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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Focus on the Family


Posted: February 10, 2021

Closing: March 5, 2021

Focus on the Family Canada is seeking a President who is passionate about strengthening, encouraging and equipping Canadian families. The President will provide oversight and strategic leadership by ensuring that the staff and programs advance the mission and vision of the organization. The President will provide visionary leadership and be responsible for the health and performance of Focus Canada, the success of its operations, and strategic planning.

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

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Christian Credit Union

Business Banking Manager

Posted: February 3, 2021

Closing: February 26, 2021

Christian Credit Union seeks a Business Banking Manager, responsible for business development and relationship management for commercial or agricultural accounts with complex banking needs.  CCU is a financial services organization that encourages biblical stewardship with service and advice from a team of professionals, modern banking technology and a comprehensive range of products to meet member needs.

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

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Sanctus Church

Senior Executive Pastor

Posted: January 25, 2021

Closing: February 26, 2021

Sanctus Church has a bold vision to become a regional church in the Greater Toronto Area of 10,000 meeting the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of people in Jesus’ name.  Sanctus seeks a Senior Executive Pastor to be the chief implementor of that vision, giving oversight to the various ministries and operations of the church. The Senior Executive Pastor will design and plan strategic goals and work closely with the Senior Pastor to ensure alignment and success in achieving the mission and vision of Sanctus.

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

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Power to Change


Posted: January 18, 2021

Closing: February 23, 2021

Power to Change is seeking a President/CEO who is passionate about evangelism, championing a God-centered vision and has a desire to live out their Christian faith, beliefs and values while utilizing their God-given gifts and abilities. The President of P2C is responsible for developing and directing the overall ministry of P2C Canada, providing leadership to the organization in the areas of strategy, mission growth, revenue development and team leadership.

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

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The Cridge Centre for the Family

Chief Executive Officer

Posted: January 11, 2021

Closing: February 16, 2021

The Cridge Centre for the Family seeks an experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide overall leadership, direction and administration in accordance with the Strategic Plan and in alignment with the Vision, Mission, Values and Purpose of the organization.  This position requires an individual with a deep commitment to rendering aid and service to children, adults and families by providing support, housing, education and community to restore hope and a future to those overcoming the challenges before them.

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

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Burnett Fellowship Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Posted: January 5, 2021

Closing: February 2, 2021

Burnett Baptist Church is a multi-cultural,  multi-generational church in Maple Ridge, BC.  This congregation of about 300 is seeking a new Senior Pastor who has a passion for Jesus and is committed to sound Bible teaching and preaching. They should have a heart for making disciples and a genuine desire to connect relationally with people.

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

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Ishtar Women's Resources Society

Executive Director

Posted: January 5, 2021

Closing: February 2, 2021

Ishtar Women’s Resource Society is seeking an Executive Director. This position requires an in-depth understanding of women’s issues, the non-profit sector and a strong passionate desire to support women and children who are experiencing domestic violence in our communities.

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

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International China Concern (Canada)

Executive Director - Canada

Posted: December 7, 2020

Closing: January 4, 2021

International China Concern (Canada)  (ICC Canada) is a development organization serving families that have children with disabilities and children with disabilities that have been abandoned into the care of the Chinese government. ICC is seeking an Executive Director to lead our Canadian national office headquartered in Burnaby, BC with a satellite office located in Toronto, ON.  The Executive Director will provide overall leadership to the ICC Canada office and be accountable for the overall performance of the organization.

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

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American Friends of International China Concern

Executive Director - USA

Posted: December 14, 2020

Closing: January 4, 2021

American Friends of ICC (AFICC) is a USA based non-profit that works in partnership with International China Concern and is seeking an experienced Executive Director to lead the organization to the next stage of growth. With a 27-year history of working in China, ICC is a leader in developing effective approaches to caring for children with disabilities. AFICC desires a candidate with a heart for China, disabilities, and family preservation, as well as proven fundraising and leadership skills.

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

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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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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

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

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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Keith Knight


Keith has a long career in leadership development, communications and marketing. Over the past decade he served as Executive Director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation, a national network of Christian business and professional leaders. He inherited a small group of business leaders consisting of seven chapters in southern Ontario and grew the organization into a national network of 70 chapters with a database of 6,500 business and professional leaders, including about 80 Christian non-profits.  He thrives on relationship-building, discovering organizational and individual needs.

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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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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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