Gateway for Opportunity since 1954

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Why Cowan?

We are the Gateway for Opportunity

At Cowan International, we envision a world where employees wake up each morning feeling inspired, go to work feeling safe and valued, and end their night knowing they’re making a meaningful contribution to a purpose greater than themselves.

We believe that the strength of humanity lies in our ability to connect and collaborate, leading to boundless innovation and growth. We foster these connections by building strong, long-term partnerships with both clients and candidates.

Through our 70 years of experience we have become the gateway for opportunity in recruitment and human development services. We provide the opportunity for candidates to realize their career aspirations by connecting them with influential companies that positively change the world.

If you align yourself behind our vision for the future, contact us today to get started.

Recruitment Solutions To Help Mining Companies

Cowan International is a human development and recruitment firm that has been in operation since 1954. Our primary focus is on mining and heavy metal recruitment, because of the industry’s profound contribution towards the development of the world. We recognize the significance this space has on both the environment and humanity’s future. Thus, we have been mastering our craft at identifying top talent in this paramount space for nearly 70 years. Our team of experienced recruiters are dedicated to deliver the opportunity companies have been waiting for. We do this by presenting the highest quality candidate on the market by using a combination of expertise, technology, and a deep understanding of connecting within an industry to fill any executive, professional or technical role your company desires.
Professional Search & Placement

Cowan finds the best in heavy industry talent, in all disciplines for challenging remote opportunities that span all continents. Cowan provides quality retained corporate and operations management professionals for Mining & Metals' top employers.

Recruiter Training

The reality of HR is they are overwhelmed and under trained when it comes to recruitment. We offer a specialized coaching program to learn the fundamental approach towards our recruitment strategies and methods throughout our decades of experience. Learn from our mistakes so that you don’t have to make them too.


Cowan's ICF certified coaching program enables employees to continue their learning and development. Coaching empowers individuals to take risks, overcome fears, and unleash their full potential. Everyone needs a coach to unlock their inner genius.

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What We Do?

We Provide the Perfect Solution

Job seekers count on us to connect them to a company that will provide opportunity for advancement, professional development and challenge. Employers count on us to put winning teams together to drive results. Our clients want a partner they can collaborate with to attract and retain the best candidates.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Here you will find some of the most common questions that we come across. If you have a question that is not listed here, feel free to contact us

  1. We mentor and coach our candidates before, during and after our placements to ensure successful on-boarding and retention. 
  2. Building solid and long term partnerships with both our clients and candidates is at the core of what we do as a company. 
  3. We have the network to connect you with the best opportunities.
  1. Executive Placement
  2. Expat Recruitment
  3. Domestic Recruitment
  4. Permanent Recruitment
  5. Human Resource Services
  6. Recruitment Training
  7. Coaching Program

Cowan International is the gateway for opportunity in the mining sector, which plays a critical role in supporting key industries, driving economic growth, and facilitating the transition to a low-carbon economy. We foster teams that safely and responsibly extract the resources needed for a sustainable future.

Cowan International is a pioneer in the mining recruitment industry. Cowan has expanded to service other emerging and specialized sectors.
  • Mining, Metals and Natural Resources
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Renewables
  • Chemical
  • Petrochemical
  • Manufacturing
  • Cement & Steel
  • Pulp, Paper & Forestry
  • Heavy Machinery

Our team of recruiters worldwide will perform a comprehensive recruitment process according to the specific job requirements and profiles you need for your company. This process includes:

  1. Recruiting candidates through the different approaches available within the labor market (advertising, telemarketing, mailing, job banks, direct recruitment, marketing digital media resources, etc.).
  2. Perform multiple in-depth interviews with potential candidates.
  3. Testing the candidate’s language skills (English and French).
  4. Checking education and training certificates, diplomas and past work experience.
  5. Perform an in depth reference checking process.
  6. Our team then presents qualified candidates to the client.
  7. Clients can perform live interviews with the candidates you select through video conferences or in-person at our offices abroad. You will have the opportunity to meet the candidates and have more resources available to make an effective decision.
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