Call for New Board of Directors

 
 

The Indigenous Women’s Business Network (IWBN) is pleased to announce the call for applications to serve on the 2020-2021 Board of Directors.  Applications are open until all positions are filled.

The Network:

The Indigenous Women’s Business Network is a non-profit, volunteer organization established to support and empower Indigenous women in Canada to succeed in business. We work under three pillars of support: networking & community, resources & knowledge, and recognition.

Board of Directors:

As a new organization, we establishing our inaugural board of directors. The Board of Directors (BOD) will act as the principal governing body of the Network. It will be responsible for the general management, fundraising and supervision of the business and affairs of the Network.  It is accountable to the membership.  Members of the board will serve a two-year term. 

The Selection Process:

1. Membership:

Anyone wishing to submit an application to be nominated for the election must be a current IWBN member.  If you are not a current member, click here to obtain your membership.  If you are unsure of your membership status, email us at info@indigenouswomenbc.com for assistance.

2. Application:

Interested candidates shall submit an application form, a short biography, and an optional statement of interest.  Completed applications should be forwarded to Nicole McLaren, Founding Director, info@indigenouswomenbc.com

 

Questions?  Contact Nicole McLaren, at info@indigenouswomenbc.com

Board of Directors - Roles & Responsibilties

 

The Mission:

The Indigenous Women’s Business Network is a non-profit, volunteer organization established to support and empower Indigenous women in British Columbia to succeed in business. We work under three pillars of support: networking & community, resources & knowledge, and recognition.

Board of Directors:

As a new organization, we establishing our inaugural board of directors. The Board of Directors (BOD) will act as the principal governing body of the Network. It will be responsible for the general management and supervision of the business and affairs of the Network.  It is accountable to the membership. Members of the board serve two-year terms.

Roles & Responsibilities of the Board as a Whole:

  1. Support IWBN’s mission and purpose, including goals, means, and primary constituents served.

  2. Select the society’s management and ensure that that management has the moral and professional support necessary to further the goals of the organization, and then periodically assess that performance.

  3. Participate in financial oversight including developing an annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.

  4. Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability. The board is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.

  5. Participate in establishing annual goals and assist with implementing and monitoring the progress of those goals.

  6. Recruit and orient new board members, and periodically assess the board’s performance.

  7. Enhance the organization’s public standing, clearly articulating the mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garnering support from the community.

  8. Determine, monitor effectiveness, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services, making sure they are consistent with the mission.

Individual Expectations:

  • Be informed about IWBN’s mission, goals, policies and programs.

  • Actively participate in all board meetings, discussions and events.

  • Be well prepared for all board and committee meetings by reviewing the agenda and any supporting materials provided to you prior to the meeting.

  • Be respectful and open to the potentially conflicting opinions and points-of-view of your fellow trustees.

  • Estimated time commitment: 20 hours per year, depending on event participation.

 

Individual Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the organization’s fundraising efforts by providing and cultivating prospects.

  • Fulfill your fiduciary responsibilities, including reading, understanding and monitoring financial statements and audit reports provided to you.

  • Speak on behalf of the organization to the community.

  • Restrictions:

  • Do not act independently of the board without prior express permission of the full board.

  • Publicly support all decisions made by the full board, even if decisions conflict with your opinion and/or vote.

 

What Board Members Can Expect from IWBN:

  • Clear and reasonable expectations.

  • Consistent, timely communication from management.

  • Access to any information needed about the organization.

  • Training, encouragement, and strategic advice to carry out tasks.

  • Respect for the time, views, and talents you offer to the board.