Our Clients

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


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.

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.

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.

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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Canadian Foodgrains Bank

NEW! - Executive Director

Posted: September 18, 2019

Closing: October 25, 2019

For over 35 years the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) has worked towards a world without hunger initially through the compassionate efforts of a small group of Canadian Mennonite farmers shipping their excess grain to Bangladesh.  Those efforts have grown to a partnership of 15 churches and church-based agencies offering expanded international programs in food assistance, agriculture and livelihoods, nutrition, and advocacy and education always with the mission to end global hunger.

Their new Executive Director (ED) will be a Christian servant leader, passionate about transformative change in the world through churches, and who connects with a faith community.  This person lives authentically and inspires trust across a diverse stakeholder base.  The ED will be a relational bridge-builder, a strong listener, and a leader who fosters leadership, with successful experience in both planning for and leading complex organizations.  This person is also in tune with established and emerging trends in the humanitarian sector.

Your passion for a world without hunger accomplished through the Christian community could make you CFGB’s next leader.  Contact us to learn more.

Further information about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank at https://foodgrainsbank.ca

Please note that only Permanent Residents and Canadian citizens residing in Canada at the time of application will be considered at this time.

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


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

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Hamilton District Christian High

Director of Recruitment & Advancement - STATUS: Reviewing Candidates

Posted: August 23, 2019

Closing: September 30, 2019

Hamilton District Christian High (HDCH) cultivates character in their students through learning for a life of service to God.  Their goal is to produce graduates who become a collective faithful presence in the communities they serve.  HDCH plans to meet the changing needs and expectations of current and future learners, while maintaining their Ontario Ministry of Education registration as a private school, by launching a new strategic plan incorporating the input from staff, faculty, parents, and local leaders.  They eagerly anticipate expanding student registration, renewing their facility as part of a major capital project, and employing improved technological resources.

To foster new growth, the Director of Recruitment & Advancement (DRA), a key participant of the Operations Team and reporting to the Director of Operations, will oversee three essential areas: Student Recruitment, Student Admissions and Fundraising.  Each of these areas holds unique opportunities for increasing connections with current and prospective students and supporters, encouraging them to embrace the HDCH mission and vision.  Meanwhile, HDCH is on the verge of a new capital project to re-invent their facility and multiply learning situations for years to come.  The DRA will develop and deploy a comprehensive fundraising strategy to foster annual and legacy giving along with support for the upcoming major capital campaign.

The preferred candidate actively lives the Christian faith while successfully nurturing financial and physical support for the organization’s goals.  The DRA is passionate about educational excellence in a Christian context, loves teens and naturally leads and mentors them along the way.  Relational, hospitable, innovative, and flexible describe the best person for this role.

Use your gifts and talents to make Christian educational excellence available and financially accessible to teens in the Hamilton District at HDCH!  Contact us today to apply.

Further information on Hamilton District Christian High can be found at https://hdch.org.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2019.

Please note that only applications from Permanent Residents or Canadian citizens located in Canada will be considered at this time.

 Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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

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Food for the Hungry Canada

Director of International Programs - STATUS: Final Interviews

Posted: August 20, 2019

Closing: September 30, 2019

Food for the Hungry Canada (FH) is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty – one community at a time. Each community faces unique challenges and advantages so FH is committed to an integrated, holistic approach to development including priorities such as agriculture, education, health, and gender equality.  They hire locally – they support – they leave. After about a decade, a community graduates and then they transition from coaches to the sidelines.

They need a dedicated, full-time Director of International Programs (DoIP) who grasps the influence this role has in the ongoing impact of FH Canada at home and abroad.  The International Programs (IP) department is the pipeline of information needed to maintain and expand donor engagement in Canada and achieve mutual transformation.  Reporting to the President/CEO, the DoIP will be part of developing and implementing the IP departmental strategies, foster connections within and outside the organization, provide various departments with key field information to support their strategic growth initiatives, oversee the administration of grant proposals and of commodities to partners and FH field staff, and collaborate on the development of new and/or updated programs/projects and their implementation supports.

