Obesity Canada is the country’s leading obesity registered charity association for health professionals, researchers, students/trainees, policy makers and most importantly Canadians living with obesity. We are seeking new members to the Board of Directors who can help support Obesity Canada’s Mission, Vision and Values.

The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership, governance, establishes policy, oversees the operations and financial performance of Obesity Canada and assesses the Board’s own effectiveness. Our Board Members will serve on several committees, including:

  • Governance & Nominating
  • Government Relations

New members will be supported and mentored by the existing Board of Directors to help ease the transition into this leadership role. Participation on the Board is voluntary and there is no remuneration for service.

Expected Commitment from Board Members:

  • Term begins Fall 2021 (or earlier if available) and have the ability to serve for a minimum of two (2) years and eligible for re-appointment for a second term
  • Attend 4 Board meetings that take place each year: one in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting
  • Able to commit to serve on one board committee which typically requires 2 hours per month


  • Commitment to Obesity Canada’s Mission, Vision and Values 
  • Personal commitment to devote the time necessary to perform the responsibilities of a Board member
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills
  • Business, administration, and management skills such as finance/accounting, financial management & control, legal interpretation/negotiation/mediation, strategic planning, ethics, fundraising, ethics, risk management, IT, communications, advocacy, government relations, public affairs, recruitment, training, evaluation are an asset
  • Previous board and governance, public sector, practice and/or policy experience or other relevant experience are also  an asset
  • Applicants must reside in Canada

Board Members are expected to:

  • Follow the Obesity Canada’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
  • Sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of Obesity Canada

To apply:

  • Please submit a cover letter and your resume/ CV to pearce@obesitynetwork.ca
  • All applicants must complete this application to be considered for the position
  • All cover letters and résumé / CVs will be reviewed by the Committee to be selected for an interview.
  • Governance & Nominations Committee will then make recommendations for the open board position to the Board. The Board will meet and review the recommendations and then motion for selection.

Serving on the board is a privilege and a commitment. To view our current Board of Directors, visit the Obesity Canada website, here

In support of the Board Diversity Policy, Obesity Canada seeks representation through diversity of the institutional and industry stakeholder communities it serves, and diversity of personal and demographic characteristics represented in Canadian society, including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, business experience, functional expertise, personal skills, and geographic location. Obesity Canada strives to maintain its Board gender balance and regional representation includes directors from across the country

If your application is approved you will need to provide a police check and complete the board orientation.

For more information about the role and nomination process – please contact the Executive Director, Dawn Hatanaka at hatanaka@obesitynetwork.ca