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Core Competencies

Annually, the Bruce Trail Conservancy Board of Directors engages in a process to determine the knowledge and skills required at the Board level to effectively discharge its governance responsibilities. This list describes each desired competency and offers a brief definition. The Board of Directors should be skills based, reflect appropriately the diversity of the communities within which we exist, and all be aligned to the mission of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

1. Connection to ‘on the ground BTC activities’

  • Local club board, committee, hike leader or work party volunteering
  • Experience working with BTC members at the Club level

2. Government and stakeholder relations/communications skills

  • Experience and skills engaging with key stakeholder groups including members, volunteers, donors and hikers
  • Knowledge of the inner workings of government and/or BTC stakeholder environments
  • Relationships and relationship building capability with key government or critical stakeholders
  • Experience working in government at a senior level with an ability to build and maintain relationships

3. Board Governance Certification

  • Current certification as a ICD.D or C.Dir from University of Toronto/Institute of Corporate Directors or McMaster University/Directors College, or the equivalent

4. Strategic capability and senior leadership experience

  • Significant work experience at an executive leadership level, including people management, in private, public or the Not for Profit sectors
  • Experience creating, socializing, and successfully implementing organization strategies and tactics in pursuit of a specific mission, including experience in branding and brand management
  • Understanding of the principles of a strategic plan including the mission, vision, values and interval plans to execute the strategy

5. Fundraising experience and knowledge

  • Specific experience building a fundraising plan
  • Successfully raised significant funding for a cause you believe in
  • Contacts and relationships with potential donors with capacity and interest in the environment

6. Conservation knowledge

  • Experience in land conservation and restoration, wildlife conservation, and/or science and environmental policy
  • Knowledge of environmental sciences, ecosystem services
  • Expertise in ecology (terrestrial or aquatic)

7. Property acquisition and land management knowledge

  • Experience in identifying, assessing, valuing or purchasing land and property
  • Negotiation experience in complex transactions in urban and/or non-urban environments

8. Finance, accounting and controls knowledge and experience

  • Certified accountant (CPA or equivalent) with experience in an operating organization

9. Legal knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Experience as a practising lawyer

10. Risk management expertise

  • Knowledge and experience working in the area of risk management in the private, public or Not for Profit sectors
  • Understanding of the key principles of risk management in a Not for Profit organization setting


Updated April 15, 2021