“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”

Whether your organization is looking to expand children’s services or create opportunites to engage young adults, we are here to help by leveraging over 30 years of direct experience in youth services, education and community development. kdp consulting is committed to helping youth thrive.


Program Development

In today’s rapidly changing world, progressive leaders are looking for new ways to engage youth and reimagine how their organization can achieve greater social impact. With decades of innovation experience and a fresh perspective, we’ll help your team identify new ways to reach youth of all ages, and create new and improved programs and services that resonate with them. 

  • Best Practices and Quality Enhancements
  • Policy Review and Development
  • Risk Assessments
  • Staff and Volunteer Orientation and Training

Recruitment and Retention

Recruitment and retention of youth participants can be a significant investment of time and money. Effective targeted plans are critical. We will review or develop your comprehensive strategies and tactical plans through a lens of best practice, competitive positioning and cost effectiveness.

  • Research Initiatives
  • Integrated Marketing and Communications
  • Cost Effective Recruitment Tactics
  • Employee Recruitment Plans

Assessing Social Impact

Measuring your impact is critical for executing relevant programs, continuous improvement of service, and building a case for support with your funders. We provide operational reviews, program audits, and participant feedback loops. Findings can inform your future staff training, marketing plans, program relevance, and levels of youth engagement.

  • Client Program Innovation, Design, Evaluation
  • Operating Standards, Review & Audits

Over decades of progressive management experience in Canada’s youth education and development sector, Keith Publicover has successfully developed and executed innovative programs and services enabling youth to thrive. Review some of his executive leadership background below.

JA Canada (Junior Achievement) – Former President and CEO

The largest youth business education organization in Canada with a national office and 15 Charters and ADMs (Alternate Delivery Models) serving students from coast to coast. JA Canada works in partnership with educators, volunteers and businesses to educate students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA Canada serves over 245,000 school aged children and youth, primarily from Grade 5 to 12, across diverse urban and rural communities, with the generous support of more than 12,000 volunteers

Saint Francis Xavier University – Former Vice President, Recruitment and Student Experience

StFX is one of Canada’s leading primarily undergraduate universities located in Nova Scotia. The Office of the Vice President was responsible for student recruitment and admissions, a broad range of student services, health and counselling, varsity athletics and campus recreation, campus safety and security, residence life and food services. StFX has an undergraduate enrolment of approximately 5,000, with close to 2,000 living in campus residences.

Tim Hortons Foundation Camps – Former Executive Director (CAN/USA)

One of Canada’s leading youth charities operating year-round camps across Canada and in the United States. Led the strategic development and execution of the youth leadership program, community sponsorship program and the installation of two new camps. These transformational initiatives have become pillars for the Foundation. In 2003, THFC served almost 10,000 youth from low-income families across communities wherever Tim Hortons stores were located. By 2018, over 20,000 youth are served annually.

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YMCAs of Greater Toronto, Saint John and Halifax – Former General Manager/ Director

Served in a variety of progressive mid-management and executive leadership roles encompassing community youth programs, youth leadership training, camping and outdoor education, adventure travel, recreational sport, competitive athletics, aquatic instruction, international youth exchange and fundraising campaigns. YMCAs are leading organizations in their communities dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community.

Brigadoon Village – Former Interim Executive Director

Served as both a Board member and the Interim Executive Director through the inaugural year of operation. Contributed to the development of the program and operating model, and the succession search and orientation of the new executive director. Brigadoon serves children with chronic illness, in partnership with a variety of health partners,  at their overnight camp facility ‘giving extraordinary kids to feel ordinary’.

Keith has contributed to youth development as a conference presenter, university lecturer, program facilitator, and nonprofit board member. We’re currently taking on new projects and would love to hear about yours. Send us a note!