CAUSE Leadership Inc. 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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |