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Become a Board Member



Leadership has rewards! Want to be part of shaping the future of Dietitians of Canada?
 
Members of the Board of Directors develop skills while contributing their expertise to DC. Board work provides opportunities to meet with colleagues across Canada, and influence the direction of our professional association. Working at the policy level, Board members truly experience how DC members influence the priorities and practices of the association.

The Board of Directors have created a Leadership Development Toolkit to highlight the professional benefits of joining the DC Board.  Inside the toolkit you will find information for you on how to approach and advocate with your employer and show the value that being a board member will bring to your colleagues and workplace. 
 
What experience is needed to be on the Board?
Board positions exist for members at all experience levels. Nine members are elected to the Board. Positions include a director from each of our six regions, a director representative of students and new professionals, the Chair and the Chair-elect.

Applicants would benefit from having the following experience:
  • Prior Board or committee leadership experience at DC or with another organization or group.
  • Experience in team leadership, strategic thinking, policy development, and risk management.
What is the difference between the Board of Directors and DC staff?
  • Board of Directors: Identify organizational strategic priorities based on member input and monitor CEO performance.
  • DC CEO: Reports to the Board of Directors and oversees the day-to-day operational management of the organization. Responsible for achieving the priorities identified by the Board by providing direction to DC staff on how and what needs to be accomplished.
  • DC Staff: Take action and perform the tasks required to meet the organizational objectives.
What level of commitment is required of DC Board members?
A term on the Board of Directors is four years. Most Board positions require an average commitment of 10 - 20 hours per month, plus 7 - 10 days per year for face-to-face meetings and events. The Board Chair and Chair-elect have additional time commitments. You can read more details about the time commitment here.

What training is provided to Board members?
Orientation and education is provided to new Board members in the spring before the beginning of each term with ongoing mentorship to support skill development throughout the four-year term.
The Board of Directors has adopted the Policy Governance™ model of governance and the following Board policy documents set out expectations of individual Board members:
Board Nominations and Election Process
 
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