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Board of Directors


Nominations open for COG’s Board of Directors

Positions: Directors (volunteer)

Location: Anywhere in Canada

COG is Canada’s longest-standing organic organization and only national organic charity. This year marks the 40th anniversary of COG fulfilling its mission to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.

COG is seekingpassionate individuals to join its Board of Directors to be involved in the oversight of the charity’s efforts and progress in growing the organic community in Canada.


Members of the Board supervise the management of the activities and affairs of the organization, including:

  • Upholding COG’s mission and charitable purposes
  • Ensuring sound financial management of the organization
  • Advising on the development of COG projects and strategic direction
  • Engaging in a SWOT analysis of the organization
  • Overseeing management of COG’s human resources
  • Identifying new fundraising prospects for COG

Time Commitment

Directors serve a one-year (by appointment) or three-year (by nomination) term on the Board. The Board meets six times a year for approximately 2 hours each meeting. Due to the nature of COG’s national scope, all meetings are conducted over toll-free conference call or Skype.

Committees dedicated to the full range of COG’s operations (Fundraising, Chapters, Finance, etc) meet as needed throughout the year; Board members are encouraged to participate on at least one of them (an additional 10-20 hours/year).

Qualifications Needed

COG aims to build a Board of Directors with a diverse knowledge and skill set that is also representative of our national organic community. Current gaps on our board include:

  • Knowledge of or experience in human resources
  • Representation from Quebec and Prairies

Meeting these qualifications is considered a significant asset, but is not a requirement. In general, knowledge, skills or experience in any of the following areas are considered an asset:

  • Accounting
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Outreach and networking in the organic community


Members of COG’s Board of Directors will:

  • Make connections with like-minded volunteers and professionals across the country
  • Develop and/or gain knowledge and experience in organizational management
  • Play a key role in advancing the organic movement in Canada

Nomination Process

All nominees must be a COG member (you can join COG here). Please send the following to Janine Gibson, Secretary & Elections Officer at by April 6, 2017:

  • Resume
  • 150-word statement on your qualifications and interest in organics
  • Letter of support from one other COG member