Call for Board Members

Funded by the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Film Office (OFO) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help stimulate Ottawa’s economy by attracting film, television and animation production to the region, fostering the growth and development of the local screen-based industry, and promoting the region as a preferred industry destination. Its services include location support, production attraction and development, and industry and government liaison and advocacy.

The OFO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local leaders representing film and television, tourism, economic development, post-secondary education, and the broader business community. The Board provides broad oversight on the organization’s corporate activities, including implementing the OFO’s new Strategic Plan and ensuring the corporation’s financial stability.

Want to play an important role in the continued growth and success of the OFO and Ottawa’s creative industries? The Board is currently looking for dynamic new members with proven experience in the following fields:

– Accounting/Finance
– Non-profit management and/or governance
– Advocacy 

Asset qualifications:

– Experience and knowledge of Canada’s screen-based production sector
– Previous experience serving on the Board of a non-profit organization

Candidates must be based in Ottawa-Gatineau and perform the majority of their work in the National Capital Region; exceptions will be made for Indigenous candidates from communities located in Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec. We highly encourage applications from individuals who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or persons with visible or invisible disabilities.

Term length
Directors are elected on two-year terms with the possibility of being re-elected twice, to serve for a maximum of six years.

Time commitment
The Board meets bi-monthly (6 meetings per year) either in-person (in downtown Ottawa) and/or virtually. While Board members are encouraged to attend all meetings, they are required to participate in at least half of the meetings in any given year. Directors are encouraged to attend and support OFO events, including receptions and its annual career fair.

In addition to attending meetings, Directors are expected to read documents, such as reports, agendas, and minutes, to ensure they are prepared for meetings and can actively participate in discussions. Directors must also participate on at least one Board subcommittee, with the possibility of joining the Executive Committee in the role of Chair, Vice-Chair, or Secretary.

How to apply
Interested candidates should email their application to [email protected], with the subject line OFO Board Recruitment, no later than May 24, 2024. Please include:

– A letter of interest which outlines your motivation for joining the Board and how you meet the skill sets we’re looking for
– A resume detailing your professional experience

The Board’s Nominating Committee will review applications and inform candidates of the next steps in late May or early June; selected candidates will be elected at the Annual General Meeting mid-June.