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Board of Directors Recruitment

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is recruiting for volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada has changed the cystic fibrosis story. We funded Canadian scientists who mapped the cystic fibrosis gene. We extended the lifespan of children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. We contributed to the discovery of the newest life-changing medications. And we successfully advocated to bring a life-transforming drug to Canada.  

But we’re far from done. As powerful and positive as the story is, we will not stop until all people living with cystic fibrosis can and do experience everything life has to offer — and enjoy everything life has to offer — which is why our story can, will, and must continue to change.

To realize our aspirations, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is seeking a diverse range of community and business leaders for Board positions. Bringing an innovative and ‘the sky’s the limit’ attitude, Board Directors will work with the management team to lead the organization during a time of great change and opportunity.

Our board is currently comprised of a team of passionate and experienced leaders with combined lived experience with cystic fibrosis, fundraising, finance, law, corporate governance, strategic planning and senior management.

At this time, we are looking for Board members with the following qualities:

We are actively seeking applications from historically under-represented, marginalized, and racialized communities.

Please see the position description and specific qualifications sections below.

For further information about the Board of Directors and Cystic Fibrosis Canada, please speak with Barbara Hill, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors. She can be reached through Thérèse Paquette at


This recruitment process will be used to identify candidates for election at the 2023 Annual General meeting which takes place at the end of April.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 5:00pm EST February 6, 2023.

Applicants will be assessed according to the qualifications outlined in the position description and the skills matrix. 

The Board Vice-Chair and the Governance Committee will oversee the recruitment and selection process, which involves:



Cystic Fibrosis Canada is committed to creating a diverse environment and welcomes applications from historically under-represented, marginalized and racialized communities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for a position on the Board without regard to culture, ethnicity, race, color, religion, beliefs, gender, gender identify or expression, sexual orientation, nation of origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The Board of Directors is the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:

The Board works closely with members, committees and various community groups and individuals.

Directors on the Board should demonstrate strong leadership skills, resourcefulness, creativity and commitment. They are able to seek out solutions to new challenges, identify and capitalize on new opportunities.

As a member of the Board of Directors, you will be responsible for Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s achievement of its mission and organizational objectives, including:



In addition to the general requirements set out above, Board members should collectively represent a range of expertise such as the following:



Submit applications to Thérèse Paquette

Please provide a cover letter indicating why you would be suitable for the Board of Directors and your resume to the application form. 




It is expected that each Director will bring a certain level of knowledge and experience to the Board and will adhere to certain principles. These questions will help you to assess the extent to which you meet these expectations. Indicate yes or no beside each questions.                                                                                    

  1. Are you willing to assume the responsibilities of this position of Board Director?
  1. Do you have sufficient time and energy to devote to the performance of the duties of the Board Director position?
  1. In your personal and professional dealings, do you demonstrate integrity, high ethical standards and respect of privacy and confidentiality?
  1. Do you have experience serving on boards, committees or organizations?
  1. Can you recognize and assess business risks and strategic opportunities? 
  1. Do you have experience that demonstrates that you can conceptualize and think strategically and do you possess good problem solving and interpersonal skills?
  1. Do you demonstrate the ability to think, act and speak independently and with conviction and confidence?
  1. Do you have good oral and written communication skills?
  1. Do you have experience in major gifts/corporate giving or have the interest/capacity to help with these areas of fundraising?