A respected philanthropic consultant in and outside of Canada, Nicholas is known for leading important innovations in the structure and design of large-scale fundraising organizations and campaigns. He has helped mission-driven organizations of all types achieve their goals, with a particular focus in the health sciences and higher education sectors. Founder of the Offord Group, Nicholas became a member of the Marts & Lundy team when our firms joined in 2015.
Following a five-year career (1984-1989) as a Campaign Director, Nicholas served as Executive Director of Development at McGill University. While there, he received the 1994 gold medal for “Best Development Program” from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, in recognition of his work in support of McGill’s hugely successful $200 million campaign. In 1995, he became the President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. Here, Nicholas led the breakthrough The Best Medicine campaign, which raised over $400 million. After 10 years, he left Mount Sinai in 2005 and founded the Offord Group.
In 1999, the Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals awarded him “Outstanding Executive of the Year.” In 2000, he was selected as one of “Canada’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40” by the Report on Business magazine. In 2002, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health with a focus on health care reform.
In September 2010, Nicholas was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.