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Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization Canada (WEDO Canada)
Volunteer position – Legal Director

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) is a movement that ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. WEDO is celebrated at the United Nations and in 144 countries and 65 universities/colleges
internationally.

Our Mission is to:

EDUCATE the public on the importance women play in the business world and inspire girls and women
all over the world to find opportunity and achieve success in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

EMPOWER the 4 billion women across the globe with the resources to be catalysts of change and uplift the 250 million girls living in poverty globally.

CELEBRATE women in business and trailblazers who have demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation.

SUPPORT women by convening business and government leaders to find solutions for the issues women
face in business and technology.

Strategic Direction: WEDO was established in Canada in 2019 and we have grown from an Alberta presence to 5 provinces across Canada. We plan to engage National partners to fund scholarships and awards for students and to cover WEDO Canada operating costs. We also have selected schools with
entrepreneurial programs to partner with, and whose students will be the recipients of the scholarships.

We will also identify other foundations and not for profit organizations with shared values to collaborate
with WEDO Canada.

We have ambassadors across Canada who support WEDO locally and celebrate female entrepreneurs on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day by hosting a summit of high caliber speakers and panels.

Position Description
The Legal Director is a voting member of the board of directors of WEDO Canada and is accountable to the Board for the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities outlined below.

Time Commitment:
Ten hours per month (board meetings, meetings with the Chair of the Board, legal duties)

Term of Office:
Two years with the possibility of renewal for a second term.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The Legal Director will offer guidance to the Chair of the Board in ensuring legal advice and planning, decision-making and oversight at a governance level.

The principle duties are to:

-Ensure the Organization is informed of and carries out the legal duties. Oversee the Board to ensure adequate Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty and Duty of Obedience:

  • Duty of Care: Take care of the Organization ensuring it makes prudent use of all assets and collaborations.
  • Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that the Organizations activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission; Recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; Ensure decisions are made in the best interest of the Organization and not in the best interest of the individual board member.
  • Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the Organization obeys applicable laws and regulations; follows its own bylaws; and that the Organization adheres to its stated corporate purposes/mission.

– Abide by the by-laws, code of conduct, conflict of interest and other polices that apply to the
board
-Provide guidance in terms of a financial model of the national organization and provincial
ambassador events
-Monitor the organization’s financial performance

Committee Membership – The Legal Director can choose which committees to participate in.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and strategic directions
  • An understanding of, and experience with, good legal management for Not-For-Profit organizations
  • Previous board experience along with governance knowledge
  • A professional legal designation is required
  • An ability to commit the time required to fulfill the responsibilities described

Please send your application (cover letter and resume) via email to: [email protected] indicating ‘Legal Director ’ in the subject headline.

To learn more about our foundation and what we do, please visit: www.WEDOCanada.com

We thank you for your interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization Canada (WEDO Canada)
Volunteer position – Board Treasurer

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) is a movement that ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. WEDO is celebrated at the United Nations and in 144 countries and 65 universities/colleges
internationally.

Our Mission is to:

EDUCATE the public on the importance women play in the business world and inspire girls and women
all over the world to find opportunity and achieve success in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

EMPOWER the 4 billion women across the globe with the resources to be catalysts of change and uplift the 250 million girls living in poverty globally.

CELEBRATE women in business and trailblazers who have demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation.

SUPPORT women by convening business and government leaders to find solutions for the issues women
face in business and technology.

Strategic Direction: WEDO was established in Canada in 2019 and we have grown from an Alberta presence to 5 provinces across Canada. We plan to engage National partners to fund scholarships and awards for students and to cover WEDO Canada operating costs. We also have selected schools with
entrepreneurial programs to partner with, and whose students will be the recipients of the scholarships.

We will also identify other foundations and not for profit organizations with shared values to collaborate
with WEDO Canada.

We have ambassadors across Canada who support WEDO locally and celebrate female entrepreneurs on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day by hosting a summit of high caliber speakers and panels.

Volunteer Position – Board Treasurer

The board treasurer is an executive and voting member of the board of directors of WEDO Canada and is accountable to the Board for the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities outlined below.

Time Commitment:
Ten hours per month (board meetings, meetings with the Chair of the Board, Finance committee meetings)

Term of Office:
Two years with the possibility of renewal for a second term.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The treasurer will offer guidance to the Chair of the Board in ensuring good fiscal planning, decision- making and oversight at a governance level.

The principle duties are to:

  • Assist with obtaining charitable status for the Organization
  • Oversee the development of high-level financial policies and their review by the board
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget and its presentation to the board for review
  • Ensure that the appropriate monthly or quarterly financial statements are reviewed by the board
  • Ensure that the board regularly monitors the organization’s financial performance and alerts it to any important discrepancies between planned and actual figures
  • Ensure that the organization maintains the appropriate financial books and records and that these
    are accurate and up-to-date
  • Ensure that government tax filings and remittances are submitted on a timely basis
  • Serve as a co-signer of cheques with at least one another signing officer 1
  • Ensure that excess funds and reserves are properly held and invested
  • Verify that donations are handled appropriately and that grants and service delivery contracts are accounted for in accordance with the requirements of funders
  • Meet with the external auditor annually, or more often if needed, to identify any financial control and record keeping problems or deficiencies and oversee action by the Chair of the Board to address them
  • Recommend to the board the need for a review or renewal of the auditing services provided
  • Assists the Chair of the Board with the development and presentation of the annual report
  • Present or co-present the organization’s financial report and recommend appointment or reappointment of auditor at the Annual General Meeting
  • Helps, along with the Chair of the Board, to keep the board informed of important financial events, trends, and issues relevant to the organization

Committee Membership – The treasurer is the chair of the Finance Committee.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and strategic directions
  • An understanding of, and experience with, good financial management and reporting practices for Not-For-Profit organizations
  • Experience with QuickBooks online
  • Previous board experience along with governance knowledge
  • A professional accounting designation is required
  • An appreciation of the kind and level of financial information needed at a board level to support decision making
  • An ability to commit the time required to fulfill the responsibilities described

Please send your application (cover letter and resume) via email to: [email protected] indicating ‘Board Treasurer’ in the subject headline.

To learn more about our foundation and what we do, please visit: www.WEDOCanada.com

We thank you for your interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.