Cowan International


Cowan International is a world leader in expatriate recruitment for the resources, engineering and construction industries. We provide value-added services in specialized recruitment. At Cowan, we believe in forming real partnerships. We’ve been building them for over 50 years. And we build them worldwide.

International Training Expertis

Globalization has changed the recruitment playing field. Now, staff in the developing world must be assessed and trained to meet international health, safety and performance standards. Cowan Training provides flexible, on-site training and assessment services through qualified trainers with extensive industry experience.

Global Resources Recruitment

With offices in Canada, the USA, South Africa and Australia, our global professionals use centralized knowledge management to provide qualified permanent or contract personnel. We work together like the family who founded the company; sharing ideas, experience and knowledge. The standards we employ internally result in long-term, mutually rewarding relationships with our candidates and clients.

Corporate and social responsibility

Having a positive impact on local communities is inherent in what we do. We place people who will have a lasting impact on developing regions. Together, we invest ourselves and invest our lives toward making the world a better place, because at Cowan we all recognize our responsibility to future generations.


At Cowan, we build long-term, mutually rewarding relationships with our candidates and clients. This means that we become an extension of our clients’ human resources departments.

Finding the recruitment balance

The secret to our success is to match our clients’ and candidates’ best interests. Everyone wins when everyone is satisfied. Long rotations away from families or new environments for children can be challenging, so we evaluate everyone’s needs to ensure that placements fit on every level before moving forward.

Global reach, global expertise

We know the environments where we source people. We know their previous employers. We understand the reality they are entering. And our job satisfaction comes from making it all come together. This might sound idealistic, but it’s simply the way Cowan is – across the board, across the globe.

Your trusted partner

Our goal is to develop trust and understanding with our clients and candidates. That’s why Cowan has been a world leader in international recruitment for over 50 years. Our worldwide team shares centralized data and collaborates on projects across the world, often 24/7, speaking English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Afrikaans and Swahili.

All levels of recruitment

We recruit for single positions or entire teams at all levels from executive management to operations. Whether it’s dynamic leadership, seasoned pro’s, expats, nationals or somewhere in between, our work isn’t about companies, it’s about people. We are thorough, confidential and carry out extensive background checks. Our job is to help you get your job done, each and every time.

Mining & metals

Our experience recruiting for the mining and metals sector spans over 40 years and more than 50 countries in Africa, South & Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific, as well as Canada and the USA.

Recruiting across the life-cycle

We recruit for the entire mining and metals life-cycle, including all disciplines, sectors and supporting industries:

  • Exploration
  • Engineering – design, construction, commissioning, projects
  • Operations
  • OEMs/equipment suppliers
  • Mining and milling contractors
  • Downstream value-added processing
  • Research

We provide personnel for all mining sectors (base and precious metals, ferrous and non-ferrous, aluminum, industrial minerals) at all levels including management, professional and technical staff.

Mining & more

The technical expertise and professional disciplines we recruit for cross industry lines, and our vast database correlates relevant experience wherever it applies.

Emerging and specialized sectors EPCM

Greenfield or brownfield mine sites, project managers, engineering management, contracts specialists through the entire life-cycle: design, construction and commissioning.


Electric, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, renewable.

Oil & Gas

Exploration, processing, distribution.


Pulp & paper, cement, fertilizer, plastics, food & beverage.

Global reach

We know and understand the cultures and environments where we source people. We have placed hundreds of people in dozens of countries for decades.

Africa and beyond

We have spent over 35 years providing personnel for projects across the African continent, with a particular focus on mining and processing. Now, globalization means that our market knowledge is depended on wherever our clients are doing business. Candidates contact us in search of their next overseas posting and our network connects us on a global scale. As specialists, we pride ourselves on being able to bring those worlds together.

Extraordinary opportunities

Each year our clients do more and more business in developing countries. They know that we understand what it takes for seasoned professionals to succeed, wherever they are needed. Our experience enables us to recruit the right staff from anywhere and place them anywhere. The challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries are shared around the world, so that everyone benefits from the application of this accumulated knowledge and rich experience to other emerging regions.


Some of our recent candidates have been placed in the following sectors:

  • Corporate level leadership
  • Management roles
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Human Resources & Administration
  • Geology
  • Engineering of all descriptions
  • Earth Moving
  • Technical & Trades
  • Materials Management
  • Heath, Safety, Environment and Community

Whatever your career level, we will do our utmost to find the best match between your expectations and those of our clients. Everyone wins when everyone is satisfied. Long rotations away from families or new environments for children can be challenging, so we evaluate everyone’s needs to ensure that placements fit on every level before moving forward.


In addition to recruiting employees, Cowan provides logistics services to relocate them and their families if necessary. We can ensure that new recruits have secure visas, complete medical examinations, book timely flights, etc. before they arrive at their new posts. We can handle:

  • Travel coordination
  • Medical exams/vaccinations
  • Passports/visa acquisitions
  • Pre-employment orientation
  • Relocation

Feedback from both clients and candidates tells us that seamless relocations are a welcome solution to a challenging process.

Contact Us

Head office

222 Main Road
Hudson, QC J0P 1H0
Phone: +1 450 458 0101


Andrew Harris
President and Owner
Phone: +1 514 458 0101

Annabell Alvarez

South Africa

Wayne Gibbons
General Manager
+27 51 430 9430

South East Asia

John Holme
General Manager
Phone: +66 2 231 2011

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