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Call for Applications: Standards Council

Call for Applications: Standards Council

Do you have a profound interest in volunteer work that supports charitable and nonprofit organizations striving toward excellence? Imagine Canada’s Standards Program offers accreditation to charities and nonprofits across the country based on an established set of shared standards designed to strengthen governance practices.

Imagine Canada is looking for dedicated individuals to join its Standards Council. Joining the Council is an opportunity to debate issues facing charities and nonprofits, contribute to the health and wellbeing of an entire sector, and learn from peers and colleagues. Council members represent the organization publicly, and demonstrate their commitment to our philosophy by working as a champion and connector in the community.

Our Council members are informed about and contribute to high-level decisions regarding the Program's policies and procedures; approving revisions to the Standards; appointing peer reviewers; reviewing and rendering decisions on complaints about the Program and its participants; and, providing guidance on current and emerging issues relating to the Standards and the Program.

In the coming months, Imagine Canada is seeking to add to the talented pool of people who provide oversight to our national Standards Program and help guide its growth. Imagine Canada invites nominations from those wishing to serve on the Standards Council.

Priority Areas

From time to time, different priority areas emerge to support key aspects of the Standards Council’s work. In 2022, the Governance & Volunteer Engagement Committee is giving priority to the following areas:

Skills/Experience – Individuals with strong experience and knowledge in large associations (e.g. AFP, AHP, CAGP), and/or in any of the following sectors: Environmental & Animal Welfare, Victim Support Government and Indigenous Community.

Geography – Individuals primarily located in Alberta, Québec, Manitoba or Saskatchewan

Accreditation - Individuals associated with organizations accredited by our Standards Program, and/or who have experience and knowledge of other standards and/or accreditation systems

Languages - Individuals who are fluent in French
Imagine Canada, as a national organization representing a diverse sector, has embarked on an anti-racism organizational change process and, as part of this process, has committed to diversifying its staff and volunteer team. We particularly encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous people, other racialized people, people with disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and those with varied areas of expertise and lived experiences. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

The Standards Council consists of 10-15 members. The majority of members are from among those nominated by accredited organizations. The remainder are appointed by Imagine Canada’s Board of Directors to ensure the Council has the necessary composition to fulfill its mandate. Members generally serve a three-year term. Typically, the Council as a whole has one in-person meeting and one or two conference calls per year. Council members are expected to participate in one of four Subcommittees (Standards Review; Complaints and Compliance; the Accreditation Decision Panel; or Governance and Volunteer Engagement). Subcommittees meet via teleconference up to six times per year. At other times, staff may seek the advice of the Council through email, telephone and in-person meetings.

Not certain your credentials are a 100% match with the description? Send us a note! We would be happy to chat about your interest in getting involved with our collective work.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must complete the online application no later than June 29th, 2022, 11:59pm.

Nomination Letter
While you do not need a nomination in order to be considered for the Standards Council, having one will strengthen your application.

The nomination letter must be written by either the Board Chair or most senior staff person of an organization accredited by the Standards Program (the organization must be accredited at the time the nomination is submitted). You can check whether an organization is accredited here.

Nomination letters may be submitted in English or French and should not exceed 400 words and should be received no later than June 29th, 2022. 

All letters should include the following information:

  1. Name, organization, title, and contact information of the nominator;
  2. brief description of the capacity and timeframe in which the nominator has known the candidate;
  3. a statement describing the contributions you believe the candidate will make to the Council (please refer to the above criteria); and
  4. the candidate’s name and email address.


Please send your nomination letters by June 29th, 2022 to addressed to the Governance and Volunteer Engagement Subcommittee, using the subject line Standards Council Application.