• Report: #215304

Complaint Review: Cornerstone Career Partners

  • Submitted: Wed, October 11, 2006
  • Updated: Fri, June 12, 2009

  • Reported By:mississauga Ontario
Cornerstone Career Partners
700 Dorval Drive, Oakville, ON Oakville, Ontario Canada

Cornerstone Career Partners headhunter recruiter career advisor SCAM Oakville Ontario Canada

*Consumer Suggestion: John A. Gardner is GUILTY as CHARGED and has to pay penalty! Step up and collect your refund!

*Consumer Suggestion: John A. Gardner is GUILTY as CHARGED and has to pay penalty! Step up and collect your refund!

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I made an agreement with head hunter (John Gardner) in Feb 2006 that I would pay him 5000 to find me a job that met my expectations. The arrangemetn was that I would pay him 3000 upfront as a retainer and 2000 6 months after i have been in the new position. If he could not find me a job that I could accept in 12 months then he would return my retainer fee. My main concern was that I had already been applying to different companies prior to signing up and might land a new job without needing their help. He then told me to give him a list of companies that I had applied too and should I land a job wiht any one of these companies then he will refund my retainer. This is exactly what happened, and for a couple of weeks him and his associates were no where to be found. Then after several attempts to contact them, the owner John Gardner agreed that if I sign a release form, they will refund me the money. After more delays again I finally received the waiver and mailed it back on April 10. The contract was stated that i would "release" the company upon receiving my initial deposit of 2868.50 CAD. They have confirmed receipt of the waiver on email. John Gardner the owner and president then promised to reimburse my credid card early May, on email. I have sent them a demand letter from my lawyer Karen Zvulony, but this was ignored.

I then decided to sue Cornerstone Career Partners in small claims. I won. I then had notice of examination in which i summoned John Gardner to ask how I could collect.

Apparently the company in Toronto had all its assets seized by the landlord so it had no assets to pay me back. At the same time, John Gardner incorporated another company called cornerstone career partners in Oakville (same name, same website, same service, same owner, same employees, same customers) but I am unable to sue the second company as both companies are separate entities.

This a scam designed to steal $$ from people by making false promises and claims without having to pay any recourse to the victims by incorpating the same company again as a different entity.

I did some research on the web and suspect that cornerstone career partners is highly affiliated with the Bernard Haldane group of con-artists in the US. Same pitch and run, same business model etc

John
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

John A. Gardner is GUILTY as CHARGED and has to pay penalty! Step up and collect your refund!

AUTHOR: Charles - (Canada)

Bill wins long fight for refund
TheSpec.com - Business - Bill wins long fight for refund
ACTION LINE

See http://www.thespec.com/article/560239

Al MacRury
The Hamilton Spectator

(May 5, 2009)
The long wait is over.

Bill Harse has won his battle with the former operator of a now defunct career counselling agency.

But some careers don't last this long.

"I received my money ($2,849) last week, in the form of a money order issued by the Ontario Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services," Harse recently told us.

In 2006, the Stoney Creek resident had visited an Oakville career counselling firm named Cornerstone and paid an upfront fee for its services.

If the firm did not secure him employment within a year, his money was supposed to be refunded.

If it did secure him employment, Harse would pay an additional $2,440.

That's a lot of cash when you're out of work and you need to support your family.

The year came and went and Harse says he was never referred to a single job interview.

When he asked for the return of his money, as his contract with Cornerstone (6316352 Canada Inc.) specified, operator John Gardner told him his company was no longer in business.

Instead, Harse was referred to a recruiting company operating on the same floor of the same office building.

The RJK Group of Companies (6316361 Canada Inc.) collected its fees from any firm or client that hired employees such as Harse. Gardner claimed he was the general manager of the new company, though later he would be identified as a "silent partner."

Within months, RJK was also out of business, evicted from its offices for failure to pay its rent. Employees would later tell Action Line they were owed their paycheques.

Harse filed a complaint with the ministry. The ministry tried to contact Gardner, but received no response.

Charges were subsequently laid against Gardner and both corporations for violating Ontario's Consumer Protection Act.

On July 21, 2008, Gardner pleaded guilty in Hamilton small claims court to one count of failure to return Harse's money and was given 90 days to forward a certified cheque to the ministry.

Ninety days came and went and Gardner said he couldn't refund Harse's money because he was having trouble finding a job himself.

He was granted a further extension and eventually paid the ministry, and the ministry paid Harse.

Employers take note: Harse is a determined, yet patient fellow.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

John A. Gardner is GUILTY as CHARGED and has to pay penalty! Step up and collect your refund!

AUTHOR: Charles - (Canada)

Bill wins long fight for refund
TheSpec.com - Business - Bill wins long fight for refund
ACTION LINE

See http://www.thespec.com/article/560239

Al MacRury
The Hamilton Spectator

(May 5, 2009)
The long wait is over.

Bill Harse has won his battle with the former operator of a now defunct career counselling agency.

But some careers don't last this long.

"I received my money ($2,849) last week, in the form of a money order issued by the Ontario Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services," Harse recently told us.

In 2006, the Stoney Creek resident had visited an Oakville career counselling firm named Cornerstone and paid an upfront fee for its services.

If the firm did not secure him employment within a year, his money was supposed to be refunded.

If it did secure him employment, Harse would pay an additional $2,440.

That's a lot of cash when you're out of work and you need to support your family.

The year came and went and Harse says he was never referred to a single job interview.

When he asked for the return of his money, as his contract with Cornerstone (6316352 Canada Inc.) specified, operator John Gardner told him his company was no longer in business.

Instead, Harse was referred to a recruiting company operating on the same floor of the same office building.

The RJK Group of Companies (6316361 Canada Inc.) collected its fees from any firm or client that hired employees such as Harse. Gardner claimed he was the general manager of the new company, though later he would be identified as a "silent partner."

Within months, RJK was also out of business, evicted from its offices for failure to pay its rent. Employees would later tell Action Line they were owed their paycheques.

Harse filed a complaint with the ministry. The ministry tried to contact Gardner, but received no response.

Charges were subsequently laid against Gardner and both corporations for violating Ontario's Consumer Protection Act.

On July 21, 2008, Gardner pleaded guilty in Hamilton small claims court to one count of failure to return Harse's money and was given 90 days to forward a certified cheque to the ministry.

Ninety days came and went and Gardner said he couldn't refund Harse's money because he was having trouble finding a job himself.

He was granted a further extension and eventually paid the ministry, and the ministry paid Harse.

Employers take note: Harse is a determined, yet patient fellow.
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