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Become a Board Candidate

The Diversity in Leadership Ottawa (DLO) connects qualified candidates from under-represented groups with free governance training and opportunities to serve on Boards of Directors of not-for-profit organizations.

Eligible candidates identify as:

  • First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous Peoples
  • visible minorities/racialized persons
  • new Canadians
  • LGBTQI2+ persons
  • persons with disabilities

Take a Leadership Role

Over 250 positions have been posted with DLO already, and there are new organizations recruiting every week. Our partner organizations vary widely in size and scope, from small local charities to international not-for-profits. There are opportunities to serve on a working board, leveraging your specialized skills and perspective to directly support the work of the organization, as well as opportunities to join policy boards that focus on strategic oversight and accountability. Whatever kind of leadership role you're looking for, our staff will help identify the right opportunities for you!

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  • Be a leader in your community
  • Build your personal networks
  • Tap into new professional networks
  • Share your perspective and make a difference
  • Gain valuable experience and enhance your career

Access Governance Training at No Cost

  • Qualified candidates will have access to training that is created by experts in the field.
  • Governance education will give you key knowledge and confidence when applying for Board positions.
  • Choose whether to take training in a classroom setting or as e-learning. Or both!

Here’s what will happen when you sign up:

  • You will complete an online profile to establish your eligibility along with your skills and interests.
  • DLO staff will review and be in touch for an interview.
  • You will be set up with free governance training if you require it.
  • Then the matching process will be underway!

Sign up today

Want more information? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

What candidates are saying about Diversity in Leadership Ottawa

“Diversity in Leadership Ottawa has been fundamental in creating opportunities for me to join Boards of Directors in Canada.  Through their training and mentorship, I have been able to learn about board positions and network with professionals in my field. DLO is opening doors to enable diverse and inclusive boards which is essential to ensuring a more equitable society.”
Mante Molepo, DLO Candidate matched to Amnesty International Canada and Parkdale Food Centre

“I was very involved in my local community before moving to Ottawa. I saw a Diversity in Leadership Ottawa ad online and was interested in hopes that it would introduce me to the network of community organizations and non-profits in Ottawa. The recruitment process was very straightforward, and the Program Officers were very dedicated to assisting me in finding an organization that matched my skills and interests... I would highly recommend Diversity in Leadership Ottawa for those who are interested in getting involved in the community.”
Rachel Padillo, DLO Candidate matched to Harmony House

“The initial interview/discussion with DLO enabled me to think critically about my goals, vision and reason for trying to become a member of a Board. It laid a great foundation and made the entire process so much easier... The training provided adequate insights and information into what to expect when joining a board. I found it very useful and was a great preparation for my first interview (turned out it was the only one I needed)... The difference this program made for me was incredible.”
Sven Stilzebach, DLO Candidate matched to Ottawa Humane Society

“My experience at Diversity in Leadership was amazing with great learning, great facilitators and great sessions, this was beyond my expectations… I have learnt from other participants and built a solid network and shared experiences. What inspires me in my life is the opportunity to make a difference to the people around me; my goal is to continue to enhancing my skills and abilities so that I can further my development as individual and leader. Thank you again, Diversity in Leadership Ottawa, for the great work. Keep it up. Always!!!”
Patrick Newton Bondo, DLO Candidate matched to HealthBridge Canada

“I wanted to find a way to get involved in our community on a working board but did not know where to start. I contacted Diversity in Leadership, and they provided me the guidance and access to the tools and training I needed in order to find a board position that was the right fit for me. DLO enabled me to get all of my questions answered and provided me with the information I needed to select an organization to get involved in.”
Nadine Mansour, DLO Candidate matched to Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard

“I recently joined the board for iSisters Technology Mentoring. I would not have heard about this incredible organization if it weren’t for Diversity in Leadership Ottawa. DLO made the application process incredibly smooth for me (they even reviewed my resume!). I have made incredible connections with board members, and I am honoured to sit on a board that I believe matches my values and interests.”
Gina Bak, DLO Candidate matched to iSisters Technology Mentoring