CBI- About Us


Passionate and Driven

Ms. Brownlee is the President and CEO of CBI, where she brings over 30 years’ experience in executive search and development, marketing strategies and networking around the globe, across all sectors. Her database of over 75,000 contacts demonstrates her capacity to motivate, build and achieve results. Her passion for connecting people and organizations, while nurturing objectives and maintaining focus, is her forte. She was recognized by her peers for this with an award for being among the top five Women of Influence in Calgary and a Paul Harris Award through the Rotary Club of Calgary.

Ms. Brownlee is a recognized expert and speaker on the subject of industry strategies and advancements. She developed and regularly presents the popular seminar, “How to get the job of your dreams.” She co-authored the book Want to Work in Oil and Gas? The book reveals strategies for finding great jobs in Calgary and was recognized as the number one book in Calgary within a few months of its release.

In 1998, Ms. Brownlee founded Prominent Personnel Ltd. The highly successful search firm rapidly established itself amongst the leading energy recruitment companies in Calgary, specializing in positive matches based on experience, credentials and culture fit. Capitalizing on Ms. Brownlee’s comprehensive knowledge of oilfield operations and her broad network of associates, Prominent Personnel provided quality recruitment to operating and contracting companies around the world.

In 2010, Ms. Brownlee became very involved in municipal and provincial politics. She also worked on contracts for a wide variety of clients that were a catalyst for her to expand her network across all sectors to include, and not limited to, government, finance, education, public service, health and medical, agriculture and not for profit.

Prior to establishing Prominent Personnel, Ms. Brownlee compiled an impressive background of over 11 years in the energy industry. Her tenure includes administration of the operations side of the business and technical sales to service companies such as Canadian Fracmaster, AGAT Laboratories and Northland Production Testing. Prominent Personnel offered its clients a number of enhanced services based on Ms. Brownlee’s broad experience and sound understanding of the evolving energy labour market.

In her spare time, Ms. Brownlee is committed to serving her community as Co-Chairman of the Rotary Tom Jackson Stay in School initiative and member of the Rotary Club of Calgary. Her passion is seen in the areas of human rights, serving children and disadvantaged communities.

As a Rotarian, Ms. Brownlee is seen in meetings across the province, connecting with leaders in all Rotary Clubs, expanding her network and building relationships.

As a colleague recently commented, “Catherine is a powerful presence. She is a best selling author and a human Rolodex that occasionally crashes LinkedIn. She gives back to our community through Rotary and has a pristine reputation as a person of her word.”

Clients Say

Mary Jane Turcato

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

I can’t tell you how much Catherine Brownlee has meant to the bridging programs and staff at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association…
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Steve Allan

Chairman of the Board of Directors | Canadian Tourism Commission

I have known Catherine for several years through Rotary, and have had the opportunity to work with her on a number of projects, notably the Rotary Tom Jackson Stay in School Program. …[ Read More ]