Recruiting excellence for the nonprofit sector

Our Team

If your organization needs temporary management assistance – in a hurry – crawfordconnect can find the skilled and experienced professionals you require on a short-term or temporary basis. Here are some of the ways that interim executives assist our clients.

 

Deborah Legrove BA, CFRE
President

As the President of crawfordconnect, Deborah’s goal is to help Canada’s nonprofit organizations make positive changes to our world.

Deborah brings a depth of experience to crawfordconnect from her 30 years of work in healthcare, social services and higher education in Canada and the USA. Since 1999 she has been connecting Canada’s charities and nonprofits with executives, managers and fundraisers who have the experience, skills and confidence that enable these organizations to achieve their objectives.

She has served as Chief Executive Officer of a healthcare foundation and advised senior leadership in multiple complex capital campaigns. Deborah believes that longevity with an organization should be 5 years and her track record supports this. Her career began in the US with IDC/IDC Canada for the first 5 years. She moved on to The Toronto East General Hospital Foundation for the next 5 years and spent 10 years with DVA Navion (capital campaign consulting, where she also began her executive search career supporting her non-profit clients). Prior to buying crawfordconnect in 2010, she led a national advancement program for The Canadian MedicAlert Foundation.

A CFRE since 2002, Deborah has served many leadership roles within the Association of Fundraising Professionals, locally and nationally. She currently sits on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. She has also served on the boards of organizations such as The Dorothy Ley Hospice.

Deborah is a popular speaker and writer, frequently called upon by nonprofit associations and groups to share her insights regarding leadership search, retention and sustainability. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of Guelph) and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Not for Profit Governance Essentials course.

 

Barbara LubarskyBarbara Lubarsky, BComm
Senior Consultant

Barbara is an experienced executive search consultant who has been placing candidates since 2000. Her strong track record of finding great talent includes experience with some of the largest nonprofit organizations in Canada where she has filled various philanthropic leadership roles including major gifts and finance.

Barbara’s passion for the search industry was built from her expertise across a broad spectrum of organizations, both in the nonprofit and corporate sector. Her strength is in identifying and cultivating talent who are an excellent fit for her clients’ needs and culture. She is client focused, service oriented and a trusted and tenacious search professional committed to achieving quality results.

Barbara has a successful track record in filling challenging positions including all aspects of nonprofit with an expertise in fundraising, in addition to management, leadership, operations, finance, sales and marketing, communications, and human resources.
Prior to her career in search, Barbara was a multifaceted Human Resources professional for more than 20 years. She was a Human Resources Business Partner with expertise in rewards strategy, organizational design, and change management. Barbara held numerous senior Human Resources management roles in such leading organizations as the University of Toronto, Manulife Financial and Suncor Energy.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

 

Bill Hozy, Honours B.A. Business Administration
Director, Talent Management

As a Senior Associate with crawfordconnect, Bill Hozy has delivered succession planning, performance management, and policy solutions to the private, public and non-profit sectors since 1991. As an executive advisor with Ontario Hydro Human Resources, he undertook key projects in staff planning and mergers and acquisitions integration.

In 2002, Bill was a founding partner of EnerSpectrum Group, a consulting firm that specialized in the LDC sector with a range of technical and management services, leading the staff planning and regulatory reporting practices. In 2009, he divested his share of the firm, and launched PlanningStop.com to offer a suite of services in planning, performance, and policy with a focus on ease-of use tools and processes for small and medium sized organizations. His clients include Hydro One Brampton, Burlington Hydro, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Alzheimer Society of York Region, and regulatory bodies.

 

Cynthia Armour, CFRE
Search Consultant and Researcher

Cynthia Armour has worked in the charitable sector for the last 30 years, following adventurous travels, number-crunching bank work and assisting on Canada’s first pet therapy research at Sunnybrook Medical Centre. With a lifetime of volunteering, she began her fundraising career in 1987 at Canada’s National Ballet School where she successfully wrapped up a capital campaign and went on to surpass her Foundation goal at Trent University.

An honours graduate of York University’s Voluntary Sector Management Program, Cynthia is a committed lifelong learner with an insatiable curiosity. Accredited in 1995 as a Certified FundRaising Executive (CFRE), she has met strict recertification criteria every three years since. She also served as a Subject Matter Expert with CFRE International and is steadfast in upholding standards within the profession.

Working directly with Boards of Directors and Chief Executives in Canada’s non-profits, Cynthia provides facilitation, training and coaching. In addition, she has helped Development professionals strengthen their fundraising knowledge and built leadership teams that foster growth, embrace change and get results.

Cynthia was Charity Village’s monthly fundraising columnist for four years. She has written feature articles, researched and presented nationally on Governance, Strategy and the many aspects of effective Fund Development. Her expertise has helped build the leadership of non-profits across the sector, in large, medium and small organizations – in cities, towns and remote locations.

