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Higher Landing is leading the evolution of the outplacement and transition industry by offering our transformation clients a leading edge program with a multi-faceted team of professionals who will provide complete career transformation. 

We take the traditional transition process to a new level with a proprietary approach that aims to connect head with heart, and identify strengths, values, passions, and purpose.

GRIZZLY DEN: The Final Test In Career Transformation


GRIZZLY DEN: The Final Test In Career Transformation

Jackie Rafter

There have been thousands of highly qualified professionals who have lost their jobs in Alberta’s recent economic downturn that are in need of a career transformation. Losing your job can be a difficult challenge to overcome but for a lot of out-of-work professionals, their hardest challenge comes in the months after being let go.

At Higher Landing, we put our clients through a process of personal brand reinvention. These clients transform to a point where they develop a valuable personal brand, but often the largest challenge comes with communicating that value to the right people

Enter the Den

The Grizzly Den is a way for these professionals to put their personal brand on display and attempt to convince executives why they should be hired. This is the last step in the career transformation process. They have to pitch themselves to the ‘Grizzlies’, who are top Albertan business executives, to get help or get hired.  Recent Grizzlies have included Joe Forzani of the Forzani Group, and Paul MacDonald, of SMART Technologies.

In every case there is a unique story. In communicating who they are and what they want to do, the candidates take away skills that will close employment deals down the line, once faced with the right employer. Although in almost every occasion in the Grizzly den, the candidates have walked off with a conversation or offer with one of the Grizzlies.

Grizzly Paul MacDonald had this to say about his experience listening to Higher Landing client’s pitches, “I’ve been on that side of the table personally, so I’m trying to understand really where they are coming from, and deciding if they are at the point where they are ready to take the next step to landing their dream job”

Higher Landing has had phenomenal results helping professionals with career transformation, corporations who need to downsize their staff, and professional athletes transition successfully into the business world.


If you have any questions about this sometimes daunting process of outplacement, transition and/or transformation, please contact