With Associates in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa Hutchinson Group serves a diverse group of charitable organizations through executive search, interim management search and other management consulting services, including succession planning, board governance, leadership assessment and coaching, and fundraising consulting.

David Hutchinson - Toronto

Since entering the executive search field in 1997, David has successfully placed senior-level candidates with a wide variety of organizations across a broad spectrum of the charitable sector. David is often sought out as a source of information for those interested in a career in the not-for-profit sector. Well connected, David builds relationships with a long-term view for the advantage of clients and candidates alike.

Charitable Priorities

David’s involvement in the not-for-profit sector manifests itself in his personal and professional life. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Christie Gardens Apartments and Care Inc., Prison Fellowship Canada, as well as the Ontario Prayer Breakfast, formerly on the Board of Directors of Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada, and previously served on The Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation. David is a member of the Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter).

Based in Toronto, Ontario, David can be reached by phone or email at:

(416) 855-1872 |

Larry Nelson - Vancouver
Senior Associate

Larry comes to executive search with a strong desire to see his background as a Chartered Accountant and the former CEO of the Baptist Housing Society utilized by not-for-profit organizations as they grow their leadership teams. Larry is the Principal at Bayshore Consulting Inc.

Charitable Priorities

A life-long interest in affordable housing has led to Larry’s work with several non-profits in that sector. Larry currently serves on the board of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and has chaired several national and provincial boards for a variety of charitable causes. Larry has been active in local politics, and served three terms as a trustee with the Coquitlam School Board.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Larry can be reached directly by phone or email at:

(604) 282-7801 |

Mark Kraft - Vancouver
Senior Associate

Mark has been passionate about helping people and making connections since 1995, the beginning of his career. Launching initially into pastoral ministry and leadership in other not-for-profit ventures, then shifting to the marketplace, where he held various roles including working for Apple Inc., led him to focus his abilities and experience on leadership development, particularly in the charitable sector. Currently Mark works as the Senior Associate at Bayshore Consulting Inc., both which boost clients’ growth with leadership coaching, team and organizational development, and Birkman Method® analysis and advising.

Mark is a certified executive coach through Erickson College International – an ICF affiliated executive coaching school – and a certified Birkman Method® consultant. This uniquely positions him to assist organizations looking to source the best fit for their next key executive, improve their organizational impact, or make significant changes to chart a new course in addressing the current and future issues of the social and economic climate. With more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, Mark brings a broad network of contacts to recruitment, honed facilitation and crisis management skills to team building, and wise counsel to board governance concerns.

Charitable Priorities

Serving the needs of the poor and marginalized gives Mark great satisfaction. He, and often his family, have participated in hands-on activities in poverty-alleviation organizations such as Winnipeg Harvest and Siloam Mission. With his recent transition to Vancouver, Mark is excited about exploring new avenues to use his abilities, experience and passion to further connect with and support people.

Based in Vancouver, Mark can be reached at 

Dianne Lister - Toronto
Senior Associate

Dianne is the principal of The Dianne Lister Group, a consulting practice established in 2003, and serving the Canadian Not-for-Profit sector and individual community builders. Dianne acts as philanthropic counsel to charitable organizations and social entrepreneurial enterprises, including social services, health, higher education and arts. Her services include executive and Board coaching, facilitated retreats, stakeholder consultations, philanthropic audits, and a range of business advice including strategic planning, conflict resolution and ethics training, governance and effective Board relations. Dianne has a proven track record in implementing a broad range of successful philanthropic, sponsorship and stewardship programs for large and small organizations.

Dianne’s first career was as a social justice lawyer.   Since 1986, she has held senior roles in Canada’s charitable sector, including being the inaugural Administrator, Catholic Children’s Aid Society Foundation (1986-1989), President & CEO of Sick Kids Foundation (1991-2003), Vice President, External Relations & Advancement, Trent University (2006-2011), and President & CEO of ROM Governors (2011-2014).

Dianne was a member of the international Ethics Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for nine years, and served as its first Canadian Chair (2008-2009). Dianne has been a chapter contributor to three books, including Excellence in Fundraising in Canada (2011), Canada’s first textbook on philanthropy and fundraising. In May 2015, she created and delivered a new degree course in UVic’s Cultural Resource Management Program entitled “Creating Sustainable Funding for Arts & Cultural Organizations.” In September 2016, Dianne will co-lead a new programme at Fleming College (Peterborough) entitled “The Business of Philanthropy.”

Dianne has received several awards in recognition of her leadership, volunteering and commitment to professional development from the government of Canada, the international Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Law Society of Upper Canada. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the top 25 Women of Influence in Canada.

Charitable Priorities

Her board experience is broad, and includes serving on corporate boards in Canada and the USA.   Currently Dianne is serves on the boards of the Canadian Canoe Museum, and the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council, and is a volunteer of the SPARK Photo Festival and the 2016 Philanthropy Forum, a two-day professional development program for not for profit volunteer and management leaders, offered through the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.

Based in Ontario, Dianne can be reached by phone or email at:

416-499-6621 Ext. 2001 |

Devonia DeBeck - Toronto
Senior Associate

Devonia brings extensive experience in executive search, and leadership and board development to her role as a Senior Consultant at Hutchinson Group. Devonia has recruited entire boards, structured programs to expedite new-to-board leadership learning, and has sat in interim leadership and executive director roles to assist not-for-profits with restructuring and organizational development. She has spent several years with large multi-national recruitment organizations and has become an accomplished executive recruiter in not-for-profit and other various industries and professional services.

Devonia thrives on growing robust charities with her ability to attract great leaders to the not-for-profit sector and by assisting in the development of high potential talent who want to make a positive impact in their community. She has served as a board director and board chair in the not-for-profit sector.

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Devonia can be reached by phone or email at:

(416) 855-1874 |

Barry Boucher - Ottawa
Senior Associate

Passionate about connecting the right clients with the right candidates, Barry is proud to be a part of the Hutchinson Group Inc. team which has an enviable track record of successfully securing and placing outstanding executives throughout the charitable sector. While working as a senior executive in the not-for-profit sector for over 35 years, Barry travelled to 61 nations and, therefore, brings a global perspective to the team that works co-operatively to attract, recruit, develop, and place top-quality leaders.

As a Senior Associate with Hutchinson Group Inc. primarily serving the Ottawa region, Barry understands that connecting leaders involves a sensitivity to the needs, dreams, and desires of both clients and candidates, while at the same time building sincere relationships based on trust and professionalism in order to orchestrate a perfect placement.

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Barry can be reached by phone or email at:

(613) 656-0818 |

Tim Kantel - Ottawa
Senior Associate

Tim Kantel has completed a BA in Humanities and a Bachelor of Ministry degree at St. Stephen’s University in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He’s also completed an MBA in Quality Leadership from St. Joseph’s College of Maine.  He has spent many years working in Business Development, Sales Management, and Consulting positions in industries ranging from Entrepreneurial Coaching to Fair Trade Coffee. He also has vast experience working in leadership positions in several not-for-profit organizations.

Based on his learning and experience, Tim’s belief is that for individuals and organizations to succeed in times of transition, change, or growth, two things must be present: strong core values and strong relationships. Whether it’s the teenager deciding on post-secondary education, the young leader trying to solidify their calling, or the seasoned executive leading his or her company through change, Tim knows that success in these times is found in understanding what’s truly important to you, and what relationships exist to support you in the decisions you’re facing.

As a Senior Associate with Hutchinson Group Inc., he is excited to bring this understanding to our clients and candidates and work with them as they move forward and achieve their goals.

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Tim can be reached by phone or email at:

(613) 656-0818 |