Our Clients

We’ve been privileged to support some of Canada’s leading non-profit organizations.


Executive Recruitment

Selecting with Purpose. Your organization depends on good leadership, and it’s important you get the right person for the job. It’s not easy, but when you know where to look, you’ll find them.

Board Governance & Best Practices

Leading with Purpose. The success of your organization rests on good decisions and viability. Your board will get the support it needs to thoroughly execute those two main objectives.

Succession Planning

Progressing with Purpose. Change is inevitable. When it’s time, your organization will be prepared to navigate a seamless and easy transition while preserving your mission.

Strategic Planning

Planning with Purpose. Effective strategies can be strong organizational tools when developed correctly. Your organization will get one uniquely designed based on present and future needs.

Leadership Assessment (Birkman Method Assessment)

Understanding with Purpose. Get the most out of your team by getting to know them better. When you do, it enables your organization to be more cohesive and efficient.

Executive Coaching

Training with Purpose. You’ve got the right leader now what? Set them up with the right tools and knowledge to take your organization to the next level.

Open Searches

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StoneRidge Fellowship Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Posted: October 29, 2020

Closing: November 30, 2020

StoneRidge Fellowship Church is an evangelical Baptist church that places a strong value on biblical teaching and holds God’s Word as the highest and best authority for people’s lives. As a thriving community of believers, StoneRidge values relationships with each other and their community.  StoneRidge is seeking a highly relational and collaborative Senior Pastor who is an effective communicator of Biblical truth in a culturally relevant manner that will inspire transformational change.  He will have a shepherd’s heart for the church and a passion for what makes StoneRidge and our surrounding community unique.

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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Fair Haven Homes Society

Chief Financial Officer

Posted: October 27, 2020

Closing: November 13, 2020

Fair Haven Homes Society provides low-cost housing and residential care to seniors in Burnaby and Vancouver and seeks an experienced Chief Financial Officer to provide financial management and operational oversight. As a member of the senior management team, the CFO will be involved in strategic planning, evaluation, and future development initiatives. In a collaborative leadership style, the CFO will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined financial systems, including accounting, legal, and information technology.

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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MCC BC Legacy Trust

Chief Financial Officer

Posted: October 13, 2020

Closing: November 28, 2020

MCC BC Legacy Trust seeks a Chief Financial Officer to manage development lands and income-producing properties throughout BC with the designated purpose of generating ongoing revenue to support the worldwide ministry of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).  MCC is a Christian faith-based charity that provides relief, development, and peacebuilding initiatives in over 51 countries worldwide.

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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Maplewood Care Society

Chief Executive Officer

Posted: October 1, 2020

Closing: October 30, 2020


Maplewood Care Society is a non-profit society, providing quality residential care services in Abbotsford and seeks an experienced Chief Executive Officer to provide overall leadership, direction, and administration in accordance with the Strategic Plan and in alignment with the Vision, Mission, and Values of the organization.

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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Global Aid Network (GAiN)

Chief Executive Officer

Posted: September 23, 2020

Closing: October 13, 2020

Global Aid Network Canada is one of the ministries of Power to Change and seeks an experienced Chief Executive Officer . GAiN is a worldwide humanitarian relief and development organization dedicated to bringing hope and tangible help to the poor and the suffering.

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

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Providence University College & Theological Seminary


Posted: September 1, 2020

Closing: September 30, 2020

Providence is seeking an energetic, experienced and accomplished leader with a passion and vision for Christ-centered higher education to fill the role of President. Providence is an academic learning community that transforms students into leaders of character, knowledge and faith to serve Christ in a changing world. Providence is a leading Canadian Christian University offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

To apply for this position contact: info@nelsonandkraft.com

Meet Nelson / Kraft

Getting your organization where it needs to be

Our mission is to enable your organization to make a greater impact by achieving your purpose from optimum health and capacity.

The journey always starts with finding the right leader, but we take it a few steps further. We guide organizations toward excellence by offering support in those “hard to tackle” areas.

