Serving as a Director provides you an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to an organization advancing climate policy in Canada, while also supporting economic competitiveness.
About Clean Prosperity
Clean Prosperity is a Canadian nonprofit organization that believes, with the right policies, Canada can equitably and fairly transition our economy to net-zero no later than 2050. We advocate for policies that are economically sound and politically viable.
We believe the foundation of all climate policy is a steadily rising carbon price implemented fairly. We have been strong advocates for revenue-neutral carbon pricing and continue to advocate for improvements to the policy. Going forward we believe that governments must complement pricing with clear transition plans (based on open economic modelling), coordinate infrastructure build outs (such as hydrogen and CO2 pipelines) and kick start negative emission technologies so they can affordably scale-up in the 2030s and 2040s.
We are a small and nimble organization that focuses on impact. We believe we’ve played a significant role advancing policy in Canada, particularly carbon pricing. We are uniquely able to engage with most sides of the political spectrum and attempt to engage with everyone from climate skeptics to climate activists.
As a Board Director, you will provide fiduciary oversight and strategic input, and act as an advocate for our mission, among other responsibilities.
As with any nonprofit, you will have three critical responsibilities:
- Duty of Care: Take care of the nonprofit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will.
- Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that our activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing our mission; recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; make decisions that are in the best interest of the nonprofit corporation, not in the best interest of the individual board member (or any other individual or for-profit entity).
- Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and regulations, follows its own bylaws, and that the nonprofit adheres to its stated corporate purposes/mission.
In addition, we expect that you will engage with and offer feedback on Clean Prosperity’s areas of work. This means you will be asked to review and approve policies in the following areas:
- Organization Strategy
- Government Relations
- Media Relations
- Public Education
- Policy Research
- Operations, Administration, and Human Resources
- Budgeting and Fundraising
Board members may be asked to help support fundraising efforts from time to time, but there is not an expectation that Board members will directly donate to Clean Prosperity.
The Board of Directors meets quarterly — three half-day meetings and one full-day meeting per year. These meetings can be attended virtually, though we do aim to have an in-person meeting at least once per year when it is safe to do so.
Between meetings, Board Directors are required to review materials and respond to occasional emails. We do not currently have Board subcommittees.
Skills and Experience Needed
We are looking for established Canadian professionals who have a track record of demonstrated success in their respective fields of work, and are passionate about our mission. We will also be looking for the following attributes:
- Demonstrated success with strategy in your field of work
- Experience leading and/or managing teams
- Basic understanding of and interest in Canadian politics (federally and/or provincially)
- Baseline understanding of climate change and policies needed to address it
- Fluency in English (Fluency in French would also be an asset to our Board)
While not required, prospective candidates with experience or skills in one or more of the following sectors would be an asset:
- Energy and/or electricity
- Government relations
- Public opinion or polling
Note that Clean Prosperity is committed to diversity in its hiring and Board selection processes. As such, we welcome applications from members of visible minorities, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to help provide a diverse range of perspectives on how to achieve our mission.
The Board role is an unpaid, volunteer position. However, any expenses you incur as a member of the Board (e.g. travel to Board meetings) will be reimbursed by Clean Prosperity.
How to apply
If interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with title “Application for Board of Directors” that includes:
- Your resume
- A short (1 page max) cover letter that explains why you want to serve on the Board and highlights areas of your background that you think are particularly relevant to this role