivaled vistas on the bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario. It is truly a hidden gem in the heart of the City of Toronto. The Club has an exceptional 9-hole golf course, fabulous dining, one of the most successful private club wine societies in Canada and a warm and congenial membership.

The 2019 strategic plan for the Club begins with the statement “The backdrop to this plan is the continued understanding that we are first and foremost a golf club.” Our vision is “To be a club of choice for our members and their guests, and to offer a golf and social experience of the highest quality.” The Club has consistently maintained a strong financial position and high governance standards. There is a membership waiting list.

The golf course has been ranked as the best 9-hole course in Canada and 35th in the world. The Club has 525 golf members. A state-of-the-art golf centre with four simulators was added in 2020 enabling year-round member enjoyment and instruction opportunities. The number of available golf memberships is limited to ensure the preservation of the Club’s long-standing tradition that no starting times are required for play at any time.

The Club has a robust, year-round food and beverage operation. Serving tens of thousands of meals annually, the clubhouse provides member dining and also serves member-sponsored functions including weddings. The Club also has 300 social members who, along with golf members, enjoy a variety of activities including a wine club, wine tastings, book club, bridge, cooking lessons, yoga, wellness events and frequently scheduled guest speakers.

The Toronto Hunt is seeking a Chief Executive Officer/General Manager (CEO/GM) who is dedicated to the Club’s vision “To be a club of choice for our members and their guests, and to offer a golf and social experience of the highest quality.”

The Position:

Reporting to the Board of Directors through the President, the role of the CEO/GM is to manage Club operations in accordance with the strategic, financial and operational direction set by the Board. The CEO/GM shall serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Club, manage all aspects of the Club including activities and relationships between the Club and its Board of Directors, members, guests, employees, community, government and industry. The CEO/GM is the leader of the Club’s management team and is responsible for managing all facets of the Club’s operations.

The CEO/GM will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing and delivering a consistently excellent member experience commensurate with specified member expectations and in keeping with a premier private club.
  • Properly managing all aspects of the Club’s activities to ensure and maintain the highest standards and quality of activities and services provided by the Club and to ensure a high level of member satisfaction.
  • Developing and implementing best-in-class and industry-leading operating policies, programs, procedures and methods and directing the work and promoting the development of all department managers.
  • Monitoring long and short-term financial objectives and reporting; and, in consultation with the Board, Finance Committee and Controller, preparing and executing the financial plan for the Club, developing annual operating, cash, and capital budgets and preparing and making financial reports for the Board.
  • Establishing personnel policies, initiating and monitoring policies relating to personnel actions, and overseeing training and professional development programs. Acting as a mentor to Direct Reports.
  • Coordinating the development of the Club’s long-range strategic and annual tactical plans consistent with the Club’s long-term strategic direction.
  • Welcoming new Club members, and “meeting and greeting” all Club members as practical during their visits to the Club. Coordinating the marketing and member relations program to promote the Club’s services and facilities to present to potential members. Developing ongoing dialogue and rapport with members and being present at all major Club functions.
  • Incorporating succession planning by preparing staff for key leadership roles.
  • Ensuring compliance with all legal and regulatory matters affecting the Club.

Direct Reports:

Assistant General Manager, Director of Golf, Golf Course and Property Manager, Controller; Facility Manager, Executive Chef and Executive Assistant/Membership Secretary.

Candidate Profile:

The CEO/GM will report to the Board of Directors through the President. Given the leading role this individual will play in achieving the strategic and business objectives of The Toronto Hunt, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience and attributes:

Leadership Skills:

  • A trustworthy, dynamic leader with the ability to build strong teams by motivating staff and leading by example. Has the ability to provide direction and expectations, continuous performance feedback and recognition that leads to positive outcomes to enhance member experiences through inspiring department managers and employees. Exhibits leadership skills in team building, employee motivation and service training and is respectful and professional in all interpersonal dealings.

Standard of Care:

  • Thorough understanding of and capacity to consistently deliver exceptional standards of service commensurate with a premium private club.
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for all facilities, services and communications.
  • Analytical with the ability to use data effectively in reviewing revenue and cost centres.


  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical conduct in words and deeds; embodies the characteristics of a successful leader through honesty, straightforwardness, accountability, leadership, and dedication.
  • A self-starter with a results-oriented workstyle combined with excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated with all the Club’s stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates energy and a desire to interact with the membership.
  • A confident, diplomatic and competent professional who is a “doer” and a take- charge person who recognizes the importance of accountability.
  • Strong professional deportment with a clear commitment to member service through an open and transparent member approach while maintaining a professional balance between empathy and process adherence.

Business/Finance Skills:

  • An entrepreneurial style combined with a background in all aspects of business management including business development, finance, information technology, human resources, risk management and performance management.
  • A strategic thinker with strong business acumen.
  • Experience managing complex capital projects.
  • Direct experience with golf and hospitality businesses.
  • Incorporates succession planning by preparing staff for key leadership roles.


  • A post-secondary degree in business or a related discipline is preferred.

Experience and Accreditation:

  • Previous experience as a senior leader at a private golf club or other similar top tier golf facility, with a passion and understanding of what it means to have a premium golf club experience.
  • Experience in the hospitality industry beneficial.
  • Experience reporting to a Board that has adopted a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club and CEO/GM to success.
  • Evidence of continued professional development.

Note: The position is currently vacant.


The Club will offer an attractive compensation package, commensurate with experience, which will include a competitive base salary and benefits.


IMPORTANT: Interested candidates should submit resumes along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Thursday, February 18, 2021. Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Toronto Hunt Resume” and ‘Last Name, First Name, Toronto Hunt Cover Letter”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com.

George Pinches, Director and Michael Gregory, Partner
GGA Partners, Inc.


For more information on The Toronto Hunt please visit torontohunt.com.