PHC-MPC is seeking up to three (3) enthusiastic new members for our Board. We are looking for individuals who can give good advice, ensure good governance and open doors. Passive House Canada is committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in our business practices. We invite applicants from diverse backgrounds.  We are also encouraging nominations from people who have experience in finance, change management, or industry experience in development, construction, trades, or manufacturing. The role of the Board is to govern and oversee the affairs of the organization at a high level.

As a member of the Board of Directors, you will work with other board members on strategic decision-making, governance, monitoring performance, risk management, as well as developing and maintaining effective partnerships and communication within the organization’s members and its stakeholders. Passive House Canada staff run the daily operations to carry out the strategic initiatives of the organization. The Board meets quarterly via conference calls and in-person at our annual national conference.

Board Members are volunteers and are expected to read and understand documents and reports prior to meetings, and attend meetings prepared to actively participate in the conversations and decisions. In addition, Board Members often serve on specific event or project committees. A Board Member should anticipate volunteering approximately 4-8 hours per month to the role. The appointment will commence in January 2025. Directors are voted in by PHC members, and are appointed for a 3-year term and may be reappointed for up to three (3) terms (to a maximum of nine (9) consecutive years).  

Desired knowledge, skills and experience

While we don’t expect anyone to have experience in all areas we operate in, we seek to have representative skills from each of these categories on our board:  

Governance

  • Accounting and finance knowledge and experience; 
  • Familiarity with organizational transformation and strategic change management; 
  • Specialization or other specialized training such as communications, climate adaptation, climate mitigation, Truth & Reconciliation/ Indigenous Relations training; 
  • Previous Board experience is desirable, but not essential.

Technical leadership

  • Experience in Education business development;  
  • Experience in leadership in up front carbon awareness and accounting;  
  • Ties to higher education and organized labour;  
  • Awareness of climate change effects and building resilience;  
  • Experience engaging with government regulators and stakeholders; 

Implementation of the mission

  • Experience as a developer, private and/or not-for profit;  
  • Experience working with governments and utilities in relation to securing funding, and developing partnerships, policies and incentives; 
  • Experience working with First Nations;  
  • Experience working with trades, construction, manufacturing and/or municipal building inspectors; 
  • Experience in coalition building and community engagement efforts; and  
  • Ability to identify prospective opportunities and plan accordingly to achieve them. 

Passive House Canada actively supports a culture of diversity and welcomes applications and nominations from all who reflect the diverse communities that we serve.  

About Passive House Canada

Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada (PHC-MPC) is Canada’s non-profit professional association and community of experts in the Passive House (Passivhaus) high performance building standard. We are a member-based organization representing over 1,000 members across Canada. Our mission is to facilitate awareness of how Passive House Principles combined with awareness of up-front carbon can transform the built environment, creating more comfortable, efficient and healthier buildings, reducing greenhouse gases throughout the lifecycle of buildings and contributing to a sustainable future. We do this through advocacy, education, events, collaboration and by fostering community.   

Additional information

Our Board operates with integrity and members are expected to adhere to an Ethical Code of Conduct. Nominees must demonstrate mature confidence, active participation, and work respectfully with other Board members and employees. 

How to Apply

If you or someone you know has the commitment and the specific skills identified above to take on the volunteer role of a Director, please send a one page cover letter (500 words) explaining your interest and skills as they relate to PHC’s desired knowledge, skills and experience (see above); and a resume (max 2 pages) to the Chair of the Nomination Committee, Ms. Ruth Dollinger c/o [email protected] with the Subject: PHC Board Nomination Application. Nominations close on September 30th, 2024. Please ensure any nomination is properly submitted by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on that date. Passive House Canada is committed to embracing, honouring, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We remain dedicated to focusing our efforts on creating an inclusive community that fosters a sense of safety and belonging for everyone. Passive House Canada welcomes applications for Board Directors from everyone including people from groups that are experiencing inequity including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please contact us. 

Next steps

After the close of nominations, the Nominating Committee will review nominations and make any recommendations in relation to candidates based on the candidates’ skills relative to the needs of the Board. Electronic polling ballots will be distributed to the membership on October 28th, 2024, with members having until November 8th to cast votes for up to 3 candidates. The Nominating Committee, guided by the poll results and skills required to meet the needs of the board, will recommend candidates for appointment to the Board of Directors at the AGM being held via ZOOM. Details of the AGM to follow. Nomination closing date: September 30, 2024 at 5:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time)