Gary MacPhie

Gary MacPhie

Senior Associate

66 Braith Crescent
Stouffville, ON
L4A 0C1

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Region: Canada

Fair Organizer: Toronto, Canada

Gary MacPhie is the organizer of the Toronto Search Fair, held in early December each year.  He brings over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in international schools to his role as a Senior Associate. Gary started his teaching career in Toronto in 1982. He took several Additional Qualification courses at the University of Toronto and during an ESL evening class he recalls a classmate chiming in with stories of the time he taught in Colombia and Israel. This piqued his interest, one thing led to another and a few years later he embarked on his adventure in the world of international teaching.

Gary took his first international teaching position at the Singapore American School in 1988. From there he moved to the Taipei American School and then started his administrative career at International School Moshi, Tanzania in 1999 (now called UWC East Africa). This followed with principalships at Qatar Academy in Doha, Elmwood School in Ottawa and ten years as the elementary principal at the American International School of Guangzhou, China.

 Gary’s wife Barbara supports him in running the Toronto Search Fair. She was Head of Admissions at the American International School of Guangzhou for 9 years, and with her background in business, marketing and customer service, she assists with the administrative duties at Search. Together, they make a strong team well suited to ensure the continued success of the Toronto Search Fair.

Gary and Barbara have two daughters, who were raised as Third Culture Kids. They were born in Taiwan and attended international school in Tanzania, Doha, Ottawa and graduated from Guangzhou. One now works in Toronto and the other studying at University. Gary’s family has certainly thrived overseas, and he is now sharing his passion for international teaching with other adventurous educators.

Gary joined Search Associates in 2017, and he and Barbara live in Stouffville, Ontario, just north of Toronto. After 29 years overseas, they are glad to be closer to their families and friends. Gary has joined a local pipe band, and enjoys the parades during the summer months. Gary looks forward to working with all candidates from Canada and around the world, building relationships and helping them achieve their dream of teaching internationally.

Barbara MacPhie, Executive Assistant

MacPhie, Barbara

Barbara helps manage the day-to-day operations of the Search Associates Canada office. With her background in business, marketing and customer service, she is well suited to support Gary in organizing the Toronto Search Fair.

Barbara is from Vancouver, and has a Commerce degree from UBC, a diploma in East-West Business Relations from the University of Copenhagen, and a graduate diploma in Asia Pacific Management from Capilano University. Her first overseas post was with the Canadian High Commission in Singapore (Trade Division), followed by a career with DHL as Business Development Coordinator for South East Asia. After taking time off to raise their daughters, Barbara returned to work  as a Management Accountant at Qatar Foundation. She worked in a merchant bank in Ottawa, and then 9 years as the Head of Admissions at the American International School of Guangzhou, China.

Together, Gary and Barbara's commitment to personalized service and their combined experiences in international schools make them an ideal team to continue the success of the Toronto Search Fair and of Search Associates in Canada. 




Join us at the Toronto Search Fair, December 7th and 8th, 2019, at the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel.


Get ahead of the competition and make plans to attend one of the first North American international recruitment fairs of the season. This Fair has the reputation of attracting a diverse range of schools from different regions of the world and highly qualified educators from across Canada and the northeastern States. It is designed to meet the recruiting needs of new teachers as well as seasoned veterans. Our fair's warm and friendly atmosphere allows candidates to make  strong personal connections with international recruiters, leading to job offers and successful overseas placements.  


For more information about the Toronto Search Fair, please visit to Fair webpage at:


If you would like to know more about joining Search Associates and attending the Toronto Fair, please contact me at


We hope to see you in Toronto in December!


Kind regards,

Gary MacPhie


Search Job Fairs allow candidates and schools to have face-to-face interviews to determine if there is mutual interest and a good "fit" between school and candidate. For those candidates new to the joys of teaching overseas, our fairs are also the best place to learn about international education. In addition, Search Associates keeps fairs to a manageable size in order to provide maximum support for candidates and schools. We have a higher number of job fairs with a higher placement rate than any other recruiting organization worldwide—fairs are our specialty.

Benefits for Candidates

 Excellent Networking: Meet and connect with colleagues and recruiters from around the world.

Ongoing Guidance: Get face-to-face time and advice from your Associate(s) as well as colleagues and peers who can offer their perspective on teaching overseas. 

Endless Opportunities: Learn about various schools, especially those located in more remote parts of the world, through school presentations, workshops and networking. A world of possibilities exists that candidates might not have known about or ever even considered. One of the most important things to do is to remain open-minded. Don't close the book on any opportunities that may present themselves. 

High Energy: Experience the excitement and energy of a vibrant and intense job fair!

"Thank you for all you do, I loved having access to the database during my search." Jaime S.

"We have been and continue to be very pleased with Search Associates and will continue to use this as our main Job Search Database in the future." Chad M.

"Working with Search Associates has been very worthwhile. Thanks." Kim B.

"Search and our Search Associate, Gary, has been great, and will use Search again in the future." Brett B .

"Thank-you, Gary and Barbara, for all your help. This was my first experience with Search after over 20 years of using (another agency). I will highly recommend Search to everyone. I appreciate the daily updates, the organizing of schools by country, and the concise info for each school. I am THRILLED with my new position. Thank-you!" Katrina L.

“Barb and Gary were wonderful hosts and organizers with a very adequate team to support all of our needs. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the fair to other North American-based teachers.” David B.

“This was the first fair that I have attended, and I was highly impressed by the professionalism, the support, and the quality of the schools represented at Search Toronto.” Leah D.

“As a person trying to break into the international school scene with a lot of education experience, the fair was very helpful and gave me a face-to-face opportunity to leverage my strengths that paper qualifications just can't match.” Andrea P.

"This is a great opportunity to meet potential employers early in the recruiting season. A well-run, tightly-focused, yet friendly recruitment fair in an exciting city!" Donna N.

"I loved the Fair! As a new teacher it was amazing to learn about the different schools and to meet their representatives." Madeline R.

Did You Know…?

Since 1990, Search Associates has assisted over 35,000 educators to find jobs in international schools around the world.