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The Team

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Mark Kraft

Senior Associate

Mark is a certified executive coach and Birkman Method consultant. With a background in pastoral ministry, strong leadership development skills and a passion for helping not-for-profit organizations succeed, Mark has become highly sought after for his expertise in: recruiting, networking, crisis management, team building and best practices for board governance.


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Larry Nelson

Senior Associate

Larry’s professional training as a Chartered Professional Accountant, his extended experience as a CEO of a large not-for-profit seniors’ housing provider, and his knowledge gained while chairing several not-for-profit boards of directors across Canada equips him well to serve the needs of charities.  During his more than 10 years of experience as an executive search consultant, Larry has placed over 70 senior executives nationally and worked with over 45 North American charities.


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Jeff Pitchford

Senior Associate - Ontario Lead

Jeff is an accomplished Senior Executive, with over 25 years of leadership experience across the chemical manufacturing and food processing industries.   He wears many hats including Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Board Member, Forum Chair and Birkman Certified Professional.  Jeff specializes in leadership development and team-based business success.  He is passionate about developing leaders and building high performance teams. 

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Sharon Cymbaluk

Manager of Administrative Services

Sharon brings over 15 years administrative experience to the team. For over 7 years she has worked closely with the CEOs, boards and leaders of national charities, providing all the back-end support. She is excited to come alongside charities and assist them in building their team of leaders.

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Nicole Kraft

Associate - Career Transition Lead

Nicole enjoys coming alongside people and their needs, collaborating with them to create a vision for growth and leadership capacity. She is a natural motivator who empowers people to work towards their goals and realize their unique purpose and capacities. Her ability to offer a fresh perspective with insight and wisdom encourages her clients to come out of places where they may have felt stuck or helpless.

As a certified Birkman consultant, she helps bring clarity to many individuals as they navigate a variety of career transitions along their vocational journey.

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Michelle Willows

Associate Recruitment Partner

Michelle is passionate to help people discover their hardwiring and learn to live in their sweet spot. She has a background in human resources, non-profit employment programs, and higher education. She teaches a leadership course at Trinity Western University for their Adult Degree Completion Program.  Michelle has her Masters in Leadership and is a certified coach and Birkman Method consultant.

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Tim Warkentin

Associate - Strategic Planning Lead

Tim is a certified coach, strategic planning facilitator and Birkman consultant.  He brings thirty years of leadership development experience as an effective partner with not-for-profit leaders and organizations.  Tim’s consistent contribution is successfully guiding a process to achieve the clarity and perspective necessary for a practical road map to reach their strategic, operational and financial goals.

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Jon Stettner

Associate Recruitment Partner

Jon has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, having served as CEO for almost 25 years for various charitable organizations in Canada and the USA.  He has spent the last 13 years at Make-A-Wish International as President and CEO.  He has quadrupled its revenue, tripled wishes and more than doubled the number of countries that wishes are granted in to 45 under his leadership.  

Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Jon was at Variety the Children’s Charity in British Columbia, Canada, serving as the CEO and managing director for Canada. He has also served as the CEO for several arts organizations in Vancouver and the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation in Winnipeg, Canada. He also taught at Capilano University for 10 years. Jon earned a BA from the University of Arizona and an MBA. from Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Canada.  He holds a CFRE designation and is certified by Board Source in non-profit board governance.

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Karl Feltmate

Associate Recruitment Partner - Alberta Lead

Karl is a progressive business leader with a focus on developing resilience within teams and HR Professionals. He brings a breadth of experience and business acumen, having held Director positions in both non-profit and for-profit sectors enhancing program management and development, business development, sales and fundraising. In addition to a background in Pastoral Ministry, Karl has worked in a variety of industries including technology, program development, education and charities.

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Greater impact starts with unlocking purpose, optimum health, and capacity. Through a one-on-one consultation, we will work with you to identify the ideal next steps to move your organization into excellence.

Our Process

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Tell us about yourself, your organization, and current needs or roadblocks.

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We’ll schedule a time to connect and do a deep dive on your organization.

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We’ll provide recommended next steps to take your organizations impact further.

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