We are seeking nominations for the Amnesty Canada Board for 2021.
***Nominations Closed April 21st, 2021***

NOTE: This is a volunteer position.

Amnesty International Canada needs new Board members to do the governance work that keeps the organization healthy and able to carry out its human rights work. We are looking for people with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds. If you, or someone you know, would like to consider being nominated to the Board in 2021, please read further.

We are looking for Amnesty members with the enthusiasm, commitment, and skills to run for election. Please do not be discouraged when you read the skills outlined below. Board members come from a diverse variety of backgrounds and perspectives and combine their skills to address issues as a group.

What does the Board Do?

  • Governance: The Board manages and controls the affairs and business of the Branch on behalf of the membership of the organization. Board members implement decisions made by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) as well as provide leadership and general direction between AGMs;
  • Policy, Programs, and Finance: The Board sets organizational policies and priorities, approves the planning framework and the allocation of resources (budget). This forms the bulk of the work for the Board. Much of this work is done through committees and working groups of the Board, some of which include AI members, supporters and staff who are not Board members;
  • Oversight: The Board ensures that the goals, objectives, and strategies contained in organizational plans are implemented and that the finances of the organization are properly planned and managed. This involves oversight of the work of senior management (who in turn oversee the work of all other staff); and
  • Representational and Promotional Work: The Board represents Amnesty International to its own members and supporters, the public and the international movement.
Some Board members have specific functions by virtue of their position (Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer); however all Board members actively contribute to the effectiveness of the Branch according to their skills and interests. The Board works in collaboration with members, supporters and staff and often undertakes consultations with other sectors of the Branch. Decisions are made by the full Board, with all members having an equal vote. We strive for an atmosphere of mutual support and respect.

New Board members receive an orientation to the organization and how the Board functions. They are encouraged to choose a continuing Board member as a mentor. Child care and travel expenses while on Amnesty business are covered.

What positions are open in 2021?

Chair (two-year term)

3 Directors (one-year term)
4 Directors (two-year term)

1 Member Delegate to the 2022 General Assembly
CHAIR: The Chair's overall responsibility is to provide leadership and direction to the Board and staff. The person serves as an ex-officio member of all Board committees and chairs the Annual General Meeting. The Chair also maintains regular contact with the Secretary General and Executive Director, and liaises with the International Board and International Secretariat. 
VICE-CHAIR: The Vice-Chair works closely with the Chair in leading the work of the Board with a special focus on Branch membership issues.  In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair would take on duties of the Chair. 
TREASURER: The Treasurer monitors the organization's financial situation by reviewing monthly financial statements and provides financial analysis to assist the Board in making informed decisions on financial matters. The Treasurer also participates in budget preparation and meets with the auditors following each annual audit of the Branch. 
DIRECTORS: Directors attend and actively participate in Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting. They approve the annual budget for the Branch, review and assess annual financial statements, mandates, and strategic plans, and sit on various committees. 

If you would like more detailed position descriptions or if you would like to get in touch with a current or past Board member about a Board position you are interested in, please contact a member of the Board Nominations Committee

 What skills and experiences are we looking for?

We are looking for a well-rounded person with a combination of skills and experiences. Please refer to the following questions when filling out your nominations form.

  1. Are you committed to Amnesty’s Vision and Mission? Amnesty International’s vision is a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. (For the full mission statement see
  2. Are you able to demonstrate integrity and respect while working with other Board Members? You must be willing and able to work collaboratively with other Board Members who come from different identities, who may hold different world views from yours, and whose working style may be different than yours.
  3. We are looking for individuals with a combination of skills and experiences. No one person will have all of these. Do you have one or more of the following skills or experiences to contribute to the Board?
    • Knowledge of understanding anti-black racism and anti-racism in all its forms. 
    • experience in leadership transitions & organizational change;
    • knowledge of Canadian and international human rights issues;
    • fundraising experience;
    • experience with information technology systems;
    • gender mainstreaming understanding and/or experience;
    • experience working with youth;
    • diversity and equity understanding and/or experience;
    • human resources skills, including organizational development, policies and procedures;
    • governance experience, especially in a non-profit, member-based organization;
    • legal experience regarding charities and human rights law;
    • financial management skills;
    • business experience, for-profit or non-profit;
    • communications, including public engagement, social media;
    • understanding of Amnesty International Canadian Section (English Speaking), and;
    • language skills (French and Spanish)
    4. Do you bring an alternate or diverse perspective to the Board?  We welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds to the Board. We encourage nominations from individuals with varying perspectives and experiences, including life experiences as well as other learning experiences . These views can come from your own life experience as well as through other learning experiences.

What is the time commitment?

We hold three meetings each year that are two to three days in length. These meetings take place on weekends and are in, or near, Ottawa. Board members also attend the AGM if possible.  Amnesty’s AGMs now alternate between in-person and online meetings so that in alternate years, an online AGM is held in conjunction with a Board meeting in Ottawa.

Time commitments vary depending on committee work and can be between four hours to two days per month in addition to the meetings noted above.
What can you gain from this experience?

  • the satisfaction of being able to contribute to human rights
  • the opportunity to use and further develop your skills
  • the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of interesting, committed people
  • the opportunity to deepen your understanding of Amnesty and its work
  • a chance for you to make a unique contribution to the evolution of the Branch

For most Board members, serving on the Board is a positive and rewarding experience.

What are the next steps if I wish to be nominated?

Please contact the Nominations Committee to request a nomination form and express your interest at

 If you would like your name to appear on the online ballot we must receive your nomination form by 4:00 pm (Eastern Time) on April 21, 2021.

Please note: The Nominations Committee will interview candidates who are eligible and qualified to serve on the Board. Prior to the election it will circulate recommendations as to which candidates are preferred by the committee based on skill gaps, relevant experience, and other diversity and inclusion factors.

 How will I tell voters about myself and what I can offer to Amnesty Canada?

The Nominations Committee will ask you to complete an online nomination form and an online competency survey.  The nomination form includes a section which asks for a candidate statement of 250 words (1500 characters) or less. This statement will be posted to the website. Your strongest competencies, as identified by you in the competency survey, and comments providing further detail on those competencies will also be posted.

The online nomination form also asks for a Youtube link to a video outlining your experience and why you feel you would be able to make a contribution to the work of Amnesty International Canada (3 minutes maximum, and must be closed captioned). This too will be posted online.

Approximately a week before the election, there will be an online forum that will allow candidates to further present themselves and members to ask the candidates questions. 
Please complete the online Nomination Form and send to by 4:00 pm on April 21, 2021. The online form requires you to:

  1. Confirm that you and the person nominating you are members according to the formal definition;
  2. Provide a candidate statement (250 words – maximum 1500 characters); and
  3. A Youtube video link (3 minutes maximum, and must be closed captioned)..

View the 2021 Candidate profiles.

For more information and to request the online nomination form, feel free to contact a member of the Board Nominations Committee