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Company: Keynote Group, Ottawa Employment Agency


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The position is accountable to the board of directors and has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the association’s strategic direction, in cooperation with the board, senior staff and member representatives with expertise relevant to emerging issues.

The Executive Director leads the pursuit of the association’s principal mandates of regulatory modernization, organizational sustainability and enhancement of the feed industry’s business environment. This is an organizational leadership role in which you will have to stay abreast of the political, business and social landscapes for animal nutrition in order to anticipate trends and respond to relevant issues. The position is further responsible for the financial management of the association and its annual operating budget of approximately $1.5 million, and overall business direction including the effective management, career development and performance management of employees. The majority of this roles focus is external to the organization, with the objective of promoting the associations mandate.

The role is complex, requiring diplomacy and advocacy skills. It features a high level of interdependence, and objectives are achieved through ongoing collaborative efforts and communication with association members, agri-food stakeholders both in Canada and internationally, and government representatives.

This position offers you the chance to play a leading role in promoting the benefits of nutrition for animal and human health, along with an opportunity to drive regulatory reform. The organization is in a strong financial position and has a dedicated and respectful membership.


The position demands business acumen, knowledge of financial management and reporting, a keen focus on providing service to members, advocacy skills and a high level of communication ability in English and ideally, also in French. Significant management experience at a senior level in the not-for-profit sector is essential, as is an understanding of governance at a high level.
Domestic and international travel may be expected to occupy up to 20 percent of the Executive Director’s time. The association offers a competitive compensation package, including group insurance benefits and the opportunity for a performance-based bonus.


This search is being managed exclusively by Keynote Group on behalf of the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada. Interested candidates are asked to send their curriculum vitae and a covering letter describing how their skills and experience would qualify them for the Executive Director role. This should be sent by confidential e-mail before May 31st 2016 to:

Donna Baker
Keynote Group
613-765-8509 ext 106


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