Call for Expressions of Interest: Board of Directors
Golf Ontario, the Provincial Sport Organization for Golf, is currently seeking interested individuals to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term commencing February 2023.
The Board currently consists of 11 directors serving staggered 3 – year terms, with an option to extend for a second 3 – year term. Based upon the tenure of the existing directors, the Board anticipates requiring a minimum of 3 new directors in 2023, 2 new directors in 2024, and 1 new director in 2025.
With over 80 years of history and tradition, serving 100,000 members, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. We strive to align with all golf stakeholders through a connected golf community while encouraging both youth and adults to play more golf more often. Our mission is to shape lives through golf by leading, creating, and promoting positive golf experiences. The Board is responsible for determining Golf Ontario policy; for protecting the long-term growth and health of the organization; for developing, monitoring and evaluating the strategic goals; for approving the annual budget; and for authorizing and taking responsibility for the funding of the organization. Golf Ontario’s key priorities for the next strategic plan period include:
Formalizing our DEI strategic action plan
Growing our Public Player membership category and value for the recreational golfer
Building stronger relationships with our facilities through our Regional Support Strategy If you have a strong passion for and understanding of the sport of Golf, we would like to hear from you. We are searching for strategic thinkers with particular experience in the following areas: Government Relations, Technology, and Fundraising. We are committed to making golf more accessible and welcoming to diverse populations and would encourage like-minded individuals to apply.
The role of a Golf Ontario Board member is to act as a trustee, always serving the best interests of the organization with integrity and an open mind. In-person Board meetings are hosted quarterly (travel reimbursement provided), and quarterly committee and work group meetings are held virtually. Board members establish and actively support the vision of golf for all, a mission to shape lives through golf, and strategic directions of the organization and exercise financial oversight and fiduciary responsibility for the organization on behalf of its members, among other responsibilities.
Expressions of Interest must include the following:
Online application form and
Current CV (Instructions for uploading your documents are included on the application form)
The submission deadline for positions for the coming year is November 11, 2022.
Golf Ontario is an equal opportunity organization committed to providing accessible practices. We will make all reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities in order to support their full participation in this process. We thank all individuals for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All expressions of interest will be kept in confidence.
Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact to growing the game at the grassroots level and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.
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Golf Ontario Welcomes Two New Additions to the Board of Directors
As Golf Ontario’s valued stakeholders, staff, and Board of Directors welcome the 2022 season with open arms and a bright vision of Golf for All, we are delighted to announce the extension of President and Vice-President terms and the introduction of two new directors to the board.
Respectively, Susan Vail and Leslie Ferrari have served on the board since 2017 and 2018. Elected to President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors in 2021, the extension of their terms for another year will allow Golf Ontario to continue its forward momentum in growing the game of golf with the support of their dedicated leadership. With our focus on Golf for All,Vail wants to build on the framework created in 2021 with the help of Korn Ferry. “We have a plan, a policy and committed staff and board members ready to help create welcoming environments for underserved groups. These groups include youth, women, people of colour, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, the 2SLGBTQ+ community… and many others who have not yet had the opportunity to experience what golf has to offer,” explained Vail. “The bar was raised in 2021. Let’s do even more in 2022 to shape lives through golf!”
Joining the Board of Directors in 2022, we welcome David Herrera and Julian Franklin.
Head of People and Organization Analytics for Korn Ferry, David Herrera joins the Golf Ontario Board of Directors with more than 15 years of consulting experience. A passionate DE&I practitioner and subject matter expert, David has advised several organizations globally to become more diverse and inclusive to their talent and customers/clients.
“As a visible minority, immigrant, member of the LGBTQ+ community, and management consultant, I hope that I can bring my experience and perspectives to make Golf more accessible to all and continue to have a positive impact in our communities,” explained Herrera.
While David is an amateur golfer, he has found passion in the game and supporting the development of communities and youth. He joins the board with ambitions to “develop an awareness of the benefits of golf and implement initiatives that will improve the accessibility of golf in Ontario.”
Following two challenging years, Herrera believes that “2022 should be a year of building bridges and stronger communities, and golf should be one of many enablers of this.”
A Canadian Marketing Hall of Fame member, Julian Franklin is a business leader with 20+ years of client and agency experience in consumer goods and the sporting industry. Julian’s expertise includes strategic planning, communications, and marketing. His career is distinguished by marketing leadership roles in Canada and the United States, where he has worked for industry-leading organizations.
“I am hoping to bring a perspective of someone whose affinity and passion for the game has grown as an adult,” expressed Franklin. “This perspective brings an understanding of how important a sport like golf can be to help shape our personal and professional outlooks.”
Julian’s corporate governance experience is extensive. He is also a Founding Member of POCAM (People of Colour in Advertising & Marketing). This association advocates the inclusion and advancement of Black, Indigenous, & People of Colour (BIPOC) within Marketing.
In joining the board, he aims to help “increase the participation and positive impact of golf at the youth and adult levels, for racialized and marginalized communities across Ontario.”
Please click here to learn more about Golf Ontario’s Board of Directors.
ABOUT GOLF ONTARIO:
The Golf Association of Ontario, operating as “Golf Ontario”, is the Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact, to growing the game at the grassroots level and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.
Golf Ontario, the Provincial Sport Organization for Golf is currently seeking applicants for the Board of Directors for a three-year term commencing April 2017.
With over 80 years of history and tradition, serving 100,000 members, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. With the launch of a new strategic plan in the spring of 2016, the revised, refined and refocused vision and mission, along with the newly developed strategies and tactics, position the Golf Ontario brand in its leadership role for golf across Ontario.
We strive to align with all golf stakeholders through a connected golf community which will drive more people to play more golf, more often and most importantly while starting at a younger age. All strategic pillars point to Golf Ontario becoming refocused on leading and supporting our industry partners to the benefit of golfers across the province.
The Board is responsible for determining GO policy; for protecting the long term growth and health of the Association; for developing, monitoring and evaluating the strategic goals of the Association, for approving the Association’s annual budget and for authorizing and taking responsibility for the funding of the Association.
If you are a Strategic Thinker with experience in some of the areas of: Business Administration; Finance and Accounting; Media and Public Relations; Brand Management; Fundraising; Human Resources; Governance; Not For Profit Association Law; how to make golf more accessible and welcoming to diverse populations and have a strong understanding of the Sport of Golf, we would like to hear from you.
Please click here for further information about the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors.
Application packages must include all of the following:
Online application form
Current CV (Instructions for uploading your documents are included on the application form
Deadline for application is: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Golf Ontario is an equal opportunity organization. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be kept in confidence.