We’ve been privileged to support some of Canada’s leading non-profit organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“In our executive search with Larry Nelson in 2016, the board was extremely impressed not only with the interview and selection process, but also with the critical tasks of preparing for transition and onboarding. I highly recommend this type of comprehensive approach and Larry is superb!”
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
“As a rapidly growing organization . . . we recognized the need to make the change from an operational to a policy governance Board. Larry served us with sensitivity and skill, devising a process and engaging us, hands on . . . It was a seamless transition and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
Carey Theological College
“I have had the pleasure of working with both Larry and Mark on a number of key strategic initiatives . . . [They] have taken the time to get to know us. Developing relationships with us is the 'special sauce' which allows them to leverage their diverse professional expertise to such good effect.”
Food for the Hungry
Mark and Larry’s network and depth of relationships is second to none across Canada. They led a search for a lead role in our organization and unearthed incredible talent and we ended up with two hires from one search. Will certainly use them again as we look to scale.
More Than A Roof Housing Society
As both the applicant and ultimately the candidate chosen, in an executive search process for our organization, I have the utmost respect for both Larry and Mark. From initial consultation through to the final contract negotiation, they worked with integrity and energy to ensure the successful outcome of the process for all involved. I confidently recommend their services and would turn to them again.
Christian Credit Union
As an applicant, I had the most positive experience throughout the whole process with Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc., from initial contact to contract negotiations. They were honest throughout the process and conducted the search with the best interest of all involved. I would be confident in using their services again.
Director - Member Experience
“Nelson/Kraft took recruiting for key positions to a whole new level. Their personal care showed as they presented first class candidates, helped our selection, and meant that our new members have received caring, professional onboarding. I highly recommend them… They make the process fun!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.|
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.
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.
Associate - 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.
Book a Consultation
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.
Tell us about yourself, your organization, and current needs or roadblocks.
We’ll schedule a time to connect and do a deep dive on your organization.
We’ll provide recommended next steps to take your organizations impact further.