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Call for Nominations/Expressions of Interest – Board of Directors - January 2023

Call for Nominations/Expressions of Interest – Board of Directors - January 2023


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It’s about making Canada better. It’s about creating enabling conditions for social good. It’s about strength and sustainability. It is Imagine Canada and it needs people like you.

Imagine Canada is looking for dedicated individuals to join its Board of Directors. If you like to debate issues facing charities and nonprofits, contribute to the health and wellbeing of an entire sector and learn from peers and colleagues, then this is the place for you. In the coming months, Imagine Canada’s Board guides its efforts in four key areas; research and data, developing and implementing public policy initiatives, growing the leading Standards Program, and reframing the conversation with Canadians about the sector.

As a national organization representing a diverse sector, Imagine Canada has embarked on an anti-racism organizational change process and is committed to diversifying its Board. We particularly encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour, people with disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and those with varied areas of expertise and lived experiences.

Board of Directors

One (1) position is coming vacant following a term retirement, and four (4) incumbents are expected to stand for re-election to their second term.

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

Board members are expected to join a committee or working group. The time commitment varies, but is usually 1-2 hours per month. Imagine Canada also encourages our Board Directors to make a personal financial gift as a sign of investment in the organization. In order to ensure that financial matters are not a barrier to participating on the Board, there is no minimum gift amount.

As per the organization’s Bylaws, the Nominating Sub-committee will ensure that at least half of the Directors are connected (through employment, Board or volunteer service) to an organization that is a Member of Imagine Canada. While the sector is too vast to have all subsectors represented 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. This year, the Nominating Sub-committee is giving priority to the following areas:

  • Subsectors – Individuals with current or previous experience with mission/cause areas not currently reflected on the Board;
  • Skills/Experience – Individuals with change management, public policy and marketing/communications experience;
  • Geography – Anywhere in Canada, with particular interest in individuals from the Northern territories, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia; and
  • Demographic background – Individuals with a variety of experience due to gender, age, and ethnicity.

Call for Nominations/Expressions of Interest

Nominations and expressions of interest should be submitted by March 22, 2023 to Danielle Ferguson-Shivrattan at


Early April 2023: Imagine Canada’s Nominating Subcommittee and Governance & HR Committee will meet to review submissions.
By May 5, 2023: All applicants, both successful and unsuccessful, will be notified of the Committees’ decision.
Early May 2023: Imagine Canada’s Board will vote on a shortlist of candidates.
By May 19, 2023: The name(s) of prospective Board member(s) will be shared with our Membership, one month ahead of our Annual General Meeting in accordance with our bylaws.
June 21, 2023: Imagine Canada’s Membership votes on prospective Board member(s).