Volunteering for our Board of Directors
Join Canadian Frailty Network and help transform the way that Canada cares for its older citizens living with frailty!
Click here to read more about frailty, why it matters, and CFN’s role in improving care for those living with frailty.
Click here to read the general eligibility requirements and expectations of Board and Committee members, and see the specific Terms of Reference for the Board of Directors and our Advisory Committees.
Read on to see what we're looking for, and how to apply.
Who can apply?
The nomination process is open to all residents of Canada aged 18 and older, including the general public, government, health profession bodies, and individual health professionals.
How it works
The Nominating Committee of our Board meets regularly to consider applications received. Those candidates whose qualifications most closely match our current requirements will be contacted to discuss the next steps.
Applicants may choose to be considered for our Advisory Committees if not selected for the Board, or may choose to be considered for future Board vacancies.
It is anticipated that the next Board vacancies will be for terms beginning in September 2018.
Applications consist of a completed online application and a Statement of Interest. To apply online and download the Statement of Interest Form, click here.
If you are unable to apply online, please email CFN Headquarters or call us at (613) 549-6666, x.7984.
Who we're looking for
Voting Directors of the Board must reflect the interests and concerns of the public, private and academic sectors involved in the Network and have a varied skill set to meet the leadership needs of the Board. Geographic and demographic characteristics are also considered to ensure adequate representation of the CFN Network community and populations served.
To complement the existing Board Directors’ backgrounds and skill sets, the Board is interested in hearing from individuals who meet one or more of the following descriptions:
- older Canadians living with frailty, current or former family or friend caregivers of a person living with frailty, or others from the general public* interested in care of frail older adults.
- A government relations expert, senior policy influencer and strategist in health or social care for older adults. Recent employment/policy level experience with Health Canada, a provincial ministry of health or regional health authority at a senior level is preferred.
- An enterprising professional with an engaging presence and a wide network of contacts in CFN stakeholder groups, who thrives in building healthcare partnerships and collaborations, and who is willing to actively work with the Scientific Director and CFN staff to strategically plan and build alliances, partnerships and collaborations with industry and government
- Experience in evaluating the therapeutic and economic value of health or social care policies, care interventions and practice guidelines
- Experience as a practicing family physician, nurse-practitioner or nurse with significant geriatrics experience (non-researchers)
- Public affairs and communications experience with a strong network of community and media contacts in the healthcare field, particularly in the care of older adults
- A seasoned leader with experience in the strategic development and stewardship of complex organizations
- Demonstrated business acumen, knowledge and experience in finance/accounting from a management perspective. As part of its current recruitment efforts, the Board is seeking a member who, in addition to serving on the Board, will Chair the Board Audit and Finance Committee (click here to view the Committee Terms of Reference). Experience in tri-agency research funding and a CA or CGA are assets, but not required.
For all appointments, we hope to broaden the diversity of representation through this call. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups within our Network community:
- members of indigenous communities
- people who speak English as their second language
- members of visible minority communities
- individuals from northern, rural or remote communities
- members of LGBTQ2 communities (includes, but not limited to, individuals who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and/or two-spirited)
If not selected for the Board, applicants may choose to be considered for our Advisory Committees, or may choose to be considered for future Board vacancies.