Your accomplished administrative, networking and strategic skills with a minimum of 5 years experience in international development and 3 years spent successfully managing international development projects, supported by a university degree in International Development or a related discipline, will help equip you to serve as the DoIP.  Please note that the successful candidate must also be physically prepared to travel internationally (e.g. undergo vaccinations and preventative medications, etc.), and work flexible hours to accommodate meetings with staff in different time zones.

Benefit the global community by using your advanced skills and talents in an organization passionate about alleviating poverty through sustainable programs.  Contact us today.

Further information on Food for the Hungry Canada can be found at www.fhcanada.org

Application Deadline: September 30, 2019.

Please note that only applications from Permanent Residents or Canadian citizens located in Canada will be considered at this time.

 Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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

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Anvil/Daybreak Point Bible Camp

Director of Camp Development - STATUS: CLOSED

Posted: July 31, 2019

Closing: September 30, 2019

The founders of Daybreak Point Bible Camp (DPBC) desired to transform the lives of people in their formative years by providing the opportunity for them to encounter the love and life of Jesus Christ through:

  • Christ-centred teaching and programs,
  • Christian community,
  • Personal relationships, and
  • A safe and fun camp experience.

For almost 80 years those leading DPBC have successfully – and repeatedly – attracted kids and youth, allowing these campers to launch and grow deeper into a relationship with Jesus Christ while giving them a lifetime of fun-filled memories.

The Board of Directors is looking for a dynamic, outward-facing ambassador with proven fundraising abilities and experience in leading capital campaigns, preferably within a faith-based charity. The Director of Camp Development (DCD) will shape, promote, and implement growth strategies through visionary leadership while overseeing all aspects of fundraising and donor development. They will also provide leadership for marketing, public relations, and communication for the camp.

If you love God, nature, and people, with a passion for enthusiastically enlisting the partnership of current and future supporters, campers and renters then we want to hear from you.

Further information on Anvil Island and Daybreak Point Bible Camp can be found at www.anvilisland.ca

Application Deadline: September 30, 2019

Please note that qualified candidates must be Canadian citizens resident in Canada or hold Permanent Resident status at the time of application.


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

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Carey Theological College

Executive Assistant to the President - STATUS: Accepting Applications

Posted: May 21, 2019

Carey Theological College has a long and rich heritage of academic development, along with residences built to foster community and support for Christian students, located on the beautiful University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, BC.  As an accredited academic institution grounded in Christ-centred, biblically-faithful, and missions-focused Christian leadership, Carey continues to be committed to offering world-class theological degrees and Christian discipleship training to the whole family of God.

They are anticipating significant growth in the near future with plans for supporting student advancement both on campus and online, and a ministry centre building project to expand training areas and more than double their residence capacity.  Therefore, the President requires a highly motivated, energetic, forward-thinking Executive Assistant partner to facilitate his administrative responsibilities further influenced by Carey’s newly adopted strategic plan.  This individual must have the insight to work in step with the President and function as his ambassador among the Board, faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders, ensuring the ongoing and future success of Carey in the local and worldwide Christian community.

Come use your administrative gifts and talents, and your passion for the advancement of the Gospel, by supporting Carey’s President to take on further educational advancements in Vancouver and beyond.

Further information about Carey Theological College can be found at https://carey-edu.ca


Please note that only applications from Canadian residents will be considered at this time. 

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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Nicole Kraft

Associate - Career Transition Guide- Birkman Consultant

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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Tim Warkentin

Associate - Strategic Planning Guide

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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Jennifer Hill, CHRP

Associate - Human Resources Guide - Based in Ontario

Jennifer is a Certified Human Resources Professional and an active member of Canada’s largest human resources regulatory association, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Jennifer is dedicated to helping non-profits achieve organizational effectiveness and employee engagement.

She brings a wealth of experience and passion to Nelson/Kraft as we seek to assist organizations in their development and management of their most important assets – their people.


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

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