Imagine Canada

Strong Charities. Strong Communities.

Call for nominations and expressions of interest 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It’s about making Canada better. It is about creating enabling conditions for social good. It is about strength and sustainability.

It is Imagine Canada and it needs people like you.

As the nation’s umbrella organization working with and on behalf of, all missions and causes, Imagine Canada is looking for dedicated individuals to join its Board of Directors. If you like to debate the most topical issues facing charities and nonprofits, contribute to the health and well-being of an entire sector and learn from peers and colleagues then this is place for you.

In the coming months, Imagine Canada is seeking to add to the talent pool of people who govern this national organization and will help guide its efforts in four key areas – research and data, developing and implementing public policy initiatives, growing the leading Standards program and seeking to reframe the conversation with Canadians about this sector.

Imagine Canada invites nominations or expressions of interest from those interested in serving on the Board of Directors or on Board Committees.

Board of Directors

Six vacancies will need to be filled at the 2017 annual general meeting.  Three incumbents are eligible for re-election to their second term.  The three remaining position are held by Directors whose second term ends this year and so are not eligible for re-election.

Directors of Imagine Canada meet four times a year through a combination of in-person meetings and teleconferences.  They compose the senior decision-making body of the organization and the Board operates on a policy governance model.

Key considerations:

As a Board that is representing national interests, Imagine Canada strives to be reflective of the country by ensuring balance in terms of geography, gender and experience, while ensuring inclusivity and diversity. As per the organization’s Bylaws, the Nominations subcommittee has also been instructed to ensure that at least half of Directors are connected (through employment or service on the board) to an organization that is a Member of Imagine Canada.  While the sector is too vast to have all subsectors represented on the Board at any one time, the organization seeks to ensure a ‘rotation of interests’ whereby different mission or cause areas are present on the Board.

Priority areas:

The Board is focused on achieving the priorities of its Strategic Planning Framework.  From time to time, different priority areas emerge to support key aspects of its work.  In 2017, the Nominations subcommittee is giving priority to the following areas:

Skills/experience – Individuals with marketing/media/polling/communications experience and individuals with public policy development/advocacy/government experience

Geography – individuals from the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec

Subsectors – individuals from the following cause areas:  faith, arts & culture, sport, health, universities, environment.

Risk Management, Finance and Audit (RMFA) Committee

The RMFA committee is composed of Directors and non-Directors, with a maximum of eight members.  Among its other duties, it is responsible for reviewing the budget prepared by management for presentation to the Board, considering regular financial reports, and identifying risks to the organization and management’s proposals for mitigating those risks.

The key criteria in selecting members to the committee are:  

  • a good understanding of NFP and or charities
  • excellent business judgment
  • background in finance, law, compliance and/or risk management
  • geographic diversity
  • “out of the box” thinkers
  • understanding of the respective roles of the Board, the committee, external auditors and management in overseeing the financial operations of the organization

Governance & Human Resources Committee

The Governance & Human Resources Committee is composed of five directors and up to three others.  It is responsible for helping to ensure good governance practices are employed throughout the organization, including carrying out an annual assessments of the Board of Directors and a peer review of Directors.  The committee has lead responsibility for ensuring appropriate human resource policies and practices within the organization and is responsible for the annual performance review of the CEO.

The key criteria in selecting members of the committee are significant experience in the sector and superior knowledge of governance and human resource practices.

Nominations or expressions of interest should be submitted by March 24, 2017 to Erica Ip at eip@imaginecanada.ca.

Our National Partners

  • great west life
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Suncor
  • TD Bank
  • investors group

Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters.

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