Own the Podium Board of Directors – Nomination opportunity


Two positions on the Own the Podium (OTP) Board of Directors for a four year term beginning on June 15, 2018. Candidates will be nominated by the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilites to the OTP Nominating Committee for subsequent consideration for election by the Board of Directors of OTP. The position is renewable for one additional term of 4 years at the discretion of the Minister and subsequent to re-election by the Board of Directors of OTP.

Own the Podium

Own the Podium (OTP) was first established in 2005 to help Canada become the number one nation at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and to place in the top three nations in the gold medal count at the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games. OTP is a not for profit corporation with a mission of leading the development of Canadian sports to achieve sustainable and improved performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The mandate of OTP is:

  1. to provide technical support to national sport organizations with the aim of delivering more Olympic and Paralympic medals for Canada, and
  2. to prioritize investment strategies by making funding recommendations using an evidence based, expert driven, targeted and collaborative approach.

OTP ’s largest contributor of funding is the Government of Canada. Additional funding is provided by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Olympic Foundation, Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Paralympic Foundation of Canada and the private sector.
OTP is committed to conducting its activities with integrity and in accordance with the highest ethical standards. The Board of Directors of OTP has fiduciary responsibility over the corporation. It ensures that all activities conducted by the corporation are in full compliance with the terms of the corporation’s By-laws, policies and contribution agreement with the Department of Canadian Heritage and all applicable, rules and regulations. The Board conducts business through regular meetings of the full Board, the Finance and Audit Committee and the Nominating Committee.

The Board consists of no less than seven nor greater than ten voting members. Three Directors are nominated from a slate of up to seven individuals recommended by the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, one qualified individual to be considered as a Director by the COC who may be elected by the OTP Board of Directors, one qualified individual to be considered as a Director nominated from a slate of up to three to five individuals by the CPC who may be elected by the OTP Board of Directors and up to an additional five independent qualified Directors. There are currently two vacant Director positions to be nominated from a slate of candidates submitted by the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.


No Director of OTP shall receive an honorarium or other remuneration from the Corporation, however a Director may be reimbursed reasonable expenses incurred by such Director in the performance of their duties, including costs and expenses related to attending meetings of the Board.

How to apply

Please address your cover letter to:

Kelly Dearborn
Senior Program Officer, High Performance and Major Games, Sport Canada
15 Eddy St.
16th Floor, Room 14 (15-16-22)
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M5

You may also send your application by email to: Kelly.Dearborn@canada.ca .

Candidates must submit an application via email or regular mail to the addresses noted above by February 28, 2018. Please note, for applications submitted by mail, you must allow sufficient time for the application to be received by the application deadline.


Information sent by email is not protected. Please ensure sensitive personal information, such as your Social Insurance Number and birthdate are not included in your application.

Applications must include the following:

  • a cover letter addressing the education and experience criteria listed below;
  • a copy of your curriculum vitae; and
  • the name and contact information for two references.

Documents received after the deadline will not be accepted. All documents may be submitted in either French or English.

Official languages and diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are therefore encouraged to include in your application your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. You can voluntarily indicate, in your cover letter, if you are a member of one or more of the groups identified above. It is not mandatory to provide this information, which will be kept for statistical purposes.

The government is committed to ensuring that its nominations for potential appointments take into consideration the desire to achieve gender parity and reflect Canada’s diversity, in terms of linguistic, regional and employment equity representation.

To be considered for this position, please provide examples that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Selection criteria

Education and experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Experience in serving on not-for-profit Boards; and one or more of the following
  • Experience in human resource management;
  • Experience in strategic and corporate communications;
  • National level high performance sport experience.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities of OTP as well as the environment within which it operates;
  • Understanding and appreciation for the importance of Canadians excelling in high performance sport on the global stage;
  • Understanding of the need for strong Board/Management culture.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we may contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following personal attributes in your current and recently held positions:

Personal suitability

  • Strategic and innovative leadership
  • High ethical standards, integrity and impartiality
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Sound judgement
  • Superior interpersonal skills

Eligibility factors and conditions of appointment

In your application, you must clearly demonstrate that you meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 18 years old, have not been declared incapable by a court in Canada or another country, do not have the status of bankrupt and be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.

The successful candidate must commit to:

  • attend board meetings when and where required (a minimum of three to four board meetings will be held each year);
  • fulfil the duties and responsibilities of a member of the board as per the OTP by-laws.

Results of this process will be sent to all candidates at the address provided on their application.

Privacy notice statement

The personal information you provide on this application is collected for nominations for potential ministerial appointment purposes. This information may also be used to establish a pool of qualified candidates and for statistical reporting on diversity and employment equity. The information is collected under the authority of paragraph 4(2)(d) of the Department of Canadian Heritage Act and uses of this personal information is described in Standard Personal Information Bank PSU 919 - Members of Boards, Committees and Councils.

Your personal information is protected under the provisions of the federal Privacy Act. Under this Act, you have the right to access your personal information and request changes to incorrect information. If you wish to avail yourself of this right or require clarification about this Privacy Notice Statement, contact by email the Director of Access to Information and Privacy, Canadian Heritage. For further details on requests for access or correction, please consult the Info Source publication.

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