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Executive Search Dating Victoria Success Story! Brett & Brianna

“We are at the airport waiting to return from our beach wedding at Playa Del Carmen last Monday. It was fabulous with 40 friends and family present and we just wanted to say a big thank you for putting us together!

We are often telling people about your service and I think a few of Brianna’s friends have signed up with you. So thank you for the introduction – it couldn’t have worked out better!”
Brett and Brianna (MARRIED: February, 2019)

Introducing Another Great Executive Search Dating Victoria Partner Restaurant: The Bard and Banker!

We’d like to introduce another of our fantastic Victoria Partner Restaurants (where we arrange dates for Executive Search Dating Victoria clients): The Bard & Banker! If you’ve haven’t checked them out in Victoria yet, you should!
“We opened our doors in downtown Victoria in 2008 and have been satisfying your thirst for local craft beer, premiums imports and wide array of wine and spirits, 7 days a week ever since. We offer a full service menu that is hearty, fast, locally sourced when possible, and made from scratch. We have lots of options for the gluten free and vegetarian diner and are pleased to host large groups. IT’S ALL ABOUT SERVICE”

Executive Search Dating Victoria’s Latest 5 Star Review From Mark!

“If you are looking to meet someone outside of your social circle or if you wish to meet someone who you would not normally talk to, I would recommend using ESD. After trying other similar services, it was apparent that ESD did a better job at trying to make a match.”
Mark Marker
(Executive Search Dating Victoria Client, December/2019)

Read Our Latest Executive Search Dating Victoria 5 Star Review!

“I am happy to offer a positive review of Executive Search Dating Victoria. From the extensive or comprehensive interview process at the start to talking to the representatives about your new dates, everything has been professional and well-thought out. The only downer is that I have not met Mrs. Right yet, but that is more on me than on Executive Search. The dates I have met were all high quality women who met my criteria very well. They were exactly what I was told they were. When we talked about the whole online dating scene each of them also spoke highly of the Executive Search experience.

If you are tired of the very hit-and-miss (mostly miss) nature of online dating, especially things like profiles that obscure more than illuminate and blurry photos that you discover are many years old, you don’t have to give up finding that partner you seek. Executive Dating does the searching, meaning I meet the type of women I am looking for. Instead of wasting time dancing with text messages I meet a real person and see if sparks fly. They haven’t yet for me, but I’m more confident I will find my partner through Executive than the half-dozen online dating forums I have used.”
Greg B (Executive Search Dating Victoria client, December/2019)

Check Out One Of Executive Search Dating Victoria’s Partner Restaurants!

One of the most valued services we provide to our Executive Search Dating Victoria clients (aside of course from finding fantastic matches for them!), is to take care of all the date arrangements at one of our incredible Victoria partner restaurants!

We’d like to highlight some of these restaurants in the weeks to come… check them out if you can!


“For over almost 20 years, Zambri’s has been fortunate enough to serve Victorians Italian soul food paired with all the best wines of Italy. We’ve grown as Victoria has grown, but at our heart, we have remained true to our roots. Eighteen years of working with local farmers, being a contributing member of our local community, caring for the environment (we are carbon neutral), hosting Italian wine dinners and always making sure that our vision for our food stays true, have brought us to the place we are now.
Join us for lunch or dinner or Saturday & Sunday brunch, sit on our sunny patio for happy hour, come for one our monthly wine dinners, have your next event in one of our gorgeous private spaces… Come see for yourself!”

5 Star Review Of Executive Search Dating Victoria!

“Excellent service in meeting people from a variety of professional backgrounds. Friendly and well-organized to help book date times and places throughout Victoria.

Highly recommended for meeting that special someone in these busy times in and around lovely Victoria.”
Dillon Chrimes (Executive Search Dating Victoria client, November/2019)

5 Victoria Dating Myths & Why You Should Ignore Them

If you’re single & ready for a relationship in Victoria, its time we separate the dating fact from dating fiction.

In spite of what you’ve heard about the Victoria dating scene, here’s the truth: Victoria is a great city to meet your special someone.

So what’s the secret? Start by ignoring these 5 Victoria dating myths – and transform your love life in the process!

  1. Online dating apps are the only option for relationship-minded Victoria singles:  online dating apps are fine if you’re looking for something casual, or if you’re open to meeting all sorts of people in a short period of time. If that’s not you, then try some other methods: attend some single meetup groups, or visit some new places with a few friendly friends. Better yet, hire a professional matchmaker (like Executive Search Dating Victoria!) – contact us today toll-free at 1-833-551-0221 or at and we’ll get you started meeting other fantastic Victoria singles just like you. You’ve nothing to lose but your single life!
  2. I’ve been out of the dating scene for too long:  nonsense. In fact, if you’re relatively new to dating many singles would consider that a plus (compared with someone who’s achieved dating burnout). Stop worrying about what ‘they’ will say, and focus on that person right in front of you instead.
  3. I’m too old to date:  says who? Have you heard the one about how dating is only for 20 somethings? Well, its wrong. Believe it or not, the fastest growing demographics for active singles are the 40 & 50 somethings & beyond! It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, but do focus on meeting someone in your own age bracket – that’ll typically get you the best results, especially if you’re looking for something long term.
  4. There’s no good single men/women left in Victoria:  the number of single men and women in Victoria is approximately the same as its ever been. You don’t need thousands of singles – just that one special someone will do. Call our Matchmakers and tell them what you’re looking for and we’ll prove it to you.
  5. The dating odds are not in my favor:  here’s the funny thing about dating odds – single women often think they greatly outnumber the single men & single men feel they outnumber the single women. Your best bet? Forget about the odds – put yourself out there & your odds of meeting someone will improve. Dramatically.

