In an era of the most significant leadership transition in the history of the charitable sector in North America, it is important for Boards, executives and emerging leaders to recognize the overall impact this transition will have on all organizations and their stakeholders over the next decade. This session will deal with practical realities such as the demographic shift in leadership talent and its effects on organizational management. With a shrinking pool of experienced leadership talent, how does an organization "hire well" at every level? What investments to we need to make to coach and mentor leaders from within? How do we attract the leaders to the charitable sector and ensure a successful transition? How do we convince our Boards to invest in a talent strategy?

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn the demographic projections of "leadership transition" in the charitable sector in the next decade
  2. Explore short term and long term solutions to address the talent gap
  3. Learn best practices in identifying and growing talent
  4. Develop an organizational framework for a talent strategy

David Hutchinson


Hutchinson Group Inc.

Since entering the executive search field in 1997, David has successfully placed senior-level candidates with a broad spectrum of organizations in the charitable sector. He is also 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.

A certified consultant in The Birkman Method®, David is also pursuing training as a Leadership Coach. His involvement in the not for profit sector manifests itself in his personal and professional life. With over a decade of experience in Board governance roles, David continues to serve as a volunteer Board member in the sector. He is a member of the Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter).

Dianne Lister, LL.B


The Dianne Lister Group

Principal of The Dianne Lister Group and Senior Associate with Hutchison Group Inc., Dianne Lister is one of Canada's top executive leaders in the charitable sector, providing consulting services to organizations and their leaders. A popular speaker, author and educator, Dianne brings 25 years experience in leading organizations that include Sick Kids Foundations, Trent University and the ROM Governors. In 2016, Dianne became a senior associate with the Hutchinson Group Inc. (Toronto), an executive search and talent development firm.

Dianne has developed and taught courses at UVic on sustainable funding for the arts. Past chair of the AFP international Ethics Committee, she has authored chapters on ethics and leadership in three books. Dianne is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, and practiced social justice law before entering the charitable sector.