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If you resolve this year to join a board, here are a couple resources to check out:

1. Board Resourcing and Development Office (BRDO)

The Board Resourcing and Development Office is a valuable resource to find an opportunity to be considered for a provincial board or commission. The province is proud of its record of appointing women to boards, but there are still lots of opportunities.

The provincial government makes appointments to over 300 public agencies including authorities, boards, commissions, corporations and councils. BRDO ensures that these appointments are made based on merit, using an open, transparent and consistent appointment process and guided by ongoing sound corporate governance practices.

As BC’s public agencies are only as effective as their appointees, the role of BRDO is to oversee all aspects of advertising, recruitment, governance and conduct relating to the women and men who serve on the agencies. BRDO does this by:

  • Managing the appointment process: BRDO establishes guidelines to select qualified, dynamic and experienced women and men as appointees.
  • Listing agencies and advertising vacancies: A comprehensive list of agencies and available positions is available on the BRDO website, and applicants can submit an Expression of Interest online via the BRDO portal.
  • Creating best practices for corporate governance: These guidelines have set the standard for governance practices to ensure accountability and transparency.
  • Maintaining principles of general conduct: BRDO provides appointees with guidelines to ensure public confidence and avoid conflict of interest.

To learn more about BRDO and explore opportunities to join a public agency board, visit the BRDO website: http://www.brdo.gov.bc.ca

2. Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC)

The Canadian Board Diversity Council is the leading Canadian organization advancing diversity on Canada’s boards. The Council is self-funded thanks to a growing number of member organizations following initial funding from the federal government. The Council’s definition expands the traditional board definition of industry experience, management experience, functional area of expertise, education, geography and age to also include such considerations as ethnicity, gender and aboriginal status.

What is the mandate of the CBDC?

  • Conducting research on the progress of diversity on Canada’s corporate boards
  • Providing excellence in governance education programming to build a greater pipeline of highly-skilled diverse board candidates
  • Educating CBDC members and the governance community on board diversity best practices and principles
  • Building a robust network of business leaders committed to diversity including top professionals who reflect Canada’s diversity

The Get on Board Program

The Get on Board program of the CBDC is designed to help men and women be effective directors of public sector corporations, large national non-profit organizations, and mid-cap/small-cap companies. Get on Board is designed to complement existing governance education programs. The program has two levels, depending on previous board experience.

For more information, see https://www.boarddiversity.ca/node/150