Who are we?:

Executive Search Dating Victoria’s unique service offers Victoria singles:
• a free consultation with a professional matchmaker.
• personally screened and selected matches
• proactive recruiting of compatible singles
• a Relationship Guarantee

Executive Search Dating is BC’s #1 personalized matchmaking service for singles & professionals. Founded in Vancouver by Paddi Rice in 2004, Executive Search Dating has been voted “#1 Matchmaking Service” for seven consecutive years by the Georgia Straight newspaper, BC’s largest people’s choice awards.

For more information or to schedule your free consultation, please call us toll-free: 1-833-551-0221, or by email:

“Executive Search Dating Victoria” Officially Launches

Victoria, January 1st, 2018

“Executive Search Dating Victoria” Officially Launches

“Dating Headhunter®” Helps Professional Singles In Victoria Find Lasting Relationships

What’s the biggest complaint of professional singles in Victoria? According to Paddi Rice – President & Founder of Executive Search Dating – its finding like-minded relationship partners with their busy schedule. Now, Executive Search Dating is promising to ease the stress of searching for that special someone by expanding their signature matchmaking service in Victoria, BC.

“In talking with professional singles in Victoria, one thing was clear – it’s hard to meet other single professionals in the city. We totally get that – we’ve been serving professional singles throughout BC for 14 years. Now, we’ve decided to expand our successful matchmaking service in Victoria.”

Online dating apps are not a good solution for busy singles – who don’t want to waste time on endless bad dates. What they need is a “Dating Headhunter®” for their love life – someone who will screen and qualify compatible matches for them.

Executive Search Dating Victoria’s unique service offers Victoria singles:
• a free consultation with a professional matchmaker.
• personally screened and selected matches
• proactive recruiting of compatible singles
• a Relationship Guarantee

Executive Search Dating is BC’s #1 personalized matchmaking service for singles & professionals. Founded in Vancouver by Paddi Rice in 2004, Executive Search Dating has been voted “#1 Matchmaking Service” for seven consecutive years in the Georgia Straight newspaper, BC’s largest people’s choice awards.

For more information or to schedule your free consultation, please call toll-free: 1-833-551-0221; or by email:

7 Dating Mistakes You’re Probably Making That Are Sabotaging Your Relationships

Are you ready to find your relationship, but not meeting the right type of person?

Maybe the problem isn’t your date – its the mistakes you made before your date even began. But its not too late.

Fix these 7 common dating mistakes, and get your love life back on track today:

  1. Avoid the chemistry trap:  yes, everyone wants chemistry – but its not the most important part of true ‘relationship match’.  Sometimes the person you have intense chemistry with is not the right person for you. Look deeper.
  2. Commit:  in today’s dating app world, your next match is just a swipe away (or more likely, 1,000 swipes). The reality is your best bet is sitting right in front of you. Put your phone down and focus.
  3. Looking for someone to ‘complete’ you:  expecting your partner to provide burning romance for ever more is an unrealistic expectation. The only one who can complete you, is you. Find someone who feels the same way about themselves, and now you’re getting somewhere (good).
  4. The past is gone:  as time moves on from your past relationships, its easy to look back on them with rose-colored glasses – making your current connection seem less than perfect. Stop it. If your last relationship was so perfect, you’d still be together.
  5. The waiting game:  waiting for that one person you’ve been obsessing over to come your way can be an exercise in frustration. Your best bet? Move on – if they’re truly interested, nothing will get their attention more quickly.
  6. Words matter. Actions matter more:  its easy to fall for someone initially when your love is new & time seems to fly by. But if you’re finding, over time, that all the flowery words aren’t leading you anywhere (like that weekend getaway that never happens) – consider it a red flag.
  7. Mix it up:  Albert Einstein said it best – ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.’ If you’ve been dating the same type of person without success, take a walk outside your comfort zone & take a chance on someone unexpected. Your love life will thank you.

3 Ways To Get The Best Out Of Your First Date

You may hate first dates – or you may enjoy them.

But here’s one thing for sure: how your first date goes will DRAMATICALLY impact your chances of finding someone special.

This may sound stressful, but its not – it’s simple, and it begins with these 3 dating steps:

  1. Focus on the things you can control:  chemistry is a mysterious force – sometimes its there & sometimes its not. Worrying about it won’t help; in fact, it might make it worse. Focus instead on being the best version of yourself; let Mother Nature do the rest.
  2. Mindset change:  instead of thinking of your date as a potentially life-altering moment in your life, just look at it like a fun chance to meet someone new. Doing this will make you FEEL less nervous, and LOOK more confident – both of which will INCREASE your chances of making a good first impression.
  3. Be the virtuous cycle:  make every effort to enjoy your date – in particular, make sure your date enjoys themselves. This will make you feel good & increase the chances of a 2nd date (which should ALWAYS ask for). This will make you feel better & more confident on your next date, which will increase your success chances even more. Next step: repeat.