Senior leadership volunteer opportunities

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is seeking qualified candidates for its National Board of Directors and Finance Committee.  

Heart & Stroke is Canada’s largest non-governmental funder of cardiovascular and stroke research and is leading the fight against heart disease, stroke and related conditions - together these diseases are still the number one cause of premature death in Canada.  From preventing disease to developing life-saving interventions to transforming recovery, our research is truly life changing.  We are a national, unified organization with a 60-year track record as one of Canada’s leading charities.  The Foundation aims to build healthier hearts and minds across Canada by advancing research and its application, promoting healthy living, and by bringing life-saving knowledge to the communities we serve across the country.  Heart and Stroke Foundation is an organization that values championing health and has a bias for action as we tackle heart disease and stroke. We have the passion and courage to explore, through scientific excellence and innovation, ways to protect the health of all Canadians.

To learn more about our mission, values, commitment to EDI, and the difference Heart & Stroke makes in the lives of people in Canada at every age, please visit our website.

To complement the existing expertise, diversity and range of experience on the National Board, we are seeking new members with a variety of skill sets, including individuals who possess some of the following:

  • experience developing and implementing a successful strategy, including appropriately probing and challenging management on the delivery of agreed strategic objectives
  • understanding of board duties and responsibilities and leading governance principles and practices, gained as a senior executive and/or director of an organization with solid corporate governance practices or with a not-for-profit organization
  • experience as an executive leading a management and/or functional team for an organization with a track record of success and value creation
  • experience with fundraising and revenue generation strategies and activities in not-for-profit organizations
  • experience either as a caregiver of someone or as an individual who has been afflicted with heart disease or stroke
  • experience as a marketing or communications executive, involved in areas such as national branding strategy and roll out, distribution of content over a wide array of platforms, public relations, and internal communications
  • experience with implementing strategies for effecting change, controlling change, and helping people to adapt to change when an organization transitions or transforms its goals, processes, or systems
  • can represent the voice of those who understand the challenges of living in a rural area

For the Finance Committee, we are seeking individuals with some skills listed above in addition to:

  • technical expertise on financial statements and reporting matters, critical accounting policies, issues related to audits, internal controls, and investment management, including prior experience as a professional accountant, CFO or CEO
  • experience in identifying and assessing principal risks facing the organization and developing applicable risk management solutions
How to apply

If you would like to join us in making a positive impact on the health of Canadians please submit a covering letter expressing your interest and a bio/resume to Anne Bookbinder,