Kelly Hawke Baxter



Kelly Hawke Baxter has dedicated the past 20 years to working with non-profits to bring about lasting social change. She works with non-profit leaders and organizations to help them with strategy and governance.

Kelly founded, and for 10 years led, The Natural Step Canada. After stepping down as Executive Director in 2012, Kelly returned to her passion for international development and got involved with Tostan, an international nonprofit organization based in Senegal that is dedicated to empowering African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. Kelly is board member of Tostan International, a member of Tostan’s Leadership Circle of strategic donors, and she also chairs Tostan Canada, a sister organization which raises $1 million a year to support Tostan’s programs in Africa.

Kelly is life-long learner. She holds Masters degrees in both International Development and International Journalism and a Masters Certificate in Social Innovation. Kelly lives in Montreal with her husband and two boys.