The Governance and Nominating Committee of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is currently seeking applications for membership on its Board of Directors.


About the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) was incorporated in 1985 by a group of professionals who saw the need to provide information and resources to communities to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour.  CASP continues to work towards the achievement of its purpose by facilitating, advocating, supporting, and coordinating national and regional efforts in this sector. The current CASP Board is comprised of a diverse group of service providers, researchers, administrators, policy makers and individuals with lived experience who are representative of our national landscape. We invite individuals who have an interest in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, and are committed to using their skills in support of a national coordinating body.


Term and Location

Directors will serve for a term of three years with eligibility for reappointment for a second consecutive term of three years.   These positions will commence September 2017.  The Board meets monthly via teleconference calls and schedules one in-person meeting annually.


Time Commitment

Monthly meetings of the Board of Directors are two hours in duration.  Directors are expected to also participate on at least one board committee, and should expect to participate in an average of 8-10 board and committee meetings each per year; and, must make reasonable efforts to attend all scheduled meetings. Additionally, board members should plan to be accessible for personal contact in between board meetings.


Skills and Experience

All candidates should have certain core skills, including:

  • Commitment to CASP’s mandate and strategic directions
  • Understanding of the CASP’s board’s governance role
  • Inter-personal communications
  • Creative and strategic planning / vision
  • Governance expertise
  • Financial literacy
  • Analytical, critical and strategic thinking

In addition, the nomination and selection process is designed to maintain a board composition that includes experience/competency in the following specific areas:

  • Financial Management
  • Law
  • Human Resources Management
  • Fundraising/Fund Development
  • Event organization
  • Risk Management
  • Public Relations/Public Affairs
  • Social Media Communications
  • Social Engagement
  • Business Administration
  • Strategic Planning
  • Conference Management


Board member responsibilities include:

  1. Provide leadership to board committees. Each board director is expected to serve as an active, ongoing member of at least one committee.  This requires a number of meetings per year plus individual committee task completion time.
  1. Prepare in advance for decision-making and policy formation at board meetings; take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the board.
  2. Responsibly review and act upon committee recommendations brought to the board for action.
  3. Participate in the annual board development and planning retreat.
  4. In general, utilize personal and professional skills, relationships and knowledge for the advancement of CASP.
  5. Engagement in fundraising activities
  6. Ability to fund their participation in board activities.


Application Process

Consistent with the CASP’s commitment to increased diversity in positions of influence, we encourage applications from those who reflect Canada’s English and French linguistic duality and its multi-cultural reality; provincial representation; the need for balanced gender and age diversity; persons with lived experience; as well as individuals who can represent immigrant/refugee/ethno-cultural/racialized (IRER) communities in Canada; LGBTQI2S communities; people with disabilities and other high risk populations.

Interested individuals should submit the form below by August 22, 2017, 5pm EDT.


EMAIL: [email protected]



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