The name 21st Avenue comes from a street located in the city of Edmundston, New Brunswick, a small city at the intersection of the St. John and Madawaska rivers. It’s a humble-seeming street, with a variety of brightly coloured homes and a yellow public school with paintings on the steps. 

Look closer, though, and there's much more to its story. The Maritimes are a place of strong character, values and a true sense of community. Edmundston has a rich history of both conflict and triumph; its unique location close to both the Quebec and American borders made it “the gateway to the Canadian Maritimes”.  It's got its own strong character, strong values, and sense of community. People live and learn on this street, in this city, in this region. 

Our clients have their own compelling stories: stories of successful problem-solving that will bring opportunity to their doors. At 21st Avenue Partners, we bring out your stories and showcase them to the world.



Andrew Dorrington

Andrew’s 20 years of international business experience has equipped him to provide unique insight and counsel to companies and their senior executives.

A versatile and astute consensus builder, Andrew is recognized for his strategic creativity and direct approach to the most challenging problems.

His career is anchored in financial services where he provides strategic consulting, particularly in asset/wealth management. He has headed strategy for three of the most influential asset management companies in Canada.

Andrew’s past experience includes strategy consulting at McKinsey and Company, investment banking with Deutsche Bank, private equity/venture capital with the Anglo American Corporation, and a commercial and banking law pratice in London, England.

Andrew grew up in Zimbabwe and is a graduate of Rhodes University with Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees. He also has a Diploma in Music (CCW). He lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his wife Linda and their three daughters.

John Hierlihy

John has over 15 years of experience in career management and executive search. His special expertise is assisting people to identify and communicate their unique value proposition through a well defined personal brand.

John is distinctive in his outlook and can see past the obvious to connect ideas, strategies and people.

He has methodically built a valuable, accessible network of professional contacts, facilitating connections that have created and secured business and career opportunities for his clients.

In addition to co-founding 21st Avenue Partners Inc., John is the Founder and President of Athlete Ventures, now an operating division of 21st Avenue Partners Inc. Athlete Ventures provides a unique personal advisory and career strategy service to professional athletes who are exploring business opportunities outside of their sport.

Prior to working in career management, John held sales and marketing positions in advertising, software and sporting goods. he is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

John lives in Toronto with his wife, Christin, and their two children, Aiden and Charlotte.



We understand that any transition—be it by choice or by chance—can have a tremendous impact on your life. To ensure all your needs are met, we’ve built a network of executive transition experts skilled with all aspects of career change:

  • Legal Counsel
  • Financial Advice
  • Mental Health Services
  • Business Strategy
  • Executive Career Coaching

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