 

Michelle Lalonde,
Researcher

As a Researcher, Michelle joined crawfordconnect in 2014 bringing a wealth of knowledge with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of the recruitment role encompassing search strategy, in-depth research, candidate screening and evaluation. Having completed executive-level projects in many industries, she is a generalist but more recently with a larger focus in the public and non-profit sectors. Michelle is committed to delivering high quality outcomes on every search. Her focus, thoughtful, in-depth market knowledge, sound judgement and collaborative style are key factors which make her a solid researcher on every project. Michelle’s experience includes countless leadership placements in social services.

Prior to joining crawfordconnect, Michelle worked in Executive Search, Interim Management placements and was a transition coach. Michelle is a graduate of Vanier College, in Business.

 

Linda Samis BA, B.Ed.
Senior Consultant

As a senior consultant with crawfordconnect for the past ten years, Linda is responsible for executive search, organizational development and job search strategy coaching. Linda brings over 25 years of varied and extensive experience in the fields of education, workplace learning and performance and non-profit fundraising and program management. For over ten years she held progressively senior positions with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario followed by a career in consulting where she has provided services to such organizations as The Easter Seal Society of Canada, Seneca College, The Social Planning Council of Toronto and Parkinson Society Canada some of the over 50 clients she has worked with in such areas as strategic planning; organizational audits, job search and selection hire procedures, client services management, staff performance systems, team and project development, change management and interim executive placements. Linda received her BA from McGill University and her Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. As well, she completed the Voluntary Sector Management Program at Toronto’s York University and is a certified True Colors and Personality Dimensions trainer and a certified job search strategy coach. She has also served as a faculty member of the Social Planning Council of Toronto Training Institute and as the organizational consultant for the Canadian FundRaiser, NonProfit Management Information Services.

 

Liz Latimer BA, Certified Personnel Consultant
Senior Search Consultant

Liz is an experienced executive search researcher and consultant who has a strong background in the public and not-for-profit sectors and she also provides counsel on issues related to talent management. She has been involved in executive search and recruitment for over 20 years. She has worked previously for large executive search firms as well as running her own executive search research practice. She is an expert in candidate development and fit analysis and has developed a comprehensive interviewing process that assists in aligning client needs with candidate goals.

Liz has conducted searches for roles including CEO, Executive Director, COO, Vice President, and Clinical/Medical leaders across Canada. Her healthcare and broader public sector network and approach to candidate and client management has been well received. She has also effectively worked and partnered with Boards and Search Committees to help them navigate through the search process to a positive conclusion.

Liz has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Personnel Consultant. crawfordconnect engages Liz on specific searches for her expertise.

 

Susan Mackle, BA 
Senior Search Consultant

As Senior Consultant, Susan Mackle came to crawfordconnect in 2006 with more than two decades of experience in healthcare, post-secondary education, community service and fundraising.

Prior to joining crawfordconnect, Susan was Vice-President of Advancement at Trent University where she established a comprehensive development program. Previously, she was Vice-President of Development at The Wellesley Hospital. Susan launched her fundraising career at the Griffin Centre in Toronto, a children’s mental health facility.

As well as with working with hundreds of volunteers to achieve success for these organizations, Susan also has an extensive background as a volunteer herself. She served on the founding boards of The Dancers’ Transition Centre in Toronto and the Fontbonne Society in Peterborough as well as the boards of Toronto’s Catholic Charities and the United Way of Peterborough and co-chaired their 2009 campaign. Susan has also worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha and Pineridge to establish their development program.

Susan is currently on the board of the Morton Community Healthcare Centre. Susan was one of the first two women to join the Rotary Club of Peterborough and later became its first woman president. She was honoured as a “Woman of Distinction” by Soroptimist International in 2002. Susan is a graduate of King’s College at the University of Western Ontario.

 

Jean Crawford BA, FAHP
Advisor

With a personal commitment to building the strength of the voluntary sector, Jean is a popular speaker at national and international conferences, author of many articles and a volunteer leader for numerous non-profits. She is a founder of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy in Canada as well as the FLARE Magazine Volunteer Awards, a national program that recognizes outstanding young women volunteers. A long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Jean is also the only Canadian member of the Network for Nonprofit Search Consultants. She currently serves on the advisory committee of the MBA/MPA nonprofit management and leadership program of the Schulich School of Business as well as the Imagine Canada Development Committee. Jean has a BA from the University of Windsor and in 1995 was invited to attend the Cambridge University Philanthropic Quest Program, comprising a delegation of 20 philanthropic practitioners from around the world. In 2004, Jean received the designation of Fellow for Life from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy for her contributions to